Athelstan Pilgrim Way to be opened on 30th June

First published 6th June 2024

A new group of walking and cycling routes to be opened linking churches in North Wiltshire

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Celebrating the 2023 DAC Awards

First published 12th May 2023

The DAC Awards evening took place on 10 May at St Michael’s, Highworth. Find out who was recognised at the event.

"I believe we will see more young people in our churches again" - meet youth leader Lydia Chancellor

First published 21st March 2022

Lydia is the new Youth and Children's Missioner for Yate and Fromeside Mission Area

St Saviour's Coalpit Heath welcomed into Fromeside Benefice

First published 21st February 2022

“This offers us a wonderful opportunity to work together” Revd Malcom Strange

Churches provide support in UK debt crisis - case study 

First published 14th December 2021

A case study of how our two resourcing churches are providing support to those in need.

North Swindon celebrates launch of new church, The Well

First published 21st September 2021

The new plant from Pattern Church, Swindon, welcomed over 150 people to its first service on Sunday 12 September

How can your church be more mental health friendly?

First published 22nd August 2021

Mental health first aid courses will be available this autumn across Bristol Diocese

New church to serve North Swindon communities

First published 9th August 2021

The Well will hold its first service in a local school this September

Crosslight Swindon launches face to face debt advice appointments

First published 22nd June 2021

A collaboration between Pattern Church and Crosslight Advice, Crosslight Swindon has a vision to restore dignity and renew hope to those in need by alleviating poverty and improving financial capability.

Wild Church established in North Wiltshire Mission Area

First published 17th June 2021

Wild Church enables people to worship and engage with God in a fresh way through creation.

Mental health initiatives across the diocese addressing an increasing need

First published 24th November 2020

Over the course of this year of lockdowns, mental health needs have increased. Across the Diocese, churches have come together to provide resources and to address this need.

New church building in Swindon welcomes live worship for the first time

First published 23rd September 2020

Pattern Church celebrated their first live worship services in the building on Sunday 20 September 2020.

New church building in Swindon opens for live worship on Sunday

First published 18th September 2020

Pattern Church is a new church in the historic Great Western Railways Pattern Store building in the centre of Swindon.

Churches in Avonside come together for a virtual afternoon tea and prayer

First published 24th July 2020

On 12 July, members from local churches hosted a virtual afternoon tea and prayer event.

Avonmouth church community expands its emergency food parcel service and outreach work

First published 18th June 2020

In Avonmouth, a local church group has been awarded £125,000 in community grants for an aspirational woodworking workshop “Space4Makers” and a store room to expand its Foodbank and HomeBank service.

Evangelising at the Station for Christmas

First published 18th December 2019

Members of the Avonside Evangelism Group took to standing at a train station to invite commuters to Christmas services recently. Revd John Monaghan, vicar of St Edyth's, Sea Mills, reflects on their efforts.

Mission Areas explained....A Video

First published 18th December 2019

An introduction to Mission Areas featuring the Yate and Fromeside Mission Area.

Pattern Church celebrates first birthday!

First published 2nd December 2019

Swindons newest Anglican church turned one this week. Having launched at the start of December 2018, Pattern Church celebrated its first birthday on Sunday 1 December, with two services at 10am and 4:30pm at the Platform on Faringdon Road.

Pattern Church thanks Allchurches Trust for Grant Award

First published 13th November 2019

In late May Pattern Church in Swindon was awarded a significant Allchurches Trust grant for which the church and the Diocese is extremely grateful.

ASMA Ventures into new territory

First published 1st November 2019

Stimulated by the Avonside Mission Area, members of St Marys Stoke Bishop, St Marys Shirehampton, St Edyths Sea Mills, St Peters Lawrence Weston and St Andrews Avonmouth have all been encouraged to form missional communities.

ASMA Prayer Celebration

First published 24th October 2019

Members of Avonside Mission Area gathered for a prayer celebration on Wednesday 16 October.There were 75 people present who followed the 4Ws of the Mission Area.

Morning Evangelism in Avonside

First published 24th October 2019

In February, Avonside Mission Area started a weekly Tuesday morning prayer meeting. This forms part of their Evangelism Mission Shaped Community, hosted by Revd Hartmut Kopsch.

Pattern Church launches afternoon service

First published 30th August 2019

Swindon's Pattern Church is launching a new afternoon service on Sundays. Pattern Church, which launched last December, is adding the 4.30pm service with the aim of attracting young people and those in their 20s.

Celebrating Bristol NW CAP Debt Centre

First published 22nd August 2019

Celebrating the work of the Bristol NW CAP Debt Centre .

Inspire Youth Pilgrimage

First published 20th August 2019

In May sixteen young people and eight adults from across the Yate and Fromeside Mission Area set off on a 62-mile pilgrimage walking from St Peters Frampton Cotterell to the Cathedral in Sailsbury.

Kingdom Come: Seeking God's Kingdom in Bristol

First published 15th August 2019

This October, young people from across Bristol will gather together at St Nicholas to seek God at 'Kingdom Come'.

North Wilts Mission Area churches sign covenant

First published 1st July 2019

Members of churches in the North Wilts Mission Area have gathered to celebrate the signing of their covenant. Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon, spoke at the special service.

St Nicholas Bristol thanks All Churches Trust

First published 7th May 2019

It has been just over four months since St Nicholas Bristol reopened its doors, following the first phase of refurbishment of a building previously used by Bristol City Council as an archive space.

Fresh prayer stream in Yate and Fromeside

First published 24th April 2019

Yate and Fromeside Mission Area has created a prayer stream over the past months, bringing together eight people from churches across the Mission Area to meet regularly to discuss and implement prayer initiatives.

Taking SHAPE in Avonside

First published 15th April 2019

Avonside Mission Area has recently completed the Your SHAPE for God's Service sessions produced by the Diocese.

Pattern Church receives planning approval

First published 3rd April 2019

In late March 2019, Pattern Church in Swindon received its planning permission from Swindon Borough Council to adapt and convert the old Great Western Railway Pattern Store into a new worship space.

Yate and Fromeside podcast bringing encouragement and hope

First published 1st April 2019

Last Easter, Yate and Fromeside Mission Area started experimenting with podcasting. Nearly one year later it has proven to be a success.

Way Open for Social Justice Projects in Avonside

First published 13th December 2018

Its amazing how God opens doors! Recently, the Anglican churches of the Avonside Mission Area threw open their doors for their annual Lent Course.

Celebration to mark launch of new Swindon church

First published 28th November 2018

Community and church leaders will celebrate the launch of a new church for Swindon this week.The civic service will take place at Pattern Church, which will be housed in the former Pattern Store. Services will take place at the location throughout De

Church reimagined for new generation as doors reopen after 60 years

First published 25th September 2018

Community and church leaders will celebrate the re-opening of St Nicholas Church on Baldwin Street as it prepares to welcome its first visitors this coming Sunday.

Church reopens after six decades to work with young people

First published 15th January 2018

A church in the centre of Bristol, which closed 65 years ago, is to reopen later this year with the aim of engaging young people and those who don't currently go to church in the city.

Avonside Mission Area churches sign covenant

First published 3rd October 2017

Members of churches in the Avonside Mission Area have gathered to celebrate the signing of their covenant.

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