About us

Our Story

Hay Hill Baptist Church has been in Bath since 1869 and we made a big move in August 2018 by becoming a church-led Oasis Community Hub. We are proud to now be Oasis Church Bath!

We are open and inclusive, flexible, creative and willing to experiment. We have recognised that the love of God is inclusive and incarnational. We try to welcome any who want to join us, regardless of gender, race, sexuality, disability, etc. We know we have a long way to go, but our aim is for radical inclusion. We do our best to avoid traditional church jargon and talk about the Bible and our faith in language that is as normal as possible.

Our Vision and Values

Oasis UK is inspired and motivated by the life, teaching and example of Jesus. It informs our radically inclusive ethos and drives our passionate belief that each human being is equally important, has intrinsic God-given worth and is uniquely valuable. We hope that our five ethos values (or behaviours) of inclusion, relationships, equality, hope and perseverance permeate everything we do and are obvious wherever and whenever you encounter Oasis.

Our five ethos values:

  • A passion to include everyone
  • A desire to treat everyone equally, respecting differences
  • A commitment to healthy and open relationships
  • A deep sense of hope that things can change and be transformed
  • A sense of perseverance to keep going for the long haul

About Oasis

Oasis Church Bath is part of the wider Oasis family here in the UK and around the world. Read on to find out more on what Oasis stands for and achieves today.

As part of the Oasis family, we believe that being a ‘hub for the community’ in every way – spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically – is what Jesus had in mind for church to be. Because people matter to God.

Governance

Oasis Bath is led by a team, or to be more accurate several overlapping teams. Trustees are appointed by the membership of the church to provide oversight to all of the Hub’s activities and hold legal responsibility. A Hub Leader employed by Oasis Community Partnerships on behalf of the Bath Hub works with steering groups providing day-to-day leadership. These steering groups are to be appointed by the Trustees.

Hub Leader: Jo Dolby

Leadership Team: Dave Vernalls, Lea Lawton, Mark Shearman and Rob Trickey (Acting Secretary) all of whom are temporarily Trustees and in both steering groups.

Further Trustees: Stephen Natt (Treasurer)

In early 2020, we hope to have new trustees and leaders in place providing a clear distinction between roles.

Our leadership is accountable to the membership of Hay Hill Baptist Church, part of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.