Published: 02 Dec |  Ordinations at Christ Church Clifton

Jill Garfitt and Richard Pendlebury were both ordained as OLM at Christ Church Clifton by Bishop Mike. Here they give their own stories of their roads to ordination. Jill’s story Jesus gives us an invitation to COME and follow him. …

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Published: 11 Nov |  It’s Your Call

Have you ever wondered if God is calling you to work for a church? Be a vicar? Be a pioneer in the church or in the work place? Or something else? It’s Your Call is being run at Trinity College, …

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Published: 20 Jul |  Home sweet home

We spoke to the two newest members of the Property Team to find out more about what they do and why they do it. From traditional rectories to modern vicarages, clergy in the Diocese of Bristol live in a variety …

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Published: 19 Jul |  Thank Your Vicar Week

Church of England parishes and primary schools are getting Thank Your Vicar Week 16-23 October in the school or parish diary, when they will be celebrating the vital contribution their clergy make to the community. Thank Your Vicar Week, which …

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Published: 16 Jun |  The next step in answering God’s call

The summer is an exciting time of transition within the Ministry Development department – BAP candidates become ordinands; ordinands become deacons; deacons become priests; formation year students prepare to become Licensed Lay Ministers. Helen Collins, Adviser for Licensed Ministry, looks …

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Published: 09 Jun |  Invitations to Grace

Yesterday afternoon I was due to meet a colleague for coffee. I had rushed from one meeting to the next all morning and arrived on time to find my usually prompt colleague was not there. A few text messages back …

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Published: 31 May |  Opportunities to Serve

As we mark the beginning of Volunteer Week, the Rev Simon Jones, Team Rector at St Michael’s Stoke Gifford, explains how the church found new ways of encouraging people to serve. Churches love notices! One of the notices we love …

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Published: 18 May |  More salt please!

Last week, I was talking with a candidate about the difficulties he was having with friendships. This person was reflecting upon the nature of his relationships at his sports club and he commented that even though he enjoyed spending time …

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Published: 11 May |  Bristol Diocesan ministry training “sound and secure”

The Licensed Lay Ministry training programme in the Diocese of Bristol has been labelled “sound and strategically led” in its first annual Periodic External Review (PER). Out of 16 criteria to be tested against, eleven came back with a vote …

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Published: 21 Mar |  Connected Conference 2016

On 27 April, clergy, ministers and leaders from churches across the Diocese will be exploring what it means to be ‘Connected’ at a special diocesan day conference event. Due to venue capacity issues the invitation had to be restricted to …

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