We are a Christian Church of around 200 people of all ages. You will find us in the centre of the Bristol UK residential suburb of Henleaze.
We believe that God loves all people. As an intentionally inclusive, Christian church we:
- are on a journey of life and faith, celebrating life as a gift of God
- believe that questions are acceptable
- aim to build a sense of community with each other and our neighbours
- welcome friendship with people of other churches, other faiths and no faith
- care for the earth and all its creatures
- actively seek the peace and justice that God hopes for the world
Worship is at the heart of our church life. We value worship that stimulates our thinking, enlightens our understanding of the Bible and helps us to reflect on how we live. We enjoy well constructed and thought provoking services and are committed to ongoing development of our worship. This keeps our worship fresh and relevant for our lives, the community around us and the world in which we live. Members of the congregation enjoy participating in services and, on occasion, leading worship. Conscious of our thriving Junior Church, we believe it is important to include and engage the children and young people in worship.
We aim to be a welcoming church and extend the hand of friendship to all who come through the doors. As well as a core of mature church members who have worshipped here for many years, we have a growing group of younger members with families. We are all committed to taking the church forward and are looking to expand our membership. We value contributions from all age groups, and we respect and support each other. There are many skills and talents in our congregation and we encourage those who feel able to participate in and contribute to the life of the church.
We have a thriving younger community in the church and encourage their participation in the activities of our church community. We value the young people who worship with us and this is reflected in their regular participation in worship and the lively Sunday Groups for children of all ages. We are conscious of the spiritual and social needs of our teenagers and encourage their full involvement in exploring Christian faith.
We encourage music as part of worship and value participation from our church community by nurturing the musical talent that exists. Music helps to bring together all age groups and we are proud of the diversity of talent that is used to enhance our worship. We have:
- a Singing Group,
- an all age mixed instrumental Music Group that leads the music at monthly all age services,
- a variety of soloists,
- our excellent organists,
who all contribute to the rich musical life of the Church.
We are keen to encourage music in the local community and the Church is a regular venue for live performances and concerts.
Life in the Community
We are a church that values pastoral care. Care for one another is a priority in our church family and this responsibility is shared by the minister, elders and church members. We have compassionate listeners, as well as those who are more equipped to offer practical support. We use the skills and talents of our members for the benefit of the church and the community. We aim to be open to the needs of the people of our neighbourhood and offer a warm welcome to all.
We see our premises as a way to serve the local community and promote all that our church has to offer. We aim to build good relationships with the many people who come in and out of the buildings every week. We are members of Churches Together in the Westbury Area and enjoy this cooperation between local Churches. With our fellow Christians we make efforts to be a lively and creative Christian presence in local life. We regularly support Christian Aid and take part in efforts to respond to the needs of the world’s poor. The Church regularly supports charities and aid organisations in Bristol, UK and abroad. Many members undertake a wide range of work in the community and for local and national charities.
We are a ‘Fair Trade Church’, using fairly traded goods of refreshments at events.