Poplars Church grew out of the work of a gospel music group called ‘Faith’ in the in the 1970s. Faith travelled up to 50,000 miles a year to sing about Jesus. They toured up and down the country playing to coffee bar crowds, conferences, pubs, clubs, churches and cathedrals.
The church initially met in a house and as they grew they moved to a bigger house, Poplars, which was larger, and detached so that the sound of enthusiastic praise and worship wouldn't annoy the neighbours. Poplars soon became known as the 'happy, clappy house!'
Since then Poplars has grown and largely met in school halls and community centres with more space, until we bought our own building, The Golden Ball, in 2015. Since then a team of volunteers have worked to renovate the building, a former pub and nightclub, into the home for the work of Poplars Church.
Throughout its history, Poplars has grown, matured and developed and has made a significant contribution to the community in Worksop and further afield. This has included establishing and running Fundatia Poplars Romania, a charity in Brasov which supports orphans, people with disabilities and families in need. The charity and all of its assets were handed over to a Romanian charity in 2011.
The work is not finished and our vision is growing and developing. The history of Poplars is, above all else, a story of God’s faithfulness.