Welcome! We're glad you've found your way to the website of Oldfield Park Baptist Church in Bath. We hope you find everything you're looking for here. We have a number of exciting things going on in the life of the church some of which you will see featured below and others which you can find out about by following the links from this home page.
If you'd like to contact us we'd love to hear from you and it would be great to see you sometime.
Mark Cooke (Minister)
Amanda & Nathan joined OPB at the start of their first years at Bath Spa Uni. We recently said goodbye as their life journey takes them to postgrad studies in the Netherlands.
Before they went we asked them for a message for new students arriving in Bath this September. Here's what they said:
OPBC is a church which seeks to welcome and integrate people of all ages to the 'flock'! As a student, you are encouraged to serve the church as part of a family of all ages, whether that’s musically, leading the youth work, or through more practical servanthood such as putting tables and chairs away and cleaning. What has always struck me about the fellowship is that it exemplifies the picture in Paul’s writing of the church as the body of Christ, making use of each of our gifts, with the Gospel at the core of its ministry. It is such an encouragement for the church to see new faces come through the door, and it is a testament to the welcome offered at OPBC that the hardest part for Amanda and I, in leaving Bath, will be saying goodbye to our brothers and sisters here.
Our pastor Mark is a clear, engaging and biblically centred preacher with a loving heart for his congregation. I am so blessed to have found Oldfield Park Baptist church at a very early stage of my student life, and it has provided me with the teaching and support I've needed to be able to thrive and bring God into my studies. I had the privilege of having Mark come and preach the gospel at my wedding, as well as being able to spiritually invest in the young people's work at the church through Sunday School teaching and Youth Group on a Friday. Oldfield is still in many ways a growing church, with student life and young people's attendance having tripled in size since arriving in 2012. If you feel God is leading you to a church where He can use your skills and gifts to serve then I would encourage you to be bold and get involved at Oldfield Park Baptist. They would be truly thankful to have you.
We love linking with students via Fusion.
Fusion aims to connect young people leaving home for the first time with family churches in their new University town. Transition in to student life can be chaotic. Fusion has recognised the risk of getting lost – not reconnecting with God and church during those Uni years.
Here at Oldfield Park Baptist Church we are delighted to be a receiving church – welcoming new students to our fellowship.
Fusion enables us to talk to prospective students by weekly messages sent to students coming to Bath, over the summer holidays and into Freshers week. What is great is that we get to pray for specific students coming to Bath – that God will keep them close and safe in His hands.
Fusion also produces some great online and print resources to help students and churches.
Check them out here: www.fusion.uk.com
Of course you can just get in touch using our contact us page.
We've helped students find their feet in Bath. We've welcomed international students and helped to sort out those niggly problems that young people and parents worry about when you head off to live independently for maybe the first time. We love to serve our student community - with the practical things. We welcome students into our homes for food, or take a trip to Ikea for essential home supplies, or connect with airport pickups & drop offs, or simply pick ups from Campus (Bath Spa & Bath Uni) on a Sunday morning for worship. And the spiritual things - prayer groups, bible study groups & gatherings that are just perfect for students.
As the summer begins we're praying for you guys, for safe holidays & journeys and fun times, for smooth transitions and new friends - but mostly that you stay close to Jesus and reconnect with church at Uni.
One of the things that I love about our church is the diverse age range of our congregation. Our Holiday at Home programme of day trips out is always a pleasure to organise. This year we took the minibus out for four days in August for those who might otherwise not get away for a holiday. We welcomed church regulars, Take-a-Break lunch regulars and friends of the church to join us.
Our first trip was marred only a little by the gentle rain as we visited the town of Malmesbury. We enjoyed the gardens at Abbey House Gardens, then lunch in the Abbey. We learned lots about King Athelstan, Alfred the Great’s grandson.
The second visit took us to Stourhead House and Gardens where the National Trust did a great job ferrying us around in their minibus and volunteer Claire took us around in her golf buggy so all of the group got to admire all of the spectacular gardens and the great views around the lake.
The day we visited Longleat was the most exhausting. The animals were wonderful to see! Then in the main square some went off to the boat ride, while others enjoyed the train. The gardens and house were appreciated too and the penguins and meercats had a great visit too. I think many of us rested our eyelids sitting in front of the telly that evening.
On our final trip we visited Oakham Treasures – barns full of everyday stuff from yesteryear. I love all the previously forgotten memory lanes that are revisited. Do you remember when a roll of Sellotape came in a blue tin? I loved the advertising on the bag of ‘Death to Moths’ and in particular the invitation for Special Rates for Church Workers!
The Holiday at Home ended with another of Terry and Jan’s cream teas in their beautiful garden. The weather held fine and we all enjoyed your amazing hospitality – a great big Thank-You!
A group from Oldfield Park Baptist Church is again visiting New Wine.
This Christian Conference takes place outside Shepton Mallet at the Bristol & West Showground. Lots of us are camping for the week, but you can visit for one day - or just come to an evening worship service.
We are going in Week One - Saturday 23rd - 29th July.
There's loads to do - with Worship Sessions in the morning and evening in three different venues - you can pick your preferred worship style. Great teaching throughout the week. There's dedicated teams working with children and young people of all ages. Then there's seminars on a wide range of special interests. So there is something for everyone.
We camp together as a church - so remember to put 'Oldfield Park Baptist Church' on your booking. We take the big marquee as a mess tent so we can eat together & spend time together. It's a time to re-energise your faith, a time to rest, a time to really get to know other church folk a bit better, a time to spend getting closer to Jesus. . . Good Times.
Did you know that you can follow us on Twitter?
@OPBCBath is a church twitter feed with lots of content from @LizHearnOPB keeping you up to date with what is going on at church.
Then there’s @OPBCstudycafe for twitter feed reminders about when study café meets.We follow twitter feeds that we think Students might like.
Or friend us on Facebook.
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