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Haverhill

February 27, 2014

Church grows at Haverhill High

School auditorium doubles as house of worship

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“By having an additional service, it allows people the opportunity to attend who might otherwise not have been able to make it,” Croteau said.

Granite United also has a children’s ministry at its campuses.

One of its youth groups meets on Wednesday evenings at the Daly Dogs restaurant on Groveland Street.

“About 25 or children per week attend the Haverhill campus at Daly Dogs,” Croteau said. “The owners have been tremendous to us in letting us use their space.”

“We always get the response that our church is very welcoming, especially to newcomers,” Croteau said. “We make people feel loved when they walk in.”

Sunday services are casual, and members are invited to dress as they please.

Croteau usually wears jeans and a button-down shirt when leading a Sunday service.

“I’m here to love people and not to make them feel like they have to dress up,” he said.

Granite United’s involvement in Haverhill has ranged from presenting a float in last year’s VFW Santa Parade to community outreach to giving to local charities such as the Emmaus House shelter for homeless people.

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