Tintwistle and Glossop United Reformed Church
Old Road, Tintwistle, Glossop, SK13 1JY



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Tintwistle and Glossop URC is one of the churches of the Goyt and Etherow Pastorate


Our Christian Outlook

At Tintwistle and Glossop we see ourselves as an evangelical fellowship. We have a desire to be honest to Christ’s teaching in the scriptures, looking to passages such as 2 Timothy 2 v. 15

‘Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.’

In this we endeavour to spread Christ’s gospel message of hope and love in this area, challenging what we and others teach through this fellowship in order to nourish and nurture each other in our faith and service, and so to reach out to our community.

Nourishing each other comes, in addition to Sunday morning worship, through regular bible studies and prayer meetings. Lay preachers have sustained us and we are always grateful to these faithful servants of God for their support. Some thematic teaching through preachers in the fellowship has also helped us.

Recent use of the series ‘Christianity Explored’ has allowed us to be challenged again as to what our faith is based on, this taking place initially within our services before inviting our village to explore it with us in months to come.

Sunday School. We have few young people worshipping regularly on Sundays, but a number of our fellowship take it in turns to teach Sunday school classes.

Pastoral care has also been an important part of our nourishing and nurturing, especially as we have an aged fellowship, and those involved with this care of fellowship members have been Christ-like in this regard.

Fellowship. With a small fellowship, the nurturing effect of encouraging people to take an active part in church life (such as reading, flower arranging, hospitality after services, etc) has been good.

Our fellowship has also been strengthened by a member who is involved in Mountain Rescue and who has lead walks up into the hills regularly. For anyone who might feel called to lead this fellowship in the future and who has a love of hill walking, this is a lovely chance to explore with friends!

 

Outreach within our community and ecumenism has taken a number of forms.

Church facilities have been a blessing and enabled us to host Scouts, Brownies and Cubs groups, in addition to Babies and Toddlers, Parade services are an opportunity to reach out to those children in the organisations

Youth Work - We have in recent years employed two workers who lived with fellowship members and were involved with youth work, while worshipping with our fellowship. These were for 2 one-year periods and saw some response from local young folk in that time.

Schools - We have a Governor within the local primary/junior school and this school is open to Christ’s teaching in assemblies. This has allowed us as a fellowship to approach a children’s worker to take assemblies alongside Christians from other denominations.

The Church Hall - Dancing nights, movie nights, fairs, etc. also take place within the church hall and recent funds from the sale of a sister-church building have allowed those facilities to be improved for greater outreach potential, and we are grateful to God for this blessing.



Ecumenical links in the Longdendale Valley involve a number of churches. Christchurch, within Tintwistle village, is our close neighbour and we share a number of services, including Remembrance Day and Good Friday. Links with this fellowship also share a pub outreach called ‘Pints of view’ in The Bull’s Head pub in Tintwistle.

Further afield, Mottram Evangelical Church hosts men’s breakfasts on occasions. A Safari Supper evening and Easter morning sunrise services bring us together with other valley churches.

Safeguarding - our church has a formal Safeguarding Policy for the protection of children and adults at risk. Further details can be provided on request



Updated 4th January 2018