Next Sunday Service
- 14.08.22 – 10 am – Roy Cooper
- 10./11.09.2022 – European Heritage Open Days
Sunday services will all be online at 10am via Zoom, and also in person in our church building for those who like to come. Glastry Methodist is also reopening its building for gathered worship. The 11:30am Glastry service will still be live-streamed on Glastry Facebook Page too.
To the congregation of Portaferry Methodist Church and friends
We know that the Covid-19 Coronavirus presents a challenge to all church members. There is worry about the impact of the virus, particularly for those with health issues; concerns about just how we continue to live our everyday lives at a time of social distancing and self-isolation and worries about how we can support each other in our church family.
Sunday Services online and in person
- Each Sunday morning at 10am we host a live online service via ZOOM. Everyone interested can join us together with our friends of Glastry Methodist Church for workship. You do not have to have a computer, an ipad and Internet in order to do this, there is also a way to participate in this via telephone. Please send Rev. Jordan Litchfield (see contact) an email before Sunday and he will send you further instructions to connect via Zoom.
- Also our church building is open again for sunday worship in person. If you feel safe to join us, please do. We following all Covid restrictions/government advice and ask that those attending would wear facemasks and sit in the designated places in the church. There is a one way system in place as well as hand sanitizers around.
You are very welcome to join in our fellowship and if you have any questions please call either Rev. Jordan Litchfield (see contact)
Glastry Methodist reopened its buildings for gathered worship at 11:30am. We are also providing a live-stream of the Glastry Methodist Church service at 11:30am. You will be able to watch this either through Zoom or through Glastry church's Facebook page.
While we cannot yet provide Sunday School due to government regulations, we will do our best to keep the services shorter than normal and more engaging for all age groups.
Those isolating at home
We recognise the importance of keeping contact with those people who are self-isloating. We habe agreed a rota and allocated each to someone who will maintain regular contact both for spiritual support as well as for practical issues as shopping or collecting prescriptions, where there are any difficulties.
It is vital during the uncertain times thats we work together with the other Churches in Portaferry. This is both to be able to offer practical support but also to ensure that should there be significant illness the Churches work together to support the community.
We are also concerned that we do not give in to fear but remember that we are in God's hands. To support this, we will be sending every church member a text at least once per week with an appropriate bible verse. There will also be acticles written by members and can be found in the "latest news" section of this webpage.
- Our Minister and his family as they face this unprecedented challenge
- Those self-isolating
- Those who are ill and anxious
- Our Government that it may make wise decisions
- All in the NHS as they struggle to deal with the virus and key workers we know
- Those researching a vaccine and medicine
European Heritage weekend is coming up and Portaferry Church will be open for visitors. This year the opening hours are 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday 10th and 12 noon to 4pm on Sunday 11th. Welcome!
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Sunday Morning Service
We believe in working with other Christian groups.If there is a 5th Sunday in the month, then we join our friends of the Church of Ireland for a 'Joint Service'. We alternate speakers and location [just for a change you understand]. Next Dates for Joint Services: - 31.07. 10am with our friends of COI in Ballyphilip church
Missed a sunday and you would like to listen to the sermon as a recording?
That's easy! You can listen to the sermon of last sunday... or the sunday before... the last 3 sermons
Or do you like to listen to a sunday many months ago? You can do that in our Archive of Sermons or even full services in our Archive of Full Services!
Please let us know, if you want to recieve a reminder email if a new sermon is online!
Reverend Jordan Litchfield
The new minister of the Glastry and Portaferry circuit started in July 2017.
Jordan is originally from Indiana, USA. He married Naomi, originally from County Armagh in July 2010.
They have been blessed with two children, Nathanael and Anna-Joy. They are looking forward to serving and ministering among the people in Glastry and Portaferry.
Jordan - welcome to Portaferry and Glastry.