Mission Areas' and Resourcing churches' News
We are really excited about all the God is doing through our Mission Areas and Resourcing churches. Here you can read about some of the exciting things that are happening.
Evangelising at the Station
Members of the Avonside Evangelism Group took to standing at a train station to invite commuters to Christmas services.
Pattern Church thanks AllChurches Trust for significant grant award
In late May Pattern Church in Swindon was awarded a significant Allchurches Trust grant. The grant will help transform the heritage Pattern Store - an iconic GWR railway works building - into a new worship and community space.
St Nix Messy Church held a Messy Church Away Day.
The Living Well missional community in ASMA organised an 8 week course exploring Mindfulness in a Christian Context.
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ASMA Prayer Celebration
Members of Avonside Mission Area gathered for a prayer celebration on Wednesday 16 October.
There were 75 people present who took part in spirit-filled worship, followed by sharing the peace together, a reading, then sitting in mixed small groups whilst eating popcorn.
Celebrating the work of the Bristol NW CAP Debt Centre
The Bristol NW CAP Debt Centre is in its seventh year and is seeing the lives of people changed in the area. Debz Spinney, Centre Manager, reflects on the work it has been doing.
St Nicholas Bristol thanks All Churches Trust for funding
The refurbishment of the church was completed at the end of 2018 allowing for the building to be returned to its original purpose as a church after 70 years. Internal redevelopment and re-ordering included the introduction of a kitchenette, accessible WC, new display screens, flexible staging and renewed mechanical and electrical services including a new AV installation.
Taking SHAPE in Avonside
Avonside Mission Area has recently completed the Your SHAPE for God's Service sessions produced by the Diocese. These were designed to help churches enable people to discover their unique SHAPE, the gifts God has given them and how they might use those in His service.
Yate and Fromeside podcast bringing encouragement and hope
Last Easter, Yate and Fromeside Mission Area started experimenting with podcasting. Nearly one year later it has proven to be a success. 41 episodes have so far been recorded, and they have been played collectively 1400 times in the Bristol area alone.
St Andrew’s reopens doors after major refurbishment
The building was officially reopened by the Bishop of Bristol, Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, at a special service of celebration on Monday 17 December at 7pm.
Mission Areas receive national funding
The Diocese of Bristol has been successful in its application to the Church of England’s Strategic Development Fund for £950,000 in support of its Mission Areas programme.
Pattern Church celebrates first birthday!
Having launched at the start of December 2018, Pattern Church celebrated its first birthday on Sunday 1 December, with two services followed by parties with a bouncy castle, silent discos, food and face paint.Find out more about it here.
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Morning Evangelism in Avonside
Avonside Mission Area has started a weekly Tuesday morning prayer meeting.
Sprung from the desire to seek and pray to God for revival in big and small ways for their community, the 7am start time allows for diverse participants—workers, self-employed, those who are retired, young adults, and homemakers.
Pattern Church launches afternoon service
Swindon's Pattern Church is launching a new afternoon service on Sundays. Pattern Church, which launched last December, is adding the 4.30pm service with the aim of attracting young people and those in their 20s.
Inspire Youth Pilgrimage
In May sixteen young people and eight adults from across the Yate and Fromeside Mission Area set off on a 62-mile pilgrimage walking from St Peter’s Frampton Cotterell to the Cathedral in Salisbury.
Kingdom Come: Seeking God's Kingdom in Bristol
This October, young people from across Bristol will gather together at St Nicholas to seek God at 'Kingdom Come', a 12 hour event packed with heart-felt worship and prayer. St Nicholas has opened its doors to welcome passionate young adults and students for two previous Kingdom Come events where they have gathered together to worship, seek God and intercede for the needs of this City.
Fresh prayer stream in Yate and Fromeside
Yate and Fromeside Mission Area has created a prayer stream over the past months, bringing together eight people from churches across the Mission Area to meet regularly to discuss and implement prayer initiatives. “It has been a great journey of working and learning together so far, and I look forward to further initiatives,” said Revd Julia Chard.
Way Open for Social Justice Projects in Avonside
Recently, the Anglican churches of the Avonside Mission Area threw open their doors for their annual Lent Course. Each week was an opportunity to meet in a different church building. In the case of St Andrew’s, Avonmouth, there was also chance to visit the Northwest Bristol Social Justice Hub which has just opened in new premises attached to the recently-refurbished church.
Swindon Resourcing church receives planning permission
In late March 2019, Pattern Church in Swindon received its planning permission from Swindon Borough Council to adapt and convert the old Great Western Railway Pattern Store into a new worship space.
Avonside Mission Area celebrates with an evening filled with stories of God’s Kingdom
ASMA celebrated their Mission Area together with prayer and worship centred around the question: How does our faith in Jesus change your life?
Avonside Mission Area churches sign covenant
Members of churches in the Avonside Mission Area gathered in October 2018 to celebrate the signing of their covenant.