Selly Oak Location
Our services start at 10:30 am at both sites. When you arrive, a member of our Welcome Team will be available to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively speak to a member of our newly launched Connections Team, whether you want to chat to someone about what is going on, register for an event, know where your nearest connect group is, or how to get involved (or just anything church!), speak to the friendly faces with the yellow lanyards. You can find them the back of the church or in amongst the congregation; whatever the itch on your brain, let’s talk!
Most services start with vibrant, contemporary songs of thanks to God, led by a band on the stage. You are welcome to join us as we sing our worship to God. All the words are on the screens so if want to, you can sing along. We encourage you to relax and engage at your own pace, even if that means not singing at all.
Kids and Youth
Before the service, you can sign your children into Encounter Kids. For children aged between preschool age (the term after they turn 3) and until they go to high school. We believe it is so important to worship together as a whole family which means that the children join the main church for the first part of the service. Encounter Youth offers a great opportunity for the young people to engage with each other, having fun and building good friendships whilst exploring how to apply the Bible’s teaching to their lives.
While we are singing we give our offering, because for us our giving is as much an act of worship as singing is. We do not expect guests to give, but you are welcome to if you would like to.
We share Communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, during which we take bread and juice in remembrance of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
In every service, we talk about God or an aspect of Christian living based on the teaching of the Bible. This section of the service usually lasts around 30 minutes. If you would like to hear one of our talks click here.
Most Sundays there is time to receive personal prayer. Sometimes this happens during the service, but prayer is always available following every service. We also love to hear stories of God’s answers to our prayers.
After the sermon, we close with a song before enjoying a cup of coffee or tea together.
What should you wear?
Most people who attend our services dress in a casual manner. But whatever you choose to wear, you are totally welcome!
If you have babies or toddlers, we provide a space for them to play with an audio-visual link to the main hall.
What About Accessibility?
We do our best to make sure our Sunday services are accessible to all. Our welcome team are very happy to remove chairs to make space for visitors in wheelchairs, we have an induction loop for those who use hearing aids and we provide copies of the song words in large print format for those who are visually impaired. There is one staircase down to our Coffee Lounge, which has a stairlift attached. This staircase is also used to access the toilets. Refreshments are served in the main hall.
Parking is available at the Tiverton Road entrance of Encounter Church, there are also a small number of spaces in the rear car park off Hubert Road. Most people park on the nearby roads.
Can I Find You Via Public Transport?
We are situated close to Bristol Road (A38), where many buses stop. Additionally, there are bus stops on Coronation Road and Dawlish Road which are a short walk from our building. The nearest railway station is Selly Oak, which is just around the corner from our building.