Sunday mornings are central to our church life as the whole church family meets
to worship Jesus, learn more of him and grow together.
Sunday Morning Church is the main time of the week that the whole church family meets together. It happens every week; from 10am for coffee and a chat, with the service following lasting from around 10:30-12:00.
The service won’t always follow the same format but will include the opportunity to worship God through song, prayer and giving. We remember Jesus’ death and resurrection through taking Communion and learn from his Word through hearing teaching from the Bible. We believe all of God’s Word is relevant for us today and this is reflected in our teaching programme.
It’s an all-age friendly service and we encourage participation from young and old alike. A crèche and separate age related classes are provided during the service for the children and young people.
Please see below for details of our current series or click here to download a recent sermon.
8th January 2017 Jesus: on marriage, divorce and children
15th January 2017 Jesus: on trust, possessions and the Kingdom of God
22nd January 2017 Jesus: on discipleship
29th January 2017 Open topic
5th February 2017 Jesus: enters Jerusalem and causes a stir
12th February 2017 Jesus: causes a problem for the religious leaders
19th February 2017 Jesus: faces the questions of his opponents
26th February 2017 Jesus: and the greatest commandment
5th March 2017 Jesus: teaching in the temple.
12th March 2017 Jesus: outlines the future
19th March 2017 Jesus: is anointed and introduces the last supper
26th March 2017 Jesus: warns Peter, prays and is betrayed
2nd April 2017 Jesus: on trial
9th April 2017 Jesus: is crucified, dies and is buried
16th April 2017 Jesus: rises again and commissions his disciples
Creche is held for around an hour during the service. It’s for children between the ages of 0-4 and takes place downstairs. It provides an opportunity for the little ones to play safely, allowing you the opportunity to engage with the main church service without distraction. We aim to provide a bible story and small snack during this time.
Our Sunday childrens’ class is called Ckids and is suitable for ages 4-9, running at the same time as crèche. The kids who attend are always keen to get there and enjoy hearing a Bible story and a wide range of activities relating to it: craft, games, singing and lots of fun. We follow a teaching programme that works through the whole Bible and there is always a memory verse to take home and learn.
Young people from the age of 10 upwards are also catered for during the service. They are welcome either to stay in the main service, or attend an age appropriate Bible class held separately. (This takes the form of an interactive Bible study).
We endeavour to make all of our activities welcoming and safe places for all, therefore, we have a Safeguarding Policy in place to protect both children and vulnerable adults. All of our leaders are checked to the appropriate safeguarding standards and have up-to-date Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
We meet on Sunday evenings on the third Sunday of each month. This is an informal time that starts from 5.15 for cake and coffee and is followed by time together to learn from God’s word. This might be through a discussion time lead by a speaker, a DVD or small-group work. It is an all-age friendly service where all are welcome.
We are a diverse group of people from all generations who enjoy meeting together to
worship Jesus and our vision is to make Him known in our community.
Chelsea has been in existence since 1901, when it started as ‘Chelsea Road Gospel Hall’, situated on Chelsea Road in Easton. It moved to its current location in 1930 and has been called by its’ current name since October 2006.
We believe that our church is not simply the building in which we meet, but that the church is in fact us - the people who have been called to be friends with God through His Son Jesus’ death and resurrection and His Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. We are characterised by our friendly welcome and known for a generous spirit (and good food!), seeking to reflect the generosity of God’s grace to us in Jesus.
Chelsea is a member of both the National and Bristol & District Evangelical Alliance. We also maintain links with other churches in the surrounding area. Chelsea is also registered with the Charities Commission: Charity No:1074932
At Chelsea, we don’t wish to just be a group that meets weekly in a local building, but instead people that serve and are known in the local community in a number of ways. Currently we have links with other churches in Easton through a group called Prayer for Easton. Through this we have been involved in yearly community action projects such as The Noise and are also regularly involved in supporting those in need through the East Bristol Foodbank and Crisis Centre Ministries. We would love to continue to find ways to serve our community and to demonstrate the love of Jesus in practical ways. If you feel there is something we could be doing, please get in contact with us.
We also have a vision for the wider community and the needs of many around the world. When Jesus left His followers, He told them to take His message, the Gospel, throughout the whole world and tell others. That command was for His followers today too, and we support a number of mission workers and evangelists both here and abroad both through prayer and finance.
Messy Church is an event for all the family. It gives busy families the chance to get together, be part of their local church and learn about God in a fun and informal way. There is always a wide choice of crafts and messy activities based around a Bible story or theme. The time also includes an interactive talk, song and prayer and then we get to all sit down and enjoy a meal together. Activities are usually suitable for primary age children, but of course all ages are welcome.
Tuesdays or Wednesdays
The Christian faith was meant to be lived out in community in the context of every day life. Jesus commanded his followers to make disciples which means life-long learners who follow Jesus. One of the ways in which we seek to do this at Chelsea is to meet together more informally in homes during the week, much as the early church would have done. Home groups are an opportunity for church members to meet in smaller groups to study the Bible, pray and share together. Home groups are an ideal place to learn about God's Word and its practical application to our everyday lives and experiences, with the chance for all to contribute, ask questions or simply listen. It is also a good chance to get to know each other better, enjoy each others company and pray for each others needs.
If you are looking for a local toddler’s playgroup, Chelsea Tots comes highly recommended. Suitable for ages 0-4, Tots has been running every Thursday during term-time for over 20 years. Tots provides a safe, friendly relaxed atmosphere where children can learn and play together, while their carers have a chat. We provide a large variety of toys, books and puzzles and frequently organise craft activities for the little-ones. The cost is £1 per family – and this includes drinks and a snack. We also have a lively time of singing nursery rhymes and action songs, and enjoy a Bible story. Tots is very popular, so please get in touch before you attend to ensure that there are spaces.
Jesus’ attitude towards children was to welcome them, love them and commend them for their simple trust in Him. We want to reflect this attitude at Chelsea. This is seen not only in the informal and often slightly noisy set-up of Sunday morning church, but in other ways too. On Sundays our crèche and classes for children aged from 4-14 provide an opportunity for children to be nurtured and taught. It also extends into activities such as our regular Messy Church and special events such as the yearly summer outing to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm and the Nativity service at Christmas.
The Young People at Chelsea are an important and vibrant part of the church community. They meet not only as part of the church family on a Sunday morning, but also during the month they get together at a variety of other events and activities. Many are also involved in serving the church as a whole, whether that is in crèche or our children's groups, playing in the church band, serving tea or occasionally running a whole service. As they both serve and meet together we want to encourage them to have a lot of fun, build relationships with each other and grow in their faith.
Ian originates from Scotland and after spending 11 years running a mission hospital in Zambia, came to work in the Bristol area helping to run a mission support agency based in Bath. He joined Chelsea in 1992 and with Margaret his wife and his family have been involved in the church since then, taking on leadership about 10 years ago. He loves books, theology, history and most sports, as a spectator these days not a participator.
Richie has been part of the leadership team since 2013, attending Chelsea with his family for a number of years prior to this. He works full time as an engineer and when he is not working he enjoys gardening, DIY and occasional golf. He is involved in teaching both young people and adults in the church.
Matt has been a leader at Chelsea for around 3 years and enjoys leading worship and working with young people. He is married to Gillie and is kept busy running round after 4 little ones. His main day-to-day job involves working as a Graphic Designer. In any spare time he has, he enjoys watching and playing football, has various DIY projects on the go and enjoys getting out on his bike!
Rob and his wife Jane have attended Chelsea for 33 years and Rob has been in leadership for 18 of those. He retired from running his own business in 2013 and now enjoys his retirement; cycling, gardening and doing DIY for his 3 sons. He enjoys spending time with his 9 grandchildren who keep him young. Rob is the treasurer for Chelsea, a member of the Pastoral Care Team and a Home Group leader.
Andy has been involved in Chelsea for over 27 years having first joined when in the youth group where he met his future wife. He and his wife Sarah now live in Winterbourne Down with their 3 children. Time not spent with his family is spent working as an engineer, which gives the opportunity to travel, meet lots of people and learn skills that can be used in the church. When Andy gets the chance he enjoys a little indoor climbing and on the odd occasion even manages to get out on his bike.
The word 'pastoral' comes from the thought of shepherds who lead their sheep, protecting them and seeing that they have all that they need. Our pastoral care team is made up of six people who try, with God's help, to follow the example of the Good Shepherd Jesus in caring for those who come through the doors of Chelsea. We do this by praying for, and when requested, praying with them. We look out for those who are going through difficult times, getting alongside them to listen and, where necessary, signposting them to or supporting them in obtaining professional help. We also look for ways of building up the community of Chelsea by organising meals and social events.
We believe that God’s Vision for us is that we build a Christian Community for the Community. That is, we want to grow as Christians and become an effective Christian presence in the local community.
Our Mission as a local church is to seek to build the faith of followers of Jesus Christ, who worship him and make him known.
Through the help of the Holy Spirit, we seek to fulfil our Vision and Mission by focusing our activities on four key areas:
Teaching - Learning together from the Bible
Prayer and Worship - Glorifying and depending upon God
Fellowship - Caring and supporting each other
Evangelism - Sharing the good news of Jesus
Chelsea is an evangelical church, which simply means that we are a bible based and bible believing church. We believe that the bible, as originally given is God's inspired and inerrant word. The core beliefs of the church arising from this are as follows.
We believe that God speaks to us in the Bible, and that the Christian Faith is based entirely upon its teaching. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ came to show the love of God for all, and that by His life, death and resurrection, He has made it possible for us to "get right" with God.
We believe that the forgiveness of sins and eternal life are God's free gifts to all who, by faith, receive Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and confess Him as Lord. We believe that God has given the Holy Spirit to live within Christians, to help them live the Christian life.
We believe that Jesus Christ will return again, as he promised. Those who accept Him as their Saviour now, will spend eternity with Him. Those who choose not to accept Him, will be subject to the judgment of God at His appointed time.
Please click here to download our full statement of faith.
Chelsea Ladies runs every Tuesday between September and June, starting at 2.15pm. During the hour there is time to sing favourite choruses and enjoy a speaker bringing a message from the Bible. It is also a good opportunity to meet with friends and neighbours and have a chat over a cuppa and a slice of cake. During the warmer summer months, there is often a chance to enjoy outings together and perhaps a spot of lunch. Chelsea Ladies is a friendly, welcoming group and would love to see any new ladies join them.
From time to time we run specific courses for the church community and those seeking to know and understand more about the Christian faith. These include Christianity Explored, Discipleship Explored, SOUL (further information) and Baptismal courses. We want to make sure that these courses are informal and provide the opportunity to talk through questions and doubts we may have and provide honest answers. Each course is run in a relaxed atmosphere; often we eat together and build friendships during the time we spend together. If you would be interested in attending any of these courses, please contact us.