Worship
Sunday Mornings 11:30 am

Worship service each Sunday at 11.30am, commencing Sunday 20th September 2020.


Under present Coronavirus advice this service will be limited to
approximately 30 minutes without ‘live’ music.
REGISTRATION
Please register your desire to attend with Rev. Paul Dalzell, preferably by email, but if not possible, by phone, not later than 1pm
on the Wednesday before the Sunday you want to attend.
If you feel unwell, or have a cough or sneezes, please do not attend.
ARRIVAL AT CHURCH
Please arrive at the time slot given to you.
If using the steps, do not touch the railings.  Alternatively, use the ramp at the side.
INSIDE CHURCH
Please wear a face covering.
Please use the hand sanitisers provided at the entrance vestibule.
If it is wet, please take your coat and umbrella with you to your seat.
A ONE WAY SYSTEM will be in operation entering the church, which goes up the aisle on the
Donaghadee Side, across the choir area/communion table and down the aisle on the Bangor Side and you exit out the Side Door.
Signage is provided to clearly indicate this system.
Please sit in your designated seat which will be shown to you by a steward.
The toilet next to the Side Door will be available.  If needed, please make your way to and from this facility by the quickest and shortest route.
SEATING ARRANGEMENTS
We are aiming to achieve the required 2 metre social distancing measures within the church building.
Please remain in your designated seat. 
We will endeavour to seat all family members together but this may not always be possible.
Please note, that in the meantime, there will not be a creche or Children’s Church.
 
THE SERVICE
This will last approximately 30 minutes and there will be no live music and no choir.
There will be music and hymns played via the sound system.
The congregation will be able to sing along quietly with the hymns that are being played over the sound system.
All hymnbooks, bibles and seat cushions have been removed.
If needed, please feel free to bring your own cushion.
Offering:  There will be an opportunity to give your offering when entering or exiting the church.
EXITING THE CHURCH
After the service please do not leave your seat until directed to do so.
OUTSIDE THE CHURCH
Although it would be very tempting to gather for a post-service chat, for your own protection and that of others,
we would request that you disperse as quickly as possible.

 

Worship
Sunday Mornings 11:30 am.
2nd & 3rd Sunday Evenings at 7:00 pm
except June, July & August.

CD Ministry

This area of ministry aims to make our worship accessible to all.   Many members who are unable to attend church services can join our worshipping community through listening to our  ministry on CDs.  The morning services are recorded and are distributed by district elders on a regular basis. 

If you wish to receive CDs regularly or request a specific service recording please contact the office by sending an email to gportpc@googlemail.com or contact your District Elder. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Coming to church for the first time can seem a little daunting. Sometimes it’s the fear of not knowing what to expect that holds us back. Here’s a list of FAQs to help you.

What time should I arrive?

It is a good idea to arrive around 5 to 10 minutes before the advertised service start time. This will allow you to select where you are going to sit and relax before the service begins.

Is there easy access for visitors with mobility difficulties?

Yes, there is a ramp to access the church and space provided for a wheelchair.  If you have any questions with regard to facilities for people who need additional assistance please contact the office 028 9146 2552 or email office@groomsportpresbyterian.com.

What do I expect during the service?

Shortly before the service starts the organist will play. The choir will arrive and finally the minister, who will then lead your service. During the service it is usual that you stand for the hymns, however if you are unable to do so that is okay too. A typical Sunday morning worship service consists of five hymns, a short talk with the children, a sermon, as well as prayers, announcements and the offering.  After the end of the service the minister will stand at the door, where you can chat with him as you leave.

What should I wear?

In the church you will see some people wearing casual clothing and others wearing more formal attire. Wear what you are comfortable wearing, you are not expected to wear a specific style of clothing.

Where should I sit?

There are no allocated seats in the church. Some people sit in the same area of Church week after week, however you can sit where you like.

Do I have to give money?

During the offering a plate will be passed along the pews. You do not have to put any money on the offering plate, just pass it along.  If you do contribute, your money is gratefully received, it will be used for the upkeep of the church and to help others.

What about communion?

We hold formal communion services five times a year, also there is communion offered at the Easter Sunday sunrise service. Everyone who professes faith in Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord is invited to partake in this service, even if they have never taken communion before. During the service the bread and communion wine will be passed to you, you do not have to leave your seat. (Should you choose not to take communion you can just pass the plate to the next person).