Our Story

We are Formby Elim Pentecostal Church

 

WE ARE IN FORMBY

IN EARLY 1993 Christians in two Merseyside churches, Southport Elim and Kingsway Christian Fellowship, Waterloo, independently felt that Formby needed a Pentecostal church.

As the two churches planted separate pioneer churches into Formby, the leaders of both churches recognised that they would be better working together. As a result, the first joint meeting between the two new groups took place in January 1994 and in July 1994 the church was named Formby Christian Fellowship and became recognised as an Elim Pentecostal Church. We acquired our church building, in Church Road, late in 1998 and after extensive reworking of the building, mainly by members of the congregation, the first Sunday meeting took place on Sunday 4th June 2000. Our most recent change has been to the name of the church in November 2016, formerly Formby Christian Fellowship, we are now Formby Elim Pentecostal Church, a name that better reflects who we are as a church.
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We enjoy our involvement in the life of the Formby community and value our relationship with other Formby churches as part of Churches Together in Formby, Altcar and Hightown.

WE ARE ELIM

THE ELIM MOVEMENT was founded in 1915 by a Welshman in Monaghan Ireland. George Jeffreys was an outstanding evangelist and church planter. He had a Welsh Congregational background, was strongly influenced by the Welsh Revival of 1904, and was introduced to Pentecost by an Anglican vicar, Rev Alexander Boddy of Sunderland.

The name ‘Elim’ is taken from the book of Exodus where the Israelites, exhausted and dispirited en route from Egypt’s cruel bondage to the freedom of Canaan, arrived at an oasis in the desert called Elim.

Between 1915 and 1934, George Jeffreys conducted some tremendous evangelistic missions. This unknown preacher would commence a mission with a mere handful of people, and by the end of the week, thousands would clamour for a seat. Amazing miracles of healing had taken place. After the mission, large churches were established.

Elim continued to grow despite the ravages of World War Two; Today, there are just over 600 churches in the UK and are active in nearly 50 countries world- wide.

WE ARE PENTECOSTAL

PENTECOSTALISM is firmly rooted in Nineteenth Century Evangelicalism and owes much to the emergent Holiness Movement of that era, which itself is rooted in the teaching and ministry of John Wesley.

At the turn of the Twentieth Century a number of Evangelical Christians around the world were expectant of a move of God and were looking for the restoration of the Charismatic gifts experienced by the Early Church and written about by the Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 12-14). In 1906, after hearing of hundreds of thousands of conversions in the Welsh Revival of 1904, some Christians in Los Angeles had an experience of God that resulted in changed lives, speaking in tongues, healing of the sick and many conversions. The experience, which was termed Baptism in the Spirit, spread rapidly across America and was then carried to other parts of the world, reaching Great Britain in 1908.

Christians who claim the Pentecostal experience now number in their millions and are spread across almost every Christian denomination, so that Pentecostal, or Charismatic Christianity has become the fourth major Christian stream.