Sunday services will all be online at 10am via Zoom. Glastry Methodist is reopening its building for gathered worship. The 11:30am Glastry service will still be live-streamed on Glastry Facebook Page too.

Next Sunday Service

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  • 26.09.2021 – 10am – Rev. Dr. Sahr Yambasu

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.
  • Glastry Methodist reopened its buildings for gathered worship at 11:30am. Both the church and the McMaster hall is used for this. We following all Covid restrictions/government advice and ask that those attending would wear facemasks and sit in the designated places both in the church and in the hall. The hall has a direct video link to the church. You are very welcome to join in our fellowship and if you have any questions please call either Rev. Jordan Litchfield (see contact) or Glastry Society Steward Errol McMaster.
    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.
  • 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.

Other issues

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.

Prayer points

  • 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

Latest News

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Reflection on Song

Before the last year, none of us could have envisaged the changes which have now become an accepted part of our everyday lives – the social distancing, the masks, the lockdowns. And of course, these changes have been reflected in our church life too. For the short number of weeks since last March when we were physically able to meet together, the ‘new normal’ seemed far from normal and certainly very far from how we were accustomed to worship. We […]

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Our Services

Sunday Morning Service

Come and join us in the Sunday Morning Worship. It’s simple, it’s straightforward, it’s for everyone. It starts at 10:00am and everyone is welcome! (Please note: In times of Corona we meet at 10:00am via Zoom Meeting instead until further notice) Come as you are, you don't need to wear special clothes for it. You don’t need to bring anything. We supply it all. Listen, reflect on God’s Word and be challenged and inspired for the week ahead. For the Kids there is a children’s talk and then a selection of books and toys in the back of the church. No one feels offended if they play quietly there! We also have a small kitchen and upstairs room where they can also play. 3 members are Access NI approved. And, after each service? Ah, there’s tea, coffee and chat with some biscuits; all provided in our kitchen room, Cuan Mews - you are welcome attend this too!

Joint 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: - tba

Communion Service

On the first Sunday of each month our service is followed by communion. All Christians are welcome to participate. The Communion Service also starts at 10:00am. (Please note: In Times of Corona we meet at 10:00am via Zoom, but also share communion once a month.)

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Jordan and Naomi Litchfield

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.

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