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Fartown Christian Fellowship is owned by Struthers Memorial Church.
Struthers Memorial Church is a company limited by guarantee incorporated in Scotland.
Company No SC335480. Registered Office: 33 West Stewart Street, Greenock, PA15 1SH.
Struthers Memorial Church is a registered Scottish Charity No. SC 006960
Brief Church History
Fartown Christian Fellowship is the Pudsey branch of Struthers Memorial Pentecostal Church, an Independent Pentecostal Christian Fellowship with branches throughout the United Kingdom, with roots in the mid 1960’s. At that time, the late Mr Hugh Black, who was the leader of Struthers Pentecostal Church, visited the Bradford area to minister and several people were drawn to the quality of Christian life and teaching which came through Mr Black.
As a result of this a group of Christians hungry for God began to meet together in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, resulting in a house conference in August 1970 at which Mr Black ministered. From that conference the Pudsey Church came into being in September of that year, as a small house church.
Within three years a delightful Sunday School building in an ideal location came to the market and ultimately was purchased. The building was not easily won. There was competition from a shoe factory in particular, nevertheless we prayed about it, and the building was offered to us at a very reasonable price. We held our first service there in Spring 1974.
When the church was founded one hymn was very special to us. It was, and still is, our aim and goal.
My Goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace,
Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God.
‘Tis His to lead me there, not mine but His;
At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.
So faith bounds forward to its goal in God,
And love can trust her Lord to lead her there;
Upheld by Him, my soul is following hard
Till God hath full fulfilled my deepest prayer.
No matter if the way be sometimes dark,
No matter though the cost be oft-
He knoweth how I best shall reach the mark,
The way that leads to Him must needs be strait.
One thing I know, I cannot say Him nay;
One thing I do, I press towards my Lord;
My God my glory here, from day to day,
And in the glory there my great Reward. Frederick Brook