Meeting together and reaching out in halls
At Bristol University Christian Union we aim to be a community of God's people at work. One way in which we do this is by having hallgroups. A typical evening with your hallgroup would involve eating a meal together at someone's home and then going through a bible study which seeks to equip you to better share the Gospel with your friends. This would be followed up by praying for each other in our various situations.
Main meeting: Equip
We Meet on a Thursday Evening in Alma Church from 6.00pm until about 7.30pm for Equip meeting.
This is our main weekly meeting helping us to practically equip Christian students with the skills and knowledge to live and speak for Jesus at University. We are students from different churches and denominations, uniting around the same gospel.
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Philippians 2:1-2
The CU is a mission team seeking to: 'To give everyone at Bristol University the opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of Jesus Christ.'
We are certainly not a church and cannot begin to offer some of the great things being part of a Church brings. We believe it is so important for all our members to be regularly attending a church for a number of reasons:
- The CU is constantly changing and you will only be a member for a few years, churches have a long term vision forming a stable setting for your growth as a Christian at University.
- The CU is run by students doing full time degrees, churches have full time staff willing and able to teach and offer you the support you will need.
- The CU is exclusively for students whereas churches are formed of people from all ages and backgrounds allowing you to be a member of a truly diverse family.
- The bible assumes that we will be in a local church (Hebrews 13:17)
If you would like to go along to church with another student then email our treasurer/ church links chair and they would be happy to arrange something for you.
Alma is a lively independent evangelical church situated just off Whiteladies Road in Clifton. We have around 100 members of all ages including a significant number of students. Alma members are knit together with strong relationships and a desire to serve God, each other and the community around us. We really value the contribution that students make to church life – so if you are looking for a church where you can escape the student bubble, be supported by a church family and get involved – come and join us one Sunday morning!
Sundays @ 10:30. BS8 2ES. www.almachurch.co.uk
Buckingham Chapel is a friendly and warm-hearted fellowship that welcomes visitors of all ages and backgrounds. The unchanging, living and powerful Word of God is central in all our meetings and – by the Holy Spirit’s aid – also in our lives. Through its teaching and preaching we seek to grow together in the faith, knowledge and grace of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Sundays @11:00 and 18:30. BS8 1LQ. www.buckinghamchapel.org.uk.
Bristol City Centre Church (BC3) is the city centre congregation of Kensington Baptist Church. We are centred around being a Bible Shaped, Christ Centred, Gospel Driven and welcoming community of Christians serving the heart of Bristol. We seek to be a diverse and dynamic community of God’s people demonstrating the reality of the Kingdom of God through our relationships and outreach both in Bristol and the wider world.
Sundays@ 10:30 and 18:00. BS1 2DL. www.kenbaptist.org.
Carmel One church, many locations. Life is a journey, and we care about yours. At Carmel we understand that each Christian has a journey to travel in order to reach their potential and fulfil their destiny in God. One church service citywide on Sunday Morning at 10.00am, via video streaming.
Sundays@10:00. BS81LN. www.carmelcitychurch.org.
Christ Church Students at Christ Church come together as an integral part of the church’s 20s and 30s group on a Tuesday evening. With time altogether and in smaller groups, in scripture, sung worship, testimony and prayer, we aim to grow together in our identity in Him and in fellowship with the Spirit, that we may become all we can be for Him.
Sundays @ 9:00, 10:30, 18:30. Tuesdays @19:30 (20s and 30s). BS8 3BN. www.ccweb.org.uk
City Church Bristol is located in the heart of the city close to the university. We have a dedicated student team that are here to support you as you find you feet in Bristol. We are a lively and God loving church part of Newfrontiers with a heart for people and a passion for seeing God’s name glorified. We have a large student contingent in the church as well as numerous welcoming families – you’ll fit right in!
Sundays@ 10:30 and 19:30. BS6 6AH. www.citychurch.org.uk.
Cornerstone Church is a vibrant independent church, passionate about teaching the gospel, sharing the gospel and creating a community. We love Christian Union and are desperate to see students (as well as the rest of our church) empowered. We worship together at 10:30am on Sundays. We are a short walk from Bristol University (BA6 6AG).
Ebenezer Church (Ebe) is a lively, growing community church based in Horfield, north Bristol. We are a mixed bunch of people, from all ages and walks of life. As students we want to give you opportunities to connect with church family, to grow and develop in your relationship with Jesus, and get stuck in to church life and what’s happening in this amazing city!
Sundays@10:30. BS7 0XZ. www.ebe.org.uk.
Elim We are an enthusiastic, diverse and expressive community in the heart of the city. The community around us is anything from bohemian, to artistic, to professional as well as those on the edge of society, yet we are here to connect with all people for the sake of them meeting God. We have a growing student population, particularly international students.
Sundays@ 9:00 and 11:00. Tuesdays@ 19:30. BS2 8JP. www.elimbristol.org.
Emmanuel City Centre As part of the Emmanuel Bristol family of churches, we long to be a church that grows more disciples who will grow more churches to show more people that Jesus is Lord. So we aim to keep Jesus at the centre of our life together, depend on Jesus in prayer, and take in and live out his word in every area of our lives.
Sundays@ 18:30. BS1 2NN. www.emmanuelbristol.org.uk.
Emmanuel Westbury: We are a church family across the ages and love students to be knitted into wider church family life. Our Sunday gatherings are characterised by a longing to become more like Christ ourselves and try to be the sort of church to which we can bring our unbelieving friends. So we are serious about preaching but also give air-time to people’s questions, make the service friendly to outsiders and invite everyone to stay on for tea, coffee, cake and chat afterwards.
Sundays@16:00. BS9 4BT. www.emmanuelbristol.org.uk/westbury.
Grace Church is made up of a friendly, vibrant and growing community of Christians of all backgrounds and ages (including a thriving student population), gathered from across the city of Bristol. We want to be a genuine family of enthusiastic worshippers who are passionate about the truth and relevance of the Bible; eager to live out its message in authentic Christian lifestyles; representing and proclaiming the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world around us.
Highgrove is a family church in Sea Mills, just up the road from the Stoke Bishop Halls. We are part of the Woodlands (www.woodlandschurch.net) Group of Churches and our vision is to continually reproduce the life of Jesus. We look to share the love of Jesus in our needy community. Our students are an important part of our church family. We love seeing our students grow in their faith and in their gifts. There are lots of opportunities for students to join serving teams and to get stuck in.
Sundays@ 10.30. BS9 2NL. https://highgrove.church.
Hope Community Church is a young, vibrant, informal Congregational Church. We are centred on the good news of Jesus Christ. The core values of the church are about gaining freedom through Christ, reaching out to the marginalised, ‘hear it, pray it, do it!’ & 24/7 prayer.
Sundays@ 10:30. BS8 4ND. www.hopechapel.co.uk.
Pip n Jay As a church we seek to be living life on mission with Jesus, growing churches and disciples through choosing to be defined by the word and seeking the Holy Spirit’s lead. As a student community we seek to be a growing family of courageous worshipers walking in the fullness of relationship with God, and the joy of community.
Sundays @ 10:30 and 18:30. BS2 0ET. www.pipnjay.org.
Redland Parish is a diverse church; we represent a whole range of ages and stages in life. We are a church that is committed to worshipping God, supporting one another and serving our community. If you want to be part of a church family, where people will know who you are, invite you for lunch and where you can get involved, Redland might be the church for you! We have homegroups catered particularly for young adults, and love to follow our Sunday evening service with a trip to the pub!
Sundays@ 10:00 and 18:45 (In the church hall). BS6 7HE. www.redland.org.uk
Severn Vineyard Church is a rapidly growing new Vineyard church in Bristol (started in 2009) with a thriving student community with of around 50 students from Bristol Uni and UWE. We really value the Bible, the Holy Spirit’s interaction in our lives, compassion for the poor and community. There are 17 small groups meeting across the city with student groups in Stoke Bishop, Clifton and Redland. Come to any of our Sunday morning services and we’ll take you out for a free lunch afterwards right through October.We have a legendary student weekend away in February and do get a ticket for our upcoming charity ball!
Sundays@10:30 and 19:00. BS1 2AG. www.severnvineyard.org.
St Matthews Bristol is a wonderful church family where Jesus Christ is everything. We are a city on a hill, fixing our eyes upon our Great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, growing up into Him and reflecting His light all across the city. We love the Bible, prayer and sharing Jesus with the whole world so that He can become everything to others as well. We are a loving family with a big heart and warmly welcome students and want to support you during your time at University, by being your home away from home.
Sundays @10.30. BS6 5TB. stmatthews-bristol.org.uk.
Woodlands is an informal, charismatic independent church with lively worship and a thriving student community. Our aim is to be reproducing the life of Jesus in this city. There are several services each Sunday, but most students come to the evening celebration at 7pm, the busiest and liveliest. As a student community, we focus on discipleship, trying work out our faith in practical ways that make as much sense on Monday as they do on Sunday. We get together every other Tuesday evening and also gather in small groups midweek for more intimate fellowship.
Sundays@ 8:00, 9:15, 11:00 and 19:00. Tuesdays@ 19:30. BS8 2AA. www.woodlandschurch.net.
Woodlands Metro is the brand new city centre campus of Woodlands Church. Not just an exciting place to be for Christians, it’s church you can bring your friend to, a great environment for those who are not sure about faith. Woodlands Metro is specifically designed for students and young urban professionals, with a highly contemporary, richly creative vibe. Our aim is to help people find and follow Jesus, then mobilise them to love one another and serve the city.
Sundays@18:30. BS1 5DB. www.woodlandsmetro.church.