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Nativity characters mingle with shoppers in Yate

First published 19th December 2017

Children from the Yate area are learning more about the Christmas story by bumping into various characters from the Nativity as they shop for presents or visit Santa in the Yate Shopping Centre. 

Baby Jesus Rocks in Westbury Park

First published 12th December 2017

Hand-painted stones featuring a sleeping baby Jesus have been left scattered around Westbury Park. The miniature artwork is the brain-child of Revd Emma Langley, vicar of St Alban Westbury Park.

Disarmed by the unbelievable truth - Rt Revd Lee Rayfield

First published 11th December 2017

As Advent moves to the celebration of Christmas, Bishop Lee reflects on its life transforming nature.Can I understand why so many people find the tenets of the Christian faith impossible to believe? Of course I can. Accepting that there is a Creator

Cathedral completes restoration of Victorian Rose Window

First published 4th December 2017

Bristol Cathedral has unveiled its Victorian Rose Window, which has been newly restored and repaired after gift given by a donor wishing to remain anonymous.

Saying 'yes' to God - Rev Dr Emma Ineson

First published 29th November 2017

In our latest blog, Revd Dr Emma Ineson, Principal of Trinity College Bristol, reflects on stepping out in faith when God calls us.

The new 'A Church Near You'

First published 27th November 2017

Exciting changes are coming to the popular A Church Near You website - including the chance for parishes to use it to create their own free and bespoke website.

Doing church in pubs - Revd Nick Hay

First published 22nd November 2017

In our latest blog, Revd Canon Nick Hay, Area Dean of Bristol South Deanery, explores finding a church community in the pub.

Have you signed up for Hope Bristol 2018?

First published 22nd November 2017

Bishop Lee has been speaking about HOPE Bristol 2018, the five-day youth led mission.

Hope for South Sudanese refugees this Christmas

First published 22nd November 2017

Revd Chris Dobson, Global Partnership Officer for the Diocese of Bristol, on how we can help the Diocese of North Uganda support the South Sudanese refugees.

The Happiness Lab

First published 22nd November 2017

On the day after the covenant for the Avonside Mission Area was signed, a dozen delegates for the Happiness Laboratory met for their first session in the Tithe Barn in Shirehampton. 

Does Santa need a DBS check?

First published 21st November 2017

With a little over a month until Christmas, some churches may be thinking of recruiting a volunteer Father Christmas for a Santas Grotto.

Advent and Christmas Prayers 2017

First published 21st November 2017

Advent is a season of expectation and preparation, as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and also looks ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time.This booklet of daily readings and prayers

New Church of England website launches

First published 16th November 2017

The Church of England launched its new-look website this week. Adrian Harris, Head of Digital Communications at the Church of England, explains why a redesign was needed and what to expect from the new site.

Visible Discipleship - launch of Social Justice Network

First published 16th November 2017

People with a passion for social justice gathered together for the launch of a new network aiming to teach and inspire them earlier this month.

Social Justice Network launch

First published 6th November 2017

Visible Discipleship: A Discussion Panel. How do we understand the relationship between social action and evangelism?

Expecting perfection - Revd Kat Campion-Spall

First published 31st October 2017

In our latest blog, Revd Kat Campion-Spall, Associate Vicar of St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol, thinks about how we aim for perfection.

Connecting with God through the Lens

First published 26th October 2017

Encountering God through the Lens - an accompanied photographic pilgrimage to Uganda 25 January to 5 February 2018Led by Walter Dirks and Chris Dobson, this trip is an opportunity to develop your photographic skills as part of a spiritual j

Meet the CEMES workers 2017

First published 24th October 2017

The Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme (CEMES) offers year-long placements in churches around the country for young adults aged under 30.

Hope Bristol 2018 Launch Sunday

First published 20th October 2017

HOPE Bristol 2018 is a five-day youth led mission (3 to 7 April 2018) partnering local churches with around 800 young people from across the country to show God's love in practical ways across Bristol. Over the five-day mission, teams of yo

How big can you dream or imagine? - Revd Lee Barnes

First published 20th October 2017

In this first of a series of blogs by people from around the Diocese of Bristol, Revd Lee Barnes, Priest-in-charge of Holy Trinity Hotwells and St Stephens Church in Bristol, reflects on what it means to dream big.

Stats for Mission 2016 figures released

First published 20th October 2017

Thank you to all who submitted your Stats for Mission forms for 2016. In total we received submissions from 89% of parishes in the Diocese of Bristol.Accurate information about levels of Church of England attendance and participation is vital.

Bristol Cathedral holds special Faith and Politics lectures

First published 19th October 2017

Bristol Cathedral is holding two special lectures addressing faith and politics in our post-Trump, post-Brexit society.

Parish Giving Scheme launched across Diocese

First published 19th October 2017

The Diocese of Bristol is now offering churches the opportunity to join the Parish Giving Scheme.

Mission-Minded Christians invited to join inner city mission

First published 18th October 2017

St Anne's Church Eastville in Bristol has established a Mission Team and is looking for mission-minded Christians, eager to be involved in exploring inner city mission with them.

Letting go of your worries

First published 17th October 2017

Ven Christine Froude, Archdeacon of Malmesbury, writes on holding on to worries:A young woman confidently walked around the room while carrying, in her raised hand, a glass of water.

Avonside Mission Area churches sign covenant

First published 3rd October 2017

Members of churches in the Avonside Mission Area have gathered to celebrate the signing of their covenant.

A thank you from Bishop Mike

First published 27th September 2017

Bishop Mike and Anthea Hill have written the following thanks following the farewell service at Bristol Cathedral.

Can the Church of England learn anything from British Cycling?

First published 21st September 2017

In this months message Bishop Lee asks whether there is more to marginal gains than making small incremental changes.

Connections: Nook Pods

First published 21st September 2017

Members of All Saints Church in Crudwell have found a novel way to create more usable space within the building.The church has started using a Nook Pod a specially built modular space on wheels which can be used for childrens activities, private con

Connections: Christians Against Poverty

First published 21st September 2017

Churches in Bristol have been helping people struggling with financial worries through the work of Christians Against Poverty (CAP).

Connections: Spending a Penny on Poverty

First published 21st September 2017

Toilets across Marshfield have been twinned with loos in Uganda through the efforts of church members at St Marys.Organisers of the annual Lenten Lunches had initially wanted to twin the church's two new toilets with ones in the Link Diocese. Donation

Connections: Text a Prayer

First published 20th September 2017

People in need of prayer can send their requests by text message to a mobile phone number set up by St Augustines Church, Swindon.

RunAlpha 2017

First published 19th September 2017

As we seek to Make disciples we must focus on evangelism, witness and inviting people to explore and respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ.

FREE Christmas HOPE magazines

First published 14th September 2017

Comedian and actor Miranda Hart, Sky Sports and former Blue Peter presenter Simon Thomas, and toy store entrepreneur Gary Grant are among those featured in the 2017 Christmas HOPE magazine.

Share a meal with World Vision

First published 14th September 2017

This autumn bring people together with food.

Reflections on a 12-hour prayer vigil

First published 25th August 2017

Earlier this week, Janey Hiller and Helen Collins held a 12-hour prayer vigil for the Diocese at Hillside House.

Ballot for tickets to Bishop Mike's farewell service

First published 22nd August 2017

Extra tickets have been released for the Bishop of Bristol's farewell service next month.

Parish Share and Encouraging Generosity seminars

First published 22nd August 2017

Meeting your Parish Share commitment can be a challenge. You may have questions about how your church can encourage generosity and resource its ministry and mission.

Book a place at the Parish Giving Scheme launch

First published 22nd August 2017

From September Bristol Diocese will be joining this nationwide scheme to support church giving.

A letter to parishes from Bishop Mike

First published 22nd August 2017

As the Rt Revd Mike Hill prepares to retire as Bishop of Bristol on 30 September 2017, he has written a final letter to parishes in the Diocese of Bristol.

Bishop's bike ride raises £2k for Bristol Hope 2018

First published 21st August 2017

Bishop Lee and a group of cyclists from the Diocese of Bristol have raised more than 2,000 towards Hope Bristol 2018, a five-day mission coming to Bristol next April.

Statement by Bishop Mike regarding Charlottesville

First published 16th August 2017

A statement by the Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Mike Hill, regarding the recent events in Charlottesville.

St Stephen's Southmead opens doors as Make Lunch Kitchen

First published 15th August 2017

In the first two weeks of the school summer holidays, St Stephens in Southmead opened its doors for the first time as a Make Lunch Kitchen.

Reformation and Renewal

First published 10th August 2017

This year marks the 500th Anniversary of the ReformationIn 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the doors of the Cathedral in Wittenborg.

Work begins to restore Bristol Cathedral's Rose Window

First published 7th August 2017

Work has begun to restore and repair Bristol Cathedrals Rose Window after an anonymous donor made a gift of 125,000, the largest philanthropic gift since the rebuilding of the Nave in the 1860s.

People with memory problems helped by church cafe

First published 21st July 2017

People with memory problems in Bristol are being invited to a monthly cafe at Holy Trinity Church, Hotwells each month.

Virtual 3D tour of Dauntsey church

First published 21st July 2017

Virtual technology is giving a new view of the parish church in Dauntsey.

Pilgrimage: Ancient Civilisations of Sicily

First published 20th July 2017

Bishop Mike and the Archdeacon, Christine Froude, will lead a group of pilgrims on a tour of Sicily next year.Sicily has been conquered and settled by different peoples over thousands of years: Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Norma

DAC visit churches of special interest

First published 20th July 2017

Once a year the Archdeacon arranges for the Diocesan Advisory Committee to visit churches of special interest which this year was an unusual group in central Bristol.

Bishop's bike ride to raise funds for Hope Bristol 2018

First published 20th July 2017

Bishop Lee will be leading a group of seven cyclists around all the churches of North Wilts Deanery as they raise money for HOPE Bristol 2018, a five-day mission coming to Bristol next April.

Success for Bristol projects with Church Urban Fund grants

First published 20th July 2017

Two local projects have successfully received grants from the Church Urban Funds Near Neighbours scheme.

What one thing can you do to increase church giving by 20%?

First published 20th July 2017

Simple just sign up to the Parish Giving Scheme! When run alongside a church-wide giving review, gifts to the church increase on average by 20%. The scheme helps with static giving and reduces administration too.

A living word which cannot be constrained

First published 12th July 2017

This month Bishop Lee tells how one boys life is having a transforming impact for the Kingdom of God.

Rural Ministry - Strategies for mission

First published 12th July 2017

The Archbishops Council of the Church of England has recently published a new report on rural mission and growth.

Near Neighbours Grant Fund Relaunches for 2017

First published 10th July 2017

The Near Neighbours small grants fund, run by the Church Urban Fund, has now reopened with new guidelines.

Ordination Services 2017

First published 3rd July 2017

The weekend of the 1 July saw the ordination of nine new deacons and seven new priests to serve across our Diocese in a variety of contexts.

Pilot of contactless payments for church donations

First published 28th June 2017

The Church of England has announced plans to trial "tap and go" contactless payment systems for donations.Starting this summer, around 40 churches will be equipped with handheld terminals to process card payments.

Statement by Bishop Mike on the Peter Ball report

First published 23rd June 2017

Statement by Bishop Mike on the publication of the independent report by Dame Moira Gibb into the Church's handling of the Bishop Peter Ball case.

Connect Session: One month on…

First published 22nd June 2017

A month ago today, around 80 people gathered at St Michael's in Stoke Gifford to discuss funding options for their church projects.

Lord Joffe of Liddington

First published 21st June 2017

The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Mike Hill, has said he is very sorry to learn of the death of Lord Joffe, a resident of the Diocese. 

Giving for Life: Are you continuing the journey?

First published 20th June 2017

Giving for Life: Continuing the Journey is a helpful guide for PCC's to do a quick and easy health check of their parishes stewardship practices.

Parish Share: Growing through Faith

First published 20th June 2017

It has been really encouraging to witness the number of parishes who have prayerfully committed to give generously in Parish Share to support the work and ministry of sister churches across the Diocese in 2017.

New Mission Areas launched

First published 20th June 2017

Two new Mission Areas have been launched in the Diocese of Bristol.

Horfield Primary named Literacy School of the Year

First published 16th June 2017

Horfield Church of England Primary School in Bristol has been named as the 2016-17 UKLA Literacy School of the Year.

Everesting challenge for church

First published 15th June 2017

Determined cyclist Rich Wiles-Teoh has cycled the height of Everest to raise funds for St Andrews Church in Castle Combe.

Ability Sunday 2017

First published 15th June 2017

Ability Sunday - 10 September 2017 An inclusive and accessible day for churches that celebrates the gifts of all Ability Sunday is about celebrating the gifts of disabled people and working for more accessible and inclusive church.

Supporting Safeguarding service

First published 13th June 2017

'Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute.' Proverbs 31:8Safeguarding officers and clergy from across the Diocese gathered in St Mary Redcliffe Church yesterday where they were thanked and commissioned by Bishop Mike

Yet for your sake…

First published 13th June 2017

As I write the Church remembers St. Barnabas referred to by St Luke as a son of encouragement. The background is as simple as it is challenging.

Statement by the Church of England on marriage in Scottish Episcopal Church

First published 9th June 2017

Following the vote by the General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church to change to its canon on marriage to include same-sex couples, a spokesperson for the Church of England said:

Jones Mutemwakwenda : God's Calling

First published 8th June 2017

My name is Jones Mutemwakwenda. I am married to Gladys with four children. I am the Priest In Charge of All Hallows Easton an Anglo Catholic Church in the heart of Bristol. We are a welcoming, all aged community drawn from the parish, the Diocese and

The Church at the Glastonbury Festival

First published 2nd June 2017

Lee Barnes, Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity and St Stephens in Bristol, is a member of the Organising Committee at the Glastonbury Festival.

undivided: Windows on the Reformation

First published 1st June 2017

Following on its successful programme, Windows on Medieval Devotion, Bristol Cathedral is running a new programme of lectures titled Windows on the Reformation. This year marks a significant anniversary.

DAC Awards for church projects

First published 25th May 2017

Four parishes in the Diocese of Bristol have been given recognition in the first round of DAC Awards.

Bishop Mike on the Manchester attack

First published 24th May 2017

A message from the Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Mike Hill, in response to the attack in Manchester.

Consecration of the new Bishop of West Ankole

First published 23rd May 2017

This Sunday (28 May) Bishop Mike Hill, with his wife Anthea, alongside Archdeacon Christine Froude will be attending the consecration of the new Bishop of West Ankole.

Youth and Children training responses

First published 22nd May 2017

Earlier this month, a number of people took part in The Key, a training session run by Dan Jones, Youth and Children's Adviser at the Diocese of Bristol.

Church toddler group proves hit after first session

First published 22nd May 2017

A new toddler group at St John the Baptist, Colerne, is already proving a success after its first session. This month the church launched Sparkles, aimed at children under five, and has already seen 26 children come along.

Bishops' Visitations 2017

First published 19th May 2017

Churchwardens from across the diocese gathered at three Visitations services during May to celebrate and affirm their ministry and formally take up their offices for another year.The services were led by Bishop Lee and included the legal sw

Creating a culture of invitiation

First published 19th May 2017

Logo for Season of Invitation showing drawn icons of envelope, church and heart. Three out of four Christians know who they would invite to church if they were prompted to do so.

'Too much politics'

First published 18th May 2017

With the up-coming General Election next month, the Revd Canon Professor Martin Gainsborough, Canon Theologian at Bristol Cathedral, shares his thoughts on what we need to live in harmony with others. [Readings: Acts 7: 55 to end

Ministry Experience Scheme (MES)

First published 17th May 2017

Do you want to explore whether God is calling you to ministry in the Church of England by gaining experience of what it is really like?

Bishop Lee: Wisdom for living

First published 17th May 2017

Of proverbs, axioms, parables and wisdom for living.

Christian Aid award for dedicated fundraiser

First published 16th May 2017

The energy and commitment of a Christian Aid supporter who attends St Mary's Church, Purton, has been recognised with a national award.

Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme

First published 16th May 2017

The Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) allows parishes to claim a Gift-Aid style repayment to be received on small cash and contactless donations of 20 or less.

Thy Kingdom Come - Ten Days to Go

First published 12th May 2017

Every day around the world God's people raise their voices in prayer for the coming of the Kingdom. It is for this we long for.

Hands project marks 1,300 years of church

First published 12th May 2017

A community project marking the 1,300th anniversary of Holy Trinity Church in Westbury-on-Trym is nearing its final stages with the help of the villages primary school children.

Connections: Growing Leaders

First published 8th May 2017

As people learn to serve and follow Christ, they will be looking for practical opportunities to use their gifts.

Connections: Lent Course

First published 5th May 2017

Small groups are a great chance in the life of the church for people to share the opportunities and challenges they face in following Christ in all of life.

Connections: Season of Invitation

First published 5th May 2017

Most people would not now come to church without an invitation from a friend - even if they had attended in the past.

Connections: Messy Church

First published 5th May 2017

One challenge facing churches is how to provide services that engage with families and which are fun and creative.

Connections: Alpha Course

First published 4th May 2017

The Alpha course, which invites people to explore what the Christian faith means for them, has recently introduced The Alpha Film Series and Youth Film Series to engage with new people attending the sessions.

Safeguarding audit emphasises Diocese's culture and progress

First published 3rd May 2017

An independent audit into safeguarding arrangements within the Diocese has highlighted the Dioceses culture of getting safeguarding right, commitment to ongoing improvement and quality of support to parishes.

Connected conference 2017

First published 29th April 2017

Below you'll find videos of the main speakers from the day - Revd Dr Sam Wells, Very Revd Heidi Kinner, Mary Hawes, Jimmy Dale and Rt Revd Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol.

Godparents' Sunday boosts family service

First published 28th April 2017

Godparents Sunday is a response to research undertaken on behalf of the Archbishops Council looking at parents real experiences and expectations around the baptism of their child.

Obituary: Revd Pauline Wall

First published 25th April 2017

Revd Canon Gwyn Owen has written a few words about Pauline Wall, who died recently: Revd Pauline Wall was a faithful servant of the Church. She was a Deacon for many years before ordained priest at Bristol Cathedral in 1994.

Changes to the Heritage Lottery Fund grants

First published 24th April 2017

The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced major changes to the way in which churches apply for funding, including the closure of the Grants for Places of Worship scheme later this year.

Obituary: Tim Berry 1945 - 2017

First published 20th April 2017

Tim Berry, the former registrar for the Diocese of Bristol, has died following a short illness. Tim was articled to the late Charles Wyndham Harris, and became a partner in Harris & Harris upon qualification as a solicitor in 1970.

The Great Get Together in honour of Jo Cox

First published 20th April 2017

Churches, faith groups and community organisations are being invited to team up with Church Urban Funds Near Neighbours programme to host street parties, picnics and bake-offs in tribute to the late MP Jo Cox.

Rt Revd Michael Francis Perham 1947-2017

First published 19th April 2017

The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Mike Hill, writes: Many including myself will be very sorry to hear of the death of Michael Perham who died earlier this week.

Bishop Mike: Everything matters

First published 18th April 2017

I just got back from a teaching schedule in a variety of contexts which has been fascinating.

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