For Alton Bay resident Taryn Smith, who also worked at GCC for several years, her decision to become a member codified a 15+ year relationship with the church. “I felt at home from the first time I visited,” she said. “I always walk away feeling like I can relate the sermon and weekly messages to my own life.”
Smith agreed and said GCC is “a place of acceptance” regardless of a person’s race, gender, or sexual orientation. “It is important to me to be part of a church where people are not judged for who they are or what they do,” she said. “GCC is a place that makes me feel peace and comfort.”
Noting she has been through difficult times in her life, Smith said GCC members have always been there to support and help her and her children and show they truly care. “GCC has always made me feel like I am part of a big family,” she said.
Regarding what she would say to someone considering attending a GCC service, Jackie said the church “does not present a list of dogmas to be accepted by all.” “If you should attend a Sunday morning service, you will most likely be reminded of all the good things in our lives,” she said. “You will be encouraged to focus on helping others and enjoy good fellowship downstairs after the service.”
In summing up her experience at GCC, Smith said it is “an amazing place to raise a family.” “GCC not only offers weekly church services, but so many activities for youth and adults,” she added. “GCC plays a huge role in the community of Gilford as well as surrounding towns.”
Located in Gilford, NH, Gilford Community Church (GCC) is an inclusive, open community with a broadly ecumenical spirit that welcomes people from all denominational and cultural backgrounds. Viewable live on YouTube, Sunday service takes place at 10 a.m. at 19 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford, NH and is also available on a livestream feed on GCC’s Facebook page.