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How we started
Grace Church is part of the Newfrontiers family of churches worldwide, led by Terry Virgo and a number of regional, national and international teams.
However until the early 1990's most of the Newfrontiers churches in the UK were based in the South East of England. In 1992 Terry Virgo had a vision that showed a picture of England with a bow touching Cornwall with one end, and East Anglia with the other. The prophetic word was, "As the bow is drawn back into the nation, you will be fired into the nations". This encouraged the leaders of Newfrontiers to look at planting churches across the UK, with a view to sending many people internationally as God called them.
Out of this vision a church was planted in Manchester, and soon God was giving faith for a number of churches to be planted across the region.
Grace Church began in 1994 as a small group of people meeting in a front room. Our vision was to grow into a strong, local church based on clear Biblical values, but also part of the wider church around the area and indeed world-wide. At first we travelled into the Newfrontiers church in Manchester; then as the church grew it was planted out to Bolton with 35 people, in 1997.
Initially the church met in hired premises for its public meetings. In June 2003 it purchased the former Somerset Road URC building in the Heaton area of Bolton, renaming it 'The Grace Centre'. The church is now established and steadily growing in strength and numbers, and is planting out into Westhoughton.