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I am now 14 days into my first course of chemotherapy and it has been something of a roller-coaster.
Bristol Diocesan Strategy and Mission Officer and member of Emmanuel Church, Ashley Down, Janey Hiller, took part in a solo strength challenge in support of Rock of Ages a project in Uganda assisting orphans and widows in Kampala.
Sitting on the balcony, most of the time I find it very easy to filter out the sounds of the motorway and the construction of the new housing.
I confess I wasnt looking forward to my first doses of chemotherapy but the session went very well.
Hospitality has always been at the heart of Christian community and is a mark of a healthy church.
On return from his holiday Bishop Lee received the news that he has Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.
Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield, the Bishop of Swindon, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system and will receive treatment in the months ahead.
Latest news from Janani Luwum CollegeEvery December we send a financial gift to Janani Luwum College, St. Philips Gulu and the Diocese of Northern Uganda and we are delighted to hear that it is being well spent.
The Diocese of Kigezi Electoral College and House of Bishops, through the normal and official procedure, have elected Rev. Canon George Bagamuhunda to be the next Bishop.
Kigezi Diocese Water and Sanitation Programme (KDWSP) is a Faith BasedMixing cement (mainly the women!).
Following a recent trip to Uganda Shirley Danby received good news from Kigezi Diocese.
Bristol Ordinand, Michelle Martin, recently spent 5 weeks in Mbale Diocese in Uganda.She was privileged to be able to do one of her long church placements with the Archdeacon of Mbale Cathedral as part of her training.
Each month at St Marys Bitton we have a Fourth Sunday Special. In July we decided to have Morning Worship Uganda Style.
What an amazing time we all had!
Are you looking for a practical, fun and easy-to-use resource to learn about the Christian faith with your youth group? "Thrive" may be the answer: six sessions which explore key aspects of the Christian faith.
A group of young people from Christ Church, Downend and Holy Trinity, Bradley Stoke are currently in Uganda on a visit to one of our link dioceses, Ankole.
Jeanette Plumb our diocesan Safeguarding officer writes:If anyone hasnt got sponsorship overload & would like to donate to one of the Uganda projects supported by the Diocese.
Later this year Andrew Doarks and a small team from Bristol South Deanery will be visiting Mbale and North Mbale.
Should the Church support liberal social and ethical reforms?
A recent article in the Church Times highlighted some of the realities and challenges faced by church interns.
Its not always easy to know how to make the Christian faith known and real to children and young people in their school context.
Following our article of events and initiatives in the Diocese that promote welcome, hospitality, inclusivity or partnership, Alison Paginton tells us of a little story of growth from St Christophers Brislington.
As it gathers momentum, we speak to Revd Nick Crawley to find out more about this growing [largely rural] ministry and what's been driving it.
Archbishop Justin Welby asserted the centrality of schools to the Church's mission to the nation as he hosted a seminar called Church of England: Education and our Future.
The work of two members of Bristol diocese has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
This month Bishop Lee reflects on the Church of England's understanding of what it means to be the local Church.
I was so grateful to everyone that came to the service on Saturday evening at Bristol Cathedral to mark the 10th anniversary of my time as Bishop of Bristol.
The Church needs to learn from the experience, insight and gifts of disabled people, writes Revd Canon Gill Behenna, Chaplain with the Deaf Community in Bristol and National Adviser for Deaf Ministry.
News coming in overnight is that the American administration now confirms, what we have had circumstantial evidence of for a while, that the Syrian Government has used chemical weapons on its own people.
In April 2013 Archbishop Justin Welby wrote an interesting reflection on Aid .
The Diocese of Bristol's links with the Lutheran Church in Bavaria gives an opportunity for Christians to join in one of the world great Christian gatherings, the German Kirchentag.
Christian Aid supporters and church members will be among those heading to London in support of the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign which is calling on the G8 leaders meeting in the UK June 17-18 to take decisive action to end hunger.
As Bishop Lee has written, prayer is fundamental to Christian discipleship but the ways Christians actually engage with God in prayer may be as varied as the people themselves.
On Tuesday 4th June 6 members of North Wiltshire Deanery depart for Uganda for a two week visit to the Diocese of Kigezi.
The Revd Canon Gill Behenna has been appointed as part-time National Adviser for Deaf Ministry. Canon Behenna is Chaplain with the Deaf Community in the Diocese of Bristol and will continue in this role alongside her national responsibilities.As Nat
This fourth report from the 'Northern Ark' mission initiative in north Bristol outlines the developments over the last year and begins to see a way forward.
In this months letter, Bishop Mike argues the way the world around us measures our value is actually devaluing and reminds us of where our true value comes from and lies.
The Church of England is involved with flesh and blood, a national campaign, to mobilise the Church to increase the number of blood and organ donors in the UK.
Bishop Mike HillWe wish to express our deep condolences to the family of Drummer Lee Rigby.
Prayer draws us more closely into relationship with God, has an impact on the world and energises our Christian lives.
Please pray for the Diocese of South Rwenzori.
This unit explores aspects of festivals, celebrations, practices and communities and the beliefs to which they relate.
This unit explores aspects of festivals, celebrations, practices and communities and the beliefs to which they relate.
This unit explores ideas about the natural world and our place in it, and relates them to religious and other beliefs.
This unit explores how religions and beliefs employ signs, symbols and the arts to express aspects of human nature.
Bishop Ed Condry (Bishop of Ramsbury) and Bishop Lee Rayfield (Bishop of Swindon) cycled a gruelling 180 miles around Wiltshire in 2 days in April 2013, stopping off in 16 Christian Aid groups along the way.
This unit explores how the Christian religion and beliefs express values and commitments in written form and how value is attached to the writings.
This unit explores aspects of Sikh festivals, celebrations, practices and communities and the beliefs to which they relate.
With the number of foodbanks rising to cope with growing demand, we take a step back to ask what the root causes might be, and what is the role of the church in its ministry to stand alongside those in poverty.
Bristol Diocese has links with three diocese in North West Uganda through the Bristol West Deanery.
The Department for Children and Young People is refreshing its initiative to encourage congregations across the Diocese to take the fruitful but sometimes neglected opportunity of engaging with schools in their communities.
More than one wife.
This unit explores aspects of the person, life and teaching of Jesus and how they relate to Christian life, practices, celebrations and the pattern of Christian festivals.
This unit explores positive examples of how to live, values and commitments of faith founders, how actions of people of faith have changed the world.
This unit explores how religious beliefs affect approaches to moral issues. This series of 9 or 10 lessons is intended to provide a set of learning activities for a Year 4 class (and may be adapted for a Y3 class).
This unit explores ideas of what it is to be human and relates them to religious and other beliefs.
Leadership is a major focus for Bristol Diocese, not just encouraging the leaders of our churches to hone their leadership skills, but also helping all those in positions of leadership to reflect on how their faith affects, maybe even drives their leadership.
This month Bishop Lee reminds us of the thousands of children who have little experience of a loving home and asks how the gospel can help us engage with such a challenge.
The last 3 or 4 months have been exceptionally busy. As well as doing my own job, I have also been helping to cover the job of a colleague who was away for nearly 3 months on paternity leave.
PCCs should be aware under what circumstances Churches Together group events are covered by their insurance policies.
The first round of Clergy Day Conferences and the Chrism Eucharist brought licensed ministers together to be equipped for leading in mission in March 2013.The Chrism Eucharist is the annual opportunity for both lay and ordained licensed ministers to
In March, the University of Bristol Chaplaincy organised a "Faith Crawl", enabling students from different faith backgrounds to engage with the city's different faith communities.
Welfare support - If you do a lot of community work or have several people on benefits you may want to ask the PCC to invest (45) in this to help you guide people through the changes: Welfare Benefits & Tax Credits Handbook.
In our December newsletter we gave details of the new Guide.Many parishes ordered copies and we have sent those out.
Clergy came together at two day conferences in March to explore how to speak about God in today's society.80 per cent of clergy questioned in a recent survey said they no longer had confidence in speaking about God in public.
Ordained and lay ministers from across the Diocese once again gathered on Maundy Thursday at Bristol Cathedral for the Chrism Eucharist and to renew their commitment to ministry.
As churches celebrated the heart of the Christian message this Easter, a number of churches have been finding innovative ways to share the story with children and adults alike through interactive Easter events.
This past week in the media, I think following a press release from NICE, ( the National Institute of Clinical Excellence), the term conduct disorder has found its way into the public space.
I remember looking down at my blood-soaked trainers and thinking Well.
In an exciting project for Good Friday, St Matthews Kingsdown will be performing a passion play.
Recently I have heard a number of preachers refer to those periods of Jewish history outlined in the Old Testament and referred to as exile.
I am delighted to hear of the election of Pope Francis I.
Members of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Millennium Youth Choir will soon be heading to the west of England for a busy Easter course.
These two fun exercises are useful starting points for many discussions about how we value different life-forms and how we decide which are better than others.
Persona dolls are a great way to introduce young children to ideas like other religions.
As part of our life stories series, we talked with with David Stevens about how his faith has enabled him to face death without fear following a diagnosis with cancer.
A member of the congregation at Colerne parish church has put her artistic gifts to good use by creating a series of icons for the church's Lady Chapel.
The Mar Thoma Bishop of North America and Europe, Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius, was in Bristol this weekend to visit members of the Mar Thoma parish of St Thomas, who share a building with St Anne's Anglican church, Eastville.
In local churches thoughout the Diocese of Bristol, people's lives are being changed by the power of God.
Reading in the Times sports pages in the light of England's Rugby Union victory over the French side I saw that on the wall of the England team's training camp was the simple slogan, 'England 365'.
Bishop Lee will cycle 172 milesin two days forChristian Aid on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April.
St Michaels Church in Stoke Gifford is launching a £5.8m project to build a new multi-purpose church and community centre in the parish, following sustained growth in the church over the last decade.
Bishop Mike has issued the following statement following the announcement that Pope Benedict will retire at the end of February.
The House of Bishops met yesterday for a day dedicated to trying to unlock the impasse created by November's vote on women bishops.
A fantastic new resource, Home Schools Values helps schools communicate their Christian values to their parents or guardians and communities.
Over 500 people took part in a community lantern procession organised by members of St Stephen's Church in Soundwell to celebrate the feast of Candlemas on Saturday 2nd February.
The Venerable Kenneth James Clark MA DSC 1922-2013, Archdeacon of Swindon 1982-1992
A team from Bristol Diocese visited Uganda in January 2013 to lead two conferences reflecting on Christian leadership.
There are different ways of measuring what it is like to live in a recession.
Bishop Lee has celebrated the results of a survey which demonstrates the extensive engagement of Christians in Swindon with children and young people.
A team from Bristol has just returned from Uganda following the second Christ Centred Leadership Conference for Ugandan Bishops and their leadership teams, which is organised by the Diocese of Bristol in partnership with the Church of Uganda.
Keeping an historic church warm for community use while conserving its heritage features and minimising the environmental impact is a real challenge, especially at a time of rising energy prices.
Last day in Gulu. Tomorrow we are off to visit one of the legacies of the days of war in N. Uganda the huge displacement camp at Amuru.
I think it would be fair to say that many of us look across the Atlantic with a measure of disbelief when we think about their Constitution and their valued 2nd Amendment which hands citizens the right to bear arms.
Rt Revd Mike Hill has accepted the invitation of the Council of the Oxford theological college, Wycliffe Hall, to become its Chair.
The Chancellor of the Diocese of Bristol, Revd Justin Gau, has ruled at a Consistory Court held at St Cyriacs Church, Lacock that the parish can sell a piece of silverware known as the Lacock Cup to the British Museum.
The MP for Bristol West, Stephen Williams, visited Bristol Cathedral Choir School in November at the invitation of teachers campaigning for a proper understanding of the value of RE.
As Bishop Mike prepares for his next trip to Uganda to attend the enthronement of Bishop Stanley Ntagali as Archbishop of the Province on 16 December 2012.
The Bristol Diocesan Synod has passed a vote of no confidence in the ability of the General Synod of the Church of England to effect the clear will of the majority of Church members.
In his message for Advent Bishop Lee highlights the challenge of the season for our discipleship. This is the time of the year I find most challenging to be a follower of Jesus.