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Dean's Sermon: After the Primates Meeting

First published 28th January 2016

Sermon preached in Bristol Cathedral on Sunday 24th January, 2016 by the Very Revd David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol CathedralLuke 4:14-21Just over a week ago, the shadow leader of the House of Commons, a man called Chris Bryant, left the Church of Englan


Do we really believe in prayer?

First published 27th January 2016

On Wednesday 23rd December, I had scheduled into my diary a day of prayer for the work of vocations across the diocese of Bristol.


Church Publishes 2014 Attendance Statistics

First published 18th January 2016

New Church of England statistics for 2014 show that just under one million people attend services each week.


Generosity overwhelms following refugee appeal

First published 18th January 2016

Generosity has overwhelmed the Church in Westbury Park (St Albans CofE and Westbury Park Methodist) after it put out an appeal last week for warm winter clothing for refugees in Northern Iraq and Syria.


Wroughton Passion Play

First published 18th January 2016

The Easter story is coming to Wroughton. Swindon-based theatre company Gatecrash Theatre has joined forces with Wroughton Parish Church and the Bible Society, to put on a new version of the Passion Play.


Bishop's Letter: A season for curiosity, time and courage

First published 18th January 2016

As we are invited to make Lent a particular season for prayer across the diocese, Bishop Lee reflects on our struggles to listen to God and how we might grow in our practice of prayer.


Walking Together in the Service of God

First published 18th January 2016

Senior Bishops from the Anglican Communion met last week to discuss a number of issues. Following the meeting, which included representatives from 38 Anglican Provinces.


Knowing me, knowing you

First published 14th January 2016

Not unsurprisingly personality and character form part of the selection criteria for ministry in the Church of England. However I also think they are also key to life and relationships.


Young people, drugs and alcohol...

First published 13th January 2016

Substance misuse among under-18s in the UK is always a cause for concern with stories of teenagers drinking alcohol, smoking cannabis, or using drugs never far from the headlines.


Growing Faith through Generosity

First published 13th January 2016

We are all on a journey of faith; wherever we are on that journey, and no matter how far we have travelled, we are seeking to be Disciples of Christ.


Dinosaurs, Daleks and the Holy Family

First published 29th December 2015

Two days after celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth this seems a good time to talk about him, especially following recent research on what people think about Jesus and his followers.


Hearing God's Call at Christmas

First published 22nd December 2015

When you have sat through as many nativity plays as I have as a primary school teacher, a Church Families Worker,an ordained minister and a parent of three you become somewhat deaf to the incredible power of the Christmas story.


What will you get for Christmas?

First published 22nd December 2015

A horrific story was reported earlier this week. The headline read, Domestic Abuse Police nearly overwhelmed by increase.


The blessing of a toilet

First published 17th December 2015

When asked recently what I particularly enjoyed about being a bishop, one of the things I mentioned was its variety.


Christmas Through the Keyhole

First published 17th December 2015

Christmas Through The Keyhole is a multi-sensory, interactive re-telling of the Christmas story for primary school pupils.


One Baby (video)...

First published 15th December 2015

'One Baby' is a great short animated film produced by Bath Youth for Christ that explains the significance of the baby born at Christmas: Jesus!


Involving Pupils in Collective Worship

First published 7th December 2015

Case Study of Good PracticeSutton Benger and Langley Fitzurse in the Draycot Benefice, along with Kington St Michael who is part of the Chippenham Deanery, are schools which all have a school worship council.


A Season of Prayer

First published 7th December 2015

Prayer is a vital part of our Christian walk. It connects us with God and roots our vision and priorities in God's strength.


Continuing to talk of Jesus: Bishop Lee's Synod address

First published 5th December 2015

In his address to the December Diocesan Synod, Bishop Lee reflected further on the Talking Jesus research and its implications for Christians and the Church.


World Listening Day

First published 3rd December 2015

Perhaps the most important thing we can give each other is our attention Network Counselling and Training is a Bristol based charity, providing low cost counselling and training within a Christian ethos.


Explore Christmas through baking

First published 3rd December 2015

As the memories of 'Great British Bake Off' fade away (can you remember who won it again?)Christmas is a popular time for baking scrumptious treats and I've just discovered a little gem.


#justpray

First published 2nd December 2015

A new website aimed at encouraging people to pray has been released by the Church of England.


Why including little ones is good

First published 2nd December 2015

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Simpler faculties for your church building

First published 2nd December 2015

As part of a national project to simplify the faculty system for work to our church buildings, there will be changes from 1 January 2016, which most parishes will find very welcome.


Bishop's Letter: The light shines in the darkness

First published 28th November 2015

In his message for this season, Bishop Lee reflects on hope and overcoming hatred. I am writing this a week after the killings which have traumatised Paris and sent shockwaves across Europe and around the world.


General Synod - It's all over for now

First published 26th November 2015

So, we have just finished the first Synod of the 2015-20 sessions here in London. The Bristol contingent of seven, consisting of sixelected members led by Bishop Mike, is supplemented by our good friend Rev Dr Emma Ineson, Principal of Trinity College.


What have mega churches ever done for us!

First published 25th November 2015

For many people reading this the very concept of a mega church will have you running to your keyboards to explain that wasn't what Jesus or any of the New Testament writers had in mind when they thought about church!


'Learn 2 Listen' makes an impact

First published 23rd November 2015

On Tuesday 17th November 2015, church leaders from across the diocese met at Hillside House to explore how churches can be more effective in hearing to the voice of children and young people.


Gift of Gospel for prisoners

First published 23rd November 2015

Hundreds of prisoners are being sent a Christmas gift bag containing presents and the Gospel.


Christmas 'all-age' ideas

First published 18th November 2015

As the countdown to Advent gets ever closer the time to start thinking about the all-age Christmas services will arrive quicker than you think!


Churches urged to sign up to 'pesticide-free pledge'

First published 17th November 2015

Churches across Bristol are being urged to join a campaign to stop the use of weed killers which could harm those who work and play nearby.


Bishop's Letter: Who do you trust?

First published 12th November 2015

Pontius Pilate, Governor of Judea from CE26-36 famously once asked an important question, What is truth?


Let's talk Jesus

First published 1st November 2015

Bishop Lee reports on recent research carried out on attitudes to Jesus and His followers.


Lent study course materials focusing on migration and refugees

First published 29th October 2015

The Anglican mission agency Us (formerly USPG) has published a Lent study course for 2016 focusing on the global issue of migration and the plight of refugees.


Bishop's Letter: Rights and Wrongs...

First published 28th October 2015

The issue of human rights is ever before us. Rightly so. If we want a newer kinder mode of politics, then there must be some protections for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.


The Leader as Hero

First published 27th October 2015

It is said we are shaped by our culture. If that is true then one of the strongest leadership motifs is that of the hero leader.


30k students, 4k staff, 1 CofE Chaplain...

First published 22nd October 2015

With the mayhem of Freshers weeks and fairs kicking off the new HE academic years at UWE and Bristol University, it'd be easy to miss the essential roles of our Anglican Chaplains at the centre of the goings-on.


Church Schoolmasters and Schoolmistresses' Benevolent Institution

First published 20th October 2015

The CSSBI is a charity that provides financial support for teachers, both current and former, at the point of need.


Diocesan Synod Report - Oct 2015

First published 16th October 2015

The Diocesan Synod met on 19 September 2015.


Help combat food poverty in Bristol

First published 13th October 2015

In the school holidays some children are without enough food and suffer from holiday hunger. Can you volunteer to combat food poverty in Bristol this October half-term?


Christian Aid's Christmas appeal

First published 13th October 2015

Wiltshires regional coordinator for Christian Aid has welcomed an announcement by the Government that it will match every pound raised in Christian Aids Christmas Appeal, which could help prevent thousands of unnecessary deaths from malaria.


Confirmations at HMP Ashfield

First published 12th October 2015

Revd Liz Perry, one of the chaplains at HMP Ashfield, reports on a special confirmation service in their chapel for serving prisoners, led by Bishop Lee.


Breaking the cycle

First published 12th October 2015

Once I started, the words just came. There was no anger. I kept my voice really calm and I actually felt calm. If you've got faith, it does give you the words.Earlier this year the leadership team and congregation at St Andrews Hartcliffe had to deal


Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Martin Cavender

First published 10th October 2015

A service of thanksgiving will be held in memory of Martin Cavender at Wells Cathedral on Saturday 31st October at 1pm.


Walking with our children in faith

First published 8th October 2015

On the day I was pretty nervous. We had to stand at the front of the church and explain why we were choosing to be baptised. We said it in our own words.Back in the summer, five members of the same family - Dad Matt, Callum (17), Alby (9), Jack (5) a


What's in an age?

First published 7th October 2015

I have done almost five weeks in this role, and I have already lost count of the number of rooms I've walked into where people have been barely able to contain their surprise that I am Bristol's new DDO (diocesan director of ordinands).


Called to Licensed Lay Ministry?

First published 6th October 2015

Following the wonderful licensing service at Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 26 September, we now have over 200 licensed lay ministers in the Diocese of Bristol.


Life to the Max - Joel's story

First published 6th October 2015

For Joel, growing up in a vicarage is very different to the home life his peers experience.


In solidarity with asylum seekers

First published 5th October 2015

I was destitute, really destitute. And the Bristol Hospitality Network was the only organisation that gave me shelter at that time.


Germans thrive at Soul Survivor

First published 5th October 2015

During August, a group of young people from Augsburg in Germany visited to develop links and relationships between the Diocese of Bristol and the Lutheran Church in Bavaria.


Faith in social action

First published 30th September 2015

It is very humbling to be amongst so many people doing outstanding work in our city.


Holy fire at Soul Survivor

First published 21st September 2015

Taking a group of young people to Soul Survivor can be an amazing experience.


Is this plan radical enough?

First published 19th September 2015

Watch here Here is Bishop Mike's inaugural address given at the first meeting of the new Diocesan Synod on Saturday 19 September.


Climate change and mission: an opportunity

First published 16th September 2015

At the July meeting of the General Synod there wasa discussion on combatting climate change and a motion was passed committing us to various work in support of the pursuit of a low carbon future.


Supporting refugees

First published 16th September 2015

Christians and churches across our diocese are keen to support those affected by the escalating refugee crisis.


Helping young people grow in faith

First published 16th September 2015

The vast majority of Christians say they made their first commitment to Christ under the age of 21.


Strengthening our church-school links

First published 16th September 2015

As thousands of children and young people across the Diocese begin a new academic year.


Connecting children to God

First published 15th September 2015

Becky Fisher has been the Rural Schools and Churches Worker for the eight parishes in the Gauzebrook Group in North Wiltshire since 2011.


All this beauty is of God

First published 15th September 2015

Theres a sense in which, if you spend time struggling with something, you then hold onto it and its worthwhile. There are steps in our faith journey which are probably like that.The rural church is very important to me. My role as a Rural Schools and


Three ways to encourage new vocations

First published 9th September 2015

When Justin Welby was elected the 105thArchbishop of Canterbury in February 2013, everyone was commenting on his meteoric rise, since he had been consecrated as a bishop only 16 months earlier.


The F word: stories of forgiveness

First published 2nd September 2015

Visitors to Bristol's St Mary Redcliffe Church on Doors Open Day on Saturday 12 September will see more than a masterpiece of Gothic Architecture and unique examples of the city's history.


Passionate about God's Church?

First published 1st September 2015

The Church, more than any other social network, employment facility or club, should be leading the way in helping 20-30s find their feet and their faith.Dr Krish Kandiah, President of London School of Theology.


Bishop's Letter: Zero Tolerance

First published 28th August 2015

Bishop Mike asks whether our churches are doing all they can to make sure the vulnerable are safe in our midst?


Bishop Lee backs Brighter Futures radiotherapy appeal

First published 20th August 2015

Bishop Lee is encouraging cyclists to saddle up for bike rides through Wiltshire in aid of Brighter Futures' 2.9m Radiotherapy Appeal.


Pray and fast for climate justice

First published 18th August 2015

One of the key actions from a motion passed at the last General Synod was to support an initiative encouraging Christians to pray and fast for climate justice on the first day of each month.


Children's Society launches Seriously Awkward campaign

First published 17th August 2015

The Children's Society is calling for changes to the law to protect 16 and 17 year old's from harm, abuse and neglect.


Assisted Suicide? - put the whole thing to death

First published 14th August 2015

There maybe some good reasons for changing the law to allow physician assisted suicide (PAS), but truthfully, none of them are good enough to make me think it would be a good idea to permit this change in the law.


How to create a reflective area

First published 13th August 2015

RE Coordinator Samantha Fletcher shows how an infant school in Oldham transformed a corner of a room into a reflective are and transformed the quality of children's reflection as well.


Similarity and Difference Triads

First published 13th August 2015

A skill-tool for thoughtful analysis of ideas, beliefs, concepts, practices and other stuff in primary and secondary RE.


FS/KS1 How and why do others celebrate?

First published 13th August 2015

Mantle of the expert script to use with Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children on the subject of 'How and why do others celebrate?'


KS1 Caring for Myself, Caring for Others

First published 13th August 2015

A lesson plan to support the teaching of the KS1 AMV unit 'Caring for Myself, Caring for Others'.


Bye Buy Childhood

First published 22nd July 2015

Bishop Mike Hill, together with Archbishop Justin Welby, Bishop Stephen Cottrell and Bishop Paul Butler, was amongst those who came to hear and give support to the Mother's Union debate at the General Synod.


Prayers for Tunisia

First published 15th July 2015

Earlier this month there wasa quiet service of remembrance for all of the victims of the Tunisian terrorist attack at St Nicholas Church in Biddestone, including the two local victims, Eileen Swannack and John Welch.


Picnic and praise in Stratton

First published 15th July 2015

On Sunday 4 July, Stratton Team Ministry held their annual Picnic & Praise event, an amazing act of witness and worship in the community.Curate Helen Baber explains how this has grown year on year and helped to strengthen local relationships.


Disability is not inability

First published 14th July 2015

Lay Minister Janet Leckie reflects on Disability Sunday, which churches across the Diocese celebrated on 5 July 2015.


The health of our banks and the health of our souls

First published 14th July 2015

It may be over seven years since the global economy was rocked by the banking crisis but the aftershocks continue to raise questions around the financial industry.


Combatting extremism

First published 10th July 2015

Following the highly successful conference 'From fear to belonging' run by Bristol and South Gloucestershire SACREs, resources are now available for you to use in school.


C in the Park

First published 6th July 2015

A fine mid-summers day was just what the doctor ordered for this years C in the Park event last month, organised by members of churches in Downend and the surrounding area.


Planning a holiday club?

First published 1st July 2015

Youth & Children's Adviser, Dan Jones writes, I have had the privilege of organising, leading, helping and visiting a wide variety of holiday clubs and what have I learned?


Godventure is worth a look…

First published 1st July 2015

I stumbled upon this website www.godventure.co.ukyesterday when asked to recommend good sites for inspiration.


Free 'app' that helps young people cope with stress

First published 1st July 2015

Stressheads a clever new mobile app has been launched by YouthNet to help 16-25 year olds to cope with stress.


Remembering victims of Tunisian terrorist attack

First published 30th June 2015

It has been confirmed that a Wiltshire couple, Eileen Swannack and John Welch, missing following the Tunisian beach attack are among the dead.


Bishop's Letter: Cost Analysis

First published 28th June 2015

Bishop Mike asks whether as Christians we should try emulate and be part of the society around us, or should we take pride in our distinctiveness?


If you go down to Kingswood today...

First published 10th June 2015

Holy Trinity Church in Kingswood played host to a Teddy Bear Wedding in May courtesy of their playgroup CafeTots, and their end of term celebrations.


Come and hear Revd Prabhudas from Mission India

First published 10th June 2015

Revd Prabhudas from Mission India will be in the UK in July and his visit will include a number of public events in North Wiltshire.


Mayday Mayday

First published 9th June 2015

I would have described myself as a Christian, the type of good God fearing chap who worked hard, rarely went to Church other than Christmas and the odd Sunday. I had a firm belief in there being a God but very much intended to put off meeting him as


Listening to children and young people

First published 9th June 2015

Don't assume you know what's best for us without our opinions. You don't.


Petertide Ordinations 2015: prayers and reflections

First published 9th June 2015

Petertide is almost upon us and with it the ordination season.


Milestones and fuelling stations

First published 9th June 2015

Vocation in any form is costly in all sorts of ways and does involve leaving things behind. Be prepared to be surprised if you genuinely open yourself up to following God's call wherever it leads.


Chris Beaumont: God's calling

First published 9th June 2015

I don't think I was prepared for how life changing it could be. There's a sense where I have been through a process of disorientation to become re-orientated in the direction that God planned.Chris Beaumont will be ordained as deaconon Saturday 5 Jul


Reverend Mum

First published 9th June 2015

I've always wanted to be a mum. That's all I've ever wanted to be. And all my life, the way I've been led has been about caring for people, being with people, journeying with people. I thought, I can do that. I can bring these two callings together.


Archdeacon Christine's Visitation Charge 2015

First published 9th June 2015

As Christians we have a compelling vision of the world as a different place, where peace and justice reigns, where creation is redeemed and restored, where God is sovereign and where interdependence is the mark of the community.


What's it like to be on General Synod?

First published 8th June 2015

At the last meeting of Diocesan Synod in May, Diocesan Secretary Oliver Home talked about the forthcoming General Synod elections in September, encouraging people to think about standing.


Peace and unity in Swindon's Parks community

First published 4th June 2015

Residents of Swindon's Parks area have been showing their support for Peace and Unity in the Parks Community, following the death of Alison Connolly, by wearing special ribbons with blue for unity and white to represent peace.


Bishop's Letter: Awe and Wonder

First published 28th May 2015

As the Church calendar moves to the season known as ordinary time Bishop Lee invites us to make it an opportunity for awe and wonder rather than the mundane.


Building community links on the Cheswick estate

First published 18th May 2015

Rachel Hepburn is the community link worker at St Michaels, Stoke Gifford in the Diocese of Bristol Diocese, and is funded by a grant from the Church Commissioners for mission in new housing and other development areas.


Bishop Mike's Synod Address - May 2015

First published 16th May 2015

There's a wonderful story I like to tell of an elderly couple who had been married for years.


A tribute to Margaret Greening

First published 12th May 2015

Brian Pelly pays tribute to Margaret Greening, licensed lay minister in the Bybrook Benefice, who died in March.


Join the Churches' Mutual Credit Union

First published 12th May 2015

The Churches Mutual Credit Union is up and running and you are invited to join.As a credit union, our members have a 'Common Bond'.


Parties in the park

First published 11th May 2015

In the last couple of years,Churches Together in Greater Bristol (CTGB) have helped set up three city-wide gatherings in the open air, under the banner of Together for Bristol.


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