Bedford Congress Hall - Overview of what we have in Bedford
Bedford Congress Hall comprises 4 main sites:
1- The church site in Commercial Road where the the majority of activities are carried out. The main "office" of the church where activities are coordinated and of course our Worship Hall.
2- The Woolpack Hub: as the name suggests this is a hub where a lot of outreach into the community is centred. It comprises a place to Work, Play and Relax with a Coffee Shop, a Meeting Room and a Multi-Use-Games-Area or MUGA. This project was many years in the making and if you go to our Archive page you will see some details of the grand opening a few years ago. Some pictures of the old Woolpack Pub and the new Woolpack Hub are on this page.
3- EROC: The Elstow Road Outreach Centre: This site is approximately 2 miles from our main site in Commercial Road. There is a meeting / worship hall, kitchen and eating area that are used for our Salvation Army Youth Inclusion or SAYIP group as well as lettings. Watch this space for future activities at this location.
4- Our Charity Shop is located just a short walk away from Commercial Road in the Bedford Bus Station. This charity shop is run by Bedford Congress Hall and the proceeds help us fund our work here in Bedford.
The Bedford Anthem
A long, long time ago, one of our Corps Officers (Pastors) arranged the words of the song 'While here before thy cross I keel,' found in the new Salvation Army Songbook (2015) number 800. The arrangement and the words have struck a very deep cord in the life of the church and the song quickly became known as "The Bedford Anthem". In this arrangement the words of the second verse are used as the chorus -
"Deepen in me thy work of grace,
Teach me to do thy Holy will,
Help me to live a spotless life,
And all thy Holy laws fulfil."
Let this prayer also be your prayer that you will allow the deepening of God's grace in your life. Listen as the congregation sing this prayer of dedication and let it also be your prayer.
1- The Church Site - The first Hall was built in 1887 and the second just a 100 mtrs away in 1978
2- The Woolpack Hub - Just look at what we've done to the place!
Go to the Archive tab to find out more about how we came to get the hub and the grand opening. It is just across the road from the main church building.