Buckingham has a long history of working with students from Bristol’s universities.
Our location on Queen’s Road, less than 100 metres from the entrance to the Students’ Union, has placed us close to the centre of university life.
Recent years have seen us welcoming the University of Bristol’s Christian Union to our premises for it freshers’ barbecues, and also hosting the CU’s Christmas Carol service.
We very much value the input of our students, and everyone studying in Bristol is very welcome to join us at our meetings and to enter into the life of our church.
Here are some of our students, past and present:
Femi (Philosophy, University of Bristol):
“God goes before His people and satisfies the longing of every soul (Isaiah 58:11). That exact statement captures my existence and current experience at Buckingham Chapel. As the world speeds faster towards its destiny, I want to stay fastened to God, the Anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure while the billows roll, as the hymn goes.
Answering the prayers of my family, the Lord, himself, led me to join His flock here: where Christianity is not just considered as a culture or as a religion but as a necessary communion with the Creator through the Lord Jesus Christ. Buckingham Chapel is a good example of the early Church; where you have sound doctrine alongside fellowship and brotherliness. The Church’s structured events show its concern for the adults (both the men and the women), the young children and the youth.
The youth of the Church is a growing and lively fellowship, meeting for interactive Bible studies, Film Nights and other events. With all these, everyone exhorts one another as we all continue with our personal growth in the Lord Jesus. I do sometimes see people taking pictures of Buckingham Chapel, probably, because of its aesthetic architecture that is pleasant to the eyes: but I really wish they will come inside and understand what great medicine they can find for their souls (Matthew 11:29).”
Oli (Civil Engineering, University of Bristol):
As a spectacular 1842 Gothic revival style chapel, Buckingham remains a landmark in the landscape and community of Clifton. The teaching is interesting and easy to follow whilst being true to the Bible.
There is a real sense of community at the church thanks to the congregation’s dedication to charitable and mission work abroad and locally. People really care about individuals, and I know that many people pray for us students daily.
Opportunities I took were to be involved with the music and work with the children; something where helpers are always welcome.
I would particularly recommend the annual church party, bonfire party, and superb fellowship lunches. The Young Peoples’ Bible Studies and Film Nights are also great.
I highly recommend Buckingham to anybody coming to Bristol.”
James (Geography, University of Bristol):
I really enjoy being part of the church at Buckingham Chapel, as there is a great mix of people, who are all very welcoming. I really appreciated the warm welcome I received when I first arrived in Bristol and onwards. I always look forward to catching up with them all every week and really miss it over the summer when I return home.
The church run a young people’s bible study every month, which have been really invaluable times to get to grips with God’s word and also meet up with other students and young people at the church. The last series we did was on the sermon on the mount, and I am grateful for the teaching which has really helped me develop my own skills during my own personal reading time.”
Yvonne (Law, University of Bristol):
“What I really like about Buckingham is their traditional style of worship, which has helped me focus on praising God. This is just what I need after a long week of studying! Despite being from a foreign country, I felt very much at home at
Buckingham as everyone is very friendly and accommodating.
I enjoyed the fellowship at Buckingham with worshippers of different age groups: mature Christians have helped me by sharing their experiences with me while my peers are able to offer me support in everything. Buckingham offers a wide variety of activities for students. Young people regularly meet for Bible Studies and occasionally for Film Nights.
As I am usually drowned in books, I really enjoy being able to prepare and serve lunch to the children once in a while. I appreciate being given the opportunity to contribute, despite only having a little time to spare.”
James (Maths, UWE):
“ I’ve really appreciated the fellowship of other Christians at Buckingham and the preaching, especially the Wednesday evening Bible studies.
It is good to have a Church where people of all ages interact. Students are encouraged to get involved with the life of the Church and I’ve enjoyed working with the Sunday School and the outreach to Roma children. The children appreciate the time and care we give them and it is rewarding to see this and their interest in hearing about the Bible.
As well as opportunities to be involved, there are Bible Studies aimed at young people and students which helps to deepen our knowledge. We also started running film nights for our age group which have helped us to get to know each other better, alongside being invited to many student Sunday lunches.
These activities give me a welcome break from studying!”
Peter (Engineering, University of Bristol):
“Situated only two minutes walk from the Students Union, Buckingham is ideally located for student work and we work closely with the CU for many events.
At the moment one of our most exciting ministries is among the Romanian community in Bristol, and especially the Romanian gypsy children.
One of the advantages of being a medium sized church is that we give a relaxed family atmosphere where everyone knows everyone else. We work hard to integrate everyone into all of our events.
Most importantly though is the ministry at Buckingham. At the moment we don’t have our own pastor but we do have regular visiting speakers who preach the word of God faithfully and accurately.
But please do come along and find out for yourselves!”
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