A Church in the Centre of Bolton
where you will be made welcome
whoever you are.
God is building His Church using Living Stones
Welcome to On-Line Church
The Coronavirus epidemic has made us all rethink what Church means - and that isn't a bad thing. Since our building has been closed, we have had more contact with each other than we ever did before and many people are learning what it means to really depend on God our Father for everything we need!
In compliance with government rules for our safety, we are not able to hold meetings in our building until further notice. Instead, we will meet on-line at 10:30 using a conferencing program called Zoom. If you wish to join in that meeting, please contact us by email and we will give you the meeting ID number.
If you are unsure how to join Zoom, please contact us and we may be able to help you to join our on-line meetings.
If you are stuck at home or have time on your hands, why not listen to a message, testimony or some uplifting music on our Message and Music pages. We are excited to be able to offer the choral musical "Anthem of Praise", now re-mastered and available for download or to buy.
Coronavirus (COVID19) - a brief response
This pretty little organism has been responsible for throwing most of the world out of shape. Many have questions like "Why did God allow it?". We have posted a page called Dangerous Times in our Church Q & A section in order to consider some of these questions. Whether or not you care to read "Dangerous Times", please remember that God is not taken by surprise and His love for every one of the people that He created has not diminished. For those who will put their trust in Jesus Christ (instead of government, business, finance or other institutions made up of imperfect men and women) God WILL lead us through this crisis. Fear is not from God, but from the Church's enemy.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7 NLT)
Jesus told us that: ... "I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27 NLT)
This verse was given to the church as it's vision for 2020 shortly before the outbreak of CoVID19. It is absolutely our position now and will remain so, because we know that God means what He says!
"For I know the plans I have for you", says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope ..." - Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
... and the second verse we were given shows why we can keep this hope!
"Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God's command ..." Hebrews 11:3 NLT
Or, as Paul wrote to the Philippians and the Church worldwide:
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)
For those who still think that they know best - you can only hope for the best!
If you have concerns about your future - and who doesn't? - Jesus Christ has all the answers. You can read more in our Church Q & A, or please email or call us. We would love to introduce you to Jesus, the Christ, (the Man God promised to send to set us free from the rut into which we have got ourselves).
While you are here, we've got lots of interesting answers in our CHURCH Q & A section. If you have 5 minutes to spare, why not go there now? In case you cannot get to the Zoom meetings, you can listen to past messages, people's stories and a selection of our music on our web site here: Listen to a message.
It's All About People!
Many of our church members will be pleased to tell you how their lives have radically changed since they made a decision to follow Jesus Christ. Below are just a few examples:
- The man with a history of drink and drug related violence, who now spends all his spare time helping others for whom life hasn't worked out too well.
- The person who knew from an early age that he was good for nothing - but found fulfilment and success when he allowed Jesus Christ to lead him.
- The woman who truly believed that she was stupid and inadequate, because her parents told her so as a child, who is now highly regarded by all who know her.
- The person with an incurable drinking habit who was set free in an instant by Jesus Christ and no longer needs or craves alcohol.
- The businessman who sold out to Christ and found that he can be successful without resorting to dishonesty or smart accounting.
- The singer / songwriter who loves to sing for Jesus first.
- The man who was always very focused on wealth and possessions, has found that he has become generous and giving since he chose to join God's team.
- The lady who was healed in her own home when she claimed healing by the blood of Jesus Christ.
- We frequently hear about lives changed and bodies healed in response to prayer. You can often hear these testimonies in our Listen to a Message section.
There's no doubt that Jesus really is alive today and really changes our lives - if we will let Him!
(It's not about obeying rules.) ... What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. (Galatians 6:15 NLT)
Find out more every Sunday morning at 10:30.
" … when you see people praying and prayers being answered week after week, it makes you think.”
Will Jesus Christ return?
When Jesus Christ returned to Heaven He promised that He would come back for all who follow Him. He said that the whole world " ... will see the Son of Man (that's what Jesus called Himself) coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory ... and he will send out his angels with the mighty blast of a trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven". (Matthew 24:30-31 NLT)
Jesus said that no-one, not even He Himself, knew the date that His Father in Heaven would choose for Him to return - but that we should always be prepared!
The best way to prepare is to start immediately to follow Jesus Christ, to join an active church near you, to read the bible (God's Word to us) and to pray. CHURCH@Claremont will be pleased to guide you on that journey - but don't delay, He could come today!
Be Expectant - not Fearful!
For the Christian, the return of Jesus Christ is just the beginning of an amazing adventure culminating in the revelation of a completely New Heaven and a New Earth, where sin, decay, sickness, famine, fear and death no longer have a place. That's not a threat - it's an amazing promise!
“For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him”. (Jesus Christ, from John 3:16-17 NLT)
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