What We Believe
Our vision is to Know God, Show God and Share Him with others.
With values of:
- Jesus at the centre
- Positive faith in God
- Every member ministry
- Caring community
- Loving the lost
In the 1850s the Bowling Iron Works was actively mining in the Bierley area. At this time a group of men and women that had begun meeting in a nearby cottage realised that they needed a special place to meet. Together they decided to build a chapel.
This diverse group, featuring many jobs from pitman to farmer and grocer to coal dealer, purchased the land for £36 and started building. In 1856 the completed chapel was named Bethel – meaning ‘House of God’.
Rev Chris & Margaret Barnes
Chris was born in Bradford and left school at 16 to become an apprentice engineer. At the age of 35, he began to work for Olive Branch Trust doing pastoral care through St John’s Bowling, and gradually, over the next 25 years, took over as a congregation leader and looked after 19 cell groups. He was ordained as a minister in 2006 and, after planting a church at The Lighthouse Group Head Office, he now serves Bierley Community Church. He also works as a Seniors Inclusion Worker at Bierley Life Centre. Chris and Margaret have 2 children and four grandchildren.
Church Secretary: Margaret Dennison
Margaret has been a part of the church and the local community since 1968. Throughout this time she has undertaken many roles including temporarily leading the church before a new minister was appointed. She currently serves as secretary, treasurer and volunteers weekly at Power Point.
Youth Worker: David Wilson
David was born and raised in Bradford and lives in Allerton. He grew up wanting to be a footballer and almost became professional at Huddersfield Town, playing for 6 years in their Academy, then moving onto Halifax Town YTS. God blessed him with a job as he fell into youth work at the age of 18, and he has been working for a youth based charity called e:merge as a sports worker in local schools and a youth worker in BD4. Since late 2014 he works 7 hours for The Life Centre in Bierley and 7 hours for Bethel Community Church. The rest of his time is spent in St Johns C of E primary school and working with young people through e:merge.
We are connected to
Wesleyan Reform Union
We are part of the Wesleyan Reform Union. The Wesleyan Reform Union is a registered charity and a small denomination of a 100 or so churches, each church has complete autonomy and financial independence.
We are a member of the Evangelical Alliance. The Alliance is the largest body serving evangelical Christians in the UK, and has a membership including denominations, churches, organisations and individuals. As part of a movement ‘uniting to change society’ the Alliance promotes unity and truth, acts as an evangelical voice to the state, society and the wider church, and works collaboratively with Alliance members and other evangelicals, to present Christ credibly as good news for spiritual and social transformation.
We are part of Outworks:Bradford. Outworks provides a network of support and challenge for churches, organisations and projects that are prepared to join hands with others in order to do great work in this city.
We passionately believe that a spirit of open co-operation pleases the heart of God, releases new potentials, and places any project upon a solid foundation from which to deliver significant and lasting change.
Prayer for Bradford
We are also involved with and support Prayer for Bradford, Prayer for Bradford provides churches in Bradford the opportunity to come together to pray for all aspects of our city and to take action as appropriate. In particular we are praying for local people, that God would bless them, encourage them and challenge them to change where change is necessary. Additionally we support each other and seek to promote unity between the churches in Bradford.
As Psalm 133 says: ‘where there is unity, there the Lord commands His blessing.’ Through this unity we hope to have an increasingly significant Christian voice in the city that both influences and responds to events, issues, etc.
The Life Centre
As part of our expression of Jesus Christ and being his hands & feet in our local community, we do a lot of voluntary work in The Life Centre – Bierley’s local community centre. You may wish to make an appointment or may be just drop in on the off chance, you will always get a warm welcome.