Passing the Baton
Bethlehem Church Life Centre is a 21st century church, carrying a vision and mission that has lasted for over two thousand years; which is to Love God and Love People!
Born out of the 1904 Welsh Revival, the early 1920’s saw the earliest version of BCLC.
In 1932 Bethlehem Pentecost Church was built.
Over the years the evolving needs of our church community saw reconstruction of the building in the 1950’s and periodic change through to our current facility in 2005.
Over the years a succession of leaders and committed volunteers have passed the baton onto the generation that currently builds BCLC’s legacy for the future.
Should you choose to visit us you will find that:
We are God Centred, Purpose Driven and People empowering.
We are exciting and full of life.
We are not religious
We are enabling everyone to live a life of high expectation!
We are enabling ordinary people to live extraordinary lives.
We are a deeply committed, loving, caring family where you can find refuge, new hope and a sense of belonging.
Our Vision and Mission
Our Vision and Mission is:
- To see the transformation of our community
- To help families
- To see people free from all forms of addiction and abuse
- To see people healed and restored in spirit, soul and body
The two great commandments, To love God and to love our fellow man (Luke 10 v 25-28) are at the heart of our church, our worship, and our work in the community.
We endeavour to see our vision translated into positive social action, and use our resources to make provision for families, children and youth and all who need our help and support.
We also work with local and national government, charitable trusts and foundations, to support making our community a safe, peaceful, prosperous and Godly place to live.
We continue to work tirelessly to reduce the practical problems of our age which includes the desire to eliminate poverty, deprivation, crime, drug/substance abuse and abuse of all kinds, and work to see wholeness, goodness, godliness and prosperity promoted.
Our faith supports our desire to see everyone grow spiritually and practically.
- That the Bible is the inspired and authoritative Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16)
- In one God, in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (John 14:16-18)
- In Salvation by the decision to repent (change direction) and the commitment to ongoing growth and development. (John 3:16)
- It is important to understand and develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit working alongside our spirit as the daily companion to living life well. (Romans 8:14)
- We believe in water Baptism and taking Communion as signs of acceptance of the christian faith and commitment to a Godly life. (Matthew 28:19 and 1 Corinthians 22:23-32)
- We believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ
Our Senior Pastor
It is a real privilege for me to serve in BCLC, as it provides the opportunity to practice what is normal in my everyday life, within a church context.
My life has been a remarkable journey that started under the watchful eye of my grandfather Pastor Rufus Fleming. During my life and career, I have been blessed to write, produce and perform for some of the world’s best recording artists, including Brit Rock and Synth Pop legends, The Stone Roses and OMD.
At heart I am a teacher, and life coach, and my personal journey enables me to use my gifts, life experience and training alongside some of the greats in music, business and ministry to impact my family, friends, our church and the world.
As well as leading the team at BCLC, I am the director of the UK’s leading Church, Ministries and Charities Website Provider, UKChurches and through Garage Gospel I continue to write and produce music, as well as coaching businesses and individuals to implement successful change.
As I continue to evolve as a person, with my family, friendships, ministry and business, my focus is to pass on the ideas, thoughts and experiences that have motivated me to develop my relationship with God and push myself to the limit.
Whether I meet you in our cafe, speak to you through a blog post, or see you in our Sunday Sessions, I hope that your introduction to BCLC will inspire you to do what it does for me, and that is to become the best that you can be.
Name: Nigel Ipinson-Fleming
Who are you?
Husband of Merlyn, Father of Lauryn, Hannah, Georgia and Joshua, Musician, Investor in people and business.
What gets you excited?
My family, music, studying and gaining insight, helping someone get from point A to point B
You got ten minutes to live – what do you want to say, and to who?
To my wife and Children, “I love you” to God “Thank You”
How did you choose to do what you do?
I believe it chose me, but it has been my responsibility to develop it
Who are your influences, then (when you started) and now?
Oscar Peterson, Quincy Jones, Jim Rohn, Richard Branson, Alfred Rufus Fleming, Merlyn Ipinson-Fleming
Which place has been your favourite, and why?
Shoal Bay- God is everywhere, but I feel him most there
In a crisis, what’s the first thing you do?
Most useful habit?
How would someone who watched you at work describe you?
Odd but methodical
What’s your foolproof prescription for escaping a life-rut?
Who was your biggest inspiration/hero during your formative years?
How would you like to be remembered!
He Came, He Saw, He Gave, He Left
Tell us something about your approach to life / work and what drives you?
The desire to help myself and others achieve personal and professional excellence
What has got you this far?
What keeps you going in tough times?
The fact that tough times are just that, Tough Times, after which there will be Good Times
What do you collect?
Success should never, ever…
Come at the cost of your integrity
The future exists to…
draw you closer to your chosen destiny
When all else fails…
We can learn a surprising amount from…
Meet Our Team
Trustees: Our Trustees are responsible for oversight of our Charity operations, governance and compliance.
Andrew Berry- Chair of Trustees
Pam Gladdish- Charity Secretary
Centre Staff: Our staff are responsible for the day to day running of the centre.
Nigel Ipinson-Fleming- Centre Director
Heulwen Webb- Operations Manager
Mark Partridge- Administrator
Gail Thomas- Finance Manager
Jodi Kinsey- Youth and Children’s Coordinator
Sarah Panes- Children’s Worker
Jaci Brown- Catering Manager
Ray Lloyd- Food-locker
Production Team: Our production team is responsible for the organisation of our weekly Sunday Sessions and key events.
Belinda Allsopp- Production Manager
Rachel Ashong- Associate Pastor Sunday Services and Special Events Coordinator
Nicola Berry – Worship Pastor and Gospel Choir Coordinator
Andrew Berry- Front of House- Sound and Lighting
Our pastoral care framework is responsible for helping people to connect with one another, build long lasting friendships and grow practically and spiritually.
It enables us to holistically provide cradle to grave service to our community that encompasses the scope of real life challenges that our church encounters.
It includes: Sunday School, Life Groups, Food-bank, Home and Hospital Visits, our local village, Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Our Pastoral Care Team is led by Assistant Pastor Joel Steed and is as follows:
Joel Steed- Assistant Pastor in training and Elder
Rachel Steed- Families Team and Sunday School Coordinator
Mark Heydon- Elder, Life Group Leader, Prayer Team Coordinator
Lorraine Heydon- Life Group Leader and Prayer Team Coordinator
Gail Thomas- Pastoral Care Coordinator (New Visitors, Home and Hospital Care Visits, Church Registrar)
Jeanette Evans- Life Group Leader
Glyn Udraufski- Life Group Leader
Debbie Udraufski- Life Group Leader
Lynne Thomas- Volunteers Coordinator
Barbara John- Social Events Coordinator