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On Sundays you will find us at the Greenway Centre on Doncaster Road in Southmead as we gather for our family service. The service is a lively mix of worship, teaching and prayer. Before and after the service there is a chance to connect over coffee with others from our congregation.

At this service we have a number of groups that are committed to helping our children and young people discover more about Jesus and help them as they seek to follow Him. We do this through a blend of teaching, activities and lots of fun! 

Our Story So Far

Our story started back in 1983 when Rob and Pam Scott Cook started Highgrove Church in Sea Mills. The growth of that church and a desire to reach the communities of Henleaze and Westbury led us to plant ‘Henleaze and Westbury Community Church in 1993.  Over the following two years this new church grew to the point where we were able to plant a third church, Woodlands, in Clifton. Then in 2008, again as a result of growth, what was Henleaze and Westbury Community Church moved to our current home at the Greenway Centre in Southmead and became ‘The Community Church’.These three sister churches remain linked to this day, as the Woodlands Group of Churches.

In 2015 we started a new church plant in Brentry and Henbury called Branch Community Church. Branch meets every Sunday at 4pm in Brentry Primary School and to find out more about it click here.

The Woodlands Group of Churches now has congregations in 6 geographical sites across the City, including Metro in the City Centre, Branch in Brentry and All Saints in Hartcliffe. What started with just a handful of people in 1983 has mushroomed incredibly. To find out more about the common vision of our group of churches click here.


The Team

The Community Church consists of the Community Church at Greenway and Branch Community Church. Dave Roderick leads the Community Church and together with the congregational leaders below he also leads the Community Church at Greenway. Matt Smith and his team lead Branch Community Church which meets at Brentry Primary School. 

But we are a church where everyone gets stuck in! If you would like help finding your place and your role in church life, do get in touch with us - we’d love to help!


Dave Roderick

Leader at Community Church Greenway


Matt Smith

Leader at Branch Community Church


Nancy Simmons

Congregational Leader


Pete Mansfield

Congregational Leader


Marion Roderick

Congregational Leader


Jo and Tim Sunderland

Congregational Leaders


Kath Speers

Children and Families Worker

Craig Speers

Congregational Leader


Clair Hamilton

Congregational Leader

Sally Tate

Congregational Leader


Maddie Doherty

Youth Pastor and Administrator


Matt Doherty

Youth Pastor


Abbie Douglas

Youth Work Placement Student


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Welcome to Branch!

Branch Community Church is a vibrant community of people from all walks of life who have recently started a church in Brentry. We seek to be open, modern, relevant and, above all, authentic in our approach to church and faith.

Sundays are a relaxed gathering of people from all generations and backgrounds at 4pm with kids groups, lively worship and inspiring talks relevant to the challenges of life. Each Sunday ends with us having a meal together. Midweek you may find us in the school doing assemblies or at Natterbox - a group for those who enjoy coming together for a chat over coffee and cake, or at the new IMPS toddler group.

When: Sunday afternoons, 4pm
Venue: Bristol Community Link North on Lanercost Rd (BS10 6HZ)


"Continually Reproducing the Life of Jesus"

Across our group of churches we share this common vision which broken down into four goals


#1 Commitment

We want to help unchurched people become committed Christians and part of the worship of the Church

#2 Discipleship

We want to disciple each member in an atmosphere of love, prayer and Bible teaching to follow and become like Jesus


#3 Service

We want to release every member into ministry and mission in the power of the Holy Spirit, with opportunities to discover and fruitfully use each one’s gifts

#4 Unity

We want to build together in unity with other churches to reach the whole city and region with the gospel, to be salt and light in the city and to bless the nations, especially the poorest


Global Partners

Global Partners and Associates are members of the church who are pursuing a vision to bring God's love and care to the nations of the world.

We're committed to our partners through prayer, giving and support. They, in turn, involve us in their mission and give us a bigger picture of what it means to be church. In support of them, we also offer some short-term mission opportunities.