Welcome to Grappenhall
  Grappenhall Independent Methodist Church

 

Welcome to Grappenhall

Welcome to Grappenhall Independent Methodist Church

'The friendly Church on Knutsford Road'

 For Baptism, Marriage and Funerals see our 'Contact Us' page. For Room Bookings see our 'Events' page.

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Morning Worship each Sunday at 10.30

Time to return to normal! There have been many false dawns; didn’t we all think that it would be over by August and I distinctly remember the Prime Minister urging office-based workers to return to their places of work at the beginning of September and the less said about Christmas the better! Here we are halfway through April and just beginning to emerge from the longest lockdown in what for many has been a depressing few winter months.

By the end of the month, the majority of our church congregation will have received their second vaccination and will have built up resistance to the virus to enable them to begin a return to normal activities and once more socialise with others. I suspect that there will be some who will still be reluctant to return to a ‘normal’ way of life and we may find that some people’s routine will have been changed forever!

We as a church believe that for the benefit of both individuals and the church, we must start to return to normal so hopefully more of those members who have felt unable to attend church will feel more confident about doing so during the coming weeks. Attendance at present relies on what has been described as a ‘faith-based booking system’.  By that we mean that following a risk assessment, which considered the size of the building and the need to maintain social distancing, we have limited attendance to 27 people. We have never reached that number though we have been close on a couple of Sundays. If we did reach that number, then we have overflow facilities in the hall to which the service will be relayed.

These arrangements will remain in place until at least the 21stJune. On that date or shortly after, it is hoped that most if not all restrictions will be lifted and then we can return to more normal worship and we may be able to sing! Also, under consideration, during the summer months, is to have coffee after church on the lawn at the side of church. No decision has yet been made on the resumption of weekday church activities such as the ‘Bible Study Group’, ‘Keep Fit Group’, ‘Coffee and Conversation’ and Choir; we will let you know what these groups decide.

Resuming normal services in a church like ours after going through such a disjointed period is unlikely to prove easy. At present we are only able to appoint preachers to the plan for the immediate future, month by month. This means that the majority of services for the foreseeable future will be taken by our own church leaders but hopefully interspersed with visiting ministers.

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