Upcoming Sundays

The Messy Table…

If you could host a dinner party of historical people of faith, who would you invite? As a church we are part of a long history of people who wrestled with their faith in what felt like confusing and uncertain times. In this series we present stories and imperfect personalities that challenge us to live more like Jesus, and to work out what that looks like as the latest generation in a community that has always been ‘a messy table’.

Sunday 26th May: Sofa Sunday, ‘A Messy Table’, 10.30am at Oasis Church Bath
Members of Oasis Church Bath reflect on who they would invite to sit around their messy table, sharing their stories about someone who has been particularly significant to them in their faith, either living or dead. Join us from 10am for a 10.30am start. We don’t livestream Sofa Sundays but the conversation is recorded and eventually ends up here.

Sunday 2nd June: Community Sunday
On Community Sundays we don’t meet all together in our church building. Instead, we enjoy a day of rest or meet in smaller groups across the city, spending time with one another and within our local community. Check the community news email for details of any gatherings taking place. If you’re new then we look forward to meeting you next week! For more information on our Sunday service pattern and what to expect when you come along, click here.

Sunday 9th June: Learning Sunday: ‘Changing Minds’, 10.30am at Oasis Church Bath
Jo Dolby speaks to us about the life of Bartolomé de las Casas. De las Casas believed that as a Christian he had a right and duty to participate in Spanish colonialism in the Indies. He came to realise, however, that the natives were human beings who ought to be treated with respect, and began to oppose colonial practices both politically and theologically. De las Casas is an example of how to change our minds, how to stop being part of systemic injustice and to advocate for those we have hurt. His story also demonstrates how important it is to recognise and honour the full, image-of-God humanity of those who are different to us, and the consequences when we do not. Join us in person from 10am for a 10.30am start, or to sign-up to watch the livestream click here.

Sunday 16th June: Learning Sunday: ‘Defiantly Undivided’, 10.30am at Oasis Church Bath
Amanda Higgin tells the story of Vicky Beeching – a Christian pop star who dropped a bomb on the conservative evangelical church when she came out as gay. Vicky had known she was gay since the age of 13 and had suffered the internal conflict familiar to young, gay evangelicals, including seeking out conversion therapy and even exorcism. Beeching hoped that by coming out she could show not only young, gay evangelicals but in fact everybody that the best gift of God is to be our whole selves. Being defiantly, fully herself lost her a successful career, global fame, and a strong platform, but it also healed her. Join us in person from 10am for a 10.30am start, or to sign-up to watch the livestream click here.

Sunday 23rd June: Learning Sunday: ‘Politics and the Pulpit’, 10.30am at Oasis Church Bath
It may be frowned upon for religion to interfere with politics, but faith cannot avoid being involved in public life. Rob Trickey tells the stories of Rosa Parks and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who, inspired by their faith, stood against oppressive systems and suffered the consequences. Rosa Parks, who worshipped in the company of Martin Luther King Jr, was imprisoned for refusing to adhere to segregation. Bonhoeffer, a German Reformed pastor and theologian, was executed in a concentration camp for writing against and then conspiring to assassinate Adolf Hitler. He had institutional power, which he chose to use not to protect himself (he chose to return to Germany rather than shelter in America) but to speak out against the Nazi theology of the German church. She had no institutional power, but a lifetime of persistent campaigning, worshipping, and standing up for both herself and her community. Both made the costly decision to stand their ground against evil, knowing that they would suffer as a result. Join us in person from 10am for a 10.30am start, or to sign-up to watch the livestream click here.

Sunday 30th June: Sofa Sunday: Special Guest Lou Bisset (Church Leader at Oasis Church Reading), 10.30am at Oasis Church Bath
We’re excited to be joined on the sofa by Lou Bisset, Church Leader at the recently launched Oasis Church Reading. We’ll be hearing about the messy table Lou has been creating in Reading, and who she might invite to her own metaphorical messy table! Join us from 10am for a 10.30am start – we don’t livestream Sofa Sundays but the conversation is recorded and eventually ends up here.

Sunday 7th July: Community Sunday
On Community Sundays we don’t meet all together in our church building. Instead, we enjoy a day of rest or meet in smaller groups across the city, spending time with one another and within our local community. Check the community news email for details of any gatherings taking place. If you’re new then we look forward to meeting you next week! For more information on our Sunday service pattern and what to expect when you come along, click here.