Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Elim Christian Centre, Gloucester
Elim Christian Centre,
Park End Road,
Gloucester, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church does NOT have a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in 1933, and we understand it is still open.

This is Elim Christian Centre (formerly known as The Elim Church) in Parkend Road. It is the third building the Church has occupied in Gloucester.

When it was first set up, it was then part of 'The Foursquare Gospel Alliance', and the first building it occupied was in Millbrook Street. This building was damaged during World War II by bombing, intended for the nearby railway. When the bombs fell, a women's group was using the building, and the Pastor of the day is said to have held up some of the masonry to allow the women to get out of the building safely. It was not totally destroyed and continued in use to some extent.

After the war a new church building was built on land adjacent to the damaged one. This was in use until the congregation became too large for it in about 1959/60, and at that point, the Church bought the building which is currently in use.

It was formerly The Empire Cinema and for many years retained the existing cinema seating inside and the cinema's upper balcony for use during services.

Sources used in compiling this account include John Williams, and Gloucester Elim Church website; and for foundation date, the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 4: The City of Gloucester (1988), pp.292-335 (Churches and Chapels).


Now or formerly Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SO8330917514. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Gloucester, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Information last updated on 29 Nov 2018 at 07:23.

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This Report was created 29 May 2022 - 02:59:16 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:13.

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