Welcome to Riverside!
Riverside began life in February 2014 and is a congregation of St. Bartholomew’s Church which meets in Hayesfield Lower School, Brougham Hayes.
Riverside is a family of all ages. We aim to love and support one another as we explore together what it means for God to be in our lives, to help one another as we try to live in light of this, and to seek to share what we have found with others.
At Riverside we believe that the Bible is God’s word written and the primary way in which God reveals his love to us today, and so we aim to put the Bible at the centre of all that we are and all that we do. We encourage everyone to be asking questions and finding out for ourselves what the Bible says and how it speaks to our lives today.
‘Riverside’ is so named because we have a particular vision to reach out to the residents of the new Riverside development in Bath with the good news about God’s love for the world in Jesus Christ. This is why we meet at Hayesfield Lower School, adjacent to the Riverside residential development.
Whatever brings you to Bath and to St Bart’s Riverside, we hope very much that you enjoy your time here. If you would like to come along on a Sunday, we would be delighted to welcome you and very much look forward to meeting you!
With best wishes,
The Riverside Leadership Team
Riverside Leadership Team
Riverside Leadership Team
Riverside Leadership Team
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Riverside and Covid-19
In common with all other churches, Covid-19 has had a huge impact on our church life.
Currently, our Sunday services appear on our You Tube channel at 10.30am: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaeZiiKhF3K_sPntUz1Bbcw
The service is available to be viewed at any time. Here you will also find a range of video resources for children aged from 0 to 18.
We are now beginning to open up our church life again.
Details of our next ‘real’ services at 10:30am at Hayesfield School, Brougham Hayes can be found on the St Bart’s homepage.
Our children and young people’s groups will be running during services but, unfortunately, we will not be able to run our crèche. However, younger children and babies are very welcome in the service and there is a place where parents can go with their children should they need to.
If you would like to come to a service, in order to ensure everyone’s safety you will need to book a place (strange times!). To do so, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before 1pm on the Thursday in the week leading up to the service.
We look forward to seeing you there!
For further resources to help people of all ages during this challenging time, including videos and blogs and links to many other useful sites, please visit our new website, www.hopeinitiative.co.uk
WELCOME TO NEW STUDENTS!
If you’re a student new to Bath, welcome! We hope you will love your time here.
The early days as a student can be quite challenging but we want to help in any way we can. Join the ‘St Bart’s Students’ Facebook Group for regular updates on upcoming events, and don’t forget to have a look at the ‘Students’ tab below where there are more details of things for students at Riverside.
Sundays At Riverside
Our time together on Sunday starts with coffee and pastries at 10.10am and the service starts at 10.30am.
Children and young people’s groups are held during the service.
Sermons are recorded each week and can be listened to at any time here: https://www.stbartsbath.org/sundays/sermons/
Our music group lead us in responding to God’s word in a variety of contemporary songs and well-loved hymns.
The service normally ends around 11.50am but most people stay on for more refreshments and to enjoy spending time together.
On the second Sunday of each month we stay on after the morning service and have lunch together.
This is either a bring and share lunch or soup and bread with puddings!
Church members are always inviting one another into their homes for meals. Once or twice a term we also have a hospitality Sunday where people invite others back for lunch and to spend the afternoon together. This is for everyone in the church family and is aimed at helping us all to get to know as wide a cross-section of the church as possible
We are blessed to have many students at Riverside from the various universities and colleges. Students play an active role in our Sunday service.
St Bart’s has a full and varied programme for students including Focus (a weekly small group Bible Study), In Focus (a similar meeting for international students), International Café, and Student Sunday Lunch.
Children and Young People
We run a range of groups for our children and young people on Sunday mornings, from 0-16 years.
‘UNITE’ is our weekly youth group for school years 7-13 and gives our young people an opportunity to get together, and ‘5.30 Club’ on Sunday afternoons is a club for Primary School age children full of games, activities, food and fun!
Men, Women and Families
We have a number of different initiatives from time to time to encourage men, women and families in living out their faith.
Many of our church members find tremendous encouragement from being part of a small fellowship group. Different groups meet on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night each week and new members are always welcome. We aim to have fun together, sometimes eat together, to explore together how the Bible applies to our lives, and to support one another as we try to put what we discover into practice in our lives.
Once a month, church members gather to pray together both for the mission and life of St. Bart’s Riverside and for the worldwide church. One month this is a Riverside prayer meeting and the next month we join together with those from the two other St Bart’s congregations.
We benefit greatly from our partnership with others who are living the Christian life and seeking to share it with others throughout the world. Currently, we are developing a new and exciting link with a church in France. We also have links with mission partners in India and North Africa and with people working here at home to support Christian ministry in East Africa, Cambodia and other parts of the UK.
Church Family Socials
Three or four times a year we get together on a Saturday evening for a social event open to all ages. These have included a ceilidh, a quiz night, line dancing, and an Italian evening.
Church Family Away Day & Weekend Away
Each year we go away to enjoy relaxing together and to spend some time thinking about a particular aspect of the Christian life. One year we have a Riverside away day and the next year it is a weekend away with members of the other two St. Bart’s congregations
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