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Faith manifesto launched for mayoral elections
First published 19th April 2021
Bristol Diocese is part of a multi-faith group that has released a faith manifesto in the lead-up to mayoral elections this May.
Open Faith manifesto launched for mayoral elections

New registrar for Bristol Diocese
First published 19th April 2021
The Bishop of Bristol has appointed Lee Coley as the next Diocesan Registrar and legal advisor to the Bishop and Diocese of Bristol.
Open New registrar for Bristol Diocese

Remembering His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh
First published 9th April 2021
A message from the Bishop of Bristol on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip
Open Remembering His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh

An Easter message from the Bishop
First published 4th April 2021
This sermon was given by Bishop Viv on Sunday 4 April 2021 at Bristol Cathedral.
Open An Easter message from the Bishop

Bristol Diocese Maundy Nominations 2021
First published 1st April 2021
The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Rev'd Vivienne Faull, nominated John Bishop and Jean James from the Diocese of Bristol to receive Maundy money at this year's service.
Open Bristol Diocese Maundy Nominations 2021

Holy Week 2021: from darkness to light
First published 25th March 2021
Holy Week this year takes us from loss to a new dawn.
Open Holy Week 2021: from darkness to light

Pattern Church opens debt advice centre
First published 24th March 2021
The centre is offering telephone appointments until Covid restrictions ease.
Open Pattern Church opens debt advice centre

Eco parish March update: wildflowers and electric cars
First published 24th March 2021
Environmental news from parishes in the diocese
Open Eco parish March update: wildflowers and electric cars

New digital platform launched by Parish Giving Scheme
First published 24th March 2021
Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) launches a new online giving platform for churches.
Open New digital platform launched by Parish Giving Scheme

Ten years of the Bristol North West Foodbank
First published 24th March 2021
A message from Foodbank Manager Emma Murray.
Open Ten years of the Bristol North West Foodbank

Over 1,000 people complete 'Transforming Church. Together' questionnaire
First published 24th March 2021
An update on 'Transforming Church. Together', our open conversation with the region which ends on 16 April 2021.
Open Over 1,000 people complete 'Transforming Church. Together' questionnaire

Bristol Remembers: one year on
First published 16th March 2021
One year since England went into a national lockdown, Bristol takes a moment to remember and reflect, with a new film and shared reflection.
Open  Bristol Remembers: one year on

Guide to using new Parish Giving Scheme website
First published 16th March 2021
Summary of steps to take to set up online giving through the Parish Giving Scheme
Open Guide to using new Parish Giving Scheme website

Edward Jenner and vaccination: then and now – Synod Address
First published 16th March 2021
The Right Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol delivers an address about vaccination at the Diocese of Bristol Synod, 13 March 2021.
Open Edward Jenner and vaccination: then and now – Synod Address

Workshops announced to gather views from everyone in the region
First published 10th March 2021
The diocese is running open workshops during March and April as part of 'Transforming Church. Together'.
Open Workshops announced to gather views from everyone in the region

International Women's Day in the Diocese of Bristol
First published 8th March 2021
The diocese invites everyone to share their stories of women in the diocese who have inspired them
Open  International Women's Day in the Diocese of Bristol

Next priest-in-charge announced of the Upper Thames Benefice
First published 7th March 2021
The Bishop of Bristol is delighted to announce that the Revd Canon Debbie Dewes will be the next priest-in-charge of the Upper Thames Benefice.
Open Next priest-in-charge announced of the Upper Thames Benefice

Lunar New Year: A banquet for all
First published 3rd March 2021
Revd Mark Nam reflects on radical Christian hospitality
Open Lunar New Year: A banquet for all

Eco parish February update: rain gardens and toilet twinning
First published 22nd February 2021
Environmental news from parishes in the diocese
Open Eco parish February update: rain gardens and toilet twinning

St Luke’s Barton Hill expands food provision scheme for Lent
First published 18th February 2021
The goods provided will include craft and cooking activities for children, household items and food
Open St Luke’s Barton Hill expands food provision scheme for Lent

Lent during the pandemic: how churches and Christians are marking lent this year
First published 17th February 2021
A number of churches across the diocese are distributing ‘Lent in a bag’ as a way for people to journey through Lent at home.
Open Lent during the pandemic: how churches and Christians are marking lent this year

'Be thankful, choose justice, and look for God’s presence' – a homily for Ash Wednesday 2021
First published 17th February 2021
A homily for Ash Wednesday delivered by Revd Simon Taylor
Open 'Be thankful, choose justice, and look for God’s presence' – a homily for Ash Wednesday 2021

'Let us lose our lives to end the structural sin that is racism' – a sermon for Racial Justice Sunday 2021
First published 15th February 2021
The Revd Canon Dr Martin Gainsborough, Chaplain to the Bishop of Bristol, delivered delivers a sermon on Racial Justice Day 2021
Open 'Let us lose our lives to end the structural sin that is racism' – a sermon for Racial Justice Sunday 2021

Transforming Church. Together.
First published 3rd February 2021
The Church of England in the region invites everyone to join a conversation about their future.
Open Transforming Church. Together.

The Beacon on the Hill celebrates 170th Anniversary of Christ Church Swindon
First published 25th January 2021
The book provides a comprehensive study of how this historic place of worship ties into the growth and development of Swindon itself.
Open The Beacon on the Hill celebrates 170th Anniversary of Christ Church Swindon

Covid-19 Update: adapting in times of adversity
First published 22nd January 2021
Since the most recent lockdown was announced, some churches have made the difficult decision to close their buildings and offer digital services only until restrictions ease
Open Covid-19 Update: adapting in times of adversity

Lent and Holy Week 2021
First published 21st January 2021
#LiveLent 2021: God’s Story, Our Story
Open Lent and Holy Week 2021

Rev’d Steve Wilkinson announced as new Area Dean of North Wiltshire Deanery
First published 21st January 2021
The Bishop of Bristol is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev’d Steve Wilkinson as the new Area Dean of North Wiltshire Deanery.  
Open Rev’d Steve Wilkinson announced as new Area Dean of North Wiltshire Deanery

New checklist to help bring your church’s carbon emissions to net zero
First published 21st January 2021
This 'Practical Path to Net Zero checklist' helps you to create a clear and simple action plan to reduce the carbon footprint of your building.
Open New checklist to help bring your church’s carbon emissions to net zero

Five Must-Do Giving Ideas for 2021
First published 19th January 2021
At the start of 2021, here are some ideas to give your parish finances a boost!
Open Five Must-Do Giving Ideas for 2021

Parish Giving Scheme set to launch online platform in March
First published 18th January 2021
This year, the Parish Giving Scheme is making exciting strides in developing the new online giving service that will enable donors to set up regular giving via their website.
Open Parish Giving Scheme set to launch online platform in March

Uganda 2020 Appeal raises over £30,000
First published 18th January 2021
We are delighted to announce that the Bishop’s Christmas Appeal for Uganda in 2020 raised £33,326 for the Archbishop of Uganda’s Emergency Fund.
Open Uganda 2020 Appeal raises over £30,000

Rev Runned Challenge raises almost £6,000
First published 14th January 2021
Rev’d Dr Janet Anderson-MacKenzie ran the overall distance of a marathon to raise money for the Lidbrook Group of Churches in Wiltshire, of which she is the Priest in Charge.
Open Rev Runned Challenge raises almost £6,000

Dr Stephanie Hayton appointed as Adviser for Lay Ministry and Warden of Readers.  
First published 14th January 2021
The role of the Adviser for Lay Ministry is to encourage and develop good practice in all kinds of lay ministry in the Diocese of Bristol.
Open Dr Stephanie Hayton appointed as Adviser for Lay Ministry and Warden of Readers.  

Rev’d Melanie Otto announced as Priest in Charge of St Agnes and St Anne’s
First published 11th January 2021
The Bishop of Bristol, Rt Rev’d Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce that Rev’d Melanie Otto will be the new Priest in Charge of the churches of St Agnes and St Anne’s.
Open Rev’d Melanie Otto announced as Priest in Charge of St Agnes and St Anne’s

Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage: Second Round
First published 7th January 2021
The second round of the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage launches on 7 January 2021.
Open Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage: Second Round

POSTPONED: Re-imagining the church of today and tomorrow
First published 17th December 2020
Please note the workshop ‘Show Up. Speak Out. Stand Against!’ has been postponed.
Open POSTPONED: Re-imagining the church of today and tomorrow

The Joy of the Angels: an accessible online advent service
First published 16th December 2020
An accessible advent service created by Deaf and disabled people and their families, friends and carers from around the Diocese of Bristol is now available to watch online.
Open The Joy of the Angels: an accessible online advent service

Rev’d Mark Nam announced as Minority Ethnic Vocations Champion
First published 16th December 2020
The Bishop of Swindon, the Rt Rev'd Dr Lee Rayfield, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev'd Mark Nam as the Minority Ethnic Vocations Champion for the Diocese of Bristol.
Open Rev’d Mark Nam announced as Minority Ethnic Vocations Champion

Birthday Celebration at Pattern Church
First published 16th December 2020
In December 2020, Pattern Church, one of the Diocese of Bristol's Resourcing Churches, celebrated their second birthday.
Open Birthday Celebration at Pattern Church

New Interim Co-Area Deans for City Deanery Announced
First published 16th December 2020
The Bishop of Bristol, Rt Rev’d Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce that Rev’d Lizzie Kesteven and Rev’d David Stephenson will be the Interim Co-Area Deans for the Bristol City Deanery.
Open New Interim Co-Area Deans for City Deanery Announced

Eco-stable at Christ Church Swindon
First published 10th December 2020
An eco-stable has been built in the church yard at the front of Christ Church Swindon, made with wood from discarded fencing panels and local rubbish sites.
Open Eco-stable at Christ Church Swindon

Carols for Bristol
First published 3rd December 2020
A city-wide online Carol service made by and for the city of Bristol, premiering on Friday 11 December at 7pm.
Open Carols for Bristol

Fromeside church appeal raises over £11,500
First published 3rd December 2020
A Christmas appeal from the Together 4 Fromeside churches has raised over £11,500 to support vulnerable families in eight local primary schools. 
Open Fromeside church appeal raises over £11,500

Revd Trudie Wigley announced as Area Dean of Swindon
First published 2nd December 2020
The Bishop of Bristol is pleased to announce that Revd Trudie Wigley has been appointed Area Dean of Swindon.
Open Revd Trudie Wigley announced as Area Dean of Swindon

Diocesan Synod November 2020 Update
First published 26th November 2020
Diocesan Synod met on 14 November 2020 to review the impact of Creating connections, approve the 2021 budget and prepare for the future.
Open Diocesan Synod November 2020 Update

Advent and Christmas 2020
First published 26th November 2020
Christmas services are going to be looking different this year, but there is still comfort and joy to be found.
Open Advent and Christmas 2020

Remembrance pebbles: A path to commemoration
First published 25th November 2020
This years’ Remembrance Day looked different across Bristol Diocese, and one parish decided to line the path to their church with painted pebbles.
Open Remembrance pebbles: A path to commemoration

Update on the 2020 Uganda Appeal
First published 24th November 2020
The appeal has so far raised almost £10,000 for Ugandan clergy. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far.
Open Update on the 2020 Uganda Appeal

Mental health initiatives across the diocese addressing an increasing need
First published 24th November 2020
Over the course of this year of lockdowns, mental health needs have increased. Across the Diocese, churches have come together to provide resources and to address this need.
Open Mental health initiatives across the diocese addressing an increasing need

Finding comfort and joy in a strange land: Online Advent retreat by Bristol Diocese and Bristol Cathedral
First published 24th November 2020
The Diocese of Bristol and Bristol Cathedral are running an online Advent retreat on Saturday, 28 November 2020, starting at 10am. The theme is “I look from afar: Where and how do we find comfort and joy in a strange land?”
Open Finding comfort and joy in a strange land: Online Advent retreat by Bristol Diocese and Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Diocese wins prestigious Eco Diocese award
First published 19th November 2020
The Diocese of Bristol is excited to announce that it has been awarded  two awards as an Eco Diocese— Silver for its operations, and Bronze in recognition of its wider engagement— from the national environmental charity A Rocha.
Open Bristol Diocese wins prestigious Eco Diocese award

Race, ministry and me
First published 12th November 2020
The Revd Aggy Palairet, curate at St Mary Redcliffe Church, writes about her experiences of race and ministry.
Open Race, ministry and me

Living in Love and Faith resources published
First published 10th November 2020
The Church of England has published a landmark set of resources drawing together the Bible, theology, science and history.
Open Living in Love and Faith resources published

Transforming Church: Discovering how to be a better church for everyone
First published 9th November 2020
The Diocese of Bristol is about to embark on a twelve-month review of our vision and priorities, seeking what Christ is calling us to be and to do in the coming years.
Open Transforming Church: Discovering how to be a better church for everyone

Cathedral bell rings call to prayer during lockdown
First published 5th November 2020
From today, Thursday 5 November, Bristol Cathedral will ring a bell at 6pm every evening as a call to prayer for the city.
Open Cathedral bell rings call to prayer during lockdown

Transforming church. A message from the Bishop of Bristol.
First published 4th November 2020
The Bishop of Bristol announced a new focus of work for the upcoming months, to shape the future of the Diocese of Bristol.
Open Transforming church. A message from the Bishop of Bristol.

Diocesan Synod Nov 2020 Papers
First published 3rd November 2020
Papers for the Diocesan Synod meeting to be held on Zoom on 14 November 2020
Open Diocesan Synod Nov 2020 Papers

Churchwarden events in November 2020
First published 21st October 2020
News and event booking links for churchwarden events in November 2020
Open Churchwarden events in November 2020

Race, ministry and me
First published 20th October 2020
The Revd Anjali Kanagaratnam writes about her experiences of race and ministry.
Open Race, ministry and me

Introducing our new lay ministers
First published 19th October 2020
Seven new lay ministers were licensed in Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 17 October.
Open Introducing our new lay ministers

Introducing our new priests
First published 16th October 2020
The Right Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, ordained 13 new priests over four services in Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 10 October.
Open Introducing our new priests

Chaplain for the Arts supports creatives in new ways during the pandemic
First published 16th October 2020
Artists and creatives from Bristol and surrounding areas have been meeting virtually since April to share their experiences of lockdown.
Open Chaplain for the Arts supports creatives in new ways during the pandemic

Diocese of Bristol to license seven new Lay Ministers
First published 15th October 2020
On 17 October, the Diocese of Bristol is licensing seven new Licensed Lay Ministers in a socially distanced service at Bristol Cathedral.
Open Diocese of Bristol to license seven new Lay Ministers

Stats for Mission 2020; because people count
First published 14th October 2020
Celebrating the ministry of the church in 2020.
Open Stats for Mission 2020; because people count

LecDeck goes digital!
First published 14th October 2020
New app launched to encourage young people to explore the Bible in new ways.
Open LecDeck goes digital!

Education Newsletter October 2020
First published 13th October 2020
Education Newsletter October 2020
Open Education Newsletter October 2020

St. Andrew’s, Castle Combe receives lifeline grant
First published 12th October 2020
Almost 450 heritage organisations in England, including St. Andrew’s Church have been awarded cash from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage.
Open St. Andrew’s, Castle Combe receives lifeline grant

Introducing our new deacons and Assistant Curate
First published 12th October 2020
The Right Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, ordained 10 new deacons over four services in Bristol Cathedral on Sunday 11 October.
Open Introducing our new deacons and Assistant Curate

Diocese of Bristol to ordain 23 people in a weekend of celebration
First published 8th October 2020
During eight services in Bristol Cathedral over the coming weekend, the Bishop of Bristol and the Bishop of Swindon will ordain 23 candidates as priests and deacons.
Open Diocese of Bristol to ordain 23 people in a weekend of celebration

Uganda 2020 Appeal
First published 6th October 2020
The Bishops are appealing for help to support clergy families in Uganda 2020 with food and vital supplies this Christmas.
Open Uganda 2020 Appeal

Soon to be vicar successfully crowdfunds for ordination stole in remembrance of father
First published 6th October 2020
Mark Nam, Assistant-Curate at St. Anne’s in Oldland and United Church in Longwell Green, will be ordained as a Deacon on Sunday 11th October in Bristol Cathedral.
Open Soon to be vicar successfully crowdfunds for ordination stole in remembrance of father

Installation of the Revd Canon Dr Mandy Ford as Dean of Bristol marks a first for the Church of England
First published 24th September 2020
On Saturday 3 October at 3.30pm, the Revd Dr Mandy Ford will be instituted and installed as the 43rd Dean of Bristol.
Open Installation of the Revd Canon Dr Mandy Ford as Dean of Bristol marks a first for the Church of England

South Bristol church offers support to local food bank
First published 24th September 2020
St Martin’s Church, Knowle is now running the food bank set up by Knowle Park Primary school at the start of lockdown.
Open South Bristol church offers support to local food bank

New church building in Swindon welcomes live worship or the first time
First published 23rd September 2020
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

Village raises £250 for local church with a lockdown veg box initiative
First published 23rd September 2020
During lockdown, residents in Slaughterford started a village vegetable box, raising money for St Nicholas Church, after teaming together to create thriving allotments.
Open Village raises £250 for local church with a lockdown veg box initiative

BAME Clergy in Bristol Diocese – Who are they?
First published 22nd September 2020
You are probably aware that there are a number of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (“BAME”) clergy in Bristol Diocese. If, however, I was to ask you to identify some of them, you might struggle.
Open BAME Clergy in Bristol Diocese – Who are they?

New church building in Swindon opens for live worship on Sunday
First published 18th September 2020
Pattern Church is a new church in the historic Great Western Railways Pattern Store building in the centre of Swindon.
Open New church building in Swindon opens for live worship on Sunday

‘Deconstructed’ environment conference online this October
First published 17th September 2020
The planned Church Action in a Climate Emergency conference fell into the beginning of lockdown. But now it’s moving online as a ‘deconstructed’ conference throughout late October & early November. 
Open ‘Deconstructed’ environment conference online this October

Churches celebrating the Season of Creation
First published 17th September 2020
We are now over half way through the Season of Creation, and many churches have planned services focusing on God’s creation and our shared environment.
Open Churches celebrating the Season of Creation

Bishop Viv's week in the House of Lords
First published 4th September 2020
Parliament returned from recess this week and met on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 September.
Open Bishop Viv's week in the House of Lords

Re-imagining the church of today and tomorrow: In conversation with Ben Lindsay
First published 26th August 2020
Ben Lindsay, author of We Need To Talk About Race comes to the Cathedral in October for a series of workshops with church leaders in the Diocese of Bristol.
Open Re-imagining the church of today and tomorrow: In conversation with Ben Lindsay

Mothers Union Wave of Prayer 7 - 9 September 2020
First published 26th August 2020
This September, the Bristol Mothers Union (MU) is inviting members of the Diocese of Bristol to join them in three days of prayer.
Open Mothers Union Wave of Prayer 7 - 9 September 2020

Ride+Stride given go ahead for Saturday 12 September 2020
First published 26th August 2020
Over 40 churches in the Diocese of Bristol are excited to join with 90 churches in Salisbury in this years Wiltshire Ride+Stride.
Open Ride+Stride given go ahead for Saturday 12 September 2020

Holy Trinity, Stapleton to share in funding payout from the National Churches Trust
First published 26th August 2020
Holy Trinity, Stapleton was been awarded a £15,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant to help fund roof repairs in their Grade II listed building.
Open Holy Trinity, Stapleton to share in funding payout from the National Churches Trust

Revd Kat Campion-Spall announced as Dean of Women’s Ministry
First published 25th August 2020
The Bishop of Bristol, Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, is pleased to appoint Revd Kat Campion-Spall as Dean of Women’s Ministry.
Open Revd Kat Campion-Spall announced as Dean of Women’s Ministry

Revd Mary Gubbins announced as SSM Team Vicar in the Greater Corsham and Lacock Team
First published 23rd August 2020
The Bishop of Bristol, Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce that Revd Mary Gubbins has been appointed to the post of part-time SSM (Self-Supporting Minister) Team Vicar in the Greater Corsham and Lacock Team.
Open Revd Mary Gubbins announced as SSM Team Vicar in the Greater Corsham and Lacock Team

Mini Festival, Friendly Stage, to take place in Bristol churches during August Bank Holiday Weekend
First published 21st August 2020
The ‘Friendly Stage Mini Festival’ is a miniature Greenbelt-like event over three days, on the theme of ‘A Better World is Possible’.
Open Mini Festival, Friendly Stage, to take place in Bristol churches during August Bank Holiday Weekend

Could you or someone you know represent the Diocese at General Synod?
First published 19th August 2020
There is an opportunity for someone to represent the Diocese in the General Synod for one year.
Open Could you or someone you know represent the Diocese at General Synod?

Learning through the Pandemic
First published 17th August 2020
Diocese of Bristol learning event for clergy and church leadership.
Open Learning through the Pandemic

Church buildings might be open but church is happening outside
First published 17th August 2020
Across the region, churches have been holding services outside in a variety of places.
Open Church buildings might be open but church is happening outside

Worms and worship at St Mary’s
First published 10th August 2020
St Mary’s Marshfield is working towards an Eco Church award, as they thoughtfully extend their Christian stewardship activities to care for the planet and for each other.
Open Worms and worship at St Mary’s

Bringing wildness to the suburbs
First published 10th August 2020
While the church has been closed during the coronavirus lockdown, members of St Peter’s Henleaze have taken the opportunity to transform their church grounds into a more welcoming environment for wildlife and neighbours alike. 
Open Bringing wildness to the suburbs

Revd Canon Dr Rod Symmons announced as Interim Minister for the Bradley Stoke Parish
First published 31st July 2020
The Bishop of Bristol, Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce that Revd Canon Dr Rod Symmons has been appointed as Interim Minister for the Bradley Stoke Parish.
Open Revd Canon Dr Rod Symmons announced as Interim Minister for the Bradley Stoke Parish

Bishop of Bristol appointed in national safeguarding role
First published 30th July 2020
It was announced yesterday that the Bishop of Bristol, Rt Revd Vivienne Faull has been appointed a deputy lead bishop for safeguarding.
Open Bishop of Bristol appointed in national safeguarding role

Local church hosts special drive-in service for worshippers, in Sainsbury’s car park
First published 29th July 2020
St Michael’s Church, Stoke Gifford, teamed up with Sainsbury’s East Filton, to put on a drive-in church service on Sunday 26 July.
Open Local church hosts special drive-in service for worshippers, in Sainsbury’s car park

Season of Creation - September 2020
First published 28th July 2020
This September marks the Season of Creation. A wonderful opportunity for us all to pay special attention to the responsibility of humanity for the earth and for all that lives upon it.
Open Season of Creation - September 2020

Caring for the environment during this time of distancing
First published 28th July 2020
The coronavirus outbreak has changed daily life for us all. This article gives 5 top tips to help us consider our environmental impact at this time. 
Open Caring for the environment during this time of distancing

Local Minister’s community garden featured on BBC Gardener’s World
First published 27th July 2020
On Friday 24 July, a film clip of the Rev Hazel Trapnell’s garden was featured on BBC Gardeners World.
Open Local Minister’s community garden featured on BBC Gardener’s World

Churches in Avonside come together for a virtual afternoon tea and prayer
First published 24th July 2020
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

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