The 11.15am is more the ‘11.00 for 11.15’ as we begin with coffee and croissants together as part of our gathering, which includes a service that lasts for an hour or an hour and a quarter. That service is a mixture of the formal and the informal, with both contemporary songs and more traditional hymns, and has biblical preaching and prayer at its heart. An increasingly mixed core of people from in and around Bath support a strong ministry to both UK and international students, which gives the congregation a diverse feel.
Our current focus is on creating a culture to enable St Barts’ vision to grow the church in different dimensions. The culture we want to foster is summed up in our slogan, “A community to belong to rather than a service to attend.” In 2017/18 we are concentrating on four aspects of that, in order to create a culture: where everyone is welcome and belongs; of prayer for one another; of mutual care and support; that is outward focussed.
Three individuals co-lead the 11.15 (Charlie Ward, Jem Hovil and Vighnesh (‘Padi’) Padiachy), as part of a wider team who cover various aspects of congregation life.