Douglas writes a monthly column – Vestry Vibes –
in our church
magazine The Recorder
Welcome to Redland Park United Reformed Church, a lively and forward looking church set on Bristol’s Whiteladies Road. Whiteladies Road is one of the main shopping streets in Bristol and incorporates the run from Bristol University’s hall of residence to the university itself. It’s a great position for a church and especially if you are a student you should have no problem in finding us.
Like the congregation the church is light, bright and warm and is always ready to extend a welcome to new friends. On various Sundays you have no less than four services to choose from. At 10.30am there is the main service which includes a good cross-section of all ages.Also at 10.30 am we host a Korean Service in our Upper Room. The Koreans have been with us for over 3 years now and on occasion we worship together in Korean and English. A Korean language school runs in the afternoon.
At 6.00pm there is the evening service which uses a more devotional/ contemplative style. Then every other week there is the “Fourth Service”, this being a more informal prayer and praise style of worship. For even further variety once every quarter we join in with an ecumenical Taize-style service with the other Free Churches in Whiteladies Road. This service rotates between Victoria Methodist Church, Tyndale Baptist Church and ourselves.
All of my ministry so far has been spent in Bristol. My first ten years were spent at Trinity United Reformed Church which is very close by. I have been at Redland Park since September 2001. My wife is the Reverend Helena McKinnon. Helena works with the elderly at Bristol`s St. Monica Trust, but is also the Spirituality and Retreats Officer for the South Western Synod of the United Reformed Church. My two daughters, Isabella and Lucy, keep me on my toes.
One of my favourite hobbies is cooking so if you drop by the church some Sunday you might even be invited to experience some manse hospitality.
Come and see us sometime. This is a good church to be around!