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About The Ark

The Ark is a church and community complex where an increasing variety of activities occur. The Ark is involved with providing conference facilities, enabling training opportunities and community networking.

The aim of The Ark church is to reach lost people for Jesus. The church meeting time on Sunday is 10:30-12:00. There are many church activities during the week, such as; Golden Years meal for senior citizens, youth activities, Tiny Toes, coffee morning and home groups.

The Ark aims to have a positive effect on the community. Dover Food Bank is hosted at The Ark on Wednesday evenings. The charities Headway and Home-Start Dover District have office and work space within The Ark. Happy Feet Nursery is based in The Ark.

The Ark Leadership Team is: Peter Christian, Pete Wallace, Aland & Helen Found, Helen Cheyney, Mike Hewgill, Myles Kearney, Stuart Walker, David and Mary Cason, Steve Green, Nigel and Rachel Bainbridge, Andrew and Anita Simpson, and Greg Bridges. Greg is our lead pastor.

The following church leaders from Dover have been sent out as pastors into new settings: John Smith [Keighley], Steve Burke [Llangynwyd], Adrian Galley [Edinburgh], Greg Bridges [Deal], Josh Cordray and James Burke [both Maidstone], and David Wade [Bridgend]. John-Neal Roberts was sent as a pastor-in-training from The Ark to Community Church Deal in February 2014.

The Ark has a website (www.thearkdover.com) and a Facebook page.

The building

The Ark was purchased in 1996 for the Apostolic Church, Dover. This former eye-hospital was formally opened by Harold Wade in September 1997. Joel Edwards [former president of the Evangelical Alliance] was the guest speaker at this occasion. The Arena and Terrace Suite extension was opened by Diane Louise Jordan [Blue Peter and Songs of Praise presenter] and local MP Gwyn Prosser, in September 2003. The Ark was named after its location on Noah’s Ark Road.

The Ark is the home of the Dover Apostolic Church. In the 1990’s this church was based, on Sundays, in the Dover South Kent College. Prior to this, in the 1970’s and 1980’s the Dover Apostolic Church held it’s Sunday meetings in the building on the corner of Erith Street and London Road. Previous leaders of the Dover Apostolic Church include; Mark Davies, Warren Jones, Derek Meldrum, Samuel McKibben and Bill Chivers.

The movement

The Apostolic Church is a registered charity [number 284789]. For further information about the denomination please visit www.apostolic-church.org. The Apostolic Church grew out of the 1904-05 Welsh revival, and was founded in 1915. The first national leader of the Apostolic denomination was Pastor Daniel Powell Williams. It is a pentecostal, evangelical and international denomination. Ephesians chapter 4 verses 8-11 is a distinctive and important passage for the denomination. Some of the core beliefs of the Apostolic Church include: The Bible is faultless; God is perfect unity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Jesus was born of a virgin, led a sinless life, triumphed over sin and will return to earth again; faith in Jesus provides the way to heaven in the future; Heaven and hell exist; the Holy Spirit empowers Christians for effective service; and apostle, prophet, pastor, teacher and evangelist ministries are given to the church for growth

There are nearly 12 million Apostolic Christians over 90 nations across the globe. In 2016 the Apostolic Churches across the world will gather in the UK to celebrate the centenary the formation of the first Apostolic Church (www.ac-100.org).

The UK Apostolic Church supports overseas missionary around the world. Further information can be found at www.actionoverseas.org.

Each November, the Apostolic Church assembles a Council of Ascension Ministries to formulate future plans. Pastor Tim Jack is the National Leader.

Maidstone International Church, Living Well Church [Whitfield], Community Church Deal, and The Ark [Dover] co-operate as a cluster within the UK Apostolic Church.