The Bridge Church is made up of people from every generation and background, united in our purpose of connecting people closer to Jesus Christ. We believe that what we do as a church, together, is a massive part of helping people discover the joy and hope of knowing Jesus, and we are always happy to welcome new people and visitors into our growing and vibrant community.
The main event in the life of The Bridge Church is our Sunday morning service which is at 10.00am every week. You may be brand new to the Christian faith, have been a Christian for many years, or actually, not even sure if you believe in God at all. Come along anyway, as we’d be really pleased to meet you and get to know you.
Here’s some information about the Sunday service we hope you will find helpful..
Our church meets in the Critchcraft Industrial Estate, off Bulwark Road in Chepstow. From Bulwark Road turn at the Severn Bridge Social Club and drive past Wye Knot Rent and Malvern Tyres and then turn left trough the red gates. Have a look at the map for an aerial view.
How long will the service last?
We start at 10.00am and finish around 11.15pm. At the end of the service we serve tea, filter coffee and juice for those who wish to stay and chat.
Is there plenty of parking?
Yes – we have a large car park right outside the building with additional parking next to the Severn Bridge Social Club around the corner.
Is there disabled access to the church?
Yes – there are no steps into the building, wide doors and the auditorium has areas for wheelchairs. We also have an accessible toilet.
What time do I need to get there?
The morning service starts at 10.00am, but we serve tea and coffee from 9.30am if you want to get in early. To allow yourself time to find your way and get settled you should probably aim to arrive at 9:50/55am, but don’t worry if you’re late.
What happens when I arrive?
One of our Hospitality Team members will meet you at the door and say ‘Hi!’ The layout of the church is open plan with comfy chairs. There’s no reserved seating so if you see an empty seat just head towards it and sit down. If you arrive late or if church is particularly busy, the Hospitality Team can help you find a seat.
What is the service like?
There’s usually a short welcome followed by a time of singing lead by our band. The worship style is quite contemporary with drums, guitars etc, and song lyrics are projected onto the wall. This is followed by church news and then a sermon. This is a time of teaching, usually by our lead pastor, and lasts around 25/30 minutes. Twice a month we have communion – which is a time when we remember the love of Jesus shown to us by His sacrificial death on the cross. If you don’t wish to take part in any aspect of the service then that’s fine. You can sit and observe or join in with the activities as you are comfortable.
Do I need to bring any money?
Visitors are our guests so there’s no obligation to give anything. However, generosity is a big part of the kind of people we want to be, and so each week there will be a time during the singing when regular attenders are invited to bring their monetary gifts to the front while we sing. Money that is given is used to help us continue to function as a church, serve our local community, as well as support various projects that serve the poor and needy across our world. As a charity, the church can reclaim Gift Aid from any donations made by UK tax payers, so if you pay tax and come to church prepared to give, ask for a Gift Aid envelope so we can make your donation go even further.
What should I wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable in. You will see everything from jeans and t-shirts to suits and ties. Please don’t feel you need to ‘dress up’
What about my kids?
We have a comprehensive kids programme staffed by a trained and DBS checked team. Bridge Kids (Reception – Year 5) and Relentless (Year 6-10) takes place in our building across the car park and you will need to sign your children and young people in before the service. The Welcome & Hospitality Team can show you where to sign up and introduce you to one of our kids workers beforehand. If you’d like to go with your child to see what goes on and make sure that they settle quickly then that’s fine too. Crèche facilities are available for babies and toddlers with helpers available to allow parents to stay in the main service. Tiny torches (crèche) meet in a side room in the main church building. The service is also relayed into the cafe area so if you prefer, you can sit there with your child and still hear and see what’s going on.
What is there for my teenagers?
Older teenagers (year 11+) occasionally go our to a group called ‘Unite’. It will be announced during the service if it is a ‘Unite’ week. If you’d like to speak to one of our youth team before the service starts, just ask one of the Welcome & Hospitality Team and they will introduce you.
Have a look around the site for more information about what we believe, and detail about other activities we offer, you can also listen to some of our online media. If you have questions that are not answered here, or want to enquire about anything you’ve read on the site, please drop us an email as we’d be happy to hear from you. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org