Please find all the latest news from the Diocese of Bristol
Please find all the latest news from the Diocese of Bristol
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
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.
In our latest blog, Revd Dr Emma Ineson, Principal of Trinity College Bristol, reflects on stepping out in faith when God calls us.
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.
In our latest blog, Revd Canon Nick Hay, Area Dean of Bristol South Deanery, explores finding a church community in the pub.
Bishop Lee has been speaking about HOPE Bristol 2018, the five-day youth led mission.
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.
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.
With a little over a month until Christmas, some churches may be thinking of recruiting a volunteer Father Christmas for a Santas Grotto.
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
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.
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.
Visible Discipleship: A Discussion Panel. How do we understand the relationship between social action and evangelism?
In our latest blog, Revd Kat Campion-Spall, Associate Vicar of St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol, thinks about how we aim for perfection.
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
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 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
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.
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 is holding two special lectures addressing faith and politics in our post-Trump, post-Brexit society.
The Diocese of Bristol is now offering churches the opportunity to join the Parish Giving Scheme.
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.
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.
Members of churches in the Avonside Mission Area have gathered to celebrate the signing of their covenant.
Bishop Mike and Anthea Hill have written the following thanks following the farewell service at Bristol Cathedral.
In this months message Bishop Lee asks whether there is more to marginal gains than making small incremental changes.
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
Churches in Bristol have been helping people struggling with financial worries through the work of Christians Against Poverty (CAP).
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
People in need of prayer can send their requests by text message to a mobile phone number set up by St Augustines Church, Swindon.
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.
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.
This autumn bring people together with food.
Earlier this week, Janey Hiller and Helen Collins held a 12-hour prayer vigil for the Diocese at Hillside House.
Extra tickets have been released for the Bishop of Bristol's farewell service next month.
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.
From September Bristol Diocese will be joining this nationwide scheme to support church giving.
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 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.
A statement by the Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Mike Hill, regarding the recent events in Charlottesville.
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.
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 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 in Bristol are being invited to a monthly cafe at Holy Trinity Church, Hotwells each month.
Virtual technology is giving a new view of the parish church in Dauntsey.
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
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 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.
Two local projects have successfully received grants from the Church Urban Funds Near Neighbours scheme.
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.
This month Bishop Lee tells how one boys life is having a transforming impact for the Kingdom of God.
The Archbishops Council of the Church of England has recently published a new report on rural mission and growth.
The Near Neighbours small grants fund, run by the Church Urban Fund, has now reopened with new guidelines.
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.
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 publication of the independent report by Dame Moira Gibb into the Church's handling of the Bishop Peter Ball case.
A month ago today, around 80 people gathered at St Michael's in Stoke Gifford to discuss funding options for their church projects.
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: Continuing the Journey is a helpful guide for PCC's to do a quick and easy health check of their parishes stewardship practices.
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.
Two new Mission Areas have been launched in the Diocese of Bristol.
Horfield Church of England Primary School in Bristol has been named as the 2016-17 UKLA Literacy School of the Year.
Determined cyclist Rich Wiles-Teoh has cycled the height of Everest to raise funds for St Andrews Church in Castle Combe.
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.
'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
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.
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:
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
Lee Barnes, Priest-in-Charge of Holy Trinity and St Stephens in Bristol, is a member of the Organising Committee at the Glastonbury Festival.
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.
Four parishes in the Diocese of Bristol have been given recognition in the first round of DAC Awards.
A message from the Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Mike Hill, in response to the attack in Manchester.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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?
Of proverbs, axioms, parables and wisdom for living.
The energy and commitment of a Christian Aid supporter who attends St Mary's Church, Purton, has been recognised with a national award.
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.
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.
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.
As people learn to serve and follow Christ, they will be looking for practical opportunities to use their gifts.
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.
Most people would not now come to church without an invitation from a friend - even if they had attended in the past.
One challenge facing churches is how to provide services that engage with families and which are fun and creative.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I just got back from a teaching schedule in a variety of contexts which has been fascinating.
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Early on one summer morning