In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) these updates will let you know what is happening at Granshaw.
Posted on 17 September, 2020
Just a reminder that the prayer meeting starts this evening in the Church at 7:30pm and will take place every Thursday evening going forward.
A New Start
Posted on 11 September, 2020
Our hope is to be back in church on Sunday 13th September 2020 at 7 pm.
We are severely restricted in what we can do and how many people can come to church.
Our Church seats 410 people and we are very nearly full most Sundays before lockdown.
Under new restrictions of 2 meters social distancing, we can now seat 60/70 people. This with another 40 in the Henry Gray Hall gives us around 100+ people in the Church and Halls.
We are suggesting that:
We continue with our Sunday Live service going out as normal each Sunday morning.
We run a Sunday Evening Service on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. This would allow us to see how getting back to Church is going.
As we at Granshaw believe that the centre of our Church is prayer and bible teaching, we will be opening up our Church every Thursday night at 7:30 pm for our Church Prayer Meeting.
Bible Study Groups will commence in September, either in the Church Hall or over Zoom. We would encourage more folks to join these two groups
AK hopes to run some young people's work on Friday evenings.
Update from Mark on Corona Virus
Posted on 03 July, 2020
We in Granshaw Family Church have been giving a lot of thought and prayer to how we best respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic. We have been keeping an eye on the ever-changing situation, we have been putting out Sunday Live Services / Daily Podcasts / and lots of Youth work online, so you still feel connected to our church family.
People are still confused about church being open. The Government have said churches can re-open on the 29th June 2020… BUT it must keep social distancing which stands at 2 meters… Which means for some churches with big buildings and few worshipers this is not a problem…But for our church, it is a big problem as we can only get 46 people into church and we normally have 400 people and we would not be allowed to sing praise songs out loud.
Therefore, Granshaw Church CAN NOT OPEN at this moment in time due to the 2 meters restrictions.
We are prayerfully and practically considering how to make church available after the summer when social distancing is dropped to 1 meter. YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY…
Going forward, it is hoped that you will continue to enjoy our online services, along with the daily podcasts and youth work. This will have to be our church for the next two months and then we will have a review of meeting together and how we can get back to a new church safely and with everyone feeling safe and comfortable.
So please love and care for each other at this crazy time in our history.
Posted on 27 March, 2020
We are aware that some of you would like to continue contributing to the weekly offering while we are having Church online.
You can setup a Monthly Standing Order with your online banking using the details below, or by completing this
Monthly Standing Order form and submit it to your bank. Alternatively, you can donate through PayPal using the button below.
Online Banking Details
Account Number: 31046705
Sort Code: 95-02-81
Reference: FWO NUMBER - YOUR NAME
If you would like to split your donation between FWO, United Appeal and Repairs and Maintenance, please contact Alison Hawthorne - email@example.com
You can make a donation through the send money to friends and family option within PayPal. Please reference your FWO number and use the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Live Service DVDs
Posted on 20 March, 2020
We have a team of volunteers who plan to deliver DVDs on an ongoing basis of our new "Sunday Live" services to those who may not have access to the internet. Those within the congregation who already receive a copy of the Sunday Service on DVD will now have this delivered to them. If you are aware of someone who would like to avail of this service please contact the helpline on 07724409555 to arrange.
We're here for you
Posted on 18 March, 2020
In accordance with Government guidelines and the direction of PCI, our Sunday Service will not be happening at Granshaw.
However, we have made the following provisions:
1. Sunday Live
Join us on Sunday Mornings at 11 am here on the website for our Church gathering online.
2. Daily Devotions
Every morning we will have a short reading and thought for you and your family here on the website and also on our Facebook page
3. Our 24/7 Granshaw Community Helpline
If there is anything you need you can give us a call on 07724409555 and we can try to help e.g. with groceries delivered to your doorstep, prescriptions collected or even a friendly chat. (Please don't text this number)
Please feel free to share this information and if you have elderly neighbours let them know.
As I have loved you so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples.
Letter from the Presbyterian Church in Ireland
Posted on 17 March, 2020
In light of the evolving Government advice, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has today issued the following formal advice to all Churches.
- Until further notice, all congregational organisations and activities should cease until further notice.
- Until further notice, all Sunday gatherings for worship should also cease until further notice.
- Until further notice, steps should be taken to ensure that numbers attending funeral services and weddings are kept as low as possible.
You can read the letter in full here.
Online Youth Bible Studies
Posted on 15 March, 2020
Despite not being able to meet in person, we still believe it is important for our Young People to continue meeting together and encouraging one another in their faith. Therefore we are holding online Bible Studies every Wednesday night at 7.30pm. In order to join us follow these steps:
- Follow our instagram page 'younglifegranshaw'
- Log on to Instagram at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening
- Join in with our interactive Bible Study
If you have any questions please contact me on email@example.com or 07969095697
Posted on 15 March, 2020
Due to the continually evolving situation with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the wise and prudent decision has been made to suspend youth work at Granshaw from Monday to ensure the safety of the young people, their families and our leaders. This includes BB, GB, Kids Club, Young Life and Wyldlife and GIG.
This is not an ideal situation and we thank you for your understanding.
We still believe it is important to disciple our young people and so we will be carrying out a number of online Bible studies via Instagram Live over the next number of weeks. We hope to start a number of other online initiatives for our teenagers as well. For more information on these please contact AK on 07969095697 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take care of yourself and those in your community.