Upcoming Sundays

Our current speaking series is called ‘Rethinking the Bible’…

The bible is an amazing, diverse and powerful collection of books, written over thousands of years by different authors from different contexts and communities. For Christians, so much of what we believe and how we live, comes back to what we think about the bible. The bible has been used to inspire, connect and guide, but if we’re honest it’s also been used to harm, control and divide. Perhaps it’s time to rethink our view of the bible, and have authentic conversations about the parts of it that seem difficult, irrelevant and even offensive. Join us this term as we explore together a theologically progressive perspective on what place the bible might have in our lives.

Sunday 27th November: Sofa Sunday: ‘Rethinking the Bible: Violence in the Old Testament’, 10.30am at Oasis Church Bath
Joining us on the sofa this month is Revd Dr Helen Paynter. Helen is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence at Bristol Baptist College, which exists to facilitate cutting-edge research in the areas of biblical violence and the abuse of the bible in a violent world. We’ll be asking Helen how we can align the violent and angry God portrayed in the Old Testament with the loving God we know and experience today. Trigger Warning: Helen will be mentioning sexual violence in broad, non-specific terms. We don’t live stream Sofa Sundays, but look out for the podcast later in the week which will eventually appear here.

Sunday 4th December: Advent Worship, 10.30am at Oasis Church Bath
On our usual Community Sunday in December, we’ll be opening up the church building for an advent worship experience. There will be a number of different options to choose from, including carols around the piano, sand tray reflection, drama workshops, and prayer stations for personal reflection, as well as some Christmas refreshments to end the morning. This will be an all-age event, and everyone is welcome – please help us to get an idea of numbers by clicking here to sign up.

Sunday 11th December: Learning Sunday: ‘Rethinking the Bible: Lost Traditions, Found Coins’, 10.30am at Oasis Church Bath
In the second of our Christmas themed services, Oasis Youth will be leading our service this Sunday. There will be a quiz, some carols and a look at some curious Christmas traditions! Join us to rethink Christmas traditions old and new. Note for On-line participants:  This service is being led by Oasis Youth and the church will be laid out with chairs around tables.  There may be times when the live stream is not showing someone specific, but we will do all we can to make everything visible! To fully join in follow the quiz login link which will be given in the service. To sign up for the livestream click here.

Sunday 11th December: LGBT+ Affirming Carol Service, 5pm at Christ Church, Julian Road, Bath
We delighted to again be partnering with Christ Church and St Stephens and St Mary’s in Bath for our LGBT+ affirming carol service. Focusing on a theme of ‘Homecoming’, we’ll be looking at aspects of the Christmas story that resonate with LGBT+ experience and identity. While this will be a safe and affirming space for all those who identify as LGBT+ to celebrate Christmas, absolutely everyone is welcome. We’d really love to see you there.

Sunday 18th December: Learning Sunday: ‘Rethinking the Bible: Rethinking Christmas’, 10.30am at Oasis Church Bath
As our ‘Rethinking the Bible’ series draws to a close, Jo Dolby explores the very first Christmas from a theological, historical and sociological context, dispelling some common myths about the Christmas story we know so well, as well as drawing out powerful meanings that apply to our lives today. Join us from 10am for a 10.30am start, or to sign up for the livestream click here.

Sunday 25th December: Online Christmas Day Service, 10am – 10.30am on Zoom
We’ll be gathering together on Zoom for a brief, informal and all-age Christmas Day service. Come ready with your favourite Christmas present to show! All ages are welcome. To sign-up to receive the Zoom link, click here.

Sunday 2nd January: 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. Look out for details of what’s being organised through your local WhatsApp group or from our weekly community news email. If you’re new or visiting we look forward to meeting you next week!