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Our Vision

 

Family Life

In our church family there are some things that really matter to us. We are working hard to become the kind of church described in the book of Acts that is made up of these five principles.

We are committed to prayer; we believe that prayer changes circumstances, lives and even nations. Above all Jesus said his house was to be called a house of prayer and so we must be a people of prayer. Prayer is not something we do as an add-on to our church family; it is part of who we are.

What does that look like?
Prayer has many different forms in our church family: prayer meetings, prayer groups, half-nights of prayer, seasons of prayer and fasting.
We give room to prayer when we are together as a family, we regularly pray for the sick and those in need and we regularly see God do incredible things.

Fellowship is a word we might not use nowadays but it is packed with meaning. It really means we are joined, connected and that we share life with each other. We believe that because Christ lives within each believer we should have a spiritual connection to each other; we are family. Our church seeks to excel in fellowship.

What does that look like?
We seek to help new comers get to know our church family through our welcome team and home visits. We have a team of dedicated leaders who form our pastoral care department and regularly visit those who are sick, in need or who are upon their hearts. Our church family has various departments for all generations in which fellowship (doing life together) is our goal.

God’s word is truth and it sets us free. We are committed to God’s word, to reading it, living it and teaching it.

What does that look like?
Preaching and teaching always takes the primary place in our gatherings.
We try to distribute teaching as wide as possible on CD, DVD and Podcast
We are committed to discipling new believers, for example in the provision of our course ‘The Journey’.

Along with teaching we are passionate about training and using God’s word to equip his people to carry out the good works God has appointed them to.
We don’t just appoint people to leadership we train them and are always on the look out for emerging leaders.

We believe that God is doing, that he is always active and always speaking. God’s Holy Spirit empowers us, he rests on us and guides us, and he speaks to us.

What does that look like?
Just like the early church believed that when they gathered together the Holy Spirit was in the midst to speak and to move, we also believe that when our church family gathers together we should make room for the Spirit of God to move. We want to be people who love being in God’s presence and who carry the presence of God on our lives.

We are not called just to remain inside the four walls of our church. We have a call to the town and island we are on.

What does that look like?
We are constantly reaching out across the town sharing the love of Jesus and the message of how he can change lives.
We believe God has a destiny for our town and we are praying for revival in Portadown and Ireland.
We also believe that as God’s people we are to be both local and global. We support overseas missionaries and regularly take missionary teams to various nations of the world.

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Our Beliefs

 

These Fundamental Truths explain our theology and are our statement of faith – they are powerful, non-negotiable and guide all we say and do. They can be summarised as follows:

We believe the Bible, as originally given, to be without error, the fully inspired and infallible Word of God and the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe that the Godhead exists co-equally and co-eternally in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and that these three are one God, sovereign in creation, providence and redemption.
We believe in the true and proper deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His real and complete humanity, in His sinless life, in His authoritative teaching, in His substitutionary and atoning sacrifice through His blood shed, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His heavenly intercession and His second advent to receive His Church.
We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son and the necessity of His work in conviction of sin, repentance, regeneration and sanctification, and that the believer is also promised an enduement of power as the gift of Christ through the baptism in the Holy Spirit with signs following. Through this enduement the believer is empowered for fuller participation in the ministry of the Church, its worship, evangelism and service.
We believe in the universal sinfulness of all men since the Fall, rendering man subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
We believe in the necessity for salvation of repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by which the sinner is pardoned and accepted as righteous in God’s sight. This justification is imputed by the grace of God because of the atoning work of Christ, is received by faith alone and is evidenced by the Fruit of the Spirit and a holy life.
We believe in the spiritual unity and the priesthood of all believers in Christ and that these comprise the universal Church, the Body of Christ.
We believe in the ministries that Christ has set in His Church, namely, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers and in the present operation of the manifold Gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the New Testament.
We believe in the baptism of believers in water in obedience to the command of Christ and the commemoration of Christ’s death by the observance of the Lord’s Supper until His return.
We believe that the Gospel embraces the needs of the whole man and that the Church is therefore commissioned to preach the Gospel to the world and to fulfil a ministry of healing and deliverance to the spiritual and physical needs of mankind.
We believe in the personal, physical and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to reign in power and glory.
We believe in the resurrection of the dead and in the final judgement of the world, the eternal conscious bliss of the righteous and the eternal conscious punishment of the wicked.

Story So Far

 

Elim had its beginnings near our church, in the town of Monaghan and grew indirectly out of the Welsh Revival at the start of the twentieth century. During that Revival, a young Welshman called George Jeffreys was converted and, shortly afterwards, experienced the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. He began to preach, at first in small places near his home and then, as his reputation grew, further and further afield. While preaching in Sunderland, he was heard by two young brothers from Belfast, George and William Gillespie. They were so impressed that, on their return home, they wrote inviting him to speak at meetings they were organising in Bangor. They thoughtfully enclosed the fare – three ten shilling notes – and George Jeffreys duly arrived in Ireland. Whilst there, he was asked to meet with a group of young men from Monaghan who shared his passion for evangelism and his belief in the power of the Holy Spirit. Those young men had a deep concern for the spiritual welfare of their native land and had been meeting to pray for revival in an old loft over the bottling store of a public house. They resolved that they would band together, under George Jeffreys’ direction, to establish a permanent evangelistic work in Ireland, and would begin by holding a Gospel mission in the town. Though no church was established in Monaghan at that time, George Jeffreys considered those meetings to be the origins of the Elim Movement.

After the Monaghan mission, the focus of the work shifted to Belfast in Hunter Street, and a congregation was formed, with George Jeffreys as pastor. In 1917, George Jeffreys was officially ordained and shortly afterwards, a church constitution was drawn up giving the newly formed fellowship the name Elim. Meanwhile, Elim was reaching into other parts of Northern Ireland. Although it had not originally been George Jeffreys’ intention to establish a denomination, the Elim Movement grew rapidly. By the close of 1920, there were over twenty churches, including those in Armagh, Ballymena, Bangor, Belfast, Cullybackey, Lurgan, Moneyslane and Portadown. In the early 1920s, the decision was made to extend across the Irish Sea to England. Now Elim has some 550 churches throughout the UK and Ireland working in over 40 nations of the world.

Portadown Elim has been at its current location in Clonavon Avenue since 1934. In the 1980’s the church grew rapidly and an extension was made to the building to accommodate those joining the church. Since then the church has continued to see steady growth. We’ve exhausted the space in Clonavon avenue and the decision was made to purchase land in the middle of Portadown on Watson street to build a new multipurpose facility (see our new home).

Our New Home

 

For a long time Portadown Elim has been searching for land, a place where we could expand our borders and push forward with the work. In February that dream became a reality when we signed the deeds to our new land. The site is 4.3 acres of wasteland right in the middle of the town. Despite it being prime retail space it has laid dormant for years occupied only by drug users and graffiti artists who decorated the walls of the derelict building within its perimeter. It’s as if it was just waiting for us ‘for such a time as this’. So now we have the incredible opportunity to take wasteland associated with vandalism and crime and turn it around to become a centre of light and life in the middle of our community. We are grateful for everything God has done in the past and now we look forward to a new day with fresh challenges and opportunities to serve Him and our town.

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