Welcome to the Resource Hub!
We are living in unprecedented times in our nation. In accordance with the guidelines issued by the UK Government relating to the measures put in place to limit the spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, we have suspended all physical meetings across Grace Church until further notice.
At present, this includes Sunday morning meetings, most midweek groups and meetings, all children and youth work, and many leadership and planning meetings. We will keep this under review as the national guidelines are updated, and be ready to adapt what we do in line with any new developments as they occur.
You may have heard in the media that churches throughout England are now permitted to open and hold worship services. Whilst this is true, there are several conditions placed on the way that such gatherings are conducted to ensure safety. Unfortunately, these conditions prevent the free and open style of worship that we so value in Grace Church. For example, as it stands, it is not permitted to stand or sing during worship, nor to socialise with others as part of the event. Therefore, along with many other churches in the UK, we are continuing to remain online for our Sunday morning services and most other events, until we can meet together safely and worship in the way we are used to.
Although times when the church meets together are very important, we do not cease to be church during this time. It is very important that we stay connected one to another, and that now more than ever we are looking out for one another and seeking to meet needs as much as we can.
Whilst meeting online we are using this webpage as our online resource hub: a place where you can come to find information about our online church meetings and other activities, and also to sign up to give or receive support. We will update this page often, so please bookmark it and come back often.
- Team Grace
How do I find Grace Church Online?
As we're unable to gather together at the moment, our meetings and other activities are taking place online. As usual all our events are publicly and freely accessible and you will be able to both watch them and participate in them, sometimes interactively!
Youtube: Our Youtube channel is the place to come for all Sunday morning meetings. Our Livestream starts at 10am and runs to about 11:30am with a time of worship, prayer, preaching and information. It’s also the place to go for our midweek Prayer Together events on regular Thursday evenings, when all Grace Church sites join in prayer. For more information about our prayer meetings, including the links you need to connect in, please see our public calendar.
If you miss any Youtube event, don’t worry, you can always catch up at any time through our video catalogue.
Zoom: When we want to connect in smaller, more intimate groups or we need to be more interactive, then Zoom is how we get together. Our site-based prayer meetings, Alpha group, lifegroups and leadership team meetings all take place through this system.
Instructions on how to set-up a Zoom account and host a meeting can be found here. To simply attend a Zoom meeting (rather than host it), you just need a link that your meeting host will send you. Paste this into any Internet browser and you are in!
Facebook: Whilst we don’t actually hold meetings on Facebook, it is a helpful place to find information about what’s happening in the church. Not only do we have a public-facing page with details of upcoming events (offering timely reminders), but also we have a private Facebook group through which we can hang out together in community to share information, make each other laugh, request prayer and generally be together as a church community online. So why not follow our page and request to join the group today?
Even though we are not meeting together, we will continue to engage our children with the truth of the Bible in a way that is meaningful, accessible and fun. We are producing a series of online Supernovas sessions, suitable for primary aged children. Each session lasts about 30 minutes and is packed full of fun, games, worship, bible stories, challenges, memory verses and crafts. Head to the Grace Church YouTube channel at any time. New episodes are made available every Sunday morning from 8am.
Meeting Response/Contact Form
Use the button below to respond or get in touch, particularly in response to one of our Grace Church on-line meetings. Perhaps you would like to chat about what was said, would like to have someone pray for you, or would simply like to connect in to Grace Church. This button is a good place to start.
Offering and Requesting Support
To meet some of the needs of those who have been told to self-isolate, we have set up a support framework which will match those in need of support, with others who are in the best position to provide it. The buttons below give you the opportunity to both ask for support and/or to offer help to others. Each button will take you to an e-form, which we would ask you to complete and submit. Then, a member of the team will contact you to make an initial response and get the process started. If you have any questions about this, please email the church office.
If you are in need of help and support, please use this button:
If you are able to provide help and would like to join our team, please use this button:
Any other questions or suggestions?
It's brilliant that we have a church and community that contributes to the life of Grace Church and we love your ideas, questions and suggestions. Please drop us a line using the contact form on the home page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will come back to you as soon as possible (Monday to Friday).