UCKG’s HelpCentres in England reopen for communal worship

All UCKG HelpCentres in England reopened for communal worship on Wednesday 2 December, offering a full range of public services of prayer and also reinstating other key activities including VYG youth group meetings.

For the four weeks of the second lockdown, the HelpCentres were only open for private prayer.

Bishop Álvaro Lima, who leads the UCKG in the UK said: “This is excellent news for all the communities where we are present. There is a growing appreciation that church-going benefits mental health and wellbeing, and we go further, believing that faith in God can help to deliver a better future, even after all the turmoil and fears of 2020.”

While looking to the future with faith and optimism, the UCKG continues to exercise all necessary precautions, including social distancing, use of face coverings and hand gel at its services. The schedule includes services at 7am, 10am, 3pm and 7.30pm, Monday to Friday. The themes for each day’s prayers are as follows:

  • Monday – Independence Project (prayer for economic security)
  • Tuesday – Healing
  • Wednesday – Spiritual Growth
  • Thursday – Family Day. Love Therapy is held at Finsbury Park HelpCentre only, at 8pm, and is streamed to other branches.
  • Friday – Spiritual Cleansing
  • Saturday – Impossible Cases (7am)
  • Sunday – 7.30am and 10am (Sunday Service/Empowerment), Breaking the Habit, which deals with addictions (4pm) and Bible Study (6pm) are held at Finsbury Park only and streamed to other branches.

In addition, the UCKG holds services in Portuguese and Spanish, primarily for native speakers of those languages. Days and times for these services change depending on location and members of the public are urged to confirm with the Pastor at their local HelpCentre when these take place.

The Portuguese services in Finsbury Park follow the same themes as the English ones, and take place Monday to Saturday at 10am, 12pm and 7.30pm (8pm on Thursdays). There are four Sunday services, Empowerment/Sunday Service (7am and 10am), Breaking the Habit (3pm) and Bible Study (6pm).

The Spanish services in Finsbury Park are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7am, 12pm, 4.30pm and 7.30pm, Sunday services comprise Empowerment/Sunday Service at 8.30am and 12noon, and Bible Study at 5pm.

To ensure that anyone who is self-isolating, or vulnerable and therefore unable to participate even in COVID secure activities, the UCKG streams services in English, Portuguese and Spanish on Wednesdays and Sundays. Details are available on the website uckg.org.

Note to editors:

UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort and welcomes all-comers. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith. There are UCKG HelpCentre branches in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

VYG is the youth arm of the UCKG HelpCentre, and works to help young people aged 14 to 25 to develop their full potential. VYG started in the UK in 1996 and has been growing steadily ever since. Over 1,300 young people attend VYG meetings every week, sharing sessions that include practical teaching, fun and spiritual development.

For further information please contact the UCKG HelpCentre Press Officer via e-mail on press@uck