Welcome to the website for the united benefice of Ashburnham with Penhurst. Here you will find information about our churches, and the events and activities which are part of our church and village life. Our desire is to know, love and to follow Jesus Christ in our homes, our church family and in the communities where we live and work.
Our aim is to be a church that is accessible to everyone, wherever they are coming from, and to be a place where people can experience healing and restoration. We want to provide the opportunity for all to grow in faith and commitment to Jesus Christ whatever their age.
We have one service each Sunday at 10.30 am.
Our services are informal yet orderly, often following the liturgy of Common Worship. We seek to be led by the Holy Spirit. All members are given the opportunity to share what God is doing in their lives if they wish.
Families with children are very welcome, and we have activities for younger people each Sunday, except when there is an All Age service on the first Sunday of the month. there are two house groups which meet on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Thursday of the month at 8.00pm.
This year the service will be held in St. Peter's church as all of the barns seem to be full of cattle. Plough Sunday is a chance to give thanks for our marvellous farming community and to ask God's blessing on the farming year.
There will be a collection for RABI [Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution] during the service [which starts at 10.30am] and a simple lunch in the church hall afterwards.
At St. Peter's we often join with friends at Ashburnham Chapel for shared services and events. To contact them and find out lots more about The Chapel see their website here
Find out more about activities, groups and events in Ashburnham and Penhurst on the village website here
‘Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift’ (2 Corinthians 9:15)
I guess I must have been about 8 years old when one Christmas I hoped that Father Christmas would bring me a train set. And yes, there it was that Christmas morning! What a great present that was!
Only years later did I discover that my Dad and Uncle Jeffrey had laboured many hours to lay track on a board and get all the bits and pieces together so that an electric train and carriages could travel along its rails.
What a wonderful time Christmas is to give others presents and to enjoy time to relax with family and friends. But each Christmas there is an aftermath to all this gift swapping, and it’s often seen in adverts offering articles for sale followed by the words: ‘unwanted gift’. We all hope that the presents we give will never be an ‘unwanted gift’. Amazingly, we might have already put this ‘tag’ on a gift which has been offered to us. A gift offered by God Himself.
The Bible says, ‘God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son, does not have life’ (1 John 5:11-12). God, you see, offers us eternal life (Romans 6:23). But we can only receive this gift when we accept Jesus as our Saviour. There is no other way (Acts 4:12). What a wonderful gift for everyone without distinction!
This Christmas when we recall the coming of God’s greatest gift, the Lord Jesus, it is a time to re-commit oneself to Him or accept Him for the first time. Or is it going to be, as those adverts put it ‘an unwanted gift’.
No matter what presents may come your way this Christmas, none will so perfectly meet your need as Jesus, for only He can ensure that you have forgiveness of sins now and a place in Heaven for all eternity.
I loved that train set, but even at that young age I knew about a greater gift -Jesus; six years later I knew Him!
‘Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift’. What a gift indeed!
We send our best wishes and prayers for a Happy and Holy Christmas and peaceful New Year,
Peter and Diana