Church celebrates 100th anniversary

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The multi-ethnic Elim Pentecostal Church, part of the Pentecostal denomination, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with a series of events across the country. The movement was founded on 7th January 1915, in Moneghan, Ireland, when Welsh evangelist George Jeffreys was invited to lead a series of meetings.

The first Elim Pentecostal church was opened in Belfast and, by 1920, the number of Elim churches in Ireland had grown to 15. In 1921, George Jeffreys planted the first Elim church in the UK in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex.

There are now more than 550 Elim churches working in communities across the UK, and 9,000 churches in other countries. One of the most well-known Elim churches here in the UK is Kensington Temple, based in Notting Hill, London.

Events to celebrate the church’s centenary kicked off with a Day of Consecration and Prayer for Elim Ministers on January 7. Other events planned for the year include a Leaders’ Summit scheduled for May in Harrogate, and a series of regional celebrations in the autumn in London, Birmingham, Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff and Manchester.

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