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Bishops of Bristol and South Sudan exchange rings of reconciliation at the Lambeth Conference

First published 2nd August 2022

Bishops of Bristol and South Sudan exchange rings of reconciliation at the Lambeth Conference


St Marys & St James Lockleaze named as top community place

First published 1st August 2022

The initial findings report was produced by Royal Mencap Society Community Partners after an engagement project with a questionnaire and 32 ‘Community Conversations'.


Bishop Viv shares good news from the Lambeth Conference

First published 1st August 2022

Bishop Viv shares good news from the Lambeth Conference.


Congratulations to Reverend Kat Campion-Spall, who will become Rector Designate of Bristol Harbourside Churches

First published 29th July 2022

Congratulations to Reverend Kat Campion-Spall.


Mission and Ministry in a Time of Trauma lecture now available to watch online

First published 29th July 2022

A Zoom conversation on 9 June, led by Rhona Knight and Revd Dr Simon Taylor.


Holiday at Home activity day at St Michael's Church in Stoke Gifford

First published 28th July 2022

More than 70 people attended the fun-filled activity day held at St Michael's Centre last week on Thursday 21 July.


Mental Health Wellbeing Sunday at Holy Trinity Westbury on Trym

First published 22nd July 2022

On the 19 June, there was a focus across all services and in Sunday Club on Mental Health Wellbeing at Holy Trinity Westbury on Trym.


Event Cancelled - 'Walk of Witness Bristol City Slave Trail'.

First published 22nd July 2022

This event has been cancelled


2,500 local residents gather for annual Pinehurst Fun Day to celebrate community

First published 21st July 2022

The Pinehurst Fun Day has been running for 20 years but was unfortunately cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. On Saturday 16 July, over 2,500 local residents gathered to celebrate the return of the fun day!


Spear Bristol supports over 40 young people to re-enter work or education since January launch

First published 21st July 2022

Spear Bristol launched in January 2022 and has since supported 43 young people aged 16 - 24 across Bristol.


Rashida Hartley, Racial Justice Officer reflects on ‘Lament to Action' workshop

First published 21st July 2022

Rashida Hartley, Racial Justice Officer for the Bristol Diocese, reflects on ‘Lament to Action' workshop at Sarum College.


Informative session for Licensed Lay Ministers

First published 20th July 2022

Our Licenced Lay Ministers had a very informative session with John Pearce from Pearce Funeral Services recently about what is not allowed in the coffin at the crematorium.


Appointment of the Church of England's new permanent national director of safeguarding

First published 19th July 2022

Alexander Kubeyinje has been appointed as the Church of England's new permanent national director of safeguarding.


Ice-cream for the hottest day of the year so far!

First published 18th July 2022

How do you cool down on the hottest day of the year so far? Eat delicious ice-cream of course and that's exactly what our Diocesan Support Services staff staff did today thanks to Mr Sav.


Bishop of Swindon gets on his bike to raise as much money as possible to give a special Christmas gift

First published 18th July 2022

Being poorly with covid recently, didn't stop Bishop of Swindon, Dr Lee Rayfield from getting on his bike once again to take on a huge fundraising challenge, cycling some 881 miles from Lands End to John O'Groats.


Deadline approaches for church energy footprint tool

First published 14th July 2022

The Energy Footprint Tool allows all churches around the country to enter their utility bills and find out their "carbon footprint".


First Gold Eco Church award in the Diocese

First published 14th July 2022

We are thrilled to celebrate with Hazelnut Community Farm, as they become the first church in the Southwest to receive a Gold Eco Award


Y12 student reflects on his experience of supporting his church an Eco Church

First published 14th July 2022

Aidan, a student at a Chippenham secondary school, reflects on his experience of helping his church become an Eco Church.


Does your church offer contactless giving yet?

First published 14th July 2022

Does your church offer contactless giving yet? If not, now is the time to consider it, as the Diocese of Bristol receives dozens of heavily subsidised contactless devices to pass on to churches across the region.


Get your tickets to Creation Restored: Ministry in a time of Climate Crisis

First published 14th July 2022

Join us on Saturday 17 September at Pattern Church Swindon for an inspiring and challenging day for all in church leadership - lay, ordained, youth or environmental!


Swindon Food Collective officially opens new food distribution centre

First published 8th July 2022

Swindon Food Collective opened a new food distribution centre at St Timothy's, Dorcan Church on 8 July.


Dauntsey Doom Board art lecture now available to watch online

First published 7th July 2022

A lecture given at St James the Great, Dauntsey, Wiltshire, England on 15th June 2022 by Revd Dr Simon Taylor.


“Don't Bank on Plastics!” urge campaigners this Plastic Free July

First published 7th July 2022

This Plastic Free July, Christian charity ECCR is asking individuals to contact their bank about the global plastic crisis.


Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol enjoys visiting students at Hodgkin House!

First published 5th July 2022

Bishop of Bristol really enjoyed talking to the international students about where they are from and hearing all their exciting stories before they start their studies in Bristol.


Congratulations to new Suffragen Bishop of Hull in the Diocese of York

First published 4th July 2022

Congratulations to the Right Reverend Doctor Eleanor Sanderson who has been appointed as Suffragan Bishop of Hull in the Diocese of York


Special weekend of ordination celebrations for our Priests and Deacons!

First published 4th July 2022

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol ordained 18 candidates as Priests and Deacons at very moving ordination celebrations at Bristol Cathedral last weekend.


Welcome to Bristol Amal - it was great to meet you!

First published 1st July 2022

During Refugee Week at the end of June, Little Amal came to Bristol and walked from the Old Vic Theatre to the harbourside, meeting hundreds of people along the way.


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Sharon's Story

First published 1st July 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Sharon's Story


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Wanda's Story

First published 1st July 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Wanda' Story


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Joshua's Story

First published 30th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Joshua's Story


Brand new small group resource gives VIP welcome to those choosing to build a new life in UK

First published 30th June 2022

An interactive six-week course has just been released to help churches welcome new arrivals in the UK from Hong Kong.


Training course for churches offering spiritual care to older people

First published 30th June 2022

BRF is delighted to introduce a groundbreaking course to help churches equip leaders and members for ministry to older people.


Please continue to pray for those to be ordained this weekend

First published 30th June 2022

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, will ordain 20 candidates as priests and deacons at Bristol Cathedral over the coming weekend.


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Sarah's Story

First published 29th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Sarah's Story


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Nicola's Story

First published 28th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Nicola's Story


Welcome to Rashida Hartley who has joined the Diocese and is flying the flag for racial justice

First published 28th June 2022

Rashida Hartley has recently been appointed as Diocesan Racial Justice Officer on a one-year fixed term contract, working 14 hours a week on Thursdays and Fridays. 


A huge congratulations to St John the Baptist Church and residents in Colerne for winning a SILVER AWARD

First published 27th June 2022

A huge congratulations to St John the Baptist Church and residents in Colerne for winning a SILVER AWARD!


Congratulations to Jordan Ling for her appointment as Diocesan Advisor for Clergy Wellbeing

First published 27th June 2022

Jordan Ling has recently been appointed as Diocesan Advisor for Clergy Wellbeing after a very successful secondment since March this year.


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Caroline's Story

First published 27th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Caroline's Story


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Ruth's Story

First published 26th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Ruth's Story


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Diane's Story

First published 25th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Diane's Story


Swindon Food Collective open two new distribution centres

First published 24th June 2022

The Swindon Food Collective are opening two new distribution centres today, on Friday 24 June 2022 in an effort to take food to those in need in the wider community.


Encouraging response to Parish Share survey

First published 24th June 2022

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our Parish Share survey!


Continuing Ministerial Development summer programme continues

First published 24th June 2022

We are now halfway through our Continuing Ministerial Development Summer 2022 Programme, but there are still opportunities to get involved!


New Exploring Christianity module starting in September

First published 24th June 2022

A course to deepen faith, explore the Christian tradition and equip for ministry.


Celebrate and Sing - Rural Schools Festival

First published 24th June 2022

If you were visiting Malmesbury Abbey on Thursday 26 May you may have been surprised to encounter the first ever Rural Schools Festival in North Wiltshire!


National Church Awards open

First published 24th June 2022

The first ever National Church Awards to celebrate churches and the people who use and look after them are now open for entries.


Tickets on sale now for heart warming theatre production at St Matthew's Church!

First published 24th June 2022

Tickets on sale now for heart warming theatre production at St Matthew's Church.


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Chris's Story

First published 24th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Chris's Story


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Anton's Story

First published 23rd June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Anton's Story


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Melanie's Story

First published 23rd June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Melanie's Story


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Sarah's Story

First published 21st June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Sarah's Story


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Julie's Story

First published 19th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Julie's Story


Happy Father's Day to all you wonderful dads

First published 19th June 2022

Happy Father's Day to all you wonderful dads, we hope you have a lovely day with your precious children.


Huge welcome to our new Vicar at St Mary's Church in Shirehampton

First published 18th June 2022

Revd Alison Sowton will be joining St Mary's Church in Shirehampton as their new vicar and Missioner for Life Events in the Avonside Mission Area.


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rosemary's Story

First published 18th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rosemary's' Story


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Eleanor's Story

First published 17th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Eleanor's' Story


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Wayne's Story

First published 16th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Wayne's' Story


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Regan's Story

First published 15th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Regan's Story


Rt Revd Vivienne Faull welcomes Deacons to be ordained next month

First published 14th June 2022

Rt Revd Vivienne Faull welcomes Deacons to be ordained next month


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Sonia's Story

First published 14th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Sonia's Story


Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Benjamin's Story

First published 13th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Benjamin's Story


Synod Presidential Address by Rt Revd Vivienne Faull

First published 12th June 2022

You are now able to read Bishop of Bristol's Presidential Address at the most recent Diocesan Synod on Saturday 12 June.


Huge congratulations to the winners of our Bristol DAC 2020-2022

First published 10th June 2022

A huge thank you to everyone who attended our Bristol DAC Awards for 2020-2022 at Christ Church Downend on 9 June, and congratulations to winners!


Bristol 2020 -2022 DAC Awards are underway at Christchurch!

First published 9th June 2022

The excitement is building for our Bristol 2020 - 2022 DAC Awards taking place at the stunning Christchurch in Bristol this evening.


Platinum Jubilee Choral Evensong homily by Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol

First published 8th June 2022

So the Platinum Jubilee concert, with its national treasures and aged and not so aged rock superstars stars had as its billtopping act.


Marking World Environment Day 2022 with a prayer

First published 5th June 2022

Today, Sunday 5th June 2022, is World Environment Day and we wanted to mark this very important occasion with a short prayer.


Special message from Bishop Viv for the Queen's Jubilee Celebrations

First published 1st June 2022

A special message from Bishop Viv and everyone at the Diocese of Bristol for the Queen's Jubilee Celebrations.


Training event gives techniques to deal with conflict

First published 1st June 2022

The Making Peace with Conflict training was attended by 14 people


Don't forget to enter the Church Architecture Awards!

First published 31st May 2022

Applications are open for the 2022 Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association/National Churches Trust UK Architecture Awards. Awards are for repair and conservation work and for new buildings, re-orderings and extensions.


Invitation to online book session - Mission and Ministry in a Time of Trauma and For Just Such a Time as This

First published 31st May 2022

Everyone is invited to join us for an online book session and find out how we offer mission and ministry in a context of loss, suffering and lament.


Places of worship protective security funding opens again for applications

First published 31st May 2022

The Security Minister has announced that the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme has again opened for applications.


Prayer in thanksgiving for the Queen's reign by Rt Reverend Dr Lee Rayfleld, Bishop of Swindon

First published 31st May 2022

Prayer in thanksgiving for the Queen's reign by Rt Reverend Dr Lee Rayfleld, Bishop of Swindon


Have a peaceful and restful weekend from Bishop Viv and everyone at the Diocese of Bristol

First published 27th May 2022

We hope you have a peaceful and restful weekend from Bishop Viv and everyone at the Diocese of Bristol.


Invitation to a special Queens Jubilee Celebration - Pentecost on College Green, Bristol on 5 June 2022

First published 25th May 2022

You are invited to a special Queens Jubilee Celebration - Pentecost on the Green


Sight Loss Friendly Church taster sessions happening throughout June and July

First published 25th May 2022

The Zoom taster sessions are a fantastic opportunity to hear more about the initiative and ask any questions you may have


Breakthrough ruling allows churches and charities to take stronger environmental action

First published 24th May 2022

Trustees of charitable trusts, including schools and churches, are now allowed to prioritise the climate change outcomes of their investments


Giving workshops for church leaders to be held in June

First published 24th May 2022

How do we build a new, generous culture?


Christ Church Swindon beer festival - sun, swing, and pints in pews

First published 19th May 2022

More than 1,000 punters came to the two-day church fundraiser last weekend


Pattern Church begins weekly dinner for Ukrainian arrivals 

First published 17th May 2022

The Table is a way for Ukrainians and their Swindon host families to support each other and make new friends


Bishop Viv extends very warm welcome to new 'participant observers' at the House of Bishops

First published 16th May 2022

Rt Reverend Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol would like to welcome new ‘participant observers' at the House of Bishops.


Rebecca Cross talking about Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

First published 13th May 2022

Rebecca Cross from the Diocese of Bristol talking about Mental Health Awareness Week 2022.


New Mothers' Union Bristol president Jacky Fredrickson to be commissioned at St Mary's Yate

First published 11th May 2022

”The Mothers' Union has transformed my life”, says Jacky


Join in for Art Wednesdays in June and July!

First published 3rd May 2022

Everyone is welcome to take part in a series of evening art sessions which are taking place on several Wednesdays in June and July.


Happy Eid Mubarak to our Muslim communities

First published 2nd May 2022

A special Eid message from Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield and everyone at the Diocese of Bristol.


Bristol church representatives come together to debate contested heritage

First published 29th April 2022

Representatives from churches with historical connections to the Transatlantic Slave Trade were invited to a meeting at Bristol Cathedral earlier this week.


Bristol Diverse Doors Open Day takes place next month!

First published 25th April 2022

Bristol Multi-Faith Forum (BMFF) is organising this year's Bristol Diverse Doors Open Day on Sunday 8 May from 9.30am to 5pm


60 chocolate eggs donated to the Bristol North West Food Bank

First published 25th April 2022

Easter eggs donated to Bristol North West Food Bank


Join the launch of the ‘Talking Jesus 2022 Report'

First published 20th April 2022

You're invited to the ‘Talking Jesus 2022' report launch on Thursday 28th April at 2.00pm and 7.30pm to discover the results of ground-breaking research answering what people think of Jesus, Christians, and evangelism in the UK today.


St Augustine's Church, Swindon marks National Day of Reflection with stunning dove artwork

First published 20th April 2022

More than 2000 paper doves are now flying high inside St Augustine's Church, Swindon to mark the recent National Day of Reflection on 23rd March.


Submit your application to the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust NOW!

First published 20th April 2022

The end of April deadline for applications to the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust for repairs and improvement projects is rapidly approaching!


Mousefest raises £1,000 for St Mary's Church in Bitton

First published 20th April 2022

Last month, St Mary's Church in Bitton held a two day exhibition with a difference to raise as much money as possible for their Development Programme.


Holy Week and Easter engagements at Bristol Cathedral

First published 15th April 2022

We have a number of events and engagements taking place at Bristol Cathedral and everyone is very welcome!


Clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers gather for annual Maundy Thursday renewal of vows

First published 15th April 2022

On Thursday 14 April, Clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers gathered for the annual Maundy Thursday renewal of vows at Bristol Cathedral.


Transforming Church update - working groups and draft strategy

First published 28th March 2022

Diocesan Synod votes in favour of the draft strategic plan


"I believe we will see more young people in our churches again" - meet youth leader Lydia Chancellor

First published 21st March 2022

Lydia is the new Youth and Children's Missioner for Yate and Fromeside Mission Area


"Look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead" - Diocesan Synod March 2022

First published 21st March 2022

The Bishop of Bristol's presidential address at Diocesan Synod, held at Holy Trinity Church, Bradley Stoke


Bishop of Bristol speaks about migrant domestic workers in House of Lords immigration bill debate

First published 10th March 2022

On Tuesday 8 March in the House of Lords, the Right Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, spoke on a proposed amendment to the Nationality and Borders Bill


Local churches to join prayers across Europe for Ukraine

First published 1st March 2022

The Diocese in Europe will be leading prayers for peace in Ukraine on Tuesday 1 March at 6pm


"Since, then, we have such hope; we do not lose heart" - Bishop Viv's sermon at St Monica Trust

First published 28th February 2022

Bishop Viv spoke about finding hope in dark days during a service at the North Bristol retirement village

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