Maybe you’ve not been near a church for a long time; maybe you said you’d never go again. You may like the sound of Jesus and all he did, but aren’t sure about the church or what it does.
Or, maybe, you just feel that you’d like to try church in a different way from how you’re used to.
These are a few of the reasons why people join us at The Bridge.
What we are
We’re a church that likes to gather around Jesus in a number of ways – whether it be on a Sunday or during the week; whether together or in our own “frontline” communities – and we try to do things differently, including “being church”. We have a page about our thoughts on being church – please have a read if you’re new to us.
For over 20 years, we have met on Sunday afternoons at Hastings High School in Burbage. The choice of “neutral territory” was very important, as it helped to overcome some of the barriers that sometimes stop some people from finding a home in a church. We’ve used games, video, songs, prayers, drama, talks, stories and other activities to help communicate the gospel message, all in a relaxed and hospitable environment. We’ve also found that sharing food and drink is an important part of the evening, and part of our hospitality. It gives people a chance catch up, chat, swap stories and listen.
Update – from December 2015
As part of our relaunch process, we took the hard decision to stop gathering as usual every Sunday so that we can focus our prayer and our individual energies on discerning God’s will for us as to start again. We will still be organising some events, so please keep our to date with these via our News Page, Facebook or Twitter.
Small groups are a great way for us to explore and begin to change the way we see the world. Our small groups meet in people’s homes, pubs and at schools and are aimed at all kinds of activities – whether sports, learning, Men’s and Ladies’ groups, or simply for a drink and a chat. Find out more about Small Groups.
We hope you’ll find that we are rather different to most churches – and we’re supported by a great structure to make all this happen. The Bridge is run by volunteers, who meet regularly (usually once a fortnight) in The Bridge Community Meeting.
The Bridge is also part of The Methodist Church. The Methodist Church in Britain is organised into small groups of churches in an area, called a Circuit. We are part of the Hinckley Methodist Circuit.
The Bridge was started in January 1995 by a number of people from the Hinckley Methodist Circuit, who were keen to establish new ways of being church. One of the ways of being different is that we have never met in a church building: we prefer to use neutral territory in order to reach out to people who are put off by traditions of church. Over the years, we’ve tried to offer many different ways of being church, such as organising pony rides and cream teas, barbecues, wine tasting (for charity – and unusual for Methodists!), badminton, prayer labyrinths, taking a float in the Burbage Carnival, and lots of other small ways.
After nearly 21 years, there is always a danger that a “fresh expression” is no longer fresh. After much prayer and discussion, the Bridge Community has decided to take time to reflect and to completely rethink what we are, what we do and what we can offer.