Our History

Eltham Green Community Church was initially established as Eltham Green Fellowship in 1975 in the home of Terry and Frances Watson. The church grew rapidly. By the end of 1977 the Fellowship had to move along the road to number 1, the home of Alan and Betty Stewart, in order to provide more space for the growing meetings.

The work continued to grow and it became clearer that a much larger building would be needed, and with this in mind we contacted Eltham Green Methodist Church with a view to sharing their building.

Although a meeting with them in June 1978 was positive, there were legal complications that prevented us sharing their premises. Meanwhile, the meeting at number 1 had grown to numbers in excess of 120 people and neighbours were unhappy. Eventually, the council served an order forbidding use of number 1 and number 4 as a church.

Late in 1979 the church secured the use of the Church of the Holy Family at Avery Hill, which was a Church of England property not used for services.

Conditions were not ideal, the building being in a different area, having very poor heating and also being used by a variety of groups. The congregation continued to seek the Lord for their own premises in Eltham. In our praying there was always the sense that the Eltham Green Methodist Church was the building that the Lord would one day provide.

Eventually in December 1981, this building came up for sale at a price of £50,000. The church immediately made an offer, as did a number of other interested parties, including a notable and rich Muslim who had recently sold a racehorse for several million pounds! Faith needed to be increased and the church established a day of fasting and prayer. It was not long before other bids were withdrawn and we had secured the building for £32,500.

The church congregation moved in during May 1982 and since then much time has been spent on improving the building, which was in quite a poor condition. In [1990] a two-storey extension was been built in order to provide accommodation for a family and some single folk together with additional rooms for the children’s work.

Terry Watson felt led by God to lay down the leadership which moved to Gary Hayes and Philip Watson. After Gary Hayes and his family moved to the North of England Philip took on the leadership. Through his leadership we moved as a church to a plurality of elders, instigating a prayer ministry team, a developed teaching ministry and a greater move towards a mission focused church.

In the 5 years since 2000 we saw God prepare the church for our next stage. God had added to the church people whose hearts where to serve the local community and to see those around the church come to know the love of Jesus.

In 2005 Philip and his family moved to Australia, the church prayed and fasted regarding the new leadership and in February 2006 John Watson was recognised as the new church leader.

Where we are heading…