Ashbourne Baptist Church


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2018: The year when
Valentine's Day & Shrovetide coincide

This year Shrove Wednesday - the second day of the Shrovetide Football game - is also Valentine's Day.

Are you celebrating Valentine's Day this year? Valentine's Day is easier to re-schedule than Shrovetide, right? But what if your other half doesn't agree - and your team needs you? It's not the kind of dilemma that happens only at Shrovetide!

2018 Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football ball, overlaid with red hearts for Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day Street Interviews
Asking: What is 'The Greatest Act of Love?' on Valentine's Day. In this video you can see what people on the street think. Recorded in the East Midlands.

What is the greatest act of love?

What is the greatest act of love? How far would you go to demonstrate your love for someone?
Let's consider the greatest act of love, ever.

But first, you need to take this test.
It's quick - and you'll soon see what it has to do with Valentine's Day!

Just 3 quick questions...

1. How many lies have you told to someone you love... (or to anyone else) ?

2. Have you ever
— even once —
stolen anything?

3. Used God's name carelessly?

That's it!
How did you do?

How did you do?
If you have lied, stolen something, blasphemed or broken any of God's other commandments (and there are seven more!) you will be guilty on Judgement Day and you'll end up in God's prison He calls Hell.

But the Bible says God loves us so much that He offered a way out of Hell and into Heaven. Imagine you have £1 million pound debt that you cannot repay but someone steps in and pays it for you. That's what Jesus did for us on the cross. He paid our legal debt (sin) to God and rose from the dead defeating death.

"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us."
(1 John 3:16)

There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friend. But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still His enemies. To receive this free gift, we must repent (turn from all sin) and trust in Jesus alone

You are very welcome to come along to Ashbourne Baptist Church to find out more, or to ask questions. We meet at 10.25am and 5.55pm every Sunday, at the Empire Ballroom, Ashbourne (at the entrance to Sainsbury's car park).

Postcards in the Shrovetide Souvenir Postcards Collection