When we gather on sunday mornings we recognise the importance of truly worshipping our God. In loving and caring for the children we want to enable people to fully engage with the Sunday worship.
Within creche we enjoy structured play, stories, snack and songs. It would also be safe to say we change a fair amount of nappies! Creche is available for babies and toddlers from birth up to their pre-school year. Once children enter their pre-school year they move on to Stepping Stones.
Creche is available from the beginning of church and runs for the duration of the morning service.
Contact Doreen by clicking here for more info or to help out.
Mango Tots started as a result of our church baby boom. We also thought it was a great way to provide somewhere for people in our community to come along and have a bit of a chat while the children play around and test our energy levels!
The aim of Mango Tots is to provide a safe and comfortable environment for parents and carers, giving them the opportunity to meet with friends old and new - plus it’s great way for the children to have fun and burn off some of their seemingly unlimited energy! We hope that they will find support and encouragement from people in similar circumstances to their own. They do of course get to enjoy some coffee and chocolate cake as well.
Any parents, guardians or carers with babies or young children are welcome to drop in. Every Friday morning from 10am until 11.45am during school term times.
Contact Ali by clicking here for more info or to help out.
Our aim in Stepping Stones is simple - we want to introduce our children to the basic truths about God, giving them a foundation before they head off to Sunday School. Stepping Stones was created as a clear need arose with children out-growing creche but not being quite settled and ready for the more structured Sunday School setting.
The materials we use are from Scripture Union. Each week there is a story from the Bible which is reinforced through play, singing, drama and crafts.
Stepping Stones is for children in their pre-school year.
Every Sunday from September - June during the morning service. Children leave the main service to come out to Stepping Stones at approx 10.20am.
Contact Joanne by clicking here for more info or to help out.
Our aim is to teach children to fall in love with God for who He is and not just what He does for them. We pray for the kids and teach them the Bible. We seek to model grace and be honest with them about our own Christian walk. We work with the children, with the understanding that it is God who really teaches through His Spirit and that it is His word that carries authority and changes hearts. We sing songs, we pray together, we have remembery verses, games and crafts where it complements the lesson.
Once a year we take over the Sunday Service - for an Open Day in May/June. Plus we raise money each year for our chosen charity/ministry which is the Little Hearts Orphanage in India.
Sunday Club is for children from P1 - P7. Every Sunday from September - June during the morning service.
Contact Claire by clicking here for more info or to help out.
Kingdom Kids is another one of our children’s ministries which seeks to teach kids about who God is and how he has revealed himself in the Bible.
Please note: due to the building project, we are not hosting Kingdom Kids during the 2015/2016 year.
Youth ministry at GBC is guided by the example of Christ as he grew up (Luke 2:52). We want to provide a youth programme that allows young people to develop in all areas of their life; from knowledge, to relationships, to spiritually. In order to facilitate that, there are a variety of activities which take place during the year including one off events and a residential weekend. Regular activities include:
Equip - Every Sunday during our main church service for those in Year 8 to Year 12. Young people leave during the service to study the Bible together.
Engage -Fortnightly each month for those in Year 8 and above. Engage gets young people together for nights out and special events. Trips this year will include WeAreVertigo and the Belfast Giants.
Student Home Group - a local home group in Greenisland for those aged 16 and above. This is an opportunity for Bible study, prayer and food.
There is also the opportunity for young people to go away on mission teams here and abroad, work on ministry teams at the church, and serve during services in the worship team or AV team.
Contact Dave by clicking here for more info or to help out.
The women’s ministry in our church seeks to equip women in their understanding and application of the Bible and to have time to meet together to deepen relationships.
Connect, our women’s minstry comes in different forms. We currently have two regular Bible Studies where we get stuck into the word using the Precept Bible Study materials.
You can get involved in prayer chains as we support and rejoice with each other in prayer through the good times and the tough times.
Contact Laura by clicking here for more info or to help out.
The men’s ministry in our church seeks to equip men in their understanding and application of the Bible and to have time to meet together to deepen relationships.
We have a bi-weekly Bible Study on Tuesday nights where we get stuck into the word using the Precept Bible Study materials.
Contact Stephen by clicking here for more info or to help out.
MEG aims to show God’s love in practical ways to the elderly members within our community by befriending, visiting, caring, listening, chatting, sharing, doing and ministering in Christ’s name.
There are many in our community with needs, concerns and who struggle with loneliness. The aim of MEG involves seeking to meet these needs where possible. Over the past year, MEG have been involved in visitation to the individual homes of elderly people and to nursing homes within the community. These times usually involve chatting and listening with those involved. Where the need has arisen, MEG have been able to assist in other ways, such as providing transport to appointments.
MEG lead regular services in the local nursing homes on Sunday afternoons. We also have at least 3 special events throughout the year and are available for home visits.
Contact Raymond by clicking here for more info or to help out.
CAP aims to show God’s love in action by providing sustainable poverty relief through debt counselling, budgeting advice and practical help.
It’s almost impossible to condense the work of CAP into one side of a postcard. Christians Against Poverty is a national debt counselling charity working through a network of centres in partnership with local churches. CAP offers hope and a solution to anyone in debt through its unique, in-depth Free service. We use a combination of face-to-face home visits, budgeting advice, debt management, creditor negotiations, insolvency services and befriending.
Our approach empowers people to help themselves out of poverty and be released from the devastating effects of unmanageable debt. These effects range from fear, stress, illness, missed meals, family breakdown and even suicide. When possible we also provide emergency food hampers through our local Food Bank.
Contact Jacqui by clicking here for more info or to help out.
For free advice and support call 0800 328 0006
Our small groups are a great way for people in our church to connect with each other, pray together, support each other, find accountability and get a chance to chat around the word of God and work out how to apply what we learn. God called us into community with other believers and Small Groups are one of the ways we attempt to help people find genuine relationships and fellowship.
Groups meet on a weekly or fortnightly basis to study God’s word, pray and support each other as we seek to live lives that reflect God’s glory. The groups offer an opportunity for socials and a place to connect with others. Our small groups meet in various locations and all look a bit different. Our studies follow the sermon series for most of the year but groups work through other studies as well.
Most groups meet on a Thursday night with one or two exceptions.
Contact Dave by clicking here for more info.