About Us

Oasis Hub Bath is an inclusive, progressive church and community charity.

Hay Hill Baptist Church has been in Bath since 1869 and we made a big move in August 2018 by joining Oasis UK and becoming a church-led Oasis Community Hub. We are proud to now be Oasis Church Bath, with Oasis Hub Bath as our registered charity, through which we deliver all our community work.

Our Vision and Values

Oasis UK is inspired and motivated by the life, teaching and example of Jesus.

It informs our radically inclusive ethos and drives our passionate belief that each human being is equally important, has intrinsic God-given worth and is uniquely valuable. We hope that our five ethos values (or behaviours) of inclusion, relationships, equality, hope and perseverance permeate everything we do and are obvious wherever and whenever you encounter Oasis. Our five ethos values are;

  • A passion to include everyone
  • A desire to treat everyone equally, respecting differences
  • A commitment to healthy and open relationships
  • A deep sense of hope that things can change and be transformed
  • A sense of perseverance to keep going for the long haul

Our Church

There are loads of churches in Bath, so what makes Oasis Church Bath different? As an Oasis Church that’s a part of the Oasis Church Network, we have four characteristics which, when combined, we think make us distinctive. Scroll down to read more.

Full inclusion.

As a church, we’re committed to being a place where everyone is included and can make a contribution. That means our goal is always full inclusion, especially in relation to the LGBT+ community. Sadly, the church is often a place where those of us who define as LGBT+ are excluded, rejected and discriminated against, and we’re determined to be different. The love of God compels us to welcome and celebrate anyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. We’re proud to have LGBT+ people involved at every level of what we do, including senior leadership.

An open, progressive theology.

Progressive Christianity is an evolving branch of the Christian faith that values the love of God, the inclusion of all, the ongoing transformation of self, a non-literal application of the bible, social justice, learning from other sources of wisdom and caring for the earth. Whilst we value difference and welcome people with all kinds of theological beliefs, as a leadership and as part of Oasis, we are moving in a progressive direction and we hope you see that lived out in all we do, from Sunday services and how we treat one another, to our community projects and partnerships.

A commitment to social justice.

We believe everyone should be able to reach their full potential, and we do whatever we can to enable that. That’s why we deliver and host a range of community projects and activities through our charity, Oasis Hub Bath. To find out more about what projects we’re currently involved in, check out our projects page.

An informal church service style.

We believe church should be a place where you can come as you are. So you don’t need to dress up or know anything before you come – we’ll explain what we’re doing during the service and how you can participate. We always have coffee, and sometimes pastries too! To find out more about what we do on Sundays, visit our Sunday services page.

Governance

Oasis Bath is led by a team, or to be more accurate several overlapping teams. Trustees are appointed by the membership of the church to provide oversight to all of the Hub’s activities and hold legal responsibility. A Hub Leader employed by Oasis Community Partnerships on behalf of the Bath Hub works with steering groups providing day-to-day leadership. These steering groups are to be appointed by the Trustees.

Hub Leader: Jo Dolby

Trustees: Stephen Natt (Chair), Dave Vernalls (Treasurer), Rob Trickey (Secretary) and Ben Senneck.

Church Steering Group: Claire Shelswell, Stephen Henwood, Lea Lawton, Rob Trickey and Jo Dolby.

Hub Steering Group: Jo Rich, Lea Lawton, Beth Hamilton, Helena Treadaway, Sara Reynolds, Pete Hamilton and Jo Dolby.

Our leadership is also accountable to the membership of the church, which is part of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

To find our more about Oasis UK, visit www.oasisuk.org, or watch the film below.

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