Please find all the latest news from the Diocese of Bristol
Please find all the latest news from the Diocese of Bristol
A huge congratulations to Christopher Hunter and Wayne Callum who were ordained as Priest and Deacon at the stunning Bristol Cathedral by Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol on Thursday. Please pray for them .
Please read Rt Reverend Vivienne Faull's address to Synod on 7 September 2022.
Please read this latest guidance on how to save money and energy in your parishes and churches.
Join our special workshop at St Paul's Church in Chippenham and find out how to support people from Hong Kong who are settling in Bristol
Find out more about two events being run by The Rt Hon. Lord Paul Boateng and Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng on 5th October 2022 and book your place now!
You are invited to take part in a Church of England webinar next week to find out more about the Church Development Tool which is now open and available for all churches to use via A Church Near You.
Canon Andrew, 51, is currently the Interim Dean of Gloucester and will take up the role of Dean of Norwich at the end of January.
Congratulations to the Bishop of St Albans, Alan Smith, who has been appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury as Convenor of the Lords Spiritual.
Please find below, a prayer from Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol on the proclamation of King Charles III.
It is with deep sadness that I have heard of the death this evening of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The UK climate in 2050 is going to look quite different to how it is now. We will be facing hotter summers, more wet winters, more extreme storms and multiple other changes.
Congratulations to Suzanne Grindrod who has been appointed as the new Priest in charge of the Draycot Benefice within the North Wiltshire Mission Area.
LLMs have been trained and authorised to teach the faith, offer Christian leadership, and enable mission. They live out their faith in communities, churches and workplaces.
Why not visit to find out more about the Cathedral’s connections to the transatlantic trade of enslaved people and have your say about what the Cathedral should do next.
Find out more about our new curacy opportunity with the Woodbridge Group of Churches Now!
We hope and pray you receive the results you are hoping for from Bishop Viv and everyone at the Diocese of Bristol!
An exciting opportunity awaits the right person to serve their curacy in the Greenways Benefice, Chippenham, Wiltshire.
Does your church offer contactless giving yet? If not, now is the time to apply before the deadline of 7th September 2022.
Having grown up in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and been involved with the Bristol Uganda link for several years, Revd Janet Lee has recently been appointed as the new link coordinator for the Bristol West Deanery.
Remembering The Reverend Hilary Blancharde, who was the assistant priest at Holy Trinity Church, Horfield in Bristol and has sadly died after a year’s illness with cancer.
The congregation of United Church in Longwell Green will commemorate the coming together of the two churches with a 40th anniversary celebration on Sunday 11th September.
Last weekend on 14 August, there was a service to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Mothers' Union at St Philip the Deacon in Stratton.
The Diocese of Bristol has just released a short resource to help churches to host warm spaces through the coming winter.
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is now well underway with lots of fun for all the family until Sunday so why not check out their website for full details!
We are pleased to announce Dr Ruth Valerio as the keynote speaker for our upcoming conference: Creation Restored: Ministry in a time of Climate Crisis
The Bishop of Bristol, The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, is hosting a 3-day conference for licensed clergy in the Diocese of Bristol at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick on 11 to 13 October
Ali Rowe has been involved with the Diocese of Bristol link with Uganda for over 10 years. After acting as the link coordinator for the Bristol West Deanery for several years, she is now leaving the role to become the link coordinator for the Kingswood and South Gloucestershire Deanery.
New resources have been launched, from debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty, to help churches respond to UK poverty.
Last month, St Augustine of Canterbury in Even Swindon and St Paul's Church in Southville were featured on a BBC article, after they kept their buildings open during the July heatwave.
A huge welcome to Esther Williams who has joined us recently as a Safeguarding Caseworker.
Remembering Roy Hackett OBE, a Civil Rights Pioneer who has sadly died aged 93 by Rashida Hartley, Racial Justice Project Officer
This incredible event which is taking place from 11th to 14th August attracts over 100 hot air balloons and 500,000 visitors over the four days.
A huge well done to Bishop Lee for completing his charity cycle - please keep donating!
Congratulations to The Very Revd Dominic Barrington, the next Dean of York
We have several new exciting roles within our Diocesan Support Services Team - apply now!
Bishops of Bristol and South Sudan exchange rings of reconciliation at the Lambeth Conference
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.
Congratulations to Reverend Kat Campion-Spall.
A Zoom conversation on 9 June, led by Rhona Knight and Revd Dr Simon Taylor.
More than 70 people attended the fun-filled activity day held at St Michael's Centre last week on Thursday 21 July.
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.
This event has been cancelled
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 launched in January 2022 and has since supported 43 young people aged 16 - 24 across Bristol.
Rashida Hartley, Racial Justice Officer for the Bristol Diocese, reflects on ‘Lament to Action' workshop at Sarum College.
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.
Alexander Kubeyinje has been appointed as the Church of England's new permanent national director of safeguarding.
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.
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.
Congratulations and welcome to Jane Vause who has joined the Diocese recently as our new Director of Transformation.
The Energy Footprint Tool allows all churches around the country to enter their utility bills and find out their "carbon footprint".
We are thrilled to celebrate with Hazelnut Community Farm, as they become the first church in the Southwest to receive a Gold Eco Award
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? 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.
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 opened a new food distribution centre at St Timothy's, Dorcan Church on 8 July.
A lecture given at St James the Great, Dauntsey, Wiltshire, England on 15th June 2022 by Revd Dr Simon Taylor.
This Plastic Free July, Christian charity ECCR is asking individuals to contact their bank about the global plastic crisis.
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.
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.
Congratulations to the Right Reverend Doctor Eleanor Sanderson who has been appointed as Suffragan Bishop of Hull in the Diocese of York
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
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
The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, will ordain 20 candidates as priests and deacons at Bristol Cathedral over the coming weekend.
An interactive six-week course has just been released to help churches welcome new arrivals in the UK from Hong Kong.
BRF is delighted to introduce a groundbreaking course to help churches equip leaders and members for ministry to older people.
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
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!
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
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
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.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our Parish Share survey!
We are now halfway through our Continuing Ministerial Development Summer 2022 Programme, but there are still opportunities to get involved!
A course to deepen faith, explore the Christian tradition and equip for ministry.
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!
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.
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
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 Rev Errol's Story
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
Happy Father's Day to all you wonderful dads, we hope you have a lovely day with your precious children.
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
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
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
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
You are now able to read Bishop of Bristol's Presidential Address at the most recent Diocesan Synod on Saturday 12 June.