ABOUT US AND OUR AREA
Ashford is a town that is going through a period of significant growth. The introduction of a high-speed rail service to London (38 minutes) has added to its attractiveness as a commuter town.
The 2011 census revealed that the borough of Ashford saw the largest population growth in Kent, showing a 14.6% rise to 118,000 inhabitants.
Our church is situated in Ashford’s Victoria Ward (LSOA Ashford 005E). In 2011 there were 939 households with a population of 2380 people. 87% speak English. Other significant language groups are Nepalese (4.5%) and Polish (2.3%). 56% call themselves Christian, 30% have no religion, 2% Hindu, 1.5% Buddhist and 1.3% Muslim.
Ashford Borough Council’s draft local plan for 2030 gives goals of 12,000 new homes and the creation of 11,000 new jobs. In our area major developments are planned for Jemmett Road and Victoria Way.
An Evangelical church has been active on this site for over 100 years. It is situated in the centre of a high-density residential area. The fellowship has a Brethren background with a membership of about forty people. Twenty people are in the 0-50 year age group, and twenty are in the 51 + group. This excludes students away at university.
We have an Eldership of three men. They are supported by a Team Leaders’ Team, which ensures the smooth running of the church.
We are registered with the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), registration number 1165151 and have seven Trustees who are answerable to the Charity Commission.
Activities are; a Sunday Service that includes communion, Sunday Club for children, Sunday Group for teenagers, a weekly prayer meeting, Midweek Bible Study/home groups, an English language class for Nepalese people, Friday Youth Club night and a fortnightly Ladies Prayer & Fellowship Group. In partnership with Ashford Vineyard we run, a weekly lunch club for homeless and lonely people. Our facilities are also used by a local Barbershop chorus, a play-reading group from U3A, a British Sign Language class and as a Polling Station.
We have previously employed full time Children & Youth Workers and most recently, Pastor Teachers.