What To Expect

Our services at Bayshill Church in Cheltenham are less formal than you might expect – we don’t have pews, but sit in comfortable chairs set out in a semi-circle, and although we do have a magnificent organ, sadly we don’t have anyone at the moment who can play it, so hymns and other pieces of music are played on a specialised music system.

At the beginning of each service we light our chalice candle – the flaming chalice is the Unitarian symbol – which is followed by words of welcome. Generally there are hymns, readings, prayers and a short piece of music to accompany a time of private meditation, prayer or reflection. Readings may be taken from a variety of different religious scriptures or from secular sources. As Unitarians we draw from the wisdom of all faiths and branches of human knowledge.

All our services are followed by refreshments, which presents a great opportunity for everyone to get together for convivial company and conversation.

We meet at 11.00 am on Sundays at Bayshill Church in Royal Well Lane, Cheltenham – please do come along and join us, you will be made very welcome.

We also meet on the second Sunday of each month in the afternoon in Gloucester, at The Hub Bistro, 59 Southgate Street, Gloucester GL1 1TX. For those who like an informal gathering, we start with a “Talking Shop” from 2 – 3.30 pm, followed by a slightly more formal Unitarian gathering from 3.30 – 4.30 pm, and everyone is welcome whatever your religious or spiritual beliefs – or none!