Reflective Service - 9.30am Monthly

On the first Sunday of the month we hold a quieter gathering off site with a short talk and some reflective worship and prayer. For more information please contact admin@thecommunitychurch.net.

Morning Service - 10.30am

A lively mix of worship, teaching and prayer with groups for the children. Before and after the service there is a chance to connect over coffee with our hospitality team or meet 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!

Branch Community Church - 4pm

In 2015 we planted a new church in Brentry which has a family friendly service which starts at 4pm in Brentry Primary School and it's followed by a free meal together.

Evening Service - 7pm

A larger gathering at Woodlands Christian Centre, on the corner of Belgrave Road and Woodland Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2AA. 

Children at Community Church

With almost 100 young people in the church, children are a high priority for us. Jesus welcomed, valued and encouraged children and we aim to do the same.


On Sunday mornings, children spend the first part of the service in the main hall before enjoying activities in age-specific groups. Our children’s team aim to encourage each child to relate to and find out about God for themselves. Activities are varied, fun and creative. We have six children’s groups and all group leaders are DBS checked:

  • Explorers - 0 to reception

  • Adventurers - Years 1 - 3

  • Pioneers - Years 4 - 6

  • Devotion - Years 7 - 13

As well as Sundays we have the following regular activities


Our popular mother and toddler groups that meet in the morning at our building on Albert Place in Westbury on Wednesday and Thursday, and at the Greenway Centre in Southmead on a Thursday.

Reach Cafe

This our after-school cafe for families in Southmead with games, crafts and baking followed by a meal together. Runs during term-time, every Wednesday at the Greenway Centre from 3pm to 5:30pm.


Sunday Devotion is our group for young people which meets on Sunday mornings during the main service. The group is split into two different age ranges: Devo (for school years 7-9) and the self-named Older-Not-Wiser (school years 10+) group.

Both groups are tailored towards their respective ages, using games, videos and discussion to have fun and explore the Christian faith in a relevant way.

Albert’s Place is our Youth Club which runs every Thursday evening during term time at our building on Albert Place in Westbury-on-Trym..

Years 6 & 7 runs from 6:30 - 7:45pm

Year 8 & 9 runs from 8:00 - 9:15pm

In addition to these regular events we run courses, weekends away, and special one-off events specifically for our children and young people.

Everything Else

You'll also find our youth workers involved with mentoring, Girl's Groups, outreach events, the Southmead Youth Centre, and lunchtime projects at Henbury Secondary School. 


Get in touch

If you have any questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you. Feel free to contact Maddie and Matt, our youth pastors.

Students & Young Adults

If you're a student or young adult in Bristol, the Community Church is a great place to be. We have regular Sunday morning meetings from 10:30am - 12:00pm, and we attend the evening service at Woodlands Church in Clifton. You'll be welcomed into the Community Church family with a hot meal (or several) and opportunities to join one of many small groups.

We also support the Student Welcome at Woodlands Church - your opportunity to get a free burger every day during fresher's week in September.

The Grupo Group

There is a group of young adults and students based at the Community Church who meet weekly to study the Bible, either in a pub or someone’s home. It's very informal and a great way to meet people - you're very welcome to join us!

Get Involved

The Community Church is, unsurprisingly, focused very heavily on serving the local communities of Westbury and Southmead. So there are tons of ways to get stuck in with serving on our Sunday teams, or in our ministries during the week.

New Wine Discipleship Year

We offer a placement as part of the New Wine Discipleship Year (NWDY): An exciting year of adventure, investment and growth. It is a year of equipping, encouraging and empowering to see the Kingdom of God advance, here in the city of Bristol. Training is offered by the Müllers Course and placement is delivered across a range of Community Church ministries, as well as having the option to serve across the Woodlands congregations.

There is no financial cost for doing the NWDY, however it is a year of unpaid work and you will be expected to cover your living costs and to find your own accommodation.  

Youth Work Placements

We are able to offer placements to students involved in youth and community work courses. We have a flexible approach to these placements, and you will have access to a line manager as well as pastoral support throughout your course.

If you interested in seeing The Community Church for yourself, or to join the team as part of the New Wine Discipleship Year, or to have us as a placement, please speak to our Student ministers: Matt and Maddie Doherty.


Small Groups

As a church we are committed to help you in your discipleship and a key way we do that is by encouraging everyone to be part of a small group.

We currently have groups meeting on:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday evenings

  • Thursday and Friday mornings

Most groups meet weekly but some are fortnightly. We have groups that are for all ages, some for families, some that are aimed at men and some that are just for women. Some are held in a home and some meet in one of our buildings. They are located across the communities we serve. The aim of all of these groups is help us as we follow Jesus through Bible Study, prayer, worship and sharing life together.

In addition to these groups we have a number of groups with a more specific focus:

Group for those suffering with Long Term illness

Every month this group meets to support and pray for one another in the struggle with long term illness and chronic conditions. It is very safe, supportive and confidential space.

Prophetic Group

This group is an opportunity to grow in your spiritual gifts by prayer, listening to God for yourself and others. Its aim is to grow our confidence in our ability to hear from God and learn how best to share that with others.

Mens Film / Book Group

This group meets monthly to discuss a particular book or film and explore its themes and how they shape our thinking about our own lives and experiences.


We don't tend to talk very much about money as a church. It can be off-putting for visitors, and we never want people to feel under pressure.

However, giving is an important part of discipleship, and we do believe in being a generous church, giving cheerfully to the needs around us. Simply put, giving is part of our community life together.

How do I give to Woodlands Group of Churches?


Online by direct debit or credit/debit card

This is the easiest way to give, whether your gift is regular or one-off. Please visit our online donation page here.

Standing Order

If you would prefer to set up a standing order using our bank details or by sending us a printed signed instruction to pass onto your bank, please complete this Standing Order mandate and send it to the church office.

Cheques and cash

Gifts can be placed in the box at the back of each of our Sunday morning venues or posted to the church office. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Woodlands Church’. On the second Sunday of every month we take an offering, during our morning and evening services, for one or more of our global or local partners.


What is Gift Aid?

If you are a UK taxpayer, Woodlands Group of Churches is able to reclaim a further 25% of the value of your gift. For us to be able to claim tax back on your gifts, you need to select gift aid whilst donating via our online giving portal or print out, complete and return a paper form.

"Woodlands Group of Churches takes seriously the need to comply with the relevant legal and regulatory requirements. Further information and a copy of our latest full independently audited annual accounts are available from the Charity Commission."

 Bibles for Children 2019


An opportunity to buy a Bible for your child. The Adventure Bible is £15 each, see the link below to purchase yours! 

See Kath Speers or Matt Smith if finance is an issue.