What is the International Evangelical Church of the Algarve?
International – a congregation of many nations joined together with the purpose of worshipping God and fellowshipping with one another. Our backgrounds and races are diverse but we are united as a local assembly of God’s people, seeking to honour Him and serve one another in the way Christ taught. Sunday morning services are in English and translated simultaneously into Portuguese (translation into German is also available on request). This way, the church is able to open its doors to those who would have difficulty following the English service. What unites this community of Portuguese, foreign residents and tourists—in spite of all its colourful diversity—is their love for Jesus Christ.
Evangelical – we are an interdenominational fellowship of Christians who accept the Bible as God’s absolute authority over our lives and church. Although we are not affiliated to any specific evangelical denomination, we consider ourselves to be part of the spiritual worldwide family of God’s people. Our message is one of seeking to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and teaching the whole Bible as the inspired and infallible Word of God.
Church – we see our gatherings primarily as an opportunity for Christians to worship God collectively as the family of God, receive spiritual nourishment through the teaching of the Bible and provide an opportunity for Christian service in the form of caring for one another as Christ himself taught us to do.
Algarve –There is a large, English-speaking, expatriate community living across the Algarve who have left their families and local churches and need a spiritual home while living overseas. It is our desire to develop a family atmosphere where people feel welcome and loved. We recognise that not only expatriates but also Portuguese nationals, need to hear the message of the Gospel and we especially praise God for our Portuguese brothers and sisters who worship with us. We also have the great privilege of receiving holiday-makers who come to enjoy the beauty of the Algarve and many seek out a local church where they can worship and receive spiritual nourishment while on holiday. If you are visiting the Algarve, we encourage you to join with us and further enrich the international aspect of our services. It is our prayer that God will use your visit to bless and encourage you.