BRIEF HISTORY

A Brief History

Christ Apostolic Church, Surrey Docks District.

History

 

All Glory be to God, Christ Apostolic Church Surrey Docks was born on the 7th of June 1987. The church is a branch of CAC Seven Sisters and born out of the need to further expand the work of God in the United Kingdom.

  • The church had its first worship and Holy Communion service at Silwood Estate Hall, London. SE16.
  • Total  attendance was  sixty-one (61)
  • Offering collected was One Hundred and Ninety Nine Pounds, Sixty Three pence only (£199.63).

 13th of September 1987

  • Pastor N. O. Adeusi (of blessed memory), appointed Emmanuel Medaiyese, as the pastor-in-charge.
  •  Pastor Medaiyese was officially ordained on the 24th of July 1988. Pastor Emmanuel Oluwasegun Medaiyese (EOM) is by the grace of God still the minister- in -charge of CAC Surrey Docks.

25th of October 1987 – The Church moved from Silwood Estate to St. Mary’s Church, Rotherhithe, London SE16 as a result of increase in Church membership.

6th of November 1987 – The weekly bible study usually held at seven sisters was fully incorporated into the church programme at Surrey Docks.

12th – 15th November 1987 – The monthly marathon prayer weekend programme tagged “72 hours” began and to the glory of God, this prayer programme is still on. Praise the LORD!

1st of May 1988 – The church established bands listed below were dedicated on. To date these bands provide spirit-filled functions to the Church.

  • Ladies’ Progressive
  • Gospel
  • Men’s Progressive
  • Unity In Christ
  • Christ Army
  • Hope
  • Victory
  • Band of Christ and
  • Bright and Morning Star (Formerly Morning Star)

11th of October 1987 – First set of Church Elders were ordained, the list included:

  • ElderTheo Ogunjimi   [now PASTOR ]
  • Elder Oluremi Fasunan. (Of blessed memory)
  • Elder Olaniran.
  • Elder Peter Ogundeji

The church council was also formed and the church was registered as a charity organisation in the UK.

25th of December 1990 – The church moved to its current location (163, Ilderton Road, London. SE16.) and celebrated Christmas in her own building, to the glory of God.

The service was declared opened with twenty one (21) glorious ground-shaking Halleluiah and had one hundred and fifty eight (158) members in attendance.

 December 1990 till date – God has increased His church and helped us to spread out in the United Kingdom and Europe, with five (5) branches namely

  • Leyton (formerly hackney) – pastored by Pastor Lawrence Ajayi & Pastor Ayo Johnson.
  • Welling (formerly Woolwich) – pastored by Pastor KC Ogunbadejo & Pastor Gabriel Ogunbaiyeje.
  • Gravesend – pastored by Pastor ‘Femi Adekoya & Pastor Tosin Medaiyese
  • Hastings – Pastor Jide Siwoku & Pastor Timothy Adeyinka.
  • Brussels, Belgium. – Pastor Ayodele Kobomoje.

The Church is privileged to be one of the District Co-ordinating Councils of CAC Great Britain and Europe – (Southern District co-ordinating Council)

As a body of Christ, we continually count our blessings and say that, indeed, the Lord has been faithful to us: we gratefully recount some of the ‘first’s’ blessings God has bestowed on us:

  • The first baby – in the assembly was born on the 19th June 1987 to the family of Mr & Mrs Babasanya.
  • The first baby – at Ilderton rd – born to Pastor & Deaconess Olaniran on 23rdAugust 1990 (Francesca)
  • The first wedding was held on the 4th of July 1987 ( Mr & Mrs. G. Abiola)
  • The first sets of twins (boys) were born on the 26th of June 1988 to the family of Mr & Mrs. Jaja.
  • Church first anniversary – 26th June 1988.
  • First Easter retreat – 28th of March to the 3rd of April 1988, titled the 2nd coming of Christ.
  • 1st official visit of CAC representatives in person of the then President of CAC worldwide Pastor Orogun who worshipped with us, On the 7th of August 1988
  • First bachelors’ and spinsters’ meetingwas held on the 30th of December 1990.
  • First Sunday school review in the church on the 10th of January 1991.
  • First workers’ meeting was held on the 7th of February 1991.

 

As a living church, CAC Surrey Docks have had its time of lifting and challenges but it is noteworthy to declare that God has remained faithful to His words that “the gates of hell shall not prevail”; we cannot but at this time remember and pray for the families of some of our members whom God loved more and called to glory. We have had to experience these transitions in diverse forms but above all, we thank God for the presence of the Holy Spirit that has comforted us and made us to forge ahead.

Amongst others, the district lost its first church secretary; Elder Oluremi Fasunan on 5th March 2010 and one our ELDERS and a council member who also was the Mayor of Southwark Council; Elder Adelani Tayo Situ on 9th of May 2011. We cannot but also remember the call to glory of the planter of CAC Surrey Docks, Pastor N. O. Adeusi who also joined the saints on 11th of November 2009.

Our prayer is that God will continually uphold us all, wipe away our tears and help us to keep the faith till the roll is called yonder.

The great work at the headquarter and its branches under the leadership of Pastor E.O. Medaiyese have been achieved with greater ease through the help of the Holy Spirit and support of:

  • Pastor Elijah Oguntade

We bless God for the lives of the Church Council, The Elders, The Evangelists, The Deacons and Deaconesses, The Departmental Heads, The Workers and Members of the district at large who have been helping God’s work and who have sown love, prayers, endurance, money, time and many more for this just cause.

Like Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:12, we know that as a body of Christ, “Not that ‘we’ have already attained, or ‘are’ already perfected; but ‘we’ press on, that ‘we’ may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of ‘for us’.”

 May the Grace and mercy of God journey with us in this race.

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