Welcome to Grappenhall Independent Methodist Church
'The friendly Church on Knutsford Road'
For Baptism, Marriage and Funerals see our 'Contact Us' page. For Room Bookings see our 'Events' page.
Church Open for Prayer
the Government’s announcement that places of worship can open for prayer, it
has been decided that we will take advantage of this relaxation in the lockdown
rules and make our church building available for personal prayer and reflection
on each Sunday from the 21st June between 10.30 and 11.30. Stewards
will ensure that social distancing is maintained by all those entering church
through the front door. You will be requested to clean your hands with hand
sanitizer. You will then be directed to a seat and only household members will
be allowed to sit together. You can stay for as little or as long as you wish,
and we suggest staggering arrival times to avoid possible congestion at 10.30. How
about arriving at 10.40, 10.50 or 11.00?
wish to leave, you will be asked to exit via the Barton Avenue side door; a
one-way system will be in operation. Once a seat has been occupied it will not
be reused until it is thoroughly cleaned or a period of 72 hours elapse by
which time in the unlikely event of any virus being present it will have
decayed. If you wish to leave your offertory you can do so on one of two plates
as you enter church. On the way-out further hand sanitizer will be available
for your use.
mind how this virus affects older people, we do not want to make any member of
our congregation feel obliged to come to church for personal prayer and so put
their own health at risk. As one member recently stated, ‘I can just as easily pray
at home’. On the other hand, there will
be some who will feel the need to be in God’s house for prayer and reflection.
Antidote - The button for more information
change History, we can only learn from it
The tragic death
of George Floyd in Minneapolis has triggered many responses not only in the USA
but from around the world. Protests about the way he was brutally treated by
the police involved have rapidly snowballed to absorb a number of other long
standing grievances from racial groups who have been disadvantaged and
discriminated against since before the beginning of our modern world.
Within our country, this wave of protest has had two main targets, the
continuing racial prejudice that is still visible in some of our communities
and the campaign to remove the statues of every prominent individual who had
connections with the slave trade.
As much as
I personally detest slavery in all its forms, I see absolutely nothing to be
gained from removing such statues. These people lived in a world which was
totally different from our world and I firmly believe that we cannot judge that
world by our present perceived standards. We cannot change history; we can only
learn from it. Statues such as the one dumped into the dock at Bristol act as a
reminder to the wrongs of the past.
something that has existed throughout human history and its victims have come
from all racial groups not just from black and ethnic minorities. In the dark
ages white Anglo Saxons were enslaved by raiding Danes, Christians throughout
the Balkans were enslaved by the Ottoman Turks following the collapse of the Christian
Byzantine Empire. Today we have modern slavery as Asians and Eastern Europeans
are trafficked into our western world for financial gain. We also have economic
slavery in many parts of the world, paying pitiful wages to those who produce
cheap goods for our ravenous consumer society. Are these activities any better than
those who traded in slaves between the 17th and 19th
We are just
as guilty as those who went before us because we also economically benefit from
those who in many ways are the slaves of today. Jesus said, "Let him who is
without sin cast the first stone”. Perhaps before we judge those from the past we
should look to the injustices of our present world. (RB)