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. Our children and youth go to their own groups after about 15 minutes of the service. 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 that enables St Barts’ vision of growing the church in different dimensions. The culture we are fostering is summed up in our slogan, “A community to belong to rather than just a service to attend.” We are currently concentrating on four aspects of that, 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.