Welcome, this is what to expect at Kensington
Kensington is a large diverse congregation made up of people from all kinds of backgrounds and nationalities.
We love to meet to worship God together on Sundays and throughout the week.
In our Sunday gatherings we sing, pray, read the Bible and hear it preached. There are opportunities for kids to meet together for their own time of Bible teaching. Before and after the formal meeting times, we love to spend time together for refreshments and often to eat together at ‘Easton Eats’.
Mid-week small groups are really important to us. These are great opportunities to meet together to study the Bible, pray and care for one another. These meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in different home across the city.
During the week there are other opportunities to meet together and reach out to the local neighbourhood and city with the good news about Jesus
Don’t worry, plenty of people are new. Kensington is located near the city centre and many people who come along on Sundays are new to church and new to Christianity. That means we’re expecting you and want what happens at church to be as clear and accessible as possible.
The church is on Stapleton Road, with several transport links nearby.
First Bus company bus routes runs No 24, 48, 48A, or 49 from Bristol City Centre (Cabot Circus) that stop on Stapleton Road nearby. There is a bus stop going in both directions outside the church.
To get to Kensington by train, GWR services run from Bristol Temple Meads station (5 minutes journey time) to Stapleton Road train station, BS5 6NE. From the train station turn left, then 5 minutes walk to Kensington Baptist Church, Stapleton Road (BS5 0NX).
By train GWR from Bristol Parkway station (9 minutes journey time) to Stapleton Road train station, BS5 6NE. From the train station turn left, then 5 minutes walk to Kensington Baptist Church, Stapleton Road (BS5 0NX).
Visiting from further afield?
Bristol International Airport (BRS) is our nearest airport. An Airport Shuttle bus runs to Bristol Bus Station, Marlborough Street, BS1 3NU or to Cabot Circus.
Travel time is approximately 30 minutes, but depending on time of day can take longer. A bus or taxi can be got from there to Kensington Baptist Church, Stapleton Road (BS5 0NX).
Kensington gathers at 10.30am and 6.00pm. People start arriving well before that and you would be most welcome whatever time you can make it. We recommend that you arrive 5-10mins early. We’ll welcome you, give you a notice sheet that explains a bit about what’s happening in the coming week. We’ll tell you where the bathrooms are and help you find a good seat.
Tea/coffee, juice (free of charge) is served before and after the morning and evening services. We sometimes have Easton Eats after the morning service where everyone is invited to eat together. This is a great way to have fellowship and get to know one another better.
The service will last for about 75mins. There will be a music group that leads the church in singing. Different people will lead the church in prayer. The Bible will be read and someone will give a talk based on the Bible.
You are more than welcome to just sit and watch – but you’re also welcome to join in!
Church is like a family gathering. But of course, each culture has a different way of dressing for different occasions. Some people wear jeans and a T-shirt others prefer a dress or good shirt. You’ll find a great range at Kensington.
Since Jesus welcomes all cultures, we do to. Dress how you like.
In the morning service, we have a wide range of childrens groups for different ages. Children should stay with you at the beginning and it will be announced when it is time for them to go out for their groups. If it’s their first time in coming and joining in, go with them to sign a consent form before returning to the service. See more about the different groups here
We also have a creche and a listening room where you can watch and listen the service without being heard.
Every Sunday evening, children aged 5-11 meet for Kidz at Ken before the service at 5pm and launch straight into games or craft, followed by a sandwich tea together, before joining the adults for the beginning of the evening church service at 6pm. They split out from the service again into different activities each week, finishing as our evening service ends at around 7pm.
Holy Communion is for Christian believers who know Jesus as their Lord and saviour. People that aren’t Christians are welcomed to observe and reflect on what they see and hear.
Interested in finding out more?
Welcome to Kensington. Thanks for joining us today. If you’d like to find out more about us, please fill in some details and we’ll happily send you some information.
Pastor in Training