28 Nov |  Bishop’s Letter: Is there any hope for Advent?

In his message for Advent Bishop Lee highlights the challenge of the season for our discipleship.

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26 Nov |  Reactions to the Women Bishops vote

A roundup of the relevant articles and feedback surrounding the Women Bishops vote

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14 Nov |  Operation Christmas Child: bringing community and church together

A short film profiling the scheme, we meet the team that make it happen and find out why they’re involved.

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24 Sep |  Testimonies: A Community of Brokenness held together in the Hand of God.

Stories from a working class congregation.

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14 Aug |  National Day of Prayer and Worship: Wembley Stadium

Following on from the success of the Arise Bristol event which happened back in May, there is going to be a National Day of Prayer and Worship this September 29th.

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28 Jul |  Bishop’s letter: Giving a voice to wonder

This month Bishop Lee reflects on the significance of awe and wonder in our relationship with God and resisting being conformed by ‘left brain’ ways of attending to the world.

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11 Jul |  Hours of solemnization of marriages will remain unchanged for CofE

The legal position in relation to marriages according to the Rites of the Church of England remains that a marriage may only be solemnized between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm. Hours for the solemnization of marriages in the Church of England …

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11 May |  Ministry to older people: The Rich Pattern of Life course

Course material to use one-to-one with an older person has been added to the Ministry Development section of this website.

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25 Apr |  Audio recording of the Diocesan Chrism Eucharist sermon

Bishop Lee’s sermon at the 2012 Diocesan Chrism Eucharist is now available as an audio download.

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24 Oct |  Sponsored light bulbs at Christ the Servant, Stockwood

“We have 113 bulbs. After a year long project we have replaced all our old style 60 watt bulbs with energy efficient ones. This gives us two advantages: – More light for less power; We get 75w of light for 15w …

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30 Aug |  Bishop’s letter; You’re better than that!

In this month’s letter, Bishop Mike takes some inspiration from Barack Obama and St Peter, and encourages us all to look beyond the symptoms of what is around us to see God’s perspective. I once heard this story about Barack …

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28 Jun |  Get involved: Non-stop reading of KJV from Monday 4th July

Top names in both the City and Diocese of Bristol, including the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Bishop Lee Rayfield and the Dean of Bristol Cathedral are among 200 local people who have signed-up to mark this year’s 400th anniversary of …

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14 Jun |  Celebration of 40 years since Ordination for Rev’d David James

Rev’d David James, Vicar of St Ambrose and St Leonard, East Bristol celebrated 40 years since his Ordination as a Priest in the Church of England on Saturday, 11th June at a Festival Eucharist in the church of St Ambrose.  …

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25 Apr |  Bishop’s letter: Has death lost its sting?

In this month’s Bishop’s Letter, Bishop Mike asks how equipped our society is to face death. Recently I attended the funeral service of a dear friend.  As I sat in the crematorium, it brought back memories of my second curacy …

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16 Mar |  Patchway school wins regional Church School Award

St. Chad’s Patchway C of E Primary School in South Gloucestershire has won the Wales and West Regional Winner of the Church School Awards 2011. On the afternoon of 24th March 2011, Mr. Tony Cooper (the Headteacher), two adults involved …

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11 Mar |  Archbishop’s prayers for the people of Japan

The Archbishop of Canterbury has sent a message of condolence to the Anglican Archbishop of Japan, the Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, expressing support and prayers for the Japanese people at this time. The Archbishop said: “The news of the …

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07 Mar |  Lent 2011 daily prayer booklet now available

A daily prayer booklet for Lent has been produced to help people pray through the season. Download the Lent daily 2011 >>

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22 Feb |  Bishop’s letter: The Forgiveness Business

The season of Lent is almost upon us again and many of us will take up the challenge of ‘giving something up’.  That’s good, but I hope that many of you will take up the Biblefresh Challenge to read through …

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09 Dec |  Daily Advent & Christmas prayer resource

A daily Advent prayer resource has been added to the Worship & Liturgy section of the Diocesan website, to help direct your prayers throughout Advent. Direct link to Advent daily 2010 >>

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08 Dec |  General Synod and you!

Chris Dobson writes about how General Synod may affect the wider Church. As a parish priest for many years I found that the affairs of General Synod were, to put it kindly, far removed from my day to day life …

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06 Dec |  Diocesan Synod approves difficult Budget

The 2011 Diocesan Budget has been approved at Diocesan Synod on 2nd December. Visit Finance page >> Direct links: Text of Synod Presentation (Dec 2010) >> Accompanying Powerpoint presentation >> Foreword to the budget >> Budget 2011 to Synod >>

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02 Dec |  Getting Messy for God

Messy Church and other all-age worship is taking off in churches throughout the Diocese In churches and at schools across the Diocese of Bristol and the country, Messy Church and similar all-age worship services are springing up. As a result, …

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30 Nov |  Converting coffee culture

Coffee mornings, lunch clubs and youth cafés – churches are making connections with young and old in the community. “How do we connect with and serve people in our parish?” is a question that rightly concerns churches. Many churches are …

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22 Oct |  Prayer at work

Gordon Stirrat, Chair of the House of Laity, speaks from experience of prayer at work in the face of adversity. M came to work with me 20 years ago and, despite him moving away a few years later, we remain …

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28 Sep |  Church school’s film about the Sisters of the Church now online

Children from St Barnabas CofE Primary School in Montpelier have made a film about the work of the Sisters of the Church, an Anglican Community of nuns, with those in need in St Pauls and central Bristol. Loaves & Fishes …

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21 Sep |  Bishop’s letter: “Doing God?”

In August, Bishop Lee wrote about the militant secularism which troubles many Christians but also how some secularists are revising their thinking. This month he considers how the tide may be turning further in the light of the Coalition Government’s …

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07 Sep |  Ecumenical relationships bearing fruit

A changing approach to ecumenical relationships in the Diocese of Bristol is generating new levels of energy and signs of fresh growth are appearing. It’s all too easy to see the word ecumenical and heave a great sigh. In theory …

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18 Aug |  Diocesan Letter: What is it like?

In this month’s Diocesan Letter, David Hoyle, the recently installed Dean of Bristol, reflects on the difficulties of answering this question and challenges us to ask a different kind of question in our lives. Friends, who mean well, ask me, …

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29 Jul |  Priorities

Professor Gordon Stirrat, Chair of the Diocesan House of Laity, reflects on how one person’s challenges have challenged him. There is nothing I enjoy more on a Saturday morning than going round to the village before breakfast to get croissants …

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29 Jun |  Joint Christian-Muslim young people’s art exhibition at Bristol Central Library

Young Christians and Muslims from inner city Bristol have joined together to put on an art exhibition at Bristol Central Library throughout July. The project is the result of a partnership between the Diocese’s Department for Children and Young People, …

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28 Jun |  Bishop’s letter: Lessons from the building trade

In this month’s Bishop’s Letter, Bishop Mike encourages us to ask where we have plastered over the cracks in our lives. Shock and horror.  They have discovered dry and wet rot in the walls of one of the bedrooms in …

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08 Jun |  Not a bed of rosaries – reflections from the Palestinian territories

Bristol-based David Mowat was an Ecumenical Accompanier in the Palestinian territories. Here he reflects on stories from the territories. What do an Anglican clergyman, a Warwickshire county councillor, a retired primary school head (and Quaker), a mediator trainer, a civil …

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28 May |  Bratwurst, BMWs, Bishops and Brass Bands

A group from Bristol, including Bishop Mike, attended and took part in the 2nd Ecumenical Kirchentag in Munich in mid-May. All three ‘B’s featured heavily in a recent diocesan trip to the annual Kirchentag gathering in Munich. Over 30 people …

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23 May |  The cost of war

Professor Gordon Stirrat, the Chair of the House of Laity in the Brisotl Diocesan Synod, reflects on the cost of war and challenges Christians to reach out to military personnel in our communities with God’s love. The “cost of war” …

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30 Apr |  Bishop’s letter: That’s the Spirit

The feast of Pentecost looms large in the Church’s calendar. The amazing fulfillment of the prophet Joel came to be. A small bunch of uncertain and nervous disciples were transformed into a confident group of three thousand people who would …

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29 Apr |  Are you a Child Friendly Church?

On Sunday 11th April, the congregation of All Saints Clifton celebrated being awarded the title of “Child Friendly Church”. All Saints are the fifth church in the Diocese, joining St Leonard’s Broad Blunsdon (bronze), St Mary’s Shirehampton (Silver), St Peter’s …

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22 Apr |  Bishop encourages ministers to seek out support

The Diocese is looking afresh at how ministers can find support and be developed in their ministry. “We want to create a culture in the Diocese where ministers themselves are enabled to take responsibility for finding appropriate support and taking …

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22 Apr |  An Easter of hope – and mourning

Amidst the hope of Easter, the sad loss of Revd James Brown, a Bristol priest. Holy Week is a rollercoaster of emotions. Optimism at the triumphal entry, poignancy at the Last Supper, mourning at the crucifixion, hope and joy at …

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22 Apr |  Canon James Brown remembered

On Tuesday 6 April, Revd James Brown, Vicar of Holy Nativity Knowle, died at the age of 61 having suffered for some months from lung cancer. Bishop David Ferrer, former Bishop of Wangaratta in New South Wales to whom James …

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09 Apr |  André Urbanczyk installed at Bad Reichenhall

On 14th March, André Urbanczyk was installed at Bad Reichenhall in Bavaria. Chris Whitehead, who attended the service with his wife Helen, reports on a wonderful day. Last month, you may have read that André and Bettina Urbanczyk returned to …

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