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Full Gospel Church

The Full Gospel Church in 2010 - it was built in 1937
The Church in 2001 - in High Street South

The Full Gospel Church began in 1933.
Notes taken from plans passed by the Council now deposited at NRO.

In December 1936 plans were submitted for the Full Gospel Church to build in Station Road. It was to be built beyond the LMS Stables and next to the RUDC yard. [about where the ambulance station stands, opposite the old swimming pool.] The main hall was to be 40 feet long by 23ft 6ins. wide, with a vestry of 10 feet depth beyond, with two WCs, coke store and boiler room at the rear. The plot was 29 feet wide and 80 feet long. There were five windows in each side of the building, and it was to be constructed by T Swindall & Sons. [the building above left was built instead]

The building near the junction of Wellingborough Road, Duck Street and St Mary's Avenue was built in 1937 when Pastor Whitehouse was the minister.

A new frontage was added in 1986.

The Church moved into the old South End School building in High Street South in 2001. The church is now a house.

1944 advert
Rushden Echo & Argus, 10th March 1944 - advert

Rushden Echo & Argus, 30th April 1948, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Is Friendly

(To the Editor)

Sir,—Writing as a new resident in Rushden, I feel I must record my appreciation of the kindness and co-operation my family and I have received as newcomers.

Members of the Church of which I am happy to be the minister, fellow ministers in the town, shopkeepers and the public utility services, to say nothing of neighbours and acquaintances, have shown a most cordial spirit, for which we are most grateful.

We can easily understand how "at home" those evacuated from Walthamstow (from which town we came) must have felt during the war and, in some cases, how loth to return to London.

We shall try to reciprocate this friendliness wherever possible and wish the town every highest blessing.

Sincerely yours,
Geo. E. Holmes,
Minister, Full Gospel Church, Wellingborough Rd., Rushden.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 2nd February 1951, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Pastor's New Book
The author of "Behind the Study Door" and "O Come, let us Adore Him"—Pastor George Holmes, of the Full Gospel Church, Rushden—has now had his third book published. It is entitled "As Thy Days."

This latest work is in the form of daily readings and meditations from the Book of the Revelation. It does not try to offer an explanation or a commentary of the Scripture, but rather is it intended for devotional reading day by day.

The thirty chapters deal with "The Coming of Christ," "The Reward of Faithfulness," "The Glory of God" and "The Eternal State.''

Each of the chapters has a special verse for the day, a reading from the Book of Revelation, and a prayer in conclusion.

The book is in the Daily Portion series and will be on sale at 3s. 6d.

Evening Telegraph, Tuesday, March 18, 1986

Young Dig In To Aid Church
Sunday school pupils made sure the new extension to their Full Gospel Church in Rushden is built on a firm foundation by carrying out some of the spadework.

The youngsters have been contributing spare pennies over the past year to a fund for improvements to their church — and were invited to dig the first trench at a special ceremony on Sunday.

The £15,000 extension, to be built with a loan from the Assemblies of God Property Trust, will modernise the front of the church and will also provide new toilets. The old toilets will be converted into a vestry.

Mr Littlewood (left) helps the children get down to some spadework.
Pastor David Littlewood said: "The modernisation will better cater for young families with young children, who now form a large part of our congregation. Over the past year the Sunday school pupils have been donating their spare pennies to the building fund completely voluntarily and so we thought it appropriate that they should start the project." The church has a regular congregation of about 60.

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