Students at #OPBCBath
What is OPBC like?
OPBC is a welcoming, family-orientated church with a heart for sharing the good news of Jesus with our local community. We’re committed to being multi-generational and already have a good spread of ages actively represented in the life of the church.
Our Sunday morning services include corporate singing led by a worship band, times of open and led prayer, preaching and teaching that is firmly rooted in the Bible and relevant to our day to day lives and, generally, some input specifically aimed at the children in the church.
Our worship is lively and mostly contemporary in style but does also include some more traditional elements at points.
We have home groups that meet together during the week where we explore the Bible together and encourage and pray for one another.
We also have a number of outward-looking ministries going on each week aimed at connecting with all ages in our community from babies to OAPs! You’ll see these outlined elsewhere on our website.
How can students get stuck in at OPBC?
OPBC isn’t one of those churches with a segregated or highly specialised student ministry. We very much want to see all ages integrated together in worshipping and serving Jesus. We want to create the kind of environment where students feel part of a family; being loved, encouraged and supported in their time at University and also being able to make a positive contribution to the life of our church.
Most months we have a lunch together at the church after one of our morning services which many students have told us they really appreciate. Members of the church also invite students back for lunch on other Sundays. We also encourage students to get hooked up into a small group.
But we also always have opportunities for students to get stuck into the regular life and ministry of the church during their time in Bath, whether that is in helping to lead worship or in helping lead one of the ministries of the church. The way we see it, time at University can be a time to really discover, use and develop the gifts God has given you and make a positive contribution for the kingdom of God in a local church such as ours.
Of course, the best way to really appreciate what OPBC is like is to come along and experience it for yourself. We always offer lunches for the first two or three Sundays of each academic year and we hope they might be a great incentive for you to come along and check us out. We really look forward to meeting 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 to student life can be chaotic. Fusion has recognised the risk of getting lost – not reconnecting with God and church during those uni years.
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 some of 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 niggling problems that young people (and parents) worry about when you head off to live independently, perhaps for 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 students - 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.