We've all got a story, and Grace Church Barrow is no different.
And really our story is about a whole bunch of different stories all coming together.
Some of us have been living in the neighbourhood for as long as we can remember. Some of us moved to Barrow more recently. And a few of us drive in from across the Furness peninsula.
Some of us have been committed Christians for decades. Some of us are brand new to Christianity. Others of us are just exploring.
Some of us are still in nappies. Some of us are officially 'retired'. And of course there's a whole spectrum in between.
But we'd all say that our lives have found meaning and purpose and hope as we've found our place in God's Story.
So whoever you are, whatever your story is, you're really welcome.
why a new church?
Since the very first followers of Jesus in the first century, Christians have been involved in planting new churches. That's because at its heart, Christianity is about good news to enjoy, live, and share.
'Church' is a word that's often associated with a particular type of building, but actually Christians have always met together in very different types of places, from houses and schools to pubs and halls. That's because Christians believe church isn't about the building, but a community of people. And it's the same with us.
a local church for holbeck, roose & beyond...
Grace Church began after a group of Christians from the Roose & Holbeck areas of Barrow began meeting in September 2015 to pray for their area. After various local initiatives and events, in October 2017 Grace Church Barrow was born. For a year Grace Church met at Yarlside Academy, before moving in October 2018 to the Roose Conservative Working Men's Club in Barrow.
For various reasons, during the national lockdown in 2020, Grace Church began prayerfully exploring merging together with another church in the town, St Paul's Church, Barrow.
In September 2020 both churches committed to merging together and then, in November 2020, Rev. Robin Ham was appointed to lead the new merged church. Like many churches across the UK, online services became the norm during this time, but at Easter 2021 Grace Church and St Paul's were able to have their first combined 'in-person' services at the St Paul's building in Hawcoat, Barrow. In July 2021 they formally became one and now meet as 'St Paul's Barrow' at the church building on the corner of Abbey Road and Hawcoat Lane in Barrow.
We remain committed to being a church serving and connected to the Holbeck & Roose area, with a number of the church community living in that part of Barrow and involved in different community initiatives, whilst also serving the wider town & beyond.
could your story be part of this story?
Grace Church Barrow's story has had a number of twists and turns, but with each one we're conscious that we're simply turning the page of a much bigger story, God's story.