Gilgal is an English-speaking Baptist church aligned with a Bible-centred evangelical position summarised in our mission statement: “To know Jesus better and to make Him better known”. Our Basis of Faith can be found here.
Gilgal was formed over 140 years ago and operates on two sites in Porthcawl on the South Wales coast.
Located close to the town centre, the main Park Avenue site comprises the main Church building – the sanctuary – and a separate hall alongside.
The second site, at Woodland Avenue, is approximately one and a half miles east of Park Avenue.
Our church family consists of approximately150 people who meet in fellowship (members and non-members) reflecting a diverse cross-section of Christian background, traditions and experiences. Our extended family, who may not participate in worship services but share in our community activities, is of course much greater.
Our diversity of Christian traditions and backgrounds manifests itself in the provision of three distinct services of worship and ministry held every week – contemporary worship on Sunday mornings and discipleship in the evenings at Park Avenue; and a traditional service on Wednesday mornings.
Mission is a significant part of Gilgal’s ministry offering both financial and practical support to a range of missionary organisations. Our children and young people’s work is extensive with an emphasis on helping them learn about Jesus and what it means to become a believer and follower. We also have numerous activities that engage with our community.
Gilgal has a conventional Baptist management structure with the minister and up to twelve deacons supported by ministry teams that embrace the full spectrum of the church’s worship, fellowship, pastoral care, witness and mission although the church meeting is always the ultimate authority.
Gilgal is affiliated to the South Wales Baptist Association (SWBA).