Blandford Evangelical Church
Blandford Evangelical Church was established in 1973, in a local farm house, but purchased and moved into the current facility, a redundant Methodist Church building, in 1975. A major extension was added in 1986 together with internal alterations, to provide a larger seating capacity for services and more rooms for the youth, children’s and other ministries.
The Church is an independent, evangelical and charismatic church. The family service on Sunday mornings is at 10.00a.m. with coffee and tea served afterwards. The children’s and youth ministries run during this service, as does a crèche. The Church has a wide demographic in age range and the Sunday morning service aims to be sensitive and welcoming to newcomers who are unfamiliar with Church. However, the teaching and challenge is applied to both Christians and ‘not yet’ Christians.
As from September 2015 the staff employed by the church comprises one full-time pastor and six part-time staff. The Church gradually and sensitively moved from its conservative evangelical church roots and embraced renewal back in the late eighties. Today the church is Bible-based, evangelical, charismatic and has a desire to be even more missional in our local communities. More than fifty per cent of the congregation comes from the wider catchment area outside of Blandford Forum.
Throughout the week there is a range of activities including our Footprints Parent and Toddler Group, courses, groups and Smallgroups, with the purpose of building links into the community and growing the church. A typical Sunday morning total attendance would currently be 135 -180 people, of which there may be up to 25 children and 10-15 young people.
Worship is at the heart of our church life. On a weekly basis, the children are catered for in Creche (0-3years) and Transformers currently run in two groups, 3Ups (3-6yrs) and 7Ups (7-11yrs) and the youth in Junction (12-14yrs). ‘Focus’ (13-18yrs) is the name of the youth programme of the church and meets on Tuesday and Saturday evenings. On one Sunday each month there is a Youth Service.
Our vision is for all ages in the Church family to be growing in faith, Christian discipleship and service. We want to encourage and further develop ministries in the wider community and among our peers. We also want to see new believers discipled and integrated into the life and ministry of B.E.C.
We are committed to working in fellowship with the other churches in the town, as well as resourcing and supporting local churches in the rural catchment area of Blandford.
Our vision is to see the community of the church and the community outside of the church transformed by the love and power of God. To this end we are intentional in being a welcoming, worshipping and witnessing community of God’s people.