The History of our Church
At EPBC we have a long and rich history. We have created a brief outline of the history of our church on this page. If you would like to discover more, we have an 87 page booklet that is available in the church office at request.
At EPBC we have a long and rich history. We have created a brief outline of the history of our church. To view the timeline, please switch to a desktop.
If you would like to discover more, we have an 87 page booklet that is available in the church office at request.
The church youth group was officially named EPYC, which stands for "Eltham Park Youth Crew", by the young people at the time. Rosie Jones (Conroy) and Amy Meadowcroft (Goold) designed the logo as pictured.
1957 - 1958
One of the most significant events of the 1950's was the re-building of the School Hall (The Big Hall), which had been almost totally destroyed during the Second World War.
The re-building committee first met on the 20th June 1957 and the new school hall was opened on Saturday 11th October 1958.
We celebrated our 100th anniversary by putting on a performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, involving many members of the congregation, youth and present Pastor playing Joseph.
28th November 2009
The church held a 24 hour period of solid worship to God called 'Quench', organised by Sam Goold and the present youth leader, Rosie Jones (Conroy). During this time they had multiple activities happening at once – utilising the entire church and halls, for the entire 24 hours, to try and ‘Quench’ everybody’s differing thirsts for Jesus. They included:
Songs with live Bands, Prayer, Discussions, Reading, Silent Rave, Quiz, Games, Crafts, Workshops, Stalls, Morning Service, God's Galaxy, Breakfast Lunch and Dinner, 24 Hour Café, DVDs and Talks.
“It is surely impossible to praise the lord for 24 hours; or for any amount of time long or short, and not to grow closer to him. It will be worth it.” - Unknown.
We held a competition to re-brand our Sunday School. Lots of people submitted suggestions and ideas. Vikki Jones won with the submission 'God's Galaxy', the different age groups were name after interstellar terms like "milky-way" and "supernova". Paul Jones then became the new leader of God's Galaxy.
22nd Feb 2010
EPYC took part in the 'Tearfund No Slumber' Challenge. This was where they lived a day in the life in poverty that 80% of our world live in. They each were given an identity to live by for the 24 hours. They made shoes to earn money to buy food to eat, built shelters, washed clothes in buckets, took very long walks and slept on the floors. All throughout the time, they read about peoples stories of how life was for them, and what we could do to help.
It truly was an eye opening experience and impacted our youth.
2020 Corona Virus
In March of 2020, the UK locked down in attempts to help reduce the rate of transmission of the virus.
This threw all churches into a place we have not been in before, as we were no longer allowed to meet in our church building.
We started using Zoom, an online group video platform and YouTube to meet together as a church. Since then, we have been looking at our Social Media platforms, in hopes to better them, in order to reach people, even though we could not do so physically.