People tend to start gathering from about 10:15am onwards. There is no particular "dress code", all are welcome! The service starts at 10:30am; the person leading the service (normally one of the elders) welcomes everyone, gives out any notices, and then usually announces the first song. The words are projected onto a screen so we don't need hymn books! People normally stand up to sing but if you are unable to do so, that's fine too.
As the service progresses there are further songs and prayers, as we believe that talking to God is an essential part of our life together as Christians. There will usually be a short children's talk or activity, then they head out to the rooms at the back of the church for their own Junior Church activities.
At various times during the service we will read from the Bible. We normally use the New International Version (NIV) and copies are available in the church for you to use.
Usually by around 11am the service leader will hand over to the preacher for the rest of the service, who will then talk for about 30 minutes, exploring what the Bible passage for the day says and what it means for us today. The service usually finishes between 11:30 and 11:45 and is followed by coffee / tea and an opportunity to talk to one another.
Several times each month the morning service will include communion; you can find the details on the diary page. It is not our practice to take up a collection during the service; there are boxes at the back of the church for freewill offerings, and our treasurer is always happy to chat about setting up direct bank payments!
We look forward to meeting you!
There are plenty of activities at Sladebrook, providing opportunity for everyone to get involved! Here are some of the highlights; most of these happen most months but not necessarily every week!
This is the main occasion in the week when the whole church family comes together for praise, worship and teaching. Every couple of months this takes the form of Cafe Church, a more informal occasion where the chairs are rearranged around tables and the morning includes plenty of coffee and cake!
After the first part of the morning service, the children go off for their own sessions to enjoy learning through stories, craft, games and singing. All our Junior Church helpers are DBS checked.
We believe that remembering the death of the Lord Jesus by sharing communion together is a vital part of our life and worship, and so we do so most weeks. Most often communion is taken during the morning service, and all who love the Lord Jesus are welcome to join with us for that. We share bread together, and drink wine from indivudual cups whilst celebrating our oneness in Christ.
The second Sunday of most months sees our "Bring and Share" lunch following the morning service; everyone is welcome to stay and share the food, fun and fellowship.
Our newest venture is a monthly opportunity to learn about some aspect of God's work in the wider world, perhaps through a visiting speaker or a video. We get together on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy a cuppa and some cakes as we broaden our outlook.
Once a month a small group from Sladebrook visit our local care home (The Orangery) to lead a short service and spend time with the residents.
The ladies of the church get together monthly to pray for one another and for the work of the church.
This is an opportunity for the men to meet for a varied programme includng social activities and Bible study.
There are currently three different groups meeting during the week in one another's homes, to study the Bible together, to pray for one another, and to encourage each other in our individual lives. New members are always welcome - have a word with one of the elders!
On the last Thursday of the month, instead of meeting in separate home groups, we meet altogether at the church specifically to pray.
The church is open on a Friday morning from 10:30-12:30 for coffee, chat and light lunches. All are welcome - feel free to pop in!
Messy Church provides an opportunity for families (especially those with younger children) to have fun on a Saturday afternoon, hearing a Bible story and getting involved with craft activities etc. A hot meal is provided as well! Watch for dates and times of the next messy event!
Our church is on the south side of the city of Bath, in the south-west of England. There is some parking on the forecourt in front of the church, and more spaces at the side and rear of the building. There is also plenty of on-street parking in the surrounding area.
The closest bus from the city centre is the No. 1 bus route.
239 Englishcombe Lane Bath BA2 2ER