Serving the people of Bath
Published: Friday, March 6, 2015
Bath Elim Pentecostal Church is celebrating National Churches Trust funding for much-needed community facilities.
In our latest round of grants in December 2014, the National Churches Trust was proud to support the Bath Elim Pentecostal Church with a £10,000 National Churches Trust Community Grant, to help fund a project to upgrade the kitchen and toilets and allow greater community use.
Outstanding architectural and historic interest
Designed by architect Henry Goodridge, the Bath Elim Pentecostal Church forms part of an important group of listed buildings on the western approaches to the historic city of Bath, within both the City Centre Conservation Area and the Bath World Heritage Site.
Located in Charlotte Street near the centre of Bath, the Church is of outstanding architectural and historic interest for its distinctive Lombardic Romanesque style, the creative planning employed to accommodate the building on its difficult site, and the innovative use of air handling technology utilised to heat its large volume.
It was one of the most flamboyant Non-Conformist chapels of its day. Originally founded as The Percy Chapel by Congregationalist secessionists from the nearby Argyle Chapel, it was opened on the 13th December 1854. It seats 1000, and amongst its many treasures is a rare 10-sided decagon lantern. Following the arrival in Bath of the Elim Pentecostal Church – founded in Monaghan, Ireland in 1915 – the Chapel was taken over and renamed the Bath Elim Pentecostal Church in 1954.
7 days a week, 365 days a year
The Bath Elim Pentecostal Church is at the heart of its local community. A family church open to people of all ages, it runs an active Sunday programme for children and younger teenagers called OASIS, and regularly holds special All-Age Worship services in which the whole church family learn together. The Church also runs a thriving Toddler Group and a young people’s group under the name “Survival”, alongside many other activities and social events, including Bath Spa Band practice, Senior Citizens Group, Breakfast Clubs and coffee mornings.
Once the upgrade is completed, the Bath Elim Pentecostal Church will be able to offer even more services to local people. It will be open for 365 days per year, allowing it to meet the long term needs of the community with new activities including a Youth Club, a Luncheon Club, parenting courses, a Food Bank and drama and dance workshops.
A real answer to prayer
Dawn Handley, Fundraising Coordinator at the Elim Pentecesotal Church, said:
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you. We were delighted with the £10,000 grant from the National Churches Trust, and feel it is a real answer to prayer. We are looking forward to being able to serve our community from our new kitchen shortly. Thank you for showing a real interest in our project, and giving us the step we needed to make it all possible.”