BEDFORD — Bedford’s newest church has launched along South River Road.
Granite United Church recently opened its fifth location, this time offering services at Noah’s Event Venue at 379 S. River Road.
“Our vision is not to be the largest church in New England, but to see New England come to know Christ, which is why we have multiple campuses,” said Pastor Rick Frost, the campus pastor at the new Bedford branch.
Granite United Church has four other campuses, in Salem, N.H.; Lowell, Mass.; Lawrence, Mass.; and Haverhill, Mass.
“We are excited to welcome everybody from the Bedford community,” said Frost. “We really do want people to feel that they are part of a family.”
The grand opening of the church will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 21, and the public is invited to attend.
Granite United Church was founded more than 20 years ago with a mission to provide a place where people can come as they are, to encounter God and potentially have their lives forever changed, according to Frost.
Whether it is meeting in a school, an old music hall or a lecture hall, Granite United Church has been able to host church services wherever it is welcome — in a portable fashion with live bands and energetic teachings from the Bible.
“Anywhere we can do church, we will do church. We have programs and activities for all, including adult workshops, kids’ ministry, youth ministry and post- high school ministry,” said Frost.
Noah’s Event Venue is a new facility in Bedford. Frost said Granite United Church was fortunate to have been able to secure Sunday mornings for its 11 a.m. services.
The church had been looking for a new location in Manchester, however nothing seemed feasible until the Bedford venue came about, he said.
“This was part of my search process, and it is just the perfect fit. It is a beautiful facility that is very regional for our church,” said Frost.
The site is easy to find, directly off the highway and very visible, he said.
Between 2,500 and 3,000 people call the church their home.
“It really is a place to become family,” Frost said, encouraging anyone without a church home to attend on Easter Sunday.