Elim is the name of an oasis that is mentioned in the Bible (Ex 15:27 "Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees"). It described a place of refreshment and shelter in the wilderness. We recognise that life can sometimes become a wilderness in this day and age too. We aim for our churches to be an oasis in the 21st Century.
Elim as a denomination grew out of the Elim Evangelistic Band, a group of young men and women moving in the power of the Holy Spirit who saw many people healed and saved in the early 1900s. In 1915 the first church was established in Monaghan, Ireland. There are now over 600 Elim churches in Great Britain.
Pentecostal people believe that the power and presence of God is as real and relevant today as it was in Bible days. God has not changed. We believe that God longs to transform lives, heal bodies and give new direction. Many people have already found this to be true. There are over 93 million Pentecostal people throughout the world. It is the fastest growing section of the Christian Church.
Church - the Bible never speaks of the Church as being a building. The Church is always referred to as a group of Christian people. Because of this, we place little emphasis on ornate buildings, ceremony or religious ritual. Instead we seek to engender a loving and caring atmosphere in which every person can experience God through worship that is both enthusiastic and relevant.