September Update 2021

Upcoming news and events

This Sunday Mike Ewan will be sharing with us from the book of Nehemiah with a sermon entitled "A Man of Prayer". Mike will be sharing with us for the next 2 weeks followed by Trevor Brock.

The booking system this week has changed slightly...

Our surname booking system will continue to stay in place. With the restarting of Sunday Club we ask that anybody with children wanting to attend Sunday Club, book into our 11am service regardless of your surname. 

Service times and dates are shown below.  To sign up please send your surname and how many seats you will need to 07536993212

For example: Bond 11am 2 Adults and 2 Children for Sunday Club.

There will be no midweek prayer meeting this week

Please keep next Sunday evening in your diary as we have a special Window on the World.  We look forward to hearing from Clive and Kathryn Gray as they share with us about serving the Lord in Indonesia.

CAP Update - September 2021

We are glad to report the return to face-to-face visits with clients since August 2021.  This requires a few extra phone calls to make sure that the client does not have any Covid symptoms or other illnesses and do a risk assessment, which prolongs the initial first three visits but it’s worth it just to be able to see people face to face. 

We had a CAP Sale on Saturday 28th August. This was a great day with open air music by David Kelly and lots of people got a bargain and on the day we raised £805 for CAP. 

In the past few months through working in partnership with Acts 435 we have been able to provide; a new cooker for a family in Greenisland/a fridge for a new client who had been keeping her insulin in her neighbours fridge since her fridge broke a few months ago/stair and landing carpet for a local family with four kids who don’t have any carpet in the house they moved into two years ago (due to long term unemployment) the mum said that this bit of carpet has made it feel like a home/a new mattress for a previous disabled client who had been sleeping on a chair for months after the springs on her old mattress had broken through the material.  All of these items were purchased at very little cost to us due to the grants from Acts 435.

As you may remember, the previous Mayor, Peter Johnston had chosen CAP as one of his charities last year.  I attended a cheque presentation on Friday 3rd September along with Wendy Davison (Larne CAP Centre Manager) and John Maxwell (Ballymena CAP Centre Manager) at which time we received a cheque for £2886 (£962 for each cap centre). We had also previously received a cheque for £1000 from Ryobi (£333 for each centre).  It’s great to receive these extra funds for our cap centre but just as important, it has also raised our profile within the community due to the publicity raised by the Mayor.

As furlough ends this month, we are expecting a high volume of new clients in the months ahead. Please pray that people will not wait too long before accessing help as the waiting period adds extra stress and worry. Help is available.

We give thanks to God that an elderly man who had been in receipt of the Covid hampers attended church on Sunday night.  He had watched our church being rebuilt from his flat window and had always said that he would like to “come along sometime”. As he left the building on Sunday night, he said that he would like to come to the morning service next week. Praise God! May this man be the start of many new people coming along as a result of the seeds that were sown during the Covid lockdown period.

Growth Groups

Over the coming months, there will be various growth groups online and in the church.  For more information on these, please contact the growth/home group leaders or

Missions Course 

This October Robert Davidson will be starting a missions course entitled 'Pathways'. This course will run every fortnight and involves homework questions and reading. The course is based around videos and discussion.

Details are shown below, the course will be on Zoom to try and accommodate as many people as possible. Please email to sign up with your name, phone number and email address.

Pathways Course 2021-22    
Date         Time      Session     Title
Biblical Pathways      
Monday, 11 October 2021 19:30  1 Discovering God’s Plan
Monday, 25 October 2021 19:30 2 Blessing, Responsibility & Consequences
Monday, 8 November 2021 19:30 3 Called to Co-Mission
Historical Pathways    
Monday, 22 November 2021 19:30 4 God’s Determined Purpose
Monday, 6 December 2021 19:30 5 Modern Eras of Expansion
Strategic Pathways    
Monday, 20 December 2021 19:30 6 To Reach All Peoples
Christmas Break      
Monday, 10 January 2022 19:30 7 Church Planting – The Quest of Love
Monday, 24 January 2022 19:30 8 Development & The Kingdom
Cultural Pathways      
Monday, 7 February 2022 19:30 9 The Dimensions of Culture
Monday, 21 February 2022 19:30 10 Connecting with Cultures
Monday, 7 March 2022 19:30 11 Churches in Context
Partnership Pathways    
Monday, 21 March 2022 19:30 12 Kingdom Collaboration

If you need help please contact us. If you would like to be involved in anything that is happening in church please get in contact using There is always something to be a part of at GBC.