Who are we?
In age we range from families with very young children, through to students and on to the retired. We are a mixture of mature Christians, new Christians and people who aren’t sure about the Christian faith, but who come along because they want to find out more. If you are totally new to church and have all kinds of questions, you won’t be alone. We aim to be a church where people can ask their questions and share their doubts. None of us has it all sorted.
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 we can hear what He has to say to us. After the talk there is always the chance to make comments and ask questions. We sing hymns and songs of praise. There are moments of quiet when someone will lead us in prayer. Sometimes members of the congregation will stand up and tell us about something they are learning about God. You can join in with as much or as little as you like.
As well as getting to know and love God better, we also want to get to know and love each better. That’s why we stay on after the final hymn to catch up and care for one another over a cup of tea and some cake.
People start arriving from 3:45 pm for a cup of tea or coffee. Our main meeting gets underway at 4:00 pm and you can slip away or join us for tea at around 5:20 pm.
Children and Young People
We long for our church to be a genuine family where people of all ages and stages mix together and help one another learn to be godly friends, parents, husbands, wives and colleagues. However, we recognise that some stages of life have particular needs, so the children have their own groups in which they have fun together and learn about Jesus in ways that are appropriate to their age.
- 0-2 yrs — Creche
- 3-4yrs — Mini Junior Church
- School years R-2 — Young Junior Church
- School years 3-5 — Older Junior Church
- School years 7-9 — “Source” (for whom there are also midweek social events)
- School years 10-13 — “180” (meet with everyone else in the main hall, then head off to their own meeting at 6:00 pm with regular midweek social events)
When you arrive a team of welcomers will make sure you know where to go.
Everyone who works alongside children in any capacity at Emmanuel completes detailed registration forms, has references checked and has a current Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau).
If you’re a student in Bristol, either at Bristol University or UWE, we’d love you to join us. Church is a family, made up of people of all ages, and we would love 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 Westbury our students stay on after tea and meet together from 6:00-7:30 pm.
After our main meeting we stay on for coffee and cakes. And there is high tea (sandwiches, fruit etc) for the children.
There is no dress code. Come as you are.
Car parking / transport
There is plenty of car parking on the road in which the URC is situated (Waterford Road) and additional parking space further up on Grange Park. There is also level access from the road to the church, making it easy for those who may find steps tricky. Further transport information, including public transport, can be found using the Get Directions button above.
As well as gathering all together on Sunday afternoon, most of our members meet in smaller groups of 10 or so people. In these smaller groups there is the chance to dig deeper into the Bible passage that we’re looking at in the main meeting and to help each other to apply what we are learning about God to our lives in the week ahead.
Most small groups meet on Sunday or Monday evenings (there are also two daytime groups on Monday and Tuesday mornings) and our hope is that within those small groups we would forge the sort of friendships that would naturally overflow into the rest of the week.
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Teaching and talks
Talks recorded at Emmanuel Westbury can be found on our talks page.
The preaching programme and other significant dates can be found on the term card.