Tuesday, October 15, 2019

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Hillingdon Pentecostal Church was founded by Bertram and Lily Price in the 1950's. Bertram, a miner from Wales came to London where he gave his life to the Lord at Speaker's Corner. He later met and married Lily Styles, a seamstress at Penial Chapel, Ladbroke Grove in 1936.They had three children Maria, Wyn and Pearl.

 

1950’s-A CALL FROM GOD

Bertram and Lily Price had a clear call from God to start a Pentecostal Church in Hayes. Their mission was to reach out to the local community with Good News of Jesus   Christ.  So, they hired a hall in Fredora Avenue. On Sunday mornings the family joined Derek Prince for a Bible study in Westbourne Grove. They then travelled by Trolley bus across West London to Hayes. Every Sunday afternoon the Prices’ ran a Sunday School for the local children and a gospel service in the evening. On Saturdays they would sing praise and preach the gospel in Hayes Town Centre.

 BERTRAM PRICE

LILY AND BERTRAM PRICE

1960’s- FERVENT TIMES

In 1958 the congregation moved to Morgans Lane. The church grew significantly. Many were baptised in water, and the Holy Spirit, and many were healed. Maria and Pearl ran a fervent Sunday School with over 50 children. With lots of fun activities for children including Robbie the Robot.

 

 

 

THE CHURCH AT MORGAN LANE

1970’s- A NOMADIC TIME

In 1975, the Pentecostal Church received an eviction notice. This did not stop them worshiping and Bertram loved to preach outside and from this time onwards the congregation met in various hired halls, constantly on the move.

 

However Bert and the congregation had a desire to find a permanent church to worship God. They faced many dissapointments in their search for a permanent home. They continued to pray faithfully and wait on the LORD.

 

 

THE CHURCH RECEIVES AN EVICTION NOTICE

THE BUILDING AT KINGSTON LANE 

1980’s- A PRAYER ANSWERED

In 1982 the search for a permanent church was over. A building with some land became available on Kingston Lane. Bertram and Lily sold their house and along with church funds they purchased Kingston Lane.

 

1955-1999 BERTRAM AND LILY PRICE

In the late nineties Bertram’s health began to deteriorate and the congregation dwindled to about twenty. At the beginning of 1999 Bertram, then Lily went to be with the LORD within weeks of each other. Wyn remembers Bertram and Lily as living an entirely sacrificial life. They were very faithful in tithing and they gave everything they had to the church.

A NEW ERA AS THE MILLENNIUM DRAWS NEAR

Wyn and Mary Price came to Kingston Lane from Marlowe to oversee Hillingdon Pentecostal Church, as a temporary measure in the year 1999, It soon became clear that God had other plans. 

From a small handful with no children the congregation slowly but surely grew again and a Sunday School was restarted. Student social evenings provided support for overseas Brunel students. Many from China heard the gospel for the first time.  Some gave their lives to Christ.Toddler groups ran two mornings a week.  A Dad’s & toddler group also ran once a month Themes ranged from Peter the Rock Camp, Digging, Dating & Dinosaurs, Sparrows & Eagles and Bugs Life

WYN AND MARY PRICE

2014-2019 THE CHURCH AT ABBOTSFIELD SCHOOL  FOR BOYS/ OAKWOOD SCHOOL

THE DREAM OF AN EXTENSION

During services and prayer meetings many prophecies were shared with visions of a new bigger building, of people coming from many nations and of many children in the Sunday Schools.

In 2009 plans were drawn up to enlarge the Kingston Lane building. Two planning applications were denied. In 2019 HPC commenced with two services on a Sunday morning to accommodate the expanding congregation, but the building was still not big enough.

 

Consequently, in July 2014 having completely outgrown the building on Kingston Lane, we started hiring the school hall and five classrooms at Abbotsfield School for Boys which later became Oakwood School for our Sunday morning services.

PASSING THE BATON

Meanwhile, Christy and Presciella John had begun attending HPC in 2005. Christy joined the leadership of the Church as the Music Ministry Leader in 2006. Christy was appointed as the Associate Pastor in 2007. Mahen Beechook was appointed as an elder in 2014.

 

In 2015, Wyn retired from full time leadership of the church due to his health. Christy was commissioned as Senior Pastor in September 2015 at a service that took place at Waterloo Road Church.

 

In the years that followed the leadership was also expanded and six deacons were appointed to provide leadership to the following areas of church life- Pastoral care, Prayer and Intercession, Music and Worship Ministry, Men's Ministry, Children's Ministry, Women's Ministry, Hospitality and Church Maintenance. 

 

CHRISTY COMMISSIONED AS SENIOR PASTOR

THE BUILDING PROJECT PLANS

THE BUILDING PROJECT

In 2014, our third planning application was rejected by the council. Therefore, in May 2015, HPC collected petition signatures to appeal council’s decision. Finally, in October 2015 after 7 years of prayer and persistence, HPC was finally granted planning permission to extend the building. The congregation came up with many fun ways of fund-raising which included a Food Festival, Sponsored cycle rides, Car washing and Film nights.

REAR VIEW OF THE NEW BUILDING

The task of organising the project had now begun. The building and finance committees worked on securing a mortgage and choosing contractors.

Wren was signed on as the contractors and the work began in September 2018.The work was completed in March 2019.

 

On Sunday 7th April 2019, HPC held its first Sunday service at the new building. Wyn and Mary Price, and Eve Thompson, prayed and officially opened the building.

A Thanksgiving service took place on 6th July 2019 to celebrate God's provision and abundance.

 

From baptisms to weddings, God has been at work through this congregation, saving and healing many.

We truly proclaim. HE is LORD.

7th APRIL 2019-THE OPENING SERVICE

CELEBRATIONS

 

 

FIRST SERVICE AT THE NEW BUILDING

THE GREAT COMMISSION

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18-20).”