Midweek Small Groups & Pastorates

'Midweek church' and community life happens, during the week, in small groups and pastorates. 

'Small groups' are groups of a few people that meet together for worship, bible study and to hang out socially. Several small groups join together to form a Pastorate, with about thirty members. 

Both provide a place of community and belonging, where you can grow in your faith and develop as a disciple. Some example of the groups we run are below.


FOOTPRINTS (Adults with Learning Difficulties) evenings meeting fortnightly at Etlo Church, Cossins Rd, BS6 7LY. There’s no age limit and all are welcome. Contact Kirstie Weaver

NETTIE & DAVE'S GROUP meets on the 3rd Monday of the month at Woodlands. This is a group for people who are 40+ Led by Nettie Matthews & David Mitchell. Contact Nettie Matthews

WOODIES FOOTBALL CLUB Training is on Monday nights and games are mainly on Saturday. First team led by Steve Ballard, 2nd team led by Jon Peach. Contact The Gaffer


ROCK PASTORATE meets fortnightly at Woodlands. It's led by a team who are passionate about knowing and following Jesus. We have three local homegroups in Clifton, Montpelier and Harbourside.  Contact Helen Wilkins

STUDENT PASTORATE  a vibrant, loving community of students meeting weekly at Woodlands. Find out more by visiting the Students pageContact Chris Harlow

WOODIES GOSPEL CHOIR evenings at 6-7.30pm in the Upper Hall. A free choir open to all. For more information email gospelchoir@woodlandschurch.net, find us online at facebook.com/WoodiesGospel or twitter.com/WoodiesGospel

EASTON IN GORDANO meet weekly and are an international mix of English, Malaysian, Mexican and Taiwanese members. We are spread out across Bristol, Pill/Easton-in-Gordano and Portishead, all within about 20 minutes drive of each other. Contact Rob Gentilli 

HENLEAZE PASTORATE meets during term time Contact Hazel Askew

NORTH BRISTOL PASTORATE meets weekly in Westbury on Trym. Contact Keren Lilley




THE ALPHA COURSE runs on Wednesday evenings a few times a year. Alpha is designed for people who are interested in finding out more about the Christian faith. There is a meal, followed by a thought provoking talk, then a chance to ask questions and discuss in a small group context. Visit the Alpha Course page.

meets in the evenings weekly at Woodlands. We work with internationals. Anyone from any country is welcome to join!  

MUSTARD SEED meets weekly on Wednesdays, on Gloucester Rd. Learning to live in and by God's grace. Contact Cornelia Elanjikal

The SOUTH GLOS GROUP is for people committed to Woodlands from Thornbury, Yate and the surrounding villages. We meet on Wednesdays or Thursdays and share Bible studies, prayer and socials. Contact Nigel & Jackie Quarrell


FÁILTE is a pastorate for 20’s and 30’s who meet fortnightly in the Woodlands Crypt. Fáilte is led by Mark Reid, Allan MacLeod, Luke Addison & Izzy Grafton. Contact Izzy Grafton

BRISLINGTON PASTORATE on Thursday evenings meeting fortnightly in South Bristol. A network of small groups wanting to share the hope and love of Jesus with the Brislington community. Contact Tracey Ghali

EAST BRISTOL PASTORATE on Thursday evenings meeting monthly in Fishponds and is made up of three home groups that meet across East Bristol. Contact Ruth & Jason Bullock

PORTISHEAD homegroup meets fortnightly for bible study, looking at the Woodlands sermon discussion notes.  Contact Beckie Parker

for 20s-30s meets fortnightly around the Cotham area (BS6). Contact Clotilde Barberon

ROOTS PASTORATE is a young adults pastorate currently meeting fortnightly on Thursdays – with a passion to see the good news of Jesus shared with others. It’s led by a team headed up by Matt and Abbie Dobson. Contact Matt and Abbie

THE FIRE PLACE is a young adults group with a real passion for the work of the Holy Spirit. Meets weekly with monthly outreach evening including Feel Good Cafe. For more details contact Pete or Kristina

OPEN ACCESS meets weekly 10.30am to 1pm in the crypt. It's a flexible group used by a wide range of people - people who feel on the edge of church; those with mental health issues; people with learning difficulties; people of other nationalities; those who have served time in prison; people breaking free from addictions. Contact Trudie Lane


DAYTIME HOMEGROUP meets at Henleaze and Westbury church hall, Eastfield Road weekly on Fridays during term time from 10am-12 noon. It’s a place for women to be real and seek God in a friendly environment. Women from any of the congregations are welcome. Contact Keren Lilley

Nurture for women of any age who want to grow in their relationship with God. We meet in the foyer on Friday mornings (term-time only) door open at 9.30 for for coffee and cake, main session runs 10-11. Creche available for under 5's. For more contact Jo Brown

DEVOTION is the youth congregation of Woodlands Church. It meets weekly during term time on Friday evenings at 7.30pm at Woodlands and has small group time on Sundays. The age range is 13-18 years old. Contact Joe Cook

The Post-16 home group meets fortnightly at ADH in Cotham on a Tuesday evening led by Tina Mitchell. A Post-18 home group is run by Simon Hughes


Other times

WOODIES BIKERS is a motorcycle group set up in June 2009. We encompass all styles of riding, and all sizes of motorbikes. We organise rideouts, socials, camping trips and weeks away. Primarily this is an activity-based outreach group, providing a safe place for both Christians and non-Christians to ride together. Contact Chris Gregory for more.

If you have any questions about pastorates, please contact office@woodlandschurch.net.