GCF is an independent Norwich church
Grace Christian Fellowship (GCF) is an independent, Holy Spirit-filled, Bible-based church meeting in Norwich, writes Serena Jones.
GCF is a lively church, which is seeking to preach and practice the full gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are a small church, and very much a family. We believe in loving and supporting our church members. All our church services include preaching or teaching from the Bible, together with lively praise and worship. The Word is important, so that we know how to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God, overcome difficulties, and know our Lord Jesus Christ in a deeper way.
At every service we take up a collection. We also take a charity collection once a month, which is used to support our work in India, or various local charities. On the first Sunday of the month, we take communion together, to celebrate the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, until he returns. Maranatha!
In the past we have organised various outreach activities, such as a monthly Sunday service at Philadelphia House Retirement Home, a fortnightly craft workshop at Silver Road Community Centre and street evangelism in the Magdalen Street area. We are currently looking for an outreach activity in the area of our new church building - Saints Event Venue on Yarmouth Road, where we meet every Sunday morning at 11am.
During lockdown we provided weekly online services, Zoom Coffee Mornings and a monthly Zoom Bible Study. As another lockdown project, we produced and printed our own Cookery Book with favourite recipes from various church members.
Grace Christian Fellowship also supports the Hope School and Children’s Home in Andhra Pradesh, India. The school and children’s home are run by Rev Nicky Smith and her husband Pastor Samuel Zion.
In 2007, GCF raised the money for Nicky and Samuel to buy a piece of land and build the school and children’s home, where they now live with their two children David and Angela.
Pastor Samuel also oversees a number of small rural churches in Andhra Pradesh and once a month they travel to local villages to feed the poor.
Members of GCF have travelled to the India campus and have helped work with the children, teach in the school, or have taken part in evangelism in rural villages, where the gospel has never before been heard. GCF also supports the school with various donations and gifts, and some church members sponsor a child at college after leaving the school on the campus.
Prior to moving to India and getting married in 2007, Nicky Smith was the minister of Grace Christian Fellowship for over ten years.
You can read more about Grace Christian Fellowship at: www.gcfnorwich.co.uk
Pictured are members of Grace Christian Fellowship.