At Kirkholt Community Church we understand the importance of 'Connection'.
To connect means 'to become joined, united or linked'. That is the very thing that we, as a church, seek to achieve.
We realise that when we join and unite with one another we become stronger and have a greater sense of belonging and security. Similarly, when we join and unite in relationship with God (because of what Jesus has done on the cross) we can have an even greater sense of security and belonging.
We would love you to come and experience for yourself how 'connecting' can benefit your life.
Come and join us!
People to People
People to God
People to Organisations
What we believe
Tens of thousands attend Elim churches every week. While the congregations range from small groups to some of the largest in the UK and Ireland, all our members share a set of beliefs known as our Fundamental Truths.
The Fundamental Truths explain our theology and are a 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.
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, 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.
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.
ELIM – A Place of Refreshment
Kirkholt Community Church is part of the Elim Pentecostal Church and has been active in Rochdale since 1977.
The Elim Pentecostal Church is a growing movement of more than 550 Christian congregations in the UK and Ireland.
Elim was founded in 1915 by George Jeffreys, a young Christian from Maesteg in South Wales. Jeffreys and a group of friends, known as the Elim Evangelistic Band, preached, started churches and witnessed a move of God that was characterised by miraculous healings and an explosion in the number of people becoming Christians.
In a world that can feel like a desert, our 21st-century churches seek to be a place of spiritual resource within their communities.
The founders wanted the name of their new movement to express their vision and values, and so chose ‘Elim’, the name of an oasis in the Bible that the people of Israel discovered as they wandered through the desert. It provided shade and refreshment to all who encountered it. (Exodus 15:27)
ELIM in Rochdale 1977 - 2003
The Elim Church in Rochdale was founded in 1977 following a three week long crusade in the Champness Hall by the evangelist Alex Tee. Many people came to know the Lord and there were a number of miraculous healings. Following the crusade, an Elim Church was started and held its meetings in a rented room in the Champness Hall. It continued to meet there until 1980, when it relocated to the former Job Centre in Smith Street. Ken Gabbadon took over as Pastor in 1983 and the church enjoyed a period of growth.
The church remained in Smith Street until 1990. At that time the building came under threat of compulsory purchase from the Rochdale Council who were planning a multi-million pound development of the area. (The Council’s development plans never came to fruition and the building became the Law Centre). At the same time we were feeling the limitations of being a town centre church and seeking for an alternative location closer to a housing community. We approached the Methodist Circuit about Kirkholt Methodist Church which was about to close down. They agreed to let us rent the building with a view to purchase and in June 1990 we moved in and adopted the name Kirkholt Christian Centre. In 1993 we purchased the building for £30,000. It had suffered years of neglect and needed major repair work including a new roof and extensive re-plastering work.
In 1992 Ken Gabbadon left and Trevor Howells took over as Pastor.
In 1996 we felt the call of God to minister to the elderly in and around Kirkholt and began the Care Programme. A special programme of outreach was organised supported by events for the elderly including concerts, tea dances and coach trips. As a result a number of elderly people came to a saving knowledge of the Lord. The work continues today with a regular Monday afternoon Drop-In for the over 60’s.
In 1998 we began a Youth work, calling it Faith Finders. The group met on Sunday mornings during the service. In 2003 we began a Sunday night youth meeting called Street Life.
In 2000 we launched the Friday evening children’s meeting and called it Young Achievers Club. Up to forty children between the ages of five to eleven met for fun activities and Christian teaching. This work still continues today and is now called Friday Club.
In 2001 the church was renamed Kirkholt Community Church. This was because it became obvious that many people on the estate were not aware that the building was a church. Instead they were under the impression that it was some sort of community centre. Therefore we had to clearly identify ourselves as a church.
Also in 2001 Sharon Howells was instrumental in founding ‘Women with a Purpose’, a ministry dedicated to empowering women to work and witness for the Lord.
2002 and 2003 were years of new beginnings. In 2002 we were given permission to take monthly assemblies at Queensway Primary School (now Sandbrook Primary School). This was the start of a long term relationship with the school.
In 2003 we began an exciting venture called the Rock. This was a Saturday morning meeting for five to eleven year olds with wild games, competitions and fun events backed up by an exciting look at God’s Word. A mother and toddlers group called Little Treasures was also started that year.
During 2003 God began to reveal His strategy for the work of Kirkholt Community Church in the coming years, namely that we should be “Changing a Generation” Particularly the younger generation. At the same time The Lord had impressed upon us that the present building is “Not big enough to contain the vision”.
To be continued…