Please find all the latest news from the Diocese of Bristol
Please find all the latest news from the Diocese of Bristol
The Diocesan Synod met on 7 May 2016.
Can you volunteer to combat food poverty in Bristol this summer?
Members of the General Synod will gather in York on Friday 8 July until Saturday 9 July.
The summer is an exciting time of transition within the Ministry Development department BAP candidates become ordinands; ordinands become deacons; deacons become priests; formation year students prepare to become Licensed Lay Ministers.
Developing a parish action plan, strategy or vision document is a process designed to help churches to prayerfully consider the mission and ministry that God is calling them to.
A new blog aimed at encouraging more generous giving is being produced by our colleagues in Durham.
Churchwardens from across the diocese gathered at seven deanery Visitations services during May to celebrate and affirm their ministry and formally take up their offices for another year.
Children at Ashton Keynes Primary School have put on a special concert for the Bishop of Swindon. The pupils had taken part in the iSingPOP project, which had culminated in two concerts at Holy Cross Church during May.
I wasnt blown away by an array of new ideas I have come away thinking, Wow, this is awesome, and I really think we can achieve this!Anita Dobson, from Christ Church Downend, looks back at the first day of the Bristol Learning Hub.
Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called for solidarity with LGBTI people after the attack in Orlando.
Yesterday afternoon I was due to meet a colleague for coffee. I had rushed from one meeting to the next all morning and arrived on time to find my usually prompt colleague was not there.
Modern technology means that there are new ways of deepening our relationship with God. We've put together a number of Christian resources now available for Android and iPhones which we hope people will find useful in their daily walk.
Canon Trevor Denley remembers Bruce McKay, who died last Friday aged 74.Bruce McKay 1941 - 2016.
Some years ago in the USA, I preached a sermon to nine million people! Admittedly all but about 2,000 of those people were listening in on radio.
This year National Carers' Week runs from 6 to 12 June - but unless you happen to be a carer it may well pass you by.
Bristol Cathedral will mark the official birthday of HM the Queen with a week of celebrations, including a special Sunday morning service and a Flower Festival.
As we mark the beginning of Volunteer Week, the Rev Simon Jones, Team Rector at St Michael's Stoke Gifford, explains how the church found new ways of encouraging people to serve.Churches love notices!
When looking for bible studies for youth groups the range of resources that cover biblical themes, characters and the basics are pretty much catered for.
I've just finished flicking through past editions of Childrenswork magazine and an interview with Rob Parsons (founder of Care for the Family).
Creating Connections with God, with each other, and with our communities. What a great vision for us as a diocese. But how can we get better at this?
Three people have been confirmed at an accessible confirmation service at St Peter's Church, Chippenham.
Last week, I was talking with a candidate about the difficulties he was having with friendships.
Children of Bristol, just like me,is a project that was initially conceived and inspired by PeterOverton, Head teacher at Easton CE Academy in conjunction with Bristol Schools Connection (a charity that is passionate about creating intentional spaces.
Did you miss the Connected conference last month? Do you want to hear what our speakers had to say?
In May we were joined by Michael Harvey from Season of Invitation to help us explore what it looks like to be an invitational church.
To celebrate HM the Queens 90th birthday every parish church and Church school are being encouraged to organise some sort of celebration or event to mark the occasion.
Revd Sally Wheeler, area dean for Chippenham and Priest in Charge of Marshfield Benefice, gives her thoughts on the Connected day conference.
Working closely with groups in your community can open up plenty of new opportunities, as the Revd Lee Barnes at St Stephens Bristol can attest.
Putting the kettle on and eating toast has helped give a group of mums the chance to meet and share together in church
The Licensed Lay Ministry training programme in the Diocese of Bristol has been labelled sound and strategically led in its first annual Periodic External Review (PER).
I recently came across this short TED talk by Simon Sinek entitled How great leaders inspire action.
Glastonbury Festival is one of the iconic summer gatherings known across the world.Millions of people, since it began, have attended the festival and it has grown tremendously over the years. It is one of the most creative places, not just for the mu
Chris Priddy, Head of Parish and External Relations, on the feedback he has received about the Connected day conference:.
We want every parish to explore what 'Creating connections' looks like in their context.
Children at St Christopher's in Brislington have celebrated their first communion with help from the Bishop of Swindon.
Emergency food supplies were given to people in crisis by Bristols Trussell Trust foodbanks (North Bristol Foodbank, Bristol North West Foodbank and East Bristol Foodbank) in 2015-16, new figures have revealed.
The new 'Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genitalmutilation' document is available to download.
Download and read our newest RE Newsletter.RE Newsletter, Spring 2016.
The Mothers' Union is celebrating its 140th Anniversary in 2016 with a special service at Bristol Cathedral.The celebration on Saturday 23 April will see the Bishop of Bristol presiding.
Canon Richard Saunders, who died recently at the age of 99, served some 20 years in the Bristol diocese.He was vicar of Saint Ambrose, Whitehall from 1962-1975 and priest-in-charge of All Hallows, Easton 1965-1968.
I read in the paper recently that 2015 was a bumper year for deaths and that life expectancy fell last year for the first time in twenty years.
The first ever Sunday to celebrate the unique role of godparents will take place on 1 May 2016.
Paradise in the City, d, Poland 19-25 July
Being a Christian means more than attending a service at church on Sunday. It is about being how we live out our faith wherever He has placed us, whether it is in the home, in the workplace, at the school gate even in the checkout queue.
Bishop Mike Hill has made a number of visits to Uganda over the last 12 months aimed at strengthening our connections with our link dioceses and the province.
Diane Simms visited the Diocese of Central Uganda in 2015 as part of the City Deanery Uganda Link.
Rev Tina Goede, the German Lutheran Minister in charge of St Annes, Eastville visited Uganda in 2015 with the City Deanery.
The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
There's such power in praying for our friends who don't yet know Jesus. Not just doing it once in a while, or when we feel like it, but doing it regularly persevering with discipline, and with joy.
Sometimes all it takes is a simple act of invitation to change somebody's life.
It feels as though half the world is on the move in these times: by sea, over land, floating in flimsy vessels or clinging beneath lorries; young and old, of all faiths and none.
A statement from the Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Mike Hill, regarding the events in Brussels.
On 27 April 2016, clergy, ministers and leaders from churches across the Diocese will be exploring what it means to be Connected at a special diocesan day conference event.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
A new course is being run which aims to help train Christians in how to support people recovering from addiction.
The campaign race to the vote on the EU is starting to gather pace. Voters will be given the opportunity to decide whether they are for Europe or against.Immediately there is a problem.
The National Stewardship Committee has put together a programme to enable parishes to re-engage with reviewing Stewardship Strategy and adoption of good practice.
One in four women in the UK experience domestic abuse. But few church leaders are aware of the extent of the issue, or what they can do about it.
The Diocese of Bristol is backing this campaign run by the Department for Education (DfE).
Last year, more than 220 churches took part by running Ability Sunday services. This year, we hope many more churches will take this opportunity to take part in Ability Sunday on 11 September.
In the school holidays some children are without enough food and suffer from holiday hunger.Church members at St Luke's Church in Barton Hill (east Bristol) are responding to this by providing free hot meals and play time during the Easter break.
Anita Dobson, from Christ Church Downend, recently went to the Baptism Matters day. Here she writes her thoughts on the event:We so want to be welcoming to each and every person who comes through the church door.
This is a guide, created by St. Peters CofE Primary School, to inform parents what to expect when sending their child to a church school and what they can get out of it.
The Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust is opening a new primary school for the beginning of September 2016.
There are a number of charitable grants available for churches.
On 26th February 2016, a rare debate took place in the House of Lords.
When young homeless teenagers are desperate for a place to sleep, Susanne Frank has a warm bed for them to use.She is one of a growing number of people opening up their homes to youngsters in need of somewhere to stay.
The start of Lent is known as Ash Wednesday and its theme is repentance, a word which conjures up the image of a preacher on the High Street exhorting passers-by to turn from their sins and be saved.
Buckingham Palace has announced that the principal of Trinity College Bristol, the Revd Dr Emma Ineson, has been appointed as a Chaplain to the Queen.
Hundreds of skateboarders headed to Malmesbury Abbey as it held its eighth annual skate festival.
This month Bishop Lee reminds us that God's Kingdom is often unsettling and messy. If we are going to pray Your Kingdom come in spirit and in truth let us be ready to welcome rather than resist this.
Show me the way your weekend services are going and Ill tell you how your church is going Thus spake Bill Hybels at a recent coaching seminar.
The General Synod of the Church of England met in Church House, London, from Monday 15 February to Wednesday 17 February.
This year, the Queen is marking her 90th birthday and churches are being urged to get involved with the celebrations.
A website designed to support the occasional offices is available now to all clergy and lay people involved in these important ministries.The Church Support Hub was developed to offer research, free downloads, shared ideas and articles, plus commonly-
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
On Wednesday 23rd December, I had scheduled into my diary a day of prayer for the work of vocations across the diocese of Bristol.
New Church of England statistics for 2014 show that just under one million people attend services each week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A horrific story was reported earlier this week. The headline read, Domestic Abuse Police nearly overwhelmed by increase.
When asked recently what I particularly enjoyed about being a bishop, one of the things I mentioned was its variety.
Christmas Through The Keyhole is a multi-sensory, interactive re-telling of the Christmas story for primary school pupils.
'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!
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.
Prayer is a vital part of our Christian walk. It connects us with God and roots our vision and priorities in God's strength.
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.
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.
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.
A new website aimed at encouraging people to pray has been released by the Church of England.
As a regular subscriber.
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.
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.