One Sunday morning, a handful of Christians began meeting together in a living room in Poole. Thirty years later, Poole Christian Fellowship has blossomed into a Spirit-led church with a permanent building and the God-given resources to rent a local school hall for Sunday morning services so we can all worship together.
Today more than ever, we’re committed to the heart of our mission which started in 1989 – making Jesus known in the community around us.
Where it all began
A handful of Christians began to meet together in a living room.
Growing in size
From a living room to the Day Centre in Garland Road to renting Hamworthy Middle School’s hall – God’s blessings were clear as PCF grew larger during our early years.We had our first church weekend away, started a youth group and Sunday school, baptised believers and set up home groups.
A building to call our own
Before PCF moved into it’s current site on Lagland Street, it was the home of Poole Evangelical Church. That church – as it reduced in size – was keen that the building continued being a place of Christian worship. PCF soon moved in and trusted in God to provide every last penny.
A new minister: Paul Newberry
Paul Newberry became full-time Minister at PCF on 1 January, relocating from Maidstone, Kent with his wife after hearing God’s calling to come to Poole.
A new minister
John MacDiarmid had been with PCF from the start and was appointed as the next full-time Minister after Paul passed away. John continued as minister until stepping down in November 2018.
Knowing Jesus and making Him known
Blessing the local community through opening a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Centre and starting our first Parenting Course were the highlights of our mission during these years.Our CAP Centre’s aim was to help people in debt and introduce them to Jesus. We also ran CAP Money Courses with a local church and CAP Life Skills.
The Parenting Course was designed to help parents improve their parenting skills while introducing them to the Christian faith.
Welcoming our new Children and Youth Minister
To have a strong future, we needed to invest in building up our children and youth ministry. Steven Driver was appointed to fill this gap and expand the ministry and outreach in the local community.
Blessed with numbers
As the number of people at PCF grew, we relocated our Sunday morning meetings to Poole High School. Here we can continue to grow, while using our Lagland Street building for all our other activities.
Prayerfully we made the decision to launch our new small groups programme called ‘Streams’ – and it’s still going strong!
From Elder to Minister
Gez Jones has been an elder at PCF since 2014 and he is now our Minister.
We are very blessed to be able to see God clearly working among us at PCF. And although we may not know what the future holds for us at PCF, we can say with confidence: ‘Thus far has the LORD helped us’ (1 Samuel 7v12). We’re excited to see what God will do with us and through us in the coming years. Could you be part of our future?