Mission Areas' and Resourcing churches' News


Encouragements, celebrations and news from our Mission Areas and Resourcing Churches:


Church reopens after six decades to work with young people
A church in the centre of Bristol, which closed 65 years ago, is to reopen later this year with the aim of engaging young people and those who don't currently go to church in the city.
Open Church reopens after six decades to work with young people

Church reimagined for new generation as doors reopen after 60 years
Community and church leaders will celebrate the re-opening of St Nicholas Church on Baldwin Street as it prepares to welcome its first visitors this coming Sunday.
Open Church reimagined for new generation as doors reopen after 60 years

Celebration to mark launch of new Swindon church
Community and church leaders will celebrate the launch of a new church for Swindon this week.The civic service will take place at Pattern Church, which will be housed in the former Pattern Store. Services will take place at the location throughout De
Open Celebration to mark launch of new Swindon church

North Wilts Mission Area churches sign covenant
Members of churches in the North Wilts Mission Area have gathered to celebrate the signing of their covenant. Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon, spoke at the special service.
Open North Wilts Mission Area churches sign covenant

New church building in Swindon welcomes live worship or the first time
Pattern Church celebrated their first live worship services in the building on Sunday 20 September 2020.
Open New church building in Swindon welcomes live worship or the first time

Churches in Avonside come together for a virtual afternoon tea and prayer
On 12 July, members from local churches hosted a virtual afternoon tea and prayer event.
Open Churches in Avonside come together for a virtual afternoon tea and prayer

Avonmouth church community expands its emergency food parcel service and outreach work
In Avonmouth, a local church group has been awarded £125,000 in community grants for an aspirational woodworking workshop “Space4Makers” and a store room to expand its Foodbank and HomeBank service.
Open Avonmouth church community expands its emergency food parcel service and outreach work

Mission Areas explained....A Video
An introduction to Mission Area's featuring the Yate and Fromeside Mission Area.
Open Mission Areas explained....A Video

Evangelising at the Station for Christmas
Members of the Avonside Evangelism Group took to standing at a train station to invite commuters to Christmas services recently. Revd John Monaghan, vicar of St Edyth's, Sea Mills, reflects on their efforts.
Open Evangelising at the Station for Christmas

Pattern Church celebrates first birthday!
Swindons newest Anglican church turned one this week. Having launched at the start of December 2018, Pattern Church celebrated its first birthday on Sunday 1 December, with two services at 10am and 4:30pm at the Platform on Faringdon Road.
Open Pattern Church celebrates first birthday!

Pattern Church thanks Allchurches Trust for Grant Award
In late May Pattern Church in Swindon was awarded a significant Allchurches Trust grant for which the church and the Diocese is extremely grateful.
Open Pattern Church thanks Allchurches Trust for Grant Award

ASMA Ventures into new territory
Stimulated by the Avonside Mission Area, members of St Marys Stoke Bishop, St Marys Shirehampton, St Edyths Sea Mills, St Peters Lawrence Weston and St Andrews Avonmouth have all been encouraged to form missional communities.
Open ASMA Ventures into new territory

ASMA Prayer Celebration
Members of Avonside Mission Area gathered for a prayer celebration on Wednesday 16 October.There were 75 people present who followed the 4Ws of the Mission Area.
Open ASMA Prayer Celebration

Morning Evangelism in Avonside
In February, Avonside Mission Area started a weekly Tuesday morning prayer meeting. This forms part of their Evangelism Mission Shaped Community, hosted by Revd Hartmut Kopsch.
Open Morning Evangelism in Avonside

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.
Open Pattern Church launches afternoon service

Celebrating Bristol NW CAP Debt Centre
Celebrating the work of the Bristol NW CAP Debt Centre .
Open Celebrating Bristol NW CAP Debt Centre

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 Peters Frampton Cotterell to the Cathedral in Sailsbury.
Open Inspire Youth Pilgrimage

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'.
Open Kingdom Come: Seeking God's Kingdom in Bristol

St Nicholas Bristol thanks All Churches Trust
It has been just over four months since St Nicholas Bristol reopened its doors, following the first phase of refurbishment of a building previously used by Bristol City Council as an archive space.
Open St Nicholas Bristol thanks All Churches Trust

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.
Open Fresh prayer stream in Yate and Fromeside

Taking SHAPE in Avonside
Avonside Mission Area has recently completed the Your SHAPE for God's Service sessions produced by the Diocese.
Open Taking SHAPE in Avonside

Pattern Church receives planning approval
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.
Open Pattern Church receives planning approval

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.
Open Yate and Fromeside podcast bringing encouragement and hope

Avonside Mission Area celebrates with an evening filled with stories of God?s Kingdom
On Tuesday 12 February at 7pm Avonside celebrated their Mission Area together with prayer and worship.
Open Avonside Mission Area celebrates with an evening filled with stories of God?s Kingdom

Way Open for Social Justice Projects in Avonside
Its amazing how God opens doors! Recently, the Anglican churches of the Avonside Mission Area threw open their doors for their annual Lent Course.
Open Way Open for Social Justice Projects in Avonside