About Us
Our Services

Here at City Gates Church, we love Sundays. We hold two morning services where you can expect singing, inspiring and challenging messages and opportunities to meet new people over a cup of tea or coffee. We would love for you, your family and your friends to join us, so if you’re free this weekend, why not come along to a Sunday service here at City Gates Church.

Service Times

First Service

Sundays – 9:30am

Second Service

Sundays – 11:30am
Also streamed online

Encounter Prayer Meeting

First Tuesday of every month at 8pm

Location and Parking

City Gates Church is located in Ilford Town Centre.

Parking: There is a multi storey car park directly opposite the church building.

Up to 1 hour: £1.20

Up to 2 hours: £2.00

Up to 3 hours: £2.50

Up to 4 hours: £3.00

*Please note that you can get a 30% discount at the reception desk.

Our Staff

Leadership Team

Stephen Derbyshire


Julia Derbyshire


Joseph Perry


Ministry Staff

Michele Ngabonziza


Ore Adeyemo


Siobhan Cunningham


What we believe

We belong to the Elim Pentecostal Denomination. Tens of thousands attend Elim churches every week. While the congregations range from small groups to some of the largest in the UK and Ireland, all Elim churches share a set of beliefs known as our Foundational Truths.
The Foundational Truths explain our theology and are a statement of faith – they are powerful, non-negotiable and guide all we say and do.

The Bible

We believe the Bible, as originally given, to be without error, the fully inspired and infallible Word of God and the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

The Trinity

We believe that the Godhead exists co-equally and co-eternally in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and that these three are one God, sovereign in creation, providence and redemption.

The Saviour

We believe in the true and proper deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His real and complete humanity, in His sinless life, in His authoritative teaching, in His substitutionary and atoning sacrifice through His blood shed, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His heavenly intercession and His second advent to receive His Church.

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the deity of the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son and the necessity of His work in conviction of sin, repentance, regeneration and sanctification, and that the believer is also promised an enduement of power as the gift of Christ through the baptism in the Holy Spirit with signs following. Through this enduement, the believer is empowered for fuller participation in the ministry of the Church, its worship, evangelism and service.


We believe in the universal sinfulness of all men since the Fall, rendering man subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.


We believe in the necessity for salvation of repentance towards God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by which the sinner is pardoned and accepted as righteous in God’s sight. This justification is imputed by the grace of God because of the atoning work of Christ, is received by faith alone and is evidenced by the Fruit of the Spirit and a holy life.

The Church

We believe in the spiritual unity and the priesthood of all believers in Christ and that these comprise the universal Church, the Body of Christ.

The Ministry

We believe in the ministries that Christ has set in His Church, namely, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers and in the present operation of the manifold Gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the New Testament.

The Ordinances

We believe in the baptism of believers in water in obedience to the command of Christ and the commemoration of Christ’s death by the observance of the Lord’s Supper until His return.

The Commission

We believe that the Gospel embraces the needs of the whole man and that the Church is therefore commissioned to preach the Gospel to the world and to fulfil a ministry of healing and deliverance to the spiritual and physical needs of mankind.

The Coming King

We believe in the personal, physical and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to reign in power and glory.

The Future State

We believe in the resurrection of the dead and in the final judgement of the world, the eternal conscious bliss of the righteous and the eternal conscious punishment of the wicked.

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