Ashbourne Road Methodist/United Reformed (LEP)
94 Ashbourne Road, Derby, DE22 3AG
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1.30 pm Sunday afternoon
(Revd Calvin Cheung presiding at Holy Communion 3rd Sunday in the month)
In 2000, a retired minister who had worked in the Far East and spoke Mandarin established a Chinese fellowship at the Queen’s Hall Methodist Mission in Derby. The first five years saw rapid growth, but sadly the minister died, and there followed a sharp decline.
With the assistance of grants from the British and Hong Kong Methodist Churches, the Circuit was able to seek an ethnic Chinese minister and the Revd Kok Kong Yap was stationed full-time in the Circuit from September 2009 until July 2019. During this time, the Chinese Fellowship has grown in number, and in confidence. Around 50-80 adults plus 20-30 children meet weekly for worship. Revd KK has recently retired and there is currently a ministerial vacancy.
The Chinese Church do not have their own building. After Queen’s Hall closed in 2012, they moved first to the Central United Reformed Church. Since October 2015 they are meeting at Ashbourne Road Methodist/United Reformed Church.
As well as Sunday worship, the Chinese Church runs various fellowship groups including a women’s fellowship, a young adults’ fellowship, a student fellowship, a Bible study group, and choirs.