Who are we?
We are a place where you can bring your questions and doubts. Whether you are a long-term Bristolian or new to this amazing city, we welcome your questions on the big things of life. Located right in the centre of town, we love making the most of living together in such a culture-filled city.
Our church family includes students and retired people, singles and marrieds, babies and the middle-aged, those just investigating Christianity and those who have known Jesus the whole of their lives. We are united by Jesus and our attempts to imperfectly live for him in response to his perfect love for us.
What to expect
We meet together to get to know and love God better. That’s why at the heart of our meetings there is a talk that unpacks a portion of His Word, the Bible, so that his Spirit can speak into our lives today. After the talk there is always the chance to make comments and ask our questions.
We sing a range of songs, with a range of styles. We love that on any week we can have a string quartet with drums, or a grand piano with guitars – all sorts of combinations!
We also meet together to get to know and love one another better — that’s why we stay on after the final song to catch up and to care for one each other.
People start arriving from 6:30 pm for a chat (or a game of table tennis). Our main meeting gets underway at 6:45 sharpish and we’re normally done by about 8:00 pm.
If you’re a student in Bristol, at Bristol University, City of Bristol College or UWE, we’d love you to join us. Church is a family, made up of people of all ages, and we long for students to feel part of that wider church family. But we also recognise that student life brings with it particular challenges that are often best understood by other students. So at Emmanuel City Centre our students stay on after a bit to eat, meeting from 8:30-9:30pm.
After our main meeting we love to chat over a hot something (hot chocolate, tea, coffee, the usual) and some cake. This is especially helpful if you meet for a student small group after church (8:30-9:30pm) or if your last meal seems a long time ago… Often, people head out for a meal after church on Park Street.
The heating can be a bit temperamental, so bring a jumper. Otherwise, no dress code.
Car parking / transport
The city centre location makes it very easy to walk, cycle or catch public transport. The main Bristol bus station is a 5 minute walk away.
There is limited car parking available, along with the local streets. Be aware that the parking to the right of the building is privately owned — please do not park there or block those spaces. There are plenty of cycle racks.
As well as gathering all together on Sunday afternoon, most of our church family members meet in small groups. In these we want to think through the implications of what the Bible says for our lives and help one another to live it out in the week ahead. They meet on Sunday-Wednesday evenings both centrally and in people’s homes throughout the city.
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