We are Christians. We are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Every one of us is trusting simply and solely on the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins and the salvation of our souls. We practice the baptism of believers by immersion in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
We firmly believe that the Bible is the Word of God and because of that we believe that it is trustworthy and reliable – it is infallible.
Although we meet in a building called Bloomfield Gospel Hall that is not the name of our assembly (we usually refer to the ‘assembly’ rather than the ‘church’). It is simply a means of identifying the building. We come together as a local assembly of believers, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ alone. We embrace the precious promise of the Lord that ‘where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them’ (Matthew 18: 20). We have no formal links to any other group of Christians. We meet in a simple way and seek to carry out what the Bible teaches in our meetings and in our lives. We are also keen to share the gospel of the grace of God with those that we meet – in practical ways and in presenting it by word of mouth.
The assembly which now meets in Bloomfield Gospel Hall at 57 Woodcot Avenue goes back to the vision of a pioneering group known as the East End Village Workers. The Village Workers felt that the rapidly developing Bloomfield area needed an active local witness to the gospel of Christ. Thomas Foster and his wife Mary opened their home in Hyndford Street as a venue for meetings in the early 1930s. These attracted such numbers that a wooden hall was bought and located on the site of the present hall at the corner of Hyndford Street. In this hall the gospel was preached every Sunday evening and a Sunday School was started.
The wooden hall and its activities were supported by the assembly at Mourne Street, which decided in 1944 that the strength of the work in Bloomfield meant that it should be established as a fully functioning assembly in its own right. Some of the Mourne Street members who lived locally became the first elders: Thomas Foster, James Henry Mayhew, David Petherick, Sidney Sinclair, Bob Storey and John Warnock.
Limitations of space soon became evident in the wooden hall, notably for the Sunday School which had to meet in two sessions. Consequently, the assembly at Bloomfield took the decision to construct a new, more spacious building at a special meeting at which people offered their skills and talents for the enterprise – a great gift which meant that the hall was completed in 1950 for one third of the original projected cost. In 1996 major renovations were carried out when disabled access and other accessible facilities were installed. The most recent renovations, to the appearance at front of the hall, were carried out in 2010.