The United Reformed Church Grove,
Oxford Road, Gomersal, Bradford BD19 4JR
Spen and Calder Enterprise Group of Churches
Welcome to the United Reformed Church Grove Gomersal.
Revd Janine Atkinson
SPACE website: www.space.urc.org.uk
Grove website: http:groveurc.org.uk
Church Secretary – Mrs D Brook email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer – Mr B Brook email: email@example.com
TO CARRY ON THE WORK OF JESUS IN THE WORLD TODAY
Sunday Morning Worship 10.30am,
Communion 2nd Sunday in the month
Junior Church & Crèche
Messy Church 10.30am-11.30am 1st Sunday in month
We welcome unaccompanied children or families. After 15 minutes with the church family the children go into age groups to hear stories, do craft.
Pilots 6.00 – 7.30pm (During Term time)
Pilots is a non-uniformed organisation for children 4-13.
Our Sunday morning worship begins with a Family Service at 10.30 am, consisting of a short informal time of worship designed to meet the needs of young people and children (but not excluding the occasional youthful octogenarian). This is followed by Junior Church group work for the children and young people, and worship for the adults. Regularly on the second Sunday of each month, and on other special occasions, we celebrate Holy Communion.
We often celebrate important dates in the Christian calendar with special services such as our Harvest Festival and Christmas Festival services.
(women’s meeting) First Thursday monthly 7.30pm
Monthly walks arranged usually Sunday afternoon
Grove Community Library
Friday Coffee Area open 9.45-11.30am
Friday Bookchat 10.00-11.00am 1st and 3rd Fridays
Second and Fourth Tuesdays at 2pm
Wednesday Coffee Morning 10.00–11.30am
Regular lunches 12.00noon
Come and join us for a game of Curling 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in the month 10.00-11.30am.
If you know of anyone who would like to come and join us, perhaps a relative, neighbour or friend who has difficulty with transport it can be provided.
See notice board for details
THE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, GROVE, GOMERSAL
John Taylor of Red House in Gomersal built a brick chapel near his home c 1800. He was a Radical and Nonconformist, but not attached to any particular denomination. The Taylor family used the chapel as essentially their own private place of worship, and John Taylor also preached there to his own band of followers. In the earlier 1800’s this chapel was also used occasionally by Congregationalists for preachings. Congregationalists services were also sometimes held in the music gallery of Pollard Hall, the home of James Burnley, a deacon at Heckmondwike Upper Independent Church.
Grove Congregational Church was built in Oxford Road. Gomersal in 1825—26 by members of the Congregational churches at Cleckheaton and Heckmondwike; the leader of this project was James Burnley. The church was opened in 1826 and the members who worshipped there became a separate congregation in the same year.
The Sunday School was built behind the church in about 1828. It was paid for entirely by James Burnlev. It was enlarged in 1842~. The church was enlarged in 1849 – 50 and again in 1876 and 1882.
Grove became a United Reformed Church in 1972 on the national amalgamation of the Congregational and Presbyterian churches into one denomination. In about I 981 the three United Reformed Churches of Gomersal Grove, Cleckheaton Providence Place, and Norristhorpe joined together to form the Spenhorough Group of Churches, sharing a minister. Providence Place Church in Cleckheaton closed in 1991 and the members there then joined the church at Grove.
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