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Early in 1952 about a dozen believers met to break bread in the home of Mr and Mrs RJ Logan which was above Mr Logan’s Chemist shop in High Street, Donaghadee.  These believers, although mostly belonging to other church congregations, had been attending a local Mission Hall which had a breaking of bread meeting similar to that in most assemblies.  As the numbers gathering increased the company sought a larger meeting room and so on 30th July 1952 there is a record of a meeting having taken place in the Manor Street Orange Hall in the town. Due to increasing numbers attending the meetings a further move was necessitated resulting in the believers meeting in a room in the local branch of The Royal British Legion. 

What was notable at that time was that the testimony of the believers was such that both the Orangemen and the British Legion members respected them and were willing to accommodate them until such time as they were able to find a more permanent place to gather, both on Lord’s Day and through the week for prayer and Bible teaching.

During this period there was a gospel witness conducted in the town by a number of believers under the auspices of The Christian Workers’ Union and some of the above believers were associated with this work.  When it was decided that this particular work would cease, those who had been meeting in the British Legion Hall were able to acquire the building for the work of the assembly, and it became known as Bethel Hall, Moat Lawn.

The Assembly continued meeting in the Moat Lawn Hall until late 1973 when a recently built meeting hall which was the meeting place for a company of Exclusive Brethren was purchased.  The assembly continues to meet in this Hall in the Northfield Road.

The Lord has blessed the assembly over the years and a small number of the original founding members continue to this day.  Although they are getting older they seek, along with others, to remain faithful to their Lord and Master by reaching out with the Gospel in the town and district on a monthly basis to the residents in the local Residential and Nursing homes.  Sunday school work is and always has been a priority in Bethel.