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Persona dolls - Malkit the Sikh and his Gurdwara

First published 16th May 2012

Persona dolls are a great way to introduce young children to ideas like other religions.

Persona dolls: Rita the Hindu and her Mandir

First published 16th May 2012

Persona dolls are a great way to introduce young children to ideas like other religions.

Persona dolls - Joe the Jewish boy and his Synagogue

First published 16th May 2012

Persona dolls are a great way to introduce young children to ideas like other religions.

Cafe church in Gloucestershire

First published 14th May 2012

What's so inspiring?....

Outreach in east Bristol

First published 14th May 2012

What's so inspiring? A heart for Jesus and proactive outreach to the local community is delivering growth in attendance, awareness and giving at St. Aidans in east Bristol.

Church and Primary Academy in Westbury-on-Trym

First published 14th May 2012

In Westbury-on-Trym, the parish church and CofE primary school (the first in the diocese to convert to academy status) are working together to provide a distinctively Christian education and ethos for local families.

Yesterday evening I watched 'The Devil ...

First published 2nd May 2012

Yesterday evening I watched 'The Devil wears Prada' - yes, I know I'm a long way behind the rest of the world but I didn't think it would be a film I would enjoy.

Early Years RE - Persona Dolls

First published 29th April 2012

Many teachers speak of the power of having familiar persona dolls in the classroom and the imaginative way in which young children can exercise their curiosity about difference.

Alex Gregory, a year 11 Student from St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School reflects on valuable lesson

First published 27th April 2012

Reflection by Alex Gregory, Year 11, who, along with Georgia Cooke, visited Ikoba February 2012.

Bishop's letter: Redemption and risk

First published 28th March 2012

This month Bishop Lee offers some reflections following his recent accident.Ash Wednesday seems a long time ago.

Bristol Woman to spend 2 years in Mbarara

First published 26th March 2012

Louise Talbot who left the UK for Uganda in March 2012 grew up in Bristol and attended St Alban's, Westbury Park with her parents.

Bishops thank parishes for "playing their part"

First published 26th March 2012

Bishop Mike and Bishop Lee have written to each parish in the Diocese reflecting on what has been achieved for the Kingdom of God in the last year.

The Church School of the Future

First published 25th March 2012

On Friday (23rd March) the Church of England called for church schools to robustly assert their Christian ethos and foundation.

Internet users warned of sex offending risks

First published 25th March 2012

Avid internet users are being warned about the risks and dangers of online surfing in unknown areas.

Hinduism lesson plans for Key Stage 2

First published 23rd March 2012

Download ten lesson plans to coverKS2 Unit 10:What does it mean to belong to a religion? HINDUISM for the Awareness, Mystery and Value agreed syllabus.

Olympics needn't be an Olympic task: advice and resources

First published 22nd March 2012

With the London 2012 fast approaching in July and August, every community will be touched by the Games, and every church can play their part.

Psalm 22.1&7-8; Daily reflections for Lent, Mar 22

First published 22nd March 2012

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?

Key Stage 2 lesson plan: What can we learn from the life and teaching of Jesus?

First published 22nd March 2012

Ten lesson plans to cover KS2 Unit 2: What can we learn from the life and teaching of Jesus? for the Awareness, Mystery and Value scheme of work.

Key Stage 2 lesson plan: How should we live and who can inspire us?

First published 22nd March 2012

Six lesson plans to coverKS2 Unit 9:How should we live and who can inspire us?

Church of Uganda Responds to Kony 2012 Campaign

First published 21st March 2012

Joseph Kony and the LRA left Uganda in 2006 at the beginning of the Juba peace talks and havent been in Uganda for more than five years. Since then, the people of Northern Uganda have been returning to their homes.

Anglican Communion News releases article on Kony Video

First published 16th March 2012

A film detailing atrocities committed by the Northern Uganda rebel leader Joseph Kony has become an Internet sensation, but faith leaders in the region said they fear the production will cause further trauma.

Northern Uganda in the spotlight

First published 15th March 2012

In 2012 Five Talents is investing over 90,000 in a project in Northern Uganda designed to help Ugandans work their way out of poverty through small loans and business advice.

I was chatting with Tim Harle recently, ...

First published 12th March 2012

I was chatting with Tim Harle recently, one of the leaders of the Voyage Leadership Programme, and we were reflecting on how few female writers on leadership there are.

Lent talks address issue of Climate Change

First published 6th March 2012

Rev Andrew Doarks from Bristol South Deanery visited Mbale Diocese in December 2011 and saw for himself the devastating effects of climatic changes on the lives of people in Uganda.

Spiritual Development - progression in spirituality

First published 28th February 2012

Inspectors also evaluate how well the school promotes the pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Lay Ministers encouraged to preach a radical message

First published 20th February 2012

Around 350 people joined Bishop Lee in the Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 18th February to witness the licensing of nine new lay ministers and the welcome of another new lay minister from Oxford Diocese.

Bishop's letter: Changing seasons through Lent

First published 6th February 2012

This month Bishop Lee invites us to embrace Lent as a time for necessary endings so we can truly experience God's new beginnings.

Getting to grips with AT2 to raise attainment in RE

First published 6th February 2012

A presentation on getting to grips with AT2 to raise attainment in RE from the 2012 SACRE conference by Dilwyn Hunt.

Assessment for Learning in RE (Key Stage 3 / Key Stage 4)

First published 6th February 2012

Three presentations on Assessment for Learning in RE from the 2012 SACRE conference, by Esther Messinger, Julian Selman and Leah Osborne.

RE Through Games and Drama: the role of the RE Co-ordinator EYFS + KS1

First published 6th February 2012

A presentation on RE through games and drama and the role of the RE-cordinator at EYFS and KS1 from the 2012 SACRE conference by Margaret James.

Teaching Christianity Well: The Key Ideas behind the Christian Story for Key Stage 2

First published 6th February 2012

Ideas and resources for Key Stage 2 on explaining key themes in Christian belief and practice.

Raising the profile of RE in your school

First published 6th February 2012

A presentation on raising the profile of RE in your school from the 2012 SACRE conference by Dilwyn Hunt.

RE and Reasoning Skills (Key Stage 3 / Key Stage 4)

First published 6th February 2012

This presentation by RE specialist Dilywn Hunt explores reasons and reasoning, and how to help pupils marshal an argument.

Lent ideas provided by Jenny Foster, Bristol's Fair Trade Champion

First published 31st January 2012

Global Aware Bulletin February 2012

New Sikhism lesson plans for Awareness, Mystery and Value (Bristol LA)

First published 30th January 2012

8 lesson plans to cover Key Stage 2 Unit 10

I am becoming more convinced that 'lead...

First published 24th January 2012

I am becoming more convinced that 'leadership' is the combination of 3 things.

David Stevens, a life transformed, even until death

First published 17th January 2012

Over the last year, David Stevens has shared how God transformed his life in a series of videos, right up to the point of his death this month.

David Morris from Christ Church Clifton looks back on a trip to Uganda in 2012

First published 10th January 2012

June/July 2011 saw a team of ten head out to Uganda for three weeks of international mission.

Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi announces his retirement

First published 9th January 2012

Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi has called for the election of the next Archbishop of the Church of Uganda.

Brilliant New Collective Worship Site

First published 9th December 2011

From the National Society:

Leadership Conferences in Uganda

First published 6th December 2011

You challenged me to align my values so that my talk matches my walk .. the teaching was so good that we needed at least a full week.

A Christmas sketch

First published 6th December 2011

So, what is the nativity?

The story of Mary and Joseph

First published 1st December 2011

With Christmas approaching this story of transformation from TearFund from Janet May reminds us of the power of the Gospel to bring about social change.

The Diocese of Bristol - "a hopeful place indeed"

First published 9th November 2011

Six months into her new role as an Archdeacon, Christine Froude reflects on what she has seen so far around the Diocese.

Who is my friend? A social networking lesson

First published 3rd November 2011

What impact does social networking have on our self worth and relationships? How can social networks enhance our lives, and what boundaries need to be set to keep us safe and build healthy relationships?

Bristol West Dinner and Promises Auction raises over £2000 for Deanery Link

First published 20th October 2011

Ricky Winn writes that the Bristol West Deanery Link had a wonderful evening and wants to thank all those who supported the event at All Saints, Clifton on Friday 14th November or gave auction promises.

This is not just about Jimmy Savile and his posthumous reputation

First published 19th October 2011

I must say I have found it very difficult to understand those who call in on radio phone-ins to voice their displeasure at those who have come out and spoken of their abusive experiences in the Jimmy Savile scandal.

After the riots (6)... a time to act

First published 30th September 2011

In the final article in our After the riots series, City Canon, Tim Higgins, issues a rallying cry to the local church.

After the riots (5)... what about wealth?

First published 26th September 2011

In the penultimate article of our After the riots series, Simon Topping challenges us to step back and be challenged by the radical notions in the Gospel of justice.

After the riots (4)... love thy neighbour

First published 19th September 2011

In the fourth of our "After the riots" series of articles, Simon Bale, one of the Diocese's Social Responsibility Officers who is part of the ISR team, argues for the role of the Church in healing our neighbourhoods.

Faith and worship at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School

First published 14th September 2011

St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School have launched anew website which includes a compelling summary and presentation about the role of faith and worship in their school life.

After the riots (3)... in the riot van

First published 12th September 2011

In the third of our "After the riots" series, Andy Paget, the senior police chaplain to Avon & Somerset Police reflects on the role of a chaplain in the middle of the riots conflict.

After the riots (2)... what young people think

First published 4th September 2011

In the second of our "After the riots" series, Jim Davis of the Children's Society reflects on the differing responses of young people... and adults.

After the riots (1)... the Church's response?

First published 2nd September 2011

The riots in early August led people to ask fundamental questions about our society and culture. As a Church, how do we respond?

Introduction: After the riots...

First published 1st September 2011

When rioting and looting ignited in London on 6 August and swept across England for almost four days, the nation and wider world stopped in shock to ask what was going on in our society.

Bristol NW Foodbank meets physical and spiritual needs

First published 31st August 2011

With Harvest approaching, one woman's initiative in setting up a "foodbank" in north-west Bristol embodies God's spiritual and physical provision.

Martyrs' Day

First published 19th July 2011

On visits to Uganda, I find that I can give as much energy as required if I can have a rest day now and again. Such a day was planned for June 3rd.

The incident of the mud in the night!

First published 19th July 2011

Stuart Taylor recently returned from Uganda after a trip to the Diocese of Northern Ugandawith Kate Welham from Red Maid's School in Bristol.

Jimmy Rocks, an evangelist at heart

First published 13th July 2011

Jimmy Rocks is an Ordained Pioneer Minister at St Michael's Stoke Gifford and is motivated by a desire that others may come to know Jesus Christ as he did.

Come to us, or go to them?

First published 12th July 2011

Here's an excellent video for your youth group.

Creative play with the Scrapstore Playpod in Pucklechurch

First published 5th July 2011

The Scrapstore Playpod has revolutionised play at Pucklechurch Primary School. It essentially allows them to use manufacturing offcuts such as tubes, nets and hoops in their creative play.

Spiritual leadership

First published 27th June 2011

This presentation was given by Revd Canon David Hoyle at the Diocese's Headteachers' Conference on 6 May 2011.

Creative prayer ideas

First published 26th June 2011

Are you in need of ideas for making prayer time during all-age services and children's work more engaging?

Review of Education Capital - Sebastian James Report

First published 15th May 2011

This Review was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Education in 2010. It was led by Sebastian James, the Director of Operations for Dixons plc.

St. Chad's Patchway wins Church School Award

First published 15th May 2011

We are extremely proud to announce that St. Chad's Patchway C. of E. Primary School in South Gloucestershire has been named as Wales and West Regional Winner of the Church School Awards 2011!"

The Lord's Prayer

First published 15th April 2011

These two PowerPoints present the Lord's Prayer, one traditional and the other a modern take on Jesus's words in Luke 11:1-4.

Gospel reflection

First published 14th April 2011

This reflective podcast for young people was recorded for Clifton Diocese in Lent 2011. It is based on John 5.

An all-age Easter talk

First published 13th April 2011

An inclusive All-age Easter talk involving children and young people...Buy some plastic Easter Eggs - the kind that open so that you can put things inside.

10 ideas for rethinking Sunday School with youth

First published 29th March 2011

This is a challenging article from the wonderful RETHINKING YOUTH MINISTRY.

RIP Rev Phoebe Mutabaazi

First published 21st March 2011

Bristol Diocese extends its love and sympathy to the family of Rev Phoebe Mutabaazi after her sudden death on Friday 11th March 2011.Faithful to the end she was involved in work at the Cathedral offices when she was taken ill and sadly passed away be

Kingswood churches launch Bristol's first Street Pastors

First published 22nd February 2011

Members of churches in Kingswood are preparing to train as Street Pastors in order to care for others, especially young people, who find themselves in need of help in the town centre late at night.

Bishop Mike explores Fairtrade in Uganda

First published 6th February 2011

Bishop Mike visited a Ugandan tea plantation to discover what difference Fairtrade might make in developing countries.

Mission through partnership in East Bristol

First published 5th February 2011

Revd Trevor Denley, an Ordained Local Minister in the East Bristol Partnership, gives an account of an Anglican and a Methodist Church working together in mission.

“Mixed economy” yields growth in Almondsbury

First published 4th February 2011

As part of our Growth in Numbers series, Revd Philip Rowe tells how a "mixed economy" approach in Almondsbury, north of Bristol, has seen more people engaging in the life of the church.

A policy for Relationships and Sex Education

First published 4th February 2011

This is a sample policy about Relationships and Sex Education which Church Schools can take and adapt.

St Stephen's reveals Reconciliation Reredos

First published 1st February 2011

On Friday 21st January a piece of art history and hope for the future was unveiled in St Stephens Church, Bristol, with the Reconciliation Reredos.

Primates meeting respond to the murder of David Kato and the ongoing troubles affecting the Anglican

First published 1st February 2011

The Primates meeting in Dublin has issued a joint statement in response to the death of Ugandan, David Kato.

Fair Trade in Bristol

First published 24th January 2011

Big Swish, Oxfam Clothes Swap.

Election of new bishops for the diocese of Ruwenzori and West Buganda

First published 17th January 2011

Article reprinted from the Church of Uganda Website, photographs by Walter Dirks The House of Bishops, sitting on November 5, 2010 elected Rev. Canon Geoffrey Makumbi and Rev. Reuben Kisembo as Bishops of West Buganda and Ruwenzori respectively.

The Future of Partnership - Report on the Partnership for World Mission Conference (PWM) held at Swa

First published 10th January 2011

Over 90 representatives attended, most of them from Anglican dioceses, mission agencies and overseas churches. The theme of the conference, The Future of Partnership was introduced by the chairman of PWM, the Rt Rev Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol.

New Bishop for Rwenzori announced

First published 6th November 2010

The House of Bishops in Uganda appointed Revd Reuben Kisembo to be the next Bishop of Rwenzori to succeed Bishop Patrick Kyaligonza.

Celebrating festivals

First published 12th September 2010

What happens when Year 6 students feel that they have heard the same story, the same way, every year at festival time?

Anne Frank teaching material

First published 12th September 2010

We have produced a range of lesson plans on the theme of Why did Anne Frank go into hiding?

The environment and religious beliefs

First published 31st August 2010

Here are some resources to help consider questions about the environment and a variety of religious beliefs.

Beyond the grave

First published 31st August 2010

Here are two resources to help consider the topic of death and what Christians believe happens after death.

Changing poverty and injustice

First published 31st August 2010

Here is some KS2 material which can be used to prompt discussion about poverty and injustice, and how and why Christians address these issues.

Creative curriculum planning

First published 31st August 2010

Here are some tools to help with the planning of your RE lessons for Key Stages 1 and 2, connecting them with themes which will span the whole curriculum.

Good news from Bishops Conference in Uganda

First published 31st August 2010

Read a helpful and informative articlefrom the Anglican Communion News Service about the recent conference of bishops from across Africa that met in Uganda.

Poor yet rich

First published 31st August 2010

Bruce Clifford spent July in Uganda as an ordinand on a church placement that was facilitated by our Diocesan link. Here he reflects on his experiences.How can we help make poverty history in Uganda?

City Deanery tree planters in West Buganda

First published 19th August 2010

From left to right:Dave Matthews, Clare Hayes,Andrew Hyde, Natalie Berry, Joanna Hyde, Rev Susan Allman and Catherine Forman.

Home town boy, James Ssebaggala, becomes new Bishop of Mukono

First published 19th August 2010

Born, bred, schooled, married, re-schooled and working in Mukono District. Most of James' life has revolved around the Diocese of Mukono.

Important news from Christian Aid

First published 22nd July 2010

Join thousands of others to have your say on Global Poverty and Climate Change.

New Bishop of Ankole Consecrated

First published 21st July 2010

Bishop Frederick Sheldon Mwesigwawas consecrated as the new bishop of Ankole Diocese on the 18th July, 2010.

Latest Global Community Links News

First published 19th July 2010

Planning a link visit that will have a development dimension? Hoping to organise a project through your link that will educate people about world development issues / poverty, etc.?

Sad news from Uganda

First published 15th July 2010

UCU members caught up in blast.

New Bishop for Mukono Diocese

First published 5th July 2010

Praise to our Saviour Jesus Christ our Lord.Rev. Canon James William Ssebaggala Walusimbi has been elected the next Diocesan Bishop of the Diocese of Mukono.

Leighton Carr, From House Builder to Church Builder

First published 1st July 2010

Leighton Carr, Architect, seeker, teacher, designer, problem solver, imaginer, communicator and now ...Priest in the Church of England.

Matt Trendall, from rat race to a different reality

First published 30th June 2010

Matt Trendall felt some sort of calling to ministry aged 21 but had a strong desire to go out into the real world first.

Alice Kemp, life in all its fullness

First published 30th June 2010

Alice Kemp has had a challenging few years juggling training for ministry with caring for her disabled son and running a small business.

Steve Wilkinson, out of the comfort zone

First published 30th June 2010

Steve Wilkinson knows what it is like to live a life where he is consistently challenged to step out of his comfort zone.

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