As you know, we're in the middle of an incredibly challenging time as a nation. The coronavirus outbreak is affecting every area of society at the moment, and church is no different. We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to use this page to keep you updated.
In March the government announced new measures to tackle the spread of the virus and protect the most vulnerable in society. In light of this, we have stopped all Grace Church gatherings for the foreseeable future. This will include Sunday services, midweek groups and ministries.
This is obviously very sad, but we’re taking the situation seriously so that we can best love and serve one another and our communities. This is all rooted in love and compassion for those around us.
It’s also worth remembering that the church was never about the building anyway, the church is the people. So, even though we can’t physically meet together, we will be doing everything we can to stay connected. You can find out more about a few key areas of church life below.
You have also produced a short video where our senior pastor Ben Topliss outlines the next steps we’re taking as a church. Click here to watch that.
Instead of gathering together in one place on Sundays, we will be hosting Grace Church at home. We run an online service at 10am every Sunday morning which includes worship, church news and a talk from the bible. For more information about Church At Home, please click here.
Home groups will play a huge role over the coming weeks and will become the hubs of our community. It’s in our groups that we’ll pray for, encourage and support one another. If you’re not part of a home group, or want to find out more about what home groups look like in this time, please click here.
In a time like this it's important that we support one another and keep talking which is why we've set up a pastoral support line. If you are struggling with isolation, need help with food or medicines, or would simply like to speak to a member of our pastoral team please ring us on 0115 677 2332. Someone will be available between 9am-5pm every day.
One of the best ways we’ll be able to connect with one another is through social media. We know you might not be on Facebook, but during this time we strongly encourage you to create an account, even if it’s temporary, so that you can stay up-to-date with what we’re doing. We’re also on Twitter and Instagram. Click the links below to stay connected.