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

  • 18.04.21 – 10am – Rev. Jordan Litchfield

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    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

    The Story and the Methodist quadrilateral

    The Story is the paraphrase of Luke and Acts that is being studied at the moment by the Circuit with Jordan, and also through PresenCE, the Portaferry cross-community group. We are now half way through and so far each week has raised questions on interpretation. It is interesting that these issues arise in what are relatively familiar books of the Bible so I thought it might be of interest to remind ourselves of a traditional Methodist approach, the Methodist quadrilateral. […]

    If it weren’t so serious

    I go for my first Covid jab on Sunday and feel privileged to have this opportunity. What is so disturbing is the extent of the misinformation around the vaccination. Truth is a vital component of a healthy democracy but we also need trust, and for some that has been sadly eroded in recent years, so giving space for the conspiracy theorists. However I wonder how many people really believed this story. My sister works for the Ministry of Defence and […]

    Afternoon Tea

    As a short forty-something, I don’t make a habit of climbing trees, but today’s an exception. Rumour suggests a celeb’s coming. I’m up here to see him, and I don’t care what anyone else thinks. All my life, I’ve so wanted to be tall, not bullied. My grandmother telling me that all the men in my family line had been short was no consolation. I longed to be one of the gang. ‘Go away shorty,’ [that’s the benign version] was […]

    Christmas all wrapped up (one last hurrah for Xmas 2020)

    This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. (Luke 2:12 NIVUK) There you go! Christmas all wrapped up. Sadly, today most are content to leave the Christ child all wrapped up. When all wrapped up in cloths the baby Jesus is no threat to them. They can bring Him out each Christmas for a few days, go to the carol service or the school nativity play, they do […]

    Salt and Light

    I read the following in Encounter with God, reflecting on Matthew 5.13-16. The writer said: Jesus does not envisage his community as a withdrawn, sectarian group, making occasional attempts to preach to outsiders and expecting them to come to Christian gatherings to be converted. Salt must have contact with whatever it is intended to preserve, or it loses its purpose; light only fulfils its function when it exists in the darkness. How many models of the church and its mission […]

    Two Penny-Worth

    As she jostled her way through the milling, gossipy throng in the Outer Court of the Temple, she felt her slender hand clench on all she had left. So tight her nails dug into her skin. Her knees felt unsteady. How would she get food if she did this? Hesitating, she leaned against the nearest column. Everyone was too busy to notice. The Temple stonework glinted red, yellow, and a stark white in the afternoon sun. As she looked at […]

    Armchair travels

    Further lockdown finds me longing to travel. It began as a vague restlessness, a need to explore further than the garden and the local park. Thoughts of Portaferry were uppermost, but at this point, my odd feeling of discomfort took shape – the shape of a car ferry or an airplane! But travelling like that is impossible right now, and however much I crave the fun and fellowship of Portaferry, I require a substitute. One of the blessings brought by […]

    Putting the Clock Back

    My name is Esau. Six successive generations of my family served in the High Priest’s Guard. But I can’t imagine anyone of them had a Passover experience like mine. Miriam, our third child, was due, so when old Caiaphas wanted volunteers to guard the grave, I grabbed the overtime. To be frank, it was a chance to escape from the bedlam in the city for a bit. Truth be told, it was a dark, uneasy watch. Not what I expected. […]

    Be Thankful For

    The mess to clean up after a party because it means I am surrounded by friends. The taxes I pay because it means I am employed. The clothes that fit a little snug because it means I have food to eat. A lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home. All the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech. The space […]

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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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