Who We Are

Hay Hill is a friendly, welcoming and vibrant church in the centre of Bath, with an open and inclusive theology. Our community has a full range of ages, with a high proportion of young families. We have a strong sense of vision, and many who speak prophetically. We passionately believe that we are blessed by God to be a blessing to those around us.

Restoring Confidence

Over the last two Sundays, I have introduced Hay Hill to an important growing movement within the church. Many significant public figures have been calling for a better understanding of the Bible, and in particular a change in attitude to what is the right way to read it. At Hay Hill, one of our current three strands of vision is building confidence in sharing faith, and I would contend that it is often a loss of confidence in the Bible, at a time when it is widely dismissed as irrelevant, which can undermine any confidence in sharing our faith with others.

In the US, former pastor and now author, commentator and activist Brian D McLaren is concerned that for many, there are two ways to read the Bible: their way, and the wrong way. He has produced a diagram that I find very helpful, and he talks about it here. It shows the many ways that the Bible can be read by a faithful community, and endorses the formative process of people of different mindsets reading the Bible together and valuing other perspectives.


Dr Ernest Lucas - The Living Temple

Visiting speaker Dr Lucas talks about the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem through the eyes of the prophet Haggai, in the context of the big story of the whole Bible, and with an eye on what we can learn from this story today.

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Nigel Coles - Here Am I

 Nigel Coles, our Area Minister, came and spoke to us.  Hear what he shared here.

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Community Sunday: Risk

In our Community Sunday we looked at the subject of risk and the call to go out given in a couple of different words to the church.  Mark talked about life being risky, but God being trustworthy, the nature of love as being inherently risky, and the words of Paul to Timothy that "women would be saved by child-bearing".

The audio is a selection of different elements of the morning.  We hear from Mark, Gaynor, Dave and a brief quote from Mike.

Bible passages: Mark 8:35, 1 Timothy 2.

Vanstone book that I quote from: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1367877.Love_s_Endeavour_Love_s_Expense

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Presence of God

On Sunday we were pleased to welcome Helen Simpson, a guest speaker from All Saints, Weston.  Listen here to the talk she gave about the Presence of God.  Helen includes some great practical exercises that we can all do to experience more of God's presence in our lives.

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God's Presence in my Present

A talk by Gaynor about the presence of God

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Nigel Coles at Rob's Valedictory Service


Summer Sundays

 Throughout August, our Sunday morning meetings will start with breakfast at 10am, followed by a short all-age service.


Rob: A Peculiar People

This is Rob's final talk of the series, and his last as minister of Hay Hill. At the end of the talk, Gaynor thanked Rob for all that he has done and been at the church in the last ten years, and urged the church to listen and take note of this last series, which is "foundational" (covering as it does the Bible, God, Jesus, the Kingdom and the Church) but is a different way of thinking that stands us in good stead for the future.

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A peculiar people?

The final talk in our recent series looks at the church, a peculiar people (in more senses than one!). It's important to recognise our frailties and short-comings, to not take ourselves too seriously, or beat ourselves up when we mess up. Above all, we can rejoice in our identity as the people of God, those who have 'treasure in jars of clay' (2 Corinthians 4:7), in whom and through whom God is at work. Notes from the talk are attached below.