Learning through the PandemicFirst published 17th August 2020
Diocese of Bristol learning event for clergy and church leadership.
Diocese of Bristol learning event for clergy and church leadership.
Green Christian have launched a new discipleship resource to help Christians consider the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the world from a fresh perspective.
For Christians, Lent is one of the most important times of year. It is a time when we can prepare to remember Jesus' life, death and resurrection at Easter.
I wouldnt have taken myself off to church without an invitation church has become an important part of my life....changed my life.... feel I have grown so much.
To equip you to lead your congregation into a culture of invitation, remote coaching with Michael Harvey of Unlocking the Growth is available to Diocese of Bristol church leaders for free.
The Journey of Invitation has been created in response to requests for practical resources to support the six key practices of Making Disciples in Your Parish.
A new podcast and video series aims to help Christians grow as disciples in their daily walk with God.The fortnightly podcast, called Connection, has been created by Revd Hywel Snook, Associate Vicar in Yate, and Justin Blackett.
Missional discipleship resources for churches.
Apprentice is a daily discipleship resource for individuals and groups helping them to explore the life of Jesus more fully.Day by day, week by week, you will explore four spiritual rhythms.
At our Connected conference in April 2018 we launched the Making disciples in your parish resource.
People in need of prayer can send their requests by text message to a mobile phone number set up by St Augustines Church, Swindon.
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
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.
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.
Whole-Life Discipleship for Churches New Programme of Workshops for Churches launching in September.Prioritising Making disciples.
The Revd Ness Whiffin, curate at the Marshfield Benefice, has recently introduced a pet service at the church.
People living close to St Luke's Church have been given a special offer by the congregation.
This month sees the start of A Season of Invitation, with people being encouraged to invite friends and families to special services at their church.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting every parish, fresh expression of Church, school, chaplaincy, retreat house, and praying community to join in ten days of prayer for evangelism and witness in the run up to Pentecost 2017.
Churches from across Bristol have taken part in an annual open air church service in a Downend park.
Families have been getting back to nature as they celebrated a new church service in the great outdoors.Children and adults from Wroughton Parish Church ventured into Kings Farm Wood on Sunday as they looked to encounter God through the natural world.
I wasnt blown away by an array of new ideas I have come away thinking, Wow, this is awesome, and I really think we can achieve this!Anita Dobson, from Christ Church Downend, looks back at the first day of the Bristol Learning Hub.
Three people have been confirmed at an accessible confirmation service at St Peter's Church, Chippenham.
In May we were joined by Michael Harvey from Season of Invitation to help us explore what it looks like to be an invitational church.
There's such power in praying for our friends who don't yet know Jesus. Not just doing it once in a while, or when we feel like it, but doing it regularly persevering with discipline, and with joy.
Sometimes all it takes is a simple act of invitation to change somebody's life.
The Anglican mission agency Us (formerly USPG) has published a Lent study course for 2016 focusing on the global issue of migration and the plight of refugees.
Revd Liz Perry, one of the chaplains at HMP Ashfield, reports on a special confirmation service in their chapel for serving prisoners, led by Bishop Lee.
Visitors to Bristol's St Mary Redcliffe Church on Doors Open Day on Saturday 12 September will see more than a masterpiece of Gothic Architecture and unique examples of the city's history.
The Bishop of Swindon, Rt Revd Lee Rayfield has warmly welcomed the announcement of a three-year programme to help promote greater relationship between faith and science.
When the main messages are clear, then the application of scripture - what we should do and how we should live - is a good deal easier to understand.
Your Kingdom come, on this bit of earth at this point in time...Revd Jo Vickery reports on a recent event for church leaders in Bristol, exploring how we can be disciples in the 'whole of life'.
People across Bristol, Swindon and the West country are looking forward to the weekend of Friday 12 to Sunday 14 September.
It takes the church out of an old church building and puts it out in the community where it needs to be - Talking about issues of faith outside of a church setting isn't always easy.
Thanks to Revd Steve Wilkinson, Priest in Charge of the Woodbridge Group in North Wiltshire for sharing this report on their Creating Confidence Sunday.
As we gear up for Creating Confidence Sunday on 6 July and look ahead to the Archbishop's visit in September, we consider why we're no longer fearful of 'gossiping the gospel'.
This resource is a gift from God, via Church Army, to enable each of us to live out the most freeing, exciting and life-giving of mandates that God offers: to be witnesses to Jesus Christ.
I would say this is final evidential proof that the Fresh Expressions movement is working and that these results cannot be swept under the carpet.
This was the question Revd Jo Vickery from Christ Church, Downend asked on BBC Radio Bristol on Sunday morning (11 May 2014) in an interview.
Millions of lives have been changed when they have participated in courses like Alpha that enable people to explore the Christian faith.
God is always Good News. When we are good news, God's people see growing churches.
As the season of Advent begins and we look towards Christmas, lets not overlook the opportunity to reflect on the Advent season itself.
140 clergy once again gathered in Bristol and Swindon for the second set of day conferences, learning from Bishop Chris Edmondson and Bishop Mike.
A group of parishes in North Wiltshire developed their links with local schools by having a schools celebration service on Back to Church Sunday.
Bishop Mike encouraged churches to build their confidence in evangelism at Diocesan Synod and announced an Alpha initiative for 2014 when Archbishop Justin Welby visits the Diocese.
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.
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.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?