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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
Open North Swindon celebrates launch of new church, The Well

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
Open How can your church be more mental health friendly?

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
Open New church to serve North Swindon communities

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.
Open Crosslight Swindon launches face to face debt advice appointments

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.
Open Wild Church established in North Wiltshire Mission Area

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.
Open Mental health initiatives across the diocese addressing an increasing 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.
Open New church building in Swindon welcomes live worship for the first time

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.
Open New church building in Swindon opens for live worship on Sunday

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

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

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.
Open Evangelising at the Station for Christmas

Mission Areas explained....A Video
First published 18th December 2019
An introduction to Mission Areas featuring the Yate and Fromeside Mission Area.
Open Mission Areas explained....A Video

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.
Open Pattern Church celebrates first birthday!

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.
Open Pattern Church thanks Allchurches Trust for Grant Award

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.
Open ASMA Ventures into new territory

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.
Open ASMA Prayer Celebration

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.
Open Morning Evangelism in Avonside

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.
Open Pattern Church launches afternoon service

Celebrating Bristol NW CAP Debt Centre
First published 22nd August 2019
Celebrating the work of the Bristol NW CAP Debt Centre .
Open Celebrating 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.
Open Inspire Youth Pilgrimage

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'.
Open Kingdom Come: Seeking God's Kingdom in Bristol

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.
Open North Wilts Mission Area churches sign covenant

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.
Open St Nicholas Bristol thanks All Churches Trust

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.
Open Fresh prayer stream in Yate and Fromeside

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.
Open Taking SHAPE in Avonside

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.
Open Pattern Church receives planning approval

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.
Open Yate and Fromeside podcast bringing encouragement and hope

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.
Open Way Open for Social Justice Projects in Avonside

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
Open Celebration to mark launch of new Swindon church

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.
Open Church reimagined for new generation as doors reopen after 60 years

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.
Open Church reopens after six decades to work with young people

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.
Open Avonside Mission Area churches sign covenant