The Revd Martin Gainsborough reflects on two weeks at sea with the Royal Navy: I have recently returned from a fortnight at sea with the Royal Navy in my capacity as a chaplain in the Reserves. I was shadowing a …
Published: 28 Jan | Dean’s Sermon: After the Primates Meeting
Sermon preached in Bristol Cathedral on Sunday 24th January, 2016 by the Very Revd David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol Cathedral Luke 4:14-21 Just over a week ago, the shadow leader of the House of Commons, a man called Chris Bryant, …
Published: 12 Oct | Breaking the cycle
Once I started, the words just came. There was no anger. I kept my voice really calm and I actually felt calm. If you’ve got faith, it does give you the words.
Published: 08 Oct | Walking with our children in faith
On the day I was pretty nervous. We had to stand at the front of the church and explain why we were choosing to be baptised. We said it in our own words.
Published: 15 Sep | All this beauty is of God
There’s a sense in which, if you spend time struggling with something, you then hold onto it and it’s worthwhile. There are steps in our faith journey which are probably like that.
Published: 09 Jun | Mayday Mayday
I would have described myself as a Christian, the type of good God fearing chap who worked hard, rarely went to Church other than Christmas and the odd Sunday. I had a firm belief in there being a God but very much intended to put off meeting him as long as possible.
Published: 09 Jun | Reverend Mum
I’ve always wanted to be a mum. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to be. And all my life, the way I’ve been led has been about caring for people, being with people, journeying with people. I thought, I can do that. I can bring these two callings together.
Published: 14 Apr | Lent Voices now available to download
During the last year, our diocesan theme has been Creating Confidence in Evangelism. It has been exciting and inspiring to see so many people here in the Diocese of Bristol (and beyond) sharing their personal stories of faith as part …
Published: 04 Apr | The desire for meaning
While the story of Jesus has been there in the background, it was never anything more to me than a story. I guess that’s not altogether surprising as the daughter of an agnostic and an atheist.
Published: 03 Apr | Uniting our sufferings
It was the realisation that they were both potty about God that brought them to a new and wonderful place in their own relationship. For ‘God is Love, and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them.’