Meeting every Sunday at 10:30 (via Zoom and Facebook Live during the Corona Virus emergency)
“… It’s true – when I pray, Jesus Christ somehow finds a way to lead me through my most difficult problems … even those at work”
Attendance at our weekly Zoom meetings has been very encouraging and our meetings have been uplifting for many. Listen to some of the recent testimonies on our Life Stories page.
We are also now streaming on Facebook Live as well - why not visit our page Claremont Church, Bolton at 10:30 every Sunday.
Dates for your Diary
- Every Sunday at 10:30 - our main church meeting. Due to restrictions on the use of our building for church services during the current pandemic, we are currently meeting on-line via Zoom and Facebook Live (Claremont Church, Bolton). However, we are now working towards re-starting face-to-face services, under COVID rules and with strict social distancing, during the month of August.
- Every Monday, Thursday and Friday - "One-Anothering" - a meeting of encouragement and bible study from 10:00 - 10:45. Zoom meeting ID: 643-431-2176.
- Every Tuesday morning from 10:30 - 11:30 we hold our Discovery Bible Study. The current topic is the Discipleship teachings of Jesus Christ, based on passages in the Gospel of Matthew. Zoom meeting ID 856-699-2818.
- Please note that our Tuesday evening socials will be taking a summer break during August.
- Home Group meetings are currently being held on Zoom, every Wednesday, both during daytime and evenings. Please contact your group leader if you are already a group member, or the church office if you wish to join a group.
- 20/20 Prayer - Many members of the church have agreed to take part in a 20 minute time of private prayer on the 20th of each month of this year at 20:20 (8:20 pm) . We need to seek our Father's help more than ever at this difficult time! Join us next on Thursday 20 August 2020. (This is a personal time of prayer in your own home - there will not be a Zoom meeting).
We are not using passwords for access to Zoom meetings but, instead, all participants will be asked to remain in the 'waiting room' until the meeting coordinator invites you to enter. Usually this is immediate, but please be patient as it can get quite busy.
Church Office during Lock-Down
The church office is being run partly from home but, more and more, we will be opening the office as we prepare for the eventual return of face-to-face Church. The telephone line has been diverted, so that office staff will still be able to deal with your queries, wherever they are. The two main church emails are being monitored daily. Office hours remain 10am to 4:30pm Tuesday to Friday, although this method of working permits quite a bit of flexibility.
Caring for those who are less able to get out and about
At this time, church leaders have taken responsibility for anyone who may need a bit of extra help during lockdown. Everyone in the church is being contacted regularly, either by Zoom or by telephone, and members of the church are helping those with specific needs. If you consider Claremont to be your home church (or wish to join) and you are not being contacted, please call or send us an email and one of the leaders will get in touch with you.
Access to Claremont House
Claremont House is still closed to church services, although other users can still gain access when necessary for their work in accordance with government guidelines. If you have a need to enter the building, please contact the office.
It is clear that, without the distractions of our building, a new spirit of love and concern for each other has developed, and we are seeing a significant number of people following us on Zoom or Facebook Live each week. We don't want to lose any of that!
The church leaders are already considering what church will look like following lockdown as we make preparations for our return to Claremont House. Be assured that we will make every effort to comply with all government guidelines. If you want to see what they are, please check this web page - but be warned that it is 19 pages long!
Jesus said "... Do This to Remember Me"
We share bread and grape juice (in lieu of wine) to remember Jesus at least once a month in our main meeting, nearly always in our Powerhouse Prayer Meeting and we often find other occasions too. Even under lock-down we are continuing with this practice whenever we are able.
On the night when He was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then He broke it in pieces and said, “This is My body, which is given for you. Do this to remember Me.” In the same way, He took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and His people—an agreement confirmed with My blood. Do this to remember Me as often as you drink it.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-25 NLT)
Discovery Bible Study
Imagine a bible study in which your contributions have just as much value as those of the leader; in which no-one is wrong and no-one is criticised; where we learn together as we study God's Word. That's our Discovery Bible Study - weekly on Tuesdays at 10:30 on Zoom.
Anyone is welcome and it works best if you prayerfully read the passage before you come, asking God to give you insight into what He is saying to the church through His Word. Our present exciting topic is the discipleship teachings of Jesus from the book of Matthew.
If your bible doesn't look well worn, then perhaps you should ask yourself whether you are using it enough! A bible is not meant to decorate a bookshelf - it is intended to be the light which guides us every day."
"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path". (Psalm 119:105 NLT)
Powerhouse Prayer Meeting
A church communicates with God by prayer and our experience says that prayer meetings are essential for healthy growth. No matter who you are, you will benefit personally from praying and the church will be stronger too.
We encourage personal prayer at all times and we meet in the Seminar Room at Claremont House at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month to pray together. Everyone is welcome.
" … we had a ‘pop-up’ prayer time at Steve and Lesley’s home. Sian brought his guitar and we had a great time of praise and sharing stories of God’s goodness … and we PRAYED”
Would our visitors please note that the easiest car parking for the church is at Topp Way NCP car park, about 200m from the church. For Saturday and Sunday visitors, the car park is free, courtesy of Bolton Council. Unfortunately, during the week this is a paid car park but is certainly the safest parking in the vicinity. For GPS users, the location is Duke Street, Bolton, BL1 2DJ,
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