Our building may be closed at present
but the Church is made of people, not buildings
we are still available for You
... you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple.
(1 Peter 2:5 NLT)
If your church is not providing on-line services, if you don't have a regular church but are feeling that you need to get in touch with God, or even if you are not convinced but want to know more, why not join us on Zoom or Facebook Live? We are continuing to meet weekly in this way and we will make everyone welcome.
Zoom ID: 856-699-2818
Facebook Live page: Claremont Church, Bolton
Starts at 10:30 every Sunday.
Zoom channel open from 10:15; Facebook Live from 10:30
When will we return?
We will open our doors to the public as soon as it is both legal and safe to do so. In anticipation of our return to face-to-face church, we have already taken steps to prepare our building. Here is a summary of the changes that have made us a COVID-Secure environment.
A New Song
We are pleased to share a brand new song written and performed by Ron Lowton for the glory of God. The words are based on Isaiah 52:7 and the passages surrounding it. If you would like to hear more of Claremont's own brand of Christian music, try our "Listen to Music" page, where you will find a selection of various styles of original music.
This second song is a live recording of Ron singing the 1980's song "You are my Rock", from the musical "Anthem of Praise", originally performed by the musicians and singers of Claremont Church, Bolton. This version was recorded live for a recent Lockdown meeting.
These songs are copyrighted but it is our pleasure to allow them to be played freely and used for Christian worship without charge.
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 at present. Instead, we meet on-line every Sunday at 10:30, using Zoom conferencing program and we also stream the service on Facebook Live at our page; 'Claremont Church, Bolton'. If you wish to join the Zoom meeting, please contact us by email for details. 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" and "Further On Up the Road", a selection of our most popular songs, now re-mastered and available for free download or as a CD to buy.
How would I know if God is trying to speak to me? What do I do about it?
In the bible there is a story about a boy named Samuel who worked for God by serving the old priest, Eli. (You can read it in 1 Samuel 3:1-10). God called Samuel by name but he didn't recognise who was calling. In the end, the old priest told him to return and, when he heard God's voice, to say: "Speak Lord, your servant is listening". That was the beginning of a very important time in Israel's history.
We don't always recognise God's voice, but the church is here to help with that. If something strange happens to you when you hear a Christian song, read a piece of scripture, or listen to someone preach - don't ignore it. The church has people who will help and pray for you to understand if it is God trying to get your attention. Call or email us for someone to help!
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", we can assure you that God is not taken by surprise and His love for every one of the people that He created has not diminished. Shortly before the outbreak of CoVID19 in early 2020, the church adopted the following verses as it's God given vision for the year ahead. 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 - How powerful is that today, as the world struggles to understand what is the 'New Normal'?
"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 - we have two choices - to believe what God, the Creator of the universe, says - or to trust science and politics. Even though I spent most of my career immersed in science, I know who I prefer to believe!
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 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.
In case you are still not sure, many church members will gladly tell you about the practical truth of the next verses. Don't worry - trust Jesus Christ.
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)
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 that 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: 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. Several are available to listen to on our 'Life Stories' page. Here 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 hear some of these testimonies in our Life Stories 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)
" … when you see people praying and prayers being answered week after week, it makes you think.”
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