In 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.
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.
Mark is our Senior Pastor. Mark and Nicola joined the church in January 2018. They have a passion to see everybody in the local church trained and equipped for reaching others, and to create an environment where people can encounter the power and presence of Jesus.
Adam is our Assistant Pastor. Adam and Jo have been at the church since September 2015. They are passionate about children and young people and are constantly looking for ways to make the church as accessible as possible to families. They also have a heart to build community within church and to see people live out the mission of God in their lives.
We are a community that loves Jesus and encounters the reality of God with us, live lives shaped by Scripture, and are led by the power of the Holy Spirit to advance the Kingdom of God through our everyday lives. We are a church where people are safe enough to find healing for the wounds of life, as well as challenged to grow as true disciples of Jesus.
Encounter - we expect to meet God through our gathered and scattered lives.
Mission - is the centre of everything we do, partnering with the Holy Spirit in the renewal of all things and making disciples of all people.
Honour - God is first in all things, and people are valued for who they are.
Authenticity – we believe that it’s okay not to be okay and that God is with us in the tough and the triumphant moments of our lives.
Family - all people of all ages are included and celebrated; we are all invited to be part of God’s family.
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.The Trinity
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.The Saviour
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 shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His heavenly intercession and in His second advent to receive His church.The Holy Spirit
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, it’s worship, evangelism and service.Mankind
We believe in the universal sinfulness of all men since the fall, rendering man subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.Salvation
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 grace alone and is evidenced by the Fruit of the Spirit and a holy life.The Church
We believe in the unity and priesthood of all believers in Christ and that these comprise the universal church and the Body of Christ.The Ministry
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.The Ordinances
We believe in the baptism of believers by immersion in water in obedience to the command of Christ and in the commemoration of Christ’s death by the observance of the Lord’s Supper until His return.The Commission
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 fulfill a ministry of healing and deliverance to the spiritual and physical needs of mankind. The Coming King We believe in the personal, physical and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to reign in power and glory.The Future State
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.