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.

'Creative Family Focused Expressions of Church made simple' resource launched

First published 29th January 2019

Many churches in the Diocese of Bristol and across the country have found that Messy Church has provided them with an excellent way to connect with families and people of all ages in a creative act of worship.

The Journey - theatrical telling of the Christmas story

First published 22nd December 2018

On the 9 December, people from across Swindon gathered for two performances of an immense, immersive theatrical telling of the Christmas story.

St Andrew's reopens doors after major refurbishment

First published 13th December 2018

Community groups, childrens clubs and those just after a decent cuppa will be able to make use of St Andrews Church when it reopens next week. The building in Avonmouth had suffered from water damage over the years and was in need of a new lease of l

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.

Church looking for groups to develop community hub in Bristol

First published 5th December 2018

Organisations and charities are being invited by a Bristol church put forward ideas of how it can develop a hub for the city.Members of St Stephen's Church's PCC want to hear from groups who would be interested in forming a partnership with them

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

Cycle of Prayer for the ministry of the Diocese

First published 20th November 2018

Prayer is an amazing gift which strengthens our relationship with God; it has the power to change us and the world around us.

Connections: Dementia Friendly Cafe

First published 9th November 2018

People living with dementia in Clifton have been given a safe place to meet and chat.All Saints Church in Clifton runs a dementia accessible cafe, Friends on Friday, for people with dementia, along with their family and friends.

Connections: Football Focus

First published 9th November 2018

Sports ministry through football is helping the church in Lockleaze to connect with its community. Revd Dave Jeal, vicar at St James Lockleaze and chaplain for Bristol Rovers, is encouraging congregations to form their own teams.

Folk-based album based on Psalms released by Bristol vicar and son

First published 11th October 2018

Bristol vicar - and award-winning composer - Steven Faux has teamed up with his son, Clem, to produce a new album. You Are is a contemporary folk-based album of songs based on the Book of Psalms and is the fourth in a series of albums.

Connections: B&A Small Groups

First published 4th October 2018

Christians at Bishopston and St Andrews are being equipped for living their faith in everyday life through the church's small groups.

St Mary's Lydiard Tregoze wins National Lottery support

First published 2nd October 2018

We are delighted to announce that St Marys Church Lydiard Tregoze, which lies on the western edge of Swindon in historic Lydiard Park, has received a confirmed National Lottery grant award from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

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.

Photo exhibition at Cathedral captures poignance of war graves

First published 24th August 2018

Bristol Cathedral will be hosting a significant photography exhibition this autumn, remembering those who lost their lives in the First World War. 

School opera celebrates church bells in Almondsbury

First published 17th August 2018

Pupils at two schools have performed a new opera celebrating the restoration of the set of bells in St Marys Almondsbury.

Autumn and Winter Aid Appeal for Syria, Lebanon and Iraq

First published 7th August 2018

During September The Church in Westbury Park is asking for peeople to bring items and money to be sent to those in the most dire need in refugee camps in Syria and Iraq.Below is a list of those items which are needed.

Ride and Stride 2018

First published 7th August 2018

This year's annual Ride+Stride event, which takes place throughout Wiltshire on Saturday 8 September, is the perfect chance to visit some of the county's beautiful churches.

Revd Canon Michael Roden announced as new Canon Chancellor

First published 6th August 2018

Bristol Cathedral has announced the appointment of Revd Canon Michael Roden as Canon Chancellor.

New book tells colourful history of All Saints Church

First published 18th June 2018

A new book tracing the history of All Saints Church, Clifton - once dubbed the Anglo-Catholic cathedral of the South West - has just been  published.

Bristol DAC Awards 2018

First published 7th June 2018

Each year the Diocesan Advisory Committee recognises a number of projects through its awards scheme. 

Even more tea, vicar?

First published 17th April 2018

A Wiltshire vicar is taking her tea drinking to a new level during her 13 week sabbatical this Spring - and she cant stop talking about it.

Detectives wanted to solve murder mystery in Swindon church

First published 4th April 2018

'Thou shall not kill' may be one of the Ten Commandments, but a church in Swindon will find itself breaking that command when it hosts a murder mystery evening later this year.

Movement: Chippenham Deanery

First published 4th February 2018

Young people from across churches have been gathering to celebrate their faith together.Movement is a new regular worship event that brings together young people from smaller churches in Chippenham and the surrounding area.The idea is to give teenage

St Alban Choir

First published 4th February 2018

A church choir is making connections with the community.St Alban Choir, based at The Church in Westbury Park, currently sees 30 children and adults singing in at least one service every week.

Recovery Fayre

First published 4th February 2018

People struggling with addiction have been celebrating the fight to get their lives back on track at St Agnes Church in St Pauls, Bristol.

The Ark@Sparc

First published 4th February 2018

Not many church halls can claim to contain the biggest children's indoor play area in the neighbourhood.

Celebrating Epiphany with Llamas at All Saints, Clifton

First published 18th January 2018

Yes, a donkey at Christmas or Palm Sunday, but llamas for Epiphany? 

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.

Scientists speak at church during month of science and faith

First published 4th January 2018

Science and faith will converge across the four Sundays in January at All Saints Lydiard Millicent this January.

Ugandan Christmas - 2017 Schools Activity

First published 20th December 2017

At the beginning of December, a group from West Swindon Church Partnership visited several of West Swindon primary schools.

Nativity characters mingle with shoppers in Yate

First published 19th December 2017

Children from the Yate area are learning more about the Christmas story by bumping into various characters from the Nativity as they shop for presents or visit Santa in the Yate Shopping Centre. 

Baby Jesus Rocks in Westbury Park

First published 12th December 2017

Hand-painted stones featuring a sleeping baby Jesus have been left scattered around Westbury Park. The miniature artwork is the brain-child of Revd Emma Langley, vicar of St Alban Westbury Park.

Cathedral completes restoration of Victorian Rose Window

First published 4th December 2017

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.

The Happiness Lab

First published 22nd November 2017

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. 

Advent and Christmas Prayers 2017

First published 21st November 2017

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

Bristol Cathedral holds special Faith and Politics lectures

First published 19th October 2017

Bristol Cathedral is holding two special lectures addressing faith and politics in our post-Trump, post-Brexit society.

Mission-Minded Christians invited to join inner city mission

First published 18th October 2017

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.

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.

Connections: Nook Pods

First published 21st September 2017

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

Connections: Christians Against Poverty

First published 21st September 2017

Churches in Bristol have been helping people struggling with financial worries through the work of Christians Against Poverty (CAP).

St Stephen's Southmead opens doors as Make Lunch Kitchen

First published 15th August 2017

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.

Work begins to restore Bristol Cathedral's Rose Window

First published 7th August 2017

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 helped by church cafe

First published 21st July 2017

People with memory problems in Bristol are being invited to a monthly cafe at Holy Trinity Church, Hotwells each month.

Virtual 3D tour of Dauntsey church

First published 21st July 2017

Virtual technology is giving a new view of the parish church in Dauntsey.

Bishop's bike ride to raise funds for Hope Bristol 2018

First published 20th July 2017

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.

Everesting challenge for church

First published 15th June 2017

Determined cyclist Rich Wiles-Teoh has cycled the height of Everest to raise funds for St Andrews Church in Castle Combe.

undivided: Windows on the Reformation

First published 1st June 2017

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.

DAC Awards for church projects

First published 25th May 2017

Four parishes in the Diocese of Bristol have been given recognition in the first round of DAC Awards.

Christian Aid award for dedicated fundraiser

First published 16th May 2017

The energy and commitment of a Christian Aid supporter who attends St Mary's Church, Purton, has been recognised with a national award.

Hands project marks 1,300 years of church

First published 12th May 2017

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.

Connections: Alpha Course

First published 4th May 2017

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.

Godparents' Sunday boosts family service

First published 28th April 2017

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.

New book commemorates Bristol casualties in WW1

First published 10th April 2017

In August 2014, Bristol Cathedral began telling the stories of some of the men from the Diocese of Bristol who died during the First World War, one for every month of the conflict.

Martin Luther & the 500th Anniversary of the Start of the Reformation

First published 29th March 2017

Martin Luther & the 500th Anniversary of the Start of the Reformation Bristol Anglo-German Society is pleased to invite you to hear the Right Revd Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington.

HOPE at Easter

First published 20th March 2017

HOPE is helping churches to make Jesus known this Easter with a new book, a short video and an explorers course.

Let's Talk About … Dementia

First published 8th February 2017

There are some subjects we try not to talk about one is dementia.

Sunday Sessions @ The Hare - St Paul's, Bristol

First published 7th February 2017

Once a month, a south Bristol pub opens its doors to the church.

Knitted Crib Pilgrimage - St Andrew's, Chippenham

First published 7th February 2017

Woolly mementos of the Nativity found their way into homes across Chippenham last Christmas.

Join the Sanctuary Tent at Glastonbury

First published 1st February 2017

Glastonbury Festival is one of the iconic summer gatherings known across the world.

Thousands of Bristol children given Christmas story

First published 5th January 2017

The Mothers Union has helped share the Christmas story with thousands of children in Bristol.

Yarn-bombed Christmas tree doubles as blankets for homeless

First published 21st December 2016

Knitters from a church in Bristol have not only created their own Christmas tree from yarn but when the decorations come down they're recycling it into blankets for local homeless charities.

Week of prayer and fasting for social action

First published 21st December 2016

During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Together4Bristol and Christian Action Bristol have called for a week of prayer and fasting to prepare for transformation of our city through engaging in social action.

Funding boost for St Andrew, Castle Combe

First published 14th December 2016

St Andrew, Castle Combe is set to benefit from a 596,000 rescue funding package from the National Churches Trust, the UKs church repair and support charity.

Rehabilitation Marketplace

First published 24th November 2016

Sixty-One is coordinating an event showcasing the work of 10 local charities who work with offenders, a number of local prisons and probation.

Bring #JoyToTheWorld with

First published 18th November 2016

This Christmas the Church of England is launching a new website inviting people across the country to attend local parish services at Christmas.

The Advent Journey

First published 18th November 2016

Advent is a season of expectation and preparation, as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming of Christ.

Shrouds of the Somme tribute to fallen

First published 14th November 2016

An iconic installation commemorating soldiers who fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme has come to Bristol.

Bacon, Eggs and Bishop Mike

First published 7th November 2016

Q: What do you get if you cross a bishop, a golf club and a full English?A: The perfect recipe for the Christ Church Downend Mens breakfast. A group of 37 men of all ages gathered at the Kendleshire Golf Club to enjoy food.

Advent Sleepout Challenge

First published 2nd November 2016

Will you give up a night of comfort so that someone else doesn't have to?

Service replaces heavenly choirs with heavy metal

First published 25th October 2016

A unique service of Holy Communion is happening in Bristol the night before Halloween with Bristol's first ever Metal Mass.

Fire at St Michael on the Mount Without

First published 18th October 2016

Many will have heard about the fire that devastated St Michael on the Mount Without in Bristol on Sunday 16th October and be concerned about how this tragic event happened.

Prisons Week Visit to HMP Bristol

First published 13th October 2016

On Monday October 11th 2016,Sixty-One, with the help of the prisons Coordinating Chaplain Muhammed Foulds, took 10 church leaders around HMP Bristol as part of its ongoing work to help offenders live lives free from crime.

New social justice seminars at Bristol Cathedral

First published 6th October 2016

This autumn, Bristol Cathedral launches a new evening seminar programme called undivided: stories and social justice.

Practice makes disciples

First published 4th October 2016

If practice makes perfect, then it takes a lot of hard work and commitment to become a better follower of Jesus and we sometimes need a little help from others along the way.

Chores done for struggling Bristol residents

First published 12th September 2016

Christians in Bristol have been carrying out chores in the homes of people struggling with their housework. Members of St Peters Church, Lawrence Weston, have formed a cleaning team and are offering their skills to anyone who is having difficulty.

Shakespeare in 24 hours

First published 3rd August 2016

Members of St Augustine Church, Swindon are calling on the town to lend them their ears for a special Shakespeare-inspired fundraiser.

Two new benefices of Fromeside and Frenchay and Stapleton

First published 28th July 2016

A Pastoral Scheme creating two new benefices of Fromeside and Frenchay and Stapleton has been made.

Annual C in the Park service brings churches together

First published 18th July 2016

Churches from across Bristol have taken part in an annual open air church service in a Downend park.

Mossy Church brings families closer to God and nature

First published 14th July 2016

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.

Exploring your parish's vision

First published 20th June 2016

All Saints Clifton has recently gone through a process of exploring its vision and identity.

The Queen's birthday celebrations

First published 20th June 2016

Churches across the Diocese of Bristol held parties as they helped to mark the 90th birthday of HM The Queen.

Battling holiday hunger in Bristol

First published 20th June 2016

Can you volunteer to combat food poverty in Bristol this summer?

How to develop an action plan

First published 16th June 2016

Developing a parish action plan, strategy or vision document is a process designed to help churches to prayerfully consider the mission and ministry that God is calling them to.

Churchwardens commit to Creating Connections

First published 16th June 2016

Churchwardens from across the diocese gathered at seven deanery Visitations services during May to celebrate and affirm their ministry and formally take up their offices for another year.

iSingPOP at Ashton Keynes Primary

First published 16th June 2016

Children at Ashton Keynes Primary School have put on a special concert for the Bishop of Swindon. The pupils had taken part in the iSingPOP project, which had culminated in two concerts at Holy Cross Church during May.

Cathedral celebrates Queen's 90th

First published 31st May 2016

Bristol Cathedral will mark the official birthday of HM the Queen with a week of celebrations, including a special Sunday morning service and a Flower Festival.

Open to everyone

First published 11th May 2016

Working closely with groups in your community can open up plenty of new opportunities, as the Revd Lee Barnes at St Stephens Bristol can attest.

More tea and toast, vicar?

First published 11th May 2016

Putting the kettle on and eating toast has helped give a group of mums the chance to meet and share together in church

Sanctuary Marquee at Glastonbury Festival

First published 5th May 2016

Glastonbury Festival is one of the iconic summer gatherings known across the world.Millions of people, since it began, have attended the festival and it has grown tremendously over the years. It is one of the most creative places, not just for the mu

Bristol foodbanks helped 10,600 people in 2015

First published 19th April 2016

Emergency food supplies were given to people in crisis by Bristols Trussell Trust foodbanks (North Bristol Foodbank, Bristol North West Foodbank and East Bristol Foodbank) in 2015-16, new figures have revealed.

Paradise in the City

First published 4th April 2016

Paradise in the City, d, Poland 19-25 July

The Day Today

First published 4th April 2016

Being a Christian means more than attending a service at church on Sunday. It is about being how we live out our faith wherever He has placed us, whether it is in the home, in the workplace, at the school gate even in the checkout queue.

Helping prisoners lead meaningful lives

First published 21st March 2016

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.

St Luke's Easter lunch club

First published 17th March 2016

In the school holidays some children are without enough food and suffer from holiday hunger.Church members at St Luke's Church in Barton Hill (east Bristol) are responding to this by providing free hot meals and play time during the Easter break.

Bristol Nightstop helps homeless young people

First published 14th March 2016

When young homeless teenagers are desperate for a place to sleep, Susanne Frank has a warm bed for them to use.She is one of a growing number of people opening up their homes to youngsters in need of somewhere to stay.

Generosity overwhelms following refugee appeal

First published 18th January 2016

Generosity has overwhelmed the Church in Westbury Park (St Albans CofE and Westbury Park Methodist) after it put out an appeal last week for warm winter clothing for refugees in Northern Iraq and Syria.

Wroughton Passion Play

First published 18th January 2016

The Easter story is coming to Wroughton. Swindon-based theatre company Gatecrash Theatre has joined forces with Wroughton Parish Church and the Bible Society, to put on a new version of the Passion Play.

Gift of Gospel for prisoners

First published 23rd November 2015

Hundreds of prisoners are being sent a Christmas gift bag containing presents and the Gospel.

Help combat food poverty in Bristol

First published 13th October 2015

In the school holidays some children are without enough food and suffer from holiday hunger. Can you volunteer to combat food poverty in Bristol this October half-term?

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