Children are a great joy to have in the Church, whatever age they are. They are a tremendous gift of God, not only to their parents, but also the wider Church family. However, we also recognise that as a Church we have a responsibility to support parents as they raise their children in the ways and word of God.
To this end we seek to offer particular spiritual care for the children of the fellowship, in close liaison with the parents. The extent of our involvement, and the specific care in each circumstance, will depend upon the age, spiritual development and family situation of the individual child.
The aim of the mentoring scheme is to help the child come to an understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ, be baptised on their profession of faith in Christ, and become faithful members in the local Church, serving the Lord with faithfulness and zeal.
Each mentor will be chosen by the elders, and approved by parents, with prayer that our young people might know the blessing of God upon them.
In our society, the elderly are often side lined and not respected, failing to receive the care that they really need. This should not be so, particularly in the Church. The Bible has much to say about the respect we should give to those older than us, because of their wisdom and experience of life. As we read in Job 12:12, “Wisdom is with aged men, and with length of days is understanding.”
As a Church we seek to take this seriously, endeavouring to provide care for the needs of the elderly among us. Old age does not come alone: it often comes with illness, disability and loneliness. As best we can, we seek to provide spiritual care under the oversight of the eldership, and physical help through the ministry of the deacons.
There are limits of course to what we can do, but that doesn’t stop us doing our best for these needy folk, who have often given their lives in service of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our desire is that in their last years, they may find the help they need, before they enter into their final rest with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sharing with your community
It is without doubt that Ramsbottom is an extremely colourful and diverse community. With a varied range of social backgrounds, it boasts a population of between 17-18,000
Over recent years we have enjoyed contact with many families from the Peel Brow estate and felt it would be a great place to share the love of God, and true message of Christianity.
Most people have appreciated our friendly and sincere approach. Without being in any way pushy or pressurising, we listen and discuss to the concerns, fears and issues people have, weather it be religious, social or otherwise. This approach has helped us gain the respect and confidence of many we have spoken to.
It has also gone a long way in helping people to better understand the real message of the gospel, the love God, and His incredible work of salvation, through the sacrifice of His own Son, and has certainly given us great opportunities to build more meaningful relationships.
People can see and appreciate that we are not just here today and gone tomorrow. Rather we are here because we love God, and want to make a difference in sharing His love through the Christian message. We demonstrate through personal testimony of His great love for us, and how that has had a positive impact on our life’s. Our aim is to positively share that through His forgiveness, made possible through Jesus Christ, God wants to be very much part of their life, bringing the assurance of eternal life in what the bible calls heaven. We believe this is the most wonderful message of hope and salvation the world could ever know.
We know that none of us deserve the salvation that God offers us through the death of His Son. It is only by His Grace alone that we can share this life transforming message, and we consider it the greatest privilege to do so.
The next time you answer a knock at the door, before you politely ask them to leave, check out whether they are from Trinity Grace Church first. You could be turning away something far greater than winning the national lottery; it could be an opportunity to hear of the greatest message of salvation you will ever hear.
A short film showing what we get up to on our ‘Family Fun Day’, including a 40 foot bouncy castle, barbecue, rope swing, croquet, tug-of-war, Danish longball, table tennis, motorbike rides, and much more. A great day is enjoyed by all! For those of you with apple devices, you may need to click the direct link on our Trinity Grace youtube channel to view the video.