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The old church building consisted of an Nissen Hut which seated 77 people, with adjoining PortaCabin. The church began c. 1950 as an Assembly of God Pentecostal church plant, then meeting in the centre of the village of Hadley. However, in the late 1950's, the work was not proceeding as well as hoped and so the Elim Pentecostal Church took over the work. The present building was moved here from Coventry, it had been Coventry Elim's church building, and was officially opened on 31st October 1959. Elim continued to establish the church and a number of Elim pastors ministered to an enthusiastic group of worshippers over the years.
One of the most successful works in the church was a children's work called Sunshine Corner. A lot of young people came to this over the years and remember the meetings with great fondness. A good number of people also came to Christ through the church's outreach, many of them eventually moving on to other churches in Telford; thus, there are many who view the church with great affection.
The present Pastor was inducted as minister in December 2004, while still a student in RTC [Regent's Theological College], Elim's National Bible College. Throughout the years there had been the hope of building a new church, but circumstances, and lack of funds, seemed to work against this and it did not materialise. However, the new church leadership in 2005 felt that a new building was absolutely central to the ongoing development of the church and began a building fund. By 2006, they felt in a position to begin to actively explore ways of implementing this vision. And so, in October 2006, Elim's church architect was hired to begin the process. Having identified the fact that the present site was the best option to seek to develop, it was the church's own land, had been a place of blessing and the place to which the church had had to return after a number of years renting other buildings, the process began. The leadership had drawn up plans which were thought to be the optimum requirements for the future. However, it became quickly apparent that these would not be possible. Thus began a long and protracted set of negotiations, planning refusals and setbacks. However, one morning in January 2008, the Pastor woke up with the plans in his mind that he felt we should follow. Thus these plans became the basis for the plans for the new church centre which gained planning approval from Telford & Wrekin Council in January 2009.
Since its foundation in the 1950's the church had not been able financially to undertake a build. We give praise & thanks that a new Church Centre was officially opened by Elim's regional national leader for the Midlands, Rev Gordon Neale, on Saturday 26th May 2012. It was a wonderful day with a packed church and a wonderful sense of joy and thankfulness. Since then we have continued to experience much blessing and growth in the things we are doing reaching out to, supporting, and impacting our Town.Today the church is in a much more stable financial position with a new purpose built building. Through the generosity and faithfulness of those who come the Church Centre has become an important statement to the surrounding communities of the commitment of Elim to the area; it also gives the church a good 150 seater church to facilitate further growth, raise the church's profile and allow us to reach out in many different ways with the love of Christ. The Church Centre is not the sum and total of the church's vision, but is an important part of it. Our vision is to see Jesus lifted high and glorified through all that we seek to do as a church.
Have a look at some more photos of the church opening.