“The body of Christ, working together, using different gifts under the guidance of the Holy Spirit builds a healthy church where each is valued and affirmed. Some gifts and tasks are more visible than others, but seen or unseen, each is a vital part of the whole. I thank God for all of you and for the part you play in the ‘body’ praying that you will be blessed by God in all you do for Him” (Revd. Sue McKenzie, Groby URC Annual Reports June 2012).
Most Recent Minister: Reverend Sue McKenzie (retired April 2017)
Sue grew up in an active Christian family, becoming a Church member when she was 18. Being actively involved in Church life Sue became an Elder in 1986. Previously working as a school teacher God called Sue into ministry in 1999. After completing her Theological Degree at Westminster College, Cambridge in 2003. Sue was called to serve 2 United Reformed Churches in Barnet, before coming to Groby United Reformed Church in March 2012.
Sue believes in the importance of a strong biblical focus and openness to the leading of the Holy Spirit in mission and encouraging the use of gifts. She believes in building Church as a community of all ages and encourages pastoral care among the whole Church family.
Elders are the Church leadership, dealing with all aspects of the running of the church, both practically and spiritually. Elders’ meetings are held monthly throughout the year, with ad-hoc special meetings called as necessary, and an annual ‘Away Day’.
Elders’ elections are held every year and the Church membership gives prayerful thought, seeking God’s guidance as to who should be elected to serve as an Elder for 3 years.
Once elected as an Elder a person is always an Elder, but they can be either ‘Serving Elders’ or ‘Non-serving Elders’.
Every third Tuesday of the month the Elders lead ‘Talking to God on a Tuesday’, an hour-long prayer meeting held in the Church.
A Church member has the right to vote at a Church meeting, influencing the decisions and direction of the Church. Whilst anyone in the congregation is welcome to attend a Church meeting and have an input to any discussion, only members can vote.
We have an active worship group with singers and musicians leading worship regularly in 2 or 3 services during the month. Our music ranges from older, more traditional hymns and to more contemporary songs. We just love to sing praises to the Lord!
We have a dedicated group of volunteers from within the Church who have received specialist training to provide the technical support for services and events.
Y.Church leaders plan Sunday morning teaching and activity sessions for children of varying ages based on the Scripture Union teaching materials, Bubbles (under 5 years), Splash (5-8 years), Xstream (8-11 years) and Grid (11-14 years). Each year children in Y.Church get involved packing shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’ Shoebox Appeal, as well as leading their own Christmas Nativity Service as part of the Christmas celebrations.
Pastoral Care Group
A group of Church folk with a calling to care for the pastoral needs of the fellowship. Offering comfort to the sick, lonely and bereaved, they give of their free time to meet the needs of others in the Church who might be in need of some help and support during a difficult time. Prayer forms a major part of their support, knowing that God will always be there through the storms of life.
The Mission Group oversees how the Church supports the work of Tearfund, a charity working in partnership with Christian agencies and churches worldwide to tackle the causes and effects of poverty. The Church links specifically with the work being undertaken by Tearfund in Cajamarca, Peru. The Group helps the Church support Fair Trade and understand worldwide issues of justice.
People are encouraged to attend one of our Home Groups, who meet every 2 weeks, where they can learn more about God and delve deeper into the Bible, exploring their faith and understanding with others. We currently have 3 groups: ‘Grace’ and ‘Everyday Life’ who meet on alternate Wednesday evenings and ‘Salt & Light’, who meet on alternate Thursdays.
Over 60s Sunday Afternoon Fellowship
Themed sessions are regularly arranged by a small dedicated team for the over-60s, including such activities as: ‘Antiques Roadshow’, ‘Songs of Praise’ and ‘Art Attack’ to name but a few. These come highly recommended, as long as your ages qualifies you!
Meeting on Monday mornings during term time Noah’s Ark offers a range of activities for adults with children to meet together in a Christian environment. Their artwork has pride of place on one of the notice boards in the Church hall. Why not take a look the next time you are in there.
We have a rota of people willing to ‘roll up their sleeves’ and ‘get stuck in’ to clean the Church on a weekly basis. Invitations are always on offer for people to join the rota and once a year the whole Church family is invited to take part in a giant ‘Spring Clean’.
Plus many, many more…
Bible Reading Notes, Christian Aid, Church Magazine ‘Contact’, Painting Group, Pulpit Supply, Church Secretary, Knit for Charity, Churches Together in Groby, Extend Governing Group, Youth and Children’s work volunteers etc. etc.
So, whatever gifts you have, there is a place for you here.