The Elmgrove Centre started in 1989 with SPACE (space and BDAC and from 1992 was run by Christian Enterprises Trust (CET) which was founded to provide opportunities for people to meet with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to establish Christian Community Centres, to love and serve in the community and to foster initiatives which promote unity among Christian churches and organisations. Our Logo is a heart with an Ichthus fish with Abide in Me in scribed in it, representing Father, Son and Holy Spirit and also us (the heart has a larger left side), as the message from Jesus is for us to Abide in him and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Over the years the Elmgrove Centre has seen many changes. From a traditional lofty and beautiful Anglican Church with pews, organ, font, choir stalls, no toilets or kitchen and heating which only operated in the front of the church, it became a large lofty open pine floored interior with a kitchen set up where the organ was (the pipes and keyboards went to a Welsh organ being built), a large prayer room, a main office and four smaller rooms with a balcony over them.
From a building used one day a week for church services, it has grown from still having church services but also to having a variety of activities during the week – as diverse as being the venue for a rehearsal space for BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' and for Cameron Balloons to inflate and test a hot air balloon!
We have also been the host venue for short tennis and circus skills, for making a hang glider and putting on an Elizabethan banquet, for brass band rehearsals and a night shelter, for drama school and debt counselling, for Burns night and 70th birthday party, for training days and for dance classes, for children's soft play and an all day cafe, recording studio and creche for young children of B and B families.. and we are looking forward to much more! Our space and time are not yet fully occupied!