Mark Shearman: Introduction to "We need to talk about..."

Mark kicks off a new series entitled “we need to talk about…” by sharing some of the aims of the series and why we want to do it. We are going to dig into some topics, hearing from first hand experience, learning by discussion rather than being lectured, and through that to develop as confident, humble, open, engaged, living, active and hopeful people!

Recorded on Sunday 13th January 2019

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This cartoon was featured in the talk. It is by David Hayward and I recommend you check out his work at

This cartoon was featured in the talk. It is by David Hayward and I recommend you check out his work at

This is me proudly holding the Bible Quiz trophy, sometime in the eighties

This is me proudly holding the Bible Quiz trophy, sometime in the eighties

Gaynor Williams: Overflow + Inclusion + Wine

On our Oasis celebration Sunday, Gaynor shared thoughts from the history of Hay Hill all brought together in the talk that Steve gave that same morning.

This is primarily a message for those of us at Hay Hill who have been part of the church for some time and will continue to be so in the future, but it also speaks to the narrative of what the world needs the church to be more generally.

Recorded on Sunday 7th October.

Steve Chalke: The drinks are on me

On the occasion of a Sunday to celebrate the partnership of Hay Hill Baptist Church with Oasis to form Oasis Bath, the founder of our organisation Steve Chalke speaks about a passage he was first given to speak on many years ago: John chapter 2, and the first sign of the Kingdom that John gives us… Jesus turning water into wine.

Steve’s younger self came to the conclusion that the story was there to say loud and clear at the start of Jesus’ ministry: the drinks are on me! What does he think now?

Steve also shares some thoughts on old buildings with a mishmash of extensions and how that applies to theological systems. As we set out as a fledgling community hub, we should stop deconstructing and start building something together. The banners at the front of our church say “Come as you are” and Steve refers to this as another way of saying the same thing Jesus was saying at Cana in Galilee. A good foundation for our way ahead.

This talk was recorded on Sunday 7th October 2018. No drinks were forthcoming.

Steve Chalke: Gideon

We were delighted to have Steve back at Hay Hill to talk about the story of Gideon, and in particular when this Bronze Age protagonist has an army of tens of thousands whittled down to just 300 men to take on their enemy. What's communicated through this story and many others in the Bible is God's desire for us to do things differently; to not follow the supposedly sensible way but instead the way of God.

Drawing upon his broad and deep experience of initiatives and work that has changed many lives for the better, Steve brings inspiration and challenge to us at Hay Hill as we continue to work out how we will work with Oasis in the future.

Recorded on Sunday 22nd April 2018.

Encounters with Jesus: disabled man at Bethesda

It was great to have Jill Rowe from Oasis with us on Sunday speaking about another recorded encounter with Jesus. A man who had suffered both physically and through exclusion from participation in the community for many years was seen by Jesus and not overlooked. This story of the man's healing and the way others reacted to it happened in a place called Bethesda - meaning House of Unrelenting Love.

Recorded on Sunday 25th March 2018

What does the Bible say about same-sex relationships?

In a follow-up to the church hearing from Jo and Sara on 25th February, we had a Tuesday evening at the church in which Rob set out his thoughts on what the Bible has to say.

Part one covers the use and abuse of the Bible generally. Is it the word of God? How should we read it?

In part two, Rob looks in some detail at all six passages that could be said to address homosexuality, and asks us to consider how any of them might relate to a loving and committed relationship between two women or two men. The content in part two carries a parental advisory note!

Recorded Tuesday 6th March 2018

Encounters with Jesus: washing feet & Judas

We had the privilege of a visit from Steve Chalke for our all-age service in February and the subject matter was another Encounter with Jesus: the occasion of the Last Supper when Jesus washed his disciples' feet.

Steve focused in particular on history's supposed worst ever villain, Judas... but was he really all that bad? Or did he just make a terrible mistake?

Recorded on Sunday 18th February 2018

Encounters with Jesus: Samaritan Woman

In our series looking at people encountering Jesus and being changed as a result, we come to the Samaritan woman at the well in Sychar. What do we learn about Jesus in this story, and if, as Mark would contend, Jesus is the best and most accurate representation of what God is like, what might we need to change in our understanding of how God sees us?

In this year which has been declared in some quarters the Year of the Woman, we can look back at how Jesus treats a woman many times divorced and of a different culture and religion. It is one hundred years since sufragettes won the right for women to vote in Britain, but 2000 since Jesus came to find this woman and give to her (not her husband) the gifts of life and freedom. How has the church done with raising up and respecting women? How are we doing in leading the way for equality? 

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Recorded on Sunday 11th February 2018

Inclusion and Sexuality

This is in three parts:

On a very important Sunday for us as a church as we look at how we can be welcoming and inclusive whilst retaining the importance of what the Bible says, we welcome Jo Dolby and her wife Sara to share their story. At the end of this bit, Jo introduces a video that you can see here.

We are in a series entitled Encounters with Jesus, and Rob speaks on Jesus's encounter with a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years, and Jairus a Levite whose 12 year old daughter was dying.

And finally, Jo returns to advise us, and the church at large, how we can be inclusive. 

This talk was recorded on Sunday 25th February 2018.

Encounters with Jesus: the poor widow

It is a familiar story to us that Jesus pointed out a poor woman giving everything she had to the temple offering. But have we mistakenly jumped to the conclusion that Jesus is praising her actions and suggesting the rich should have given more? Or is something else going on here that we need to take note of and apply to life today?

We were glad to have Dave Parr with us who is head of Community Partnerships with Oasis, an organisation we are increasingly partnering with.

This was recorded on Sunday 21st January 2018.