A Brief History of Emmanuel


The Pentecostal Christian fellowship, ‘Emmanuel’ came into being in the late 1920’s. Meetings were first held in a cottage on Meadow Street. The fellowship later moved to the first floor of the ‘Assembly Buildings’ on Derwen Road and then into a Mission Building on Llynfi Lane.

There were many such ‘Tin Cathedrals’ built at that time; the building is situated behind the ‘Coity Castle’ pub. It is now used as a garage. From the early years the church has been in fellowship with the Assemblies of God (AOG) Pentecostal Churches in Great Britain.


The fellowship took possession of the former Baptist Chapel ‘Christ Church’ in October 1980. The name of the Assembly then became ‘Emmanuel Christchurch’. Shortly after taking possession of the building a major refurbishment was undertaken replacing the wooden flooring and bench pews and installing central heating. In 1997 work was undertaken to replace a post-war prefabricated schoolroom and outdoor toilets, with a modern minor hall.


For approx. 90 years a consistent witness to the saving grace of God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ has been maintained by this small fellowship. We recognise there remains great opportunities in our local community and the wider town of Bridgend, to honour Jesus Christ by our ongoing witness and service.


How we worship:

We sing and clap, as in the Bible we read – “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth; make a loud noise and rejoice and sing praise” (Psalm 98:4)

We lift our hands when we sing and pray because in the Bible we read – “Lift up your hands in the Sanctuary and bless the Lord” (Psalm 134:2)

We allow the operation of the Spiritual Gifts as in the Bible we read -“When you come together, each of you has a hymn or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up” (1 Corinthians 14:26)

Our Vision

Our Vision is stated in the following terms:

We want to worship God enthusiastically by:

  • Living obediently
  • Giving generously
  • Serving steadfastly

We want to witness to the world unhesitantly by:

  • Approaching politely
  • Persuading gently
  • Proclaiming boldly

We want to work in the Church consistently by:

  • Supporting lovingly
  • Considering attentively
  • Forgiving faithfully

We just want you to make yourself feel at home, to worship the Lord in the way you feel comfortable, knowing you are welcome to join with us, as we glorify God together.