Pocklington Christian Fellowship

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Welcome to Pocklington Christian Fellowship! We are an all-age evangelical church based in the centre of Pocklington - an East Yorkshire market...

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We have a great bunch of young people, most of whom are High School age and part of our Youth Group. They meet every Friday during term times to...

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Our aim is to reach outside our church to bless and impact the people in our local community. We run a free regular weekly coffee morning and for...

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Evangelism and mission are very important to us. Each Good Friday we get together with the other three churches in Pocklington for our Walk of...

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The Building Project 2014

Part 3: Almost there

As we quickly approach the completion of the alterations at the PCF building the final plans are being put into place. The cleaning, the decorating of inside and out, following the final snagging and then the laying of floor coverings along with the installation of a hearing loop. And finally the fitting of the PA system and purchase of new chairs.

For those who have not been inside the building for ten or twelve months the changes would take their breath away. Gone are the balcony and its supports, the floor and the pews, the rear wall and the staircases. All that remains of the 1879 renovation is the ornate ceiling; arguably put in place to compete with the Methodist Church further down Chapmangate.

In the place of the demolition is a new staircase, a fire exit as well as a lift and a small external ramp leading to a disabled entrance door at the side of the building. The front doors have been reversed to open outwards and when they are open you enter through a sliding glass door into a reception area. To your left is the new disabled entrance with an internal ramp and next to that the stairs to the first floor. To the right of the main door is the lift, installed to give disabled access to the brand new first floor; creating this reception area is a glass screen with double doors opening into the main hall.

The new main hall should have about the same capacity as the old hall but without a balcony to supplement a larger congregation. This had only been needed a hand full of times in the previous ten years and has been replaced with a first floor that provides a tremendous space the final use of which has yet to be decided. At the far end of the new first floor is a fire escape that runs parallel to the front of the building and goes down to a new exit door at the side of the building.

Previously the building was split into three areas; the main hall, the rear hall and kitchen and a small room between the two halls through which access to the building was made. This room has now been incorporated into the main hall; the old entrance door has been bricked up and a new door opened into the building in line with the fire exit from the first floor.

The rear hall remains almost the same. The door into this hall has been bricked up and a new door put in place closer to the outside wall to allow space for the fire exit. A second new door has also been put in place; this is connected to a small ramp to allow easy wheel chair access into the rear hall from the main hall.

The Building Project 2014

Part 2: 40 years in coming

From the purchase of the building in the 1970's by the Assembly of God Pentecostal Church, the modernisation of the PCF building has been a point of discussion and consideration. Yet, despite a general agreement that modernisation would be a bold and progressive step forwards, the project never became more than a dream because of the cost and logistics of such a venture.

pcf old internalSeveral different Ministers led the church short term, until the arrival of Tony and Ruth Wake. Tony took on the role as church Pastor in 1974 and served the fellowship for 32 years. During those years Tony continued in secular work as well as leading the church, which in turn was able to cover Tony's expenses.

It was however, not until the arrival of the current leader, Pastor Alan Spademan that a real salary was paid. Alan is employed for 20 hours a week by PCF. Paying this was a real step of faith for the Fellowship and at the time it was made clear that the salary would only be payable if the finance was in the bank. By the grace of God and the generosity of His people not only has the money always been there but the account increased. This financial foundation has allowed the dream to become a real possibility.

The dream took another huge step towards reality when, on Tuesday 1st November 2011 a building team made up of volunteers from within the PCF congregation met together for the first time. Over two years of hard work and some steep learning curves later, we are on the threshold of the works commencement. A lot of lessons have been learnt along the way; we recognize that organisationally we put the cart before the horse. In turn, this resulted in a little anxiety that we may find that the cat is among the pigeons. We then worked very hard to ensure that the bull didn't get into the China Shop.

Despite our inexperienced and naive approach to the whole project, we did and continue to pray about every step we take. As often, it appears that to be successful, the right things have to happen Gods way, in Gods time and with Gods strength. That has been a real blessing to us as we have seen individuals rise to various challenges and also the finance come in that should cover the costs. What to us has been a painful and difficult journey at times, has always had the mark of God upon it. And despite our misgivings and mistakes we are pleased and privileged to see His hand at work!

The Building Project 2013

Part 1: The PCF Building History

Uniquely for the town, the congregation of Pocklington Christian Fellowship owns its own building and is therefore ultimately responsible for every aspect of its use and fabric. So, with no guaranteed support from outside it has been a huge step of faith to undertake such a large modernisation project.

church exterior

The building last undertook a major scheme in 1879. It was then that the frontage was put in place and the ceiling was added. It is not know what other work took place at that time. It is thought that the construction of the Methodist Church, further along Chapmangate may have inspired those 19th Century changes.

The PCF building is the second oldest place of worship in the town; it was completed in 1807 and was called Ebenezer Independent Chapel, among the few remaining artefacts are three wooden chairs with the initials EIC carved into them. In 1807 the building was opened as a Dissenters Chapel, by 1970 it had closed its doors having been the Congregational Church for as long as anyone could remember. It is not known when it became a Congregational Church or if it was the home of any other Fellowship during its life.

After being closed for a number of months, the building was purchased by the Assemblies of God Pentecostal Church in 1970. Since then some changes have taken place; the Pulpit and organ have been removed, the latter because of age and lack of repair. Also, a major undertaking was to build a steel support for the ceiling which was pulling the roof down.

church interior

Now PCF stands on the threshold of the biggest project in its history. Although from the front there would appear to be no change, the actual truth is that the building is to be transformed. The ground floor, pews, staircases, balcony and supports, as well as two major internal walls are to be removed. In their place will be a new first floor accessed by new stairs and a disabled lift; there will also be a new disabled access and a reception area. New lighting, heating, windows, carpets and chairs will enhance what will be an excellent home for PCF.

As alluded to above, PCF is responsible for the cost of this project. It has been so encouraging to see the finances build as we have approached the commencement this summer. People within the congregation have been incredibly generous as have a number of people from outside PCF who having seen the project have either given a lump sum or are contributing monthly. We are also hugely grateful to a number or charities and organisations that have given or promised grants towards the build. These organisations deserve a mention they are: WREN; Joseph and Annie Cattle Trust; AllChurches Trust Limited; Norwood and Newton Settlement; Pocklington Town Council; Patricia and Donald Shepherd Charitable Trust; The Beatrice Laing Trust and C. P. Thackray General Charitable Trust.

Meal at the Feathers with Pearl

meal21Pearl, a member of the PCF congregation, invited the youth to a meal at The Feathers. At 12 o’clock we all arrived, there was approximately 18 people altogether that turned up!

We settled into our seats and were infested with cameras! I swear there were at least 5! And everyone was snapping shots of each other, I disguised my face with a napkin, clever thinking! Then put my flexible ‘slappy’ watch around my neck so I looked like a vicar, Rev. Emily Grace Heaton to you!

Read more: Meal at the Feathers with Pearl

Give Thanks

youth2012Have you ever heard of an object parable? I hadn't either until tonight at the service that our youth group took, and we got a double dose of them. We also had a good time of Praise and a really challenging and moving sermon from Charlie.

Read more: Give Thanks

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The Building Project 2014

Part 3: Almost there As we quickly approach the completion of the alterations at the PCF...

The Building Project 2014

The Building Project 2014

Part 2: 40 years in coming From the purchase of the building in the 1970's by the Assembly of...

The Building Project 2013

The Building Project 2013

Part 1: The PCF Building History Uniquely for the town, the congregation of Pocklington...

Meal at the Feathers with Pearl

Meal at the Feathers with Pearl

Pearl, a member of the PCF congregation, invited the youth to a meal at The Feathers. At 12...

Give Thanks

Give Thanks

Have you ever heard of an object parable? I hadn't either until tonight at the service that our...

Our gallery

2010 - Youth Service

2010 - Youth Service

A busy back hall for the meal afterwards

2010 - Youth Service

2010 - Youth Service

Praise and worship from our music group

2011 - Light Party

2011 - Light Party

Our little team of conveyor belt helpers!

2010 - Youth Christmas Meal

2010 - Youth Christmas Meal

O Holy Night - PCF style!

2010 - Easter Baptisms

2010 - Easter Baptisms

Daniel is read his Baptism verse before going under the waters

2010 - Easter Baptisms

2010 - Easter Baptisms

Waiting for the baptisms to start on a cold April morning