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St Mary's, Leigh Woods will open its doors to light candles for local victim

First published 12th July 2024

St Mary's, Leigh Woods will open its doors on Sunday to light candles for Bristol Suspension Bridge victim.

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Bishop Viv ordains new deacons and priests at Bristol Cathedral

First published 2nd July 2024

Over the weekend, the Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, ordained 10 candidates Priest and 8 Deacon at Bristol Cathedral.

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2024 Petertide Ordinands Prayer List

First published 27th June 2024

Prayers for those being ordained Deacon and Priest between 29 June and 1 July 2024.

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The Revd Becky Waring announced as the next Archdeacon of Bristol

First published 24th June 2024

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, is delighted to announce that the Revd Becky Waring has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Bristol.

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Bishop Viv's Diocesan Synod Presidential Address, 15 June 2024

First published 17th June 2024

Bishop Viv spoke about highlights that 2023 has been the third year in a row that the Church of England has seen an increase in average weekly service attendance.

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Lunchtime concerts at Bristol city churches

First published 13th June 2024

Upcoming lunchtime recitals at St Stephens, Bristol Cathedral, St Paul's Clifton and St Mary Redcliffe

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New Residentiary Canon and Vice Dean of Bristol Cathedral announced

First published 10th June 2024

The Bishop of Bristol and the Dean and Chapter of Bristol Cathedral are delighted to announce that the Revd Neil Patterson as the next Canon Residentiary and Vice Dean of Bristol Cathedral.

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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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St Paul’s Cathedral announces the appointment of new Canon Steward

First published 4th June 2024

The Revd Dr Catherine Okoronkwo has been appointed by His Majesty the King as Residentiary Canon and Steward of St Paul’s Cathedral.

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Revd Patches Chabala announced as the new Vicar of St John’s Haydon Wick

First published 3rd June 2024

The Rt Revd Neil Warwick, Bishop of Swindon, is delighted to announce that Revd Patches Chabala has been appointed as the next Vicar of St John’s Haydon Wick.

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Independent survey to explore attitudes towards the C of E in the Diocese

First published 20th May 2024

Meaningful Measures, an independent research company, is conducting a comprehensive survey aimed at understanding people’s views of the Church of England within the local community, and the use of local church spaces.

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The Energy Footprint Tool is now live

First published 20th May 2024

Work out your church’s carbon footprint to help care for God’s creation. The Church of England’s Energy Footprint Tool is now open for churches to enter fuel and power use from 2023. 

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Bishop Viv speaks at the House of Lords on Modern Slavery Referral Mechanism

First published 16th May 2024

Bishop Viv asked an Oral Question in the House of Lords about the waiting times under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 National Referral Mechanism on 13 May 2024.

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New Dean of Women’s Ministry announced

First published 10th May 2024

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, is delighted to announce that Revd Canon Alice Kemp has been appointed as the next Dean of Women’s Ministry.

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Congratulations to the winners of 2024 Bristol DAC Awards

First published 10th May 2024

Each year the Diocesan Advisory Committee recognises a number of projects via its awards scheme. This year five parishes received DAC Awards for projects that have been done to an exceptional standard of workmanship, or where the projects have been key to their growth and mission.

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Hazelnut Community Farm Launches New Network of Eco-Congregations

First published 8th May 2024

Bristol-based Hazelnut Community are launching the Hazelnut Community Network: a national web of Christian eco-congregations.

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Celebrating Black Literature in Honour of Stephen Lawrence

First published 22nd April 2024

A list of book and poem recommendations by Black authors, and advice on how to be an ally.

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Nominations open for Diocesan Synod Elections 2024

First published 22nd April 2024

Nominations for Diocesan Synod Elections are now open and will close on 13 May. Learn more about how you can put your name forward to be part of the next Diocesan Synod.

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Bishop Viv's Easter Morning Sermon

First published 31st March 2024

The following sermon was delivered by the Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol at Bristol Cathedral on Easter Morning, Sunday 31 March.

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Diocesan Chrism Eucharist Sermon

First published 28th March 2024

Priests, deacons and licensed lay ministers came together from across the diocese to join the Bishops, Archdeacons and the Dean at Bristol Cathedral to renew their vows made at their ordinations and remember the ministry to which they've been called.

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Bishop Viv's Diocesan Synod Presidential Address, 16 March 2024

First published 25th March 2024

Bishop Viv spoke about the central role of church buildings to worship and the importance of their preservation.

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Diocesan Sustainability Team takes part in Net Zero Carbon Connect Conference

First published 14th March 2024

Amy Dartington, Environment and Sustainability Manager, and Kit Connell, Sustainability Outreach Officer from Diocese of Bristol attended the event and Amy gave a presentation on the successes and challenges encountered by the team so far.

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Bishop Viv's Op-Ed on modern slavery amendment to the Rwanda Bill

First published 8th March 2024

The Rwanda Bill risks the safety of those caught up in modern slavery, say Vivienne Faull and Eleanor Lyons

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Six new Honorary Canons installed at Bristol Cathedral

First published 28th February 2024

The Diocese of Bristol is delighted to announce that Richard Bacon, Rt Hon Sir Robert Buckland KBE KC MP, Revd Capt Clive Deverell, Revd Paul Langham, Catherine Price LLM and Liz Townend have been installed as new Honorary Cathedral Canons during services at Bristol Cathedral

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Bishop Viv's speech to the House of Lords on Rwanda Bill

First published 19th February 2024

Bishop Viv addressed the House of Lords on Wednesday 14 February regarding the Rwanda Bill and its implications for safeguarding against modern slavery.

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Bishop Viv's speech to the House of Lords on Conversion Therapy Ban Bill

First published 15th February 2024

Bishop Viv addressed the House of Lords regarding the Conversion Therapy Ban Bill on Friday 9 February

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Statement from the House of Bishops on the war in Gaza

First published 14th February 2024

House of Bishops makes call for immediate ceasefire and release of hostages

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Bishop Viv signs Valentine's letter to refugees

First published 14th February 2024

Together With Refugees creates an open letter sending solidarity and love to refugees which has been signed by the Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Vivienne Faull along with other local leaders

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Malmesbury Abbey receives Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust Anniversary Grant

First published 16th January 2024

Malmesbury Abbey receives the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust 70th Anniversary Grant 

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Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust Announcement

First published 12th January 2024

The Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT) has announced that it will be merging all of its schools with a small number of well-matched academy trusts in the area, in partnership with the Regional Director for the Department of Education.

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Christmas Greetings from the Bishop of Bristol

First published 21st December 2023

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol sends her Christmas Greetings to the Diocese.

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Revd Sarah Hancox announced as new Priest-in-Charge of St Luke the Evangelist

First published 18th December 2023

Revd Sarah Hancox announced as the new Priest-in-Charge of St Luke the Evangelist, Brislington

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Christmas 2023 foodbanks and charities

First published 18th December 2023

Charities and initiatives that are supporting people across the Diocese of Bristol this Christmas including food banks

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Christmas 2023 Carols and events round-up

First published 7th December 2023

A round-up of carol services and Christmas events happening across the Diocese in 2023

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New diocesan Adviser for Ministerial Development announced

First published 7th December 2023

The Diocese of Bristol is pleased to announce that Revd Jeremy Andrew has been appointed as the new diocesan Adviser for Ministerial Development.

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Take part in our Safeguarding Audit Survey

First published 1st December 2023

National Church have commissioned the INEQE Safeguarding Group to carry out Independent Safeguarding Audits of every diocese in the Church of England, and are currently undertaking an audit within the Diocese of Bristol. Fill out our Audit survey to have your say.

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New Bishop of Swindon consecrated at Canterbury Cathedral

First published 30th November 2023

On Thursday 30 November, the next Bishop of Swindon, the Rt Revd Neil Warwick was consecrated as Bishop at Canterbury Cathedral during a service led by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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Statement on the recent evacuation of Barton House, Bristol

First published 29th November 2023

The Diocese of Bristol has been deeply concerned by the news that on 14 November hundreds of people were evacuated from Barton House in Barton Hill due to a recent building survey finding that there is a risk to the structure of the block.

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Join us for Growing Faith Together

First published 22nd November 2023

Come and be inspired by meeting people from across the diocese as we share the joys and hopes of walking and growing together in Christ at our Growing Faith Together conference

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Bishop Viv's Diocesan Synod Address on Prayers of Love and Faith

First published 22nd November 2023

Bishop Viv's address on Prayers of Love and Faith to the Diocesan Synod on Saturday 18 November.

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Priest-in-Charge of St Peter's Chippenham, with Lacock and Bowden Hill announced

First published 21st November 2023

Revd Simon Dunn to become the next Priest-in-Charge of St Peter's Chippenham, with Lacock and Bowden Hill.

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General Synod backs trial blessing for same-sex couples

First published 17th November 2023

Meeting in London on 13-15 November 2023, General Synod voted in favour of special services of prayer and dedication, asking for God’s blessing for same-sex couples.

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Statement regarding the break-in at the Malmesbury Abbey

First published 16th November 2023

At this difficult time, the Diocese of Bristol asks everybody to hold the Malmesbury Abbey and people affected by this event in their prayers, as we all hope for the stolen items to be successfully recovered and work together towards healing.

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Priest-in-Charge of Pucklechurch & Abson, Wick with Doynton and Dyrham announced

First published 6th November 2023

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, is delighted to announce that the Revd Canon Elaine Jones has been appointed Priest-in-Charge of Pucklechurch and Abson, Wick with Doynton and Dyrham in the Kingswood and South Gloucestershire Deanery.

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Reflection on Black History Month

First published 30th October 2023

As Black History Month draws to a close we would like to offer reflections from Revd Dr Catherine Okoronkwo, Bishop’s Adviser on Racial Justice and Rashida Hartley, Diocesan Racial Justice Project Officer.

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Statement from Bristol interfaith leaders on the violence in Israel-Palestine

First published 25th October 2023

Joint statement from Bristol interfaith leaders on the escalation of violence in Israel-Palestine

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The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull commends Salvation Army on their Anti-Slavery report

First published 18th October 2023

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull commends The Salvation Army on their recent Anti-Slavery Day annual report

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Acting Archdeacon of Bristol and new Associate Archdeacon announced

First published 16th October 2023

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, is very pleased to announce that Revd Becky Waring has been appointed as the Acting Archdeacon of Bristol and Revd Adam Beaumont as the new Associate Archdeacon across the Archdeaconries of Bristol and Malmesbury.

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Prayers of Love and Faith - An update from the House of Bishops

First published 12th October 2023

Addressing House of Bishops decision regarding Prayers of Love and Faith

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Revd Gaby Doherty to become Curate-in-Charge of St Stephen’s Southmead

First published 10th October 2023

Revd Gaby Doherty to become Curate-in-Charge of St Stephen’s Southmead, City Deanery, Bristol Diocese

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Welcome to our new Licensed Lay Ministers - October 2023

First published 9th October 2023

Bishop Viv admitted four new Licensed Lay Ministers and welcomed Stephen from the Diocese of Gloucester on 7 October 2023.

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New Rector of Lyddington and Wanborough, Bishopstone with Hinton Parva announced

First published 9th October 2023

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, is delighted to announce that Revd Steve Paynter has been appointed as the next Rector of Lyddington and Wanborough, Bishopstone with Hinton Parva.

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Revd Tim Jones to be Vicar of St Philip and St Jacob with Emmanuel Bristol

First published 2nd October 2023

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol is delighted to announce that Revd Tim Jones has been appointed as Vicar of St Philip and St Jacob with Emmanuel Bristol (Central) in City Deanery.

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Hazelnut Community Farm to feature on BBC Songs of Praise

First published 27th September 2023

Hazelnut Community Farm will be featured on BBC One’s Songs Of Praise on Sunday, 1st October at 1.15pm.

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Henleaze church receives Gold Eco Church Award

First published 25th September 2023

St Peter's, Henleaze becomes the first church building in the Diocese to be awarded the Eco Church Gold Award.

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Revd Dr Andy Murray announced as new Dean of Priority Communities

First published 25th September 2023

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, is delighted to announce that Revd Dr Andy Murray, Vicar of Lawrence Weston and Avonmouth, has been appointed Dean of Priority Communities in the Diocese of Bristol.

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Bishop Viv's amendment clears final hurdle in House of Lords

First published 21st September 2023

Legislation clarifying right of local authorities to support churches clears final hurdle in House of Lords.

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Update on RAAC in diocesan church and school buildings

First published 20th September 2023

Advice and guidance on RAAC in church and school buildings across the diocese.

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The Diocese of Bristol welcomes the 2023 DAC Conference

First published 8th September 2023

The Diocese of Bristol welcomes the 2023 DAC Conference (Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches)

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St Mary Redcliffe unveils new windows on 60th anniversary of Bristol Bus Boycott

First published 31st August 2023

St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol unveils new stained glass windows to replace those commemorating slave trader Edward Colston with new designs celebrating Bristol's multicultural past and present

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The Venerable Neil Warwick is announced as the next Bishop of Swindon

First published 24th August 2023

The Venerable Neil Warwick, currently Archdeacon of Bristol, is to be the next Bishop of Swindon, Downing Street has announced today.

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Revd Dr Anthea Colledge appointed as UWE Chaplain

First published 18th August 2023

The Revd Dr Anthea Colledge appointed as new Chaplain to the University of the West of England from 1st December 2023.

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Lee Barnes appointed as Adviser for Fresh Expressions of Church and Curacy

First published 4th August 2023

Lee Barnes appointed as Adviser for Fresh Expressions of Church and Adviser for Curacy

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Rev Bob Molton appointed Rector of the Braydon Brook Benefice

First published 27th July 2023

Rev Bob Molton appointed Rector of the Braydon Brook Benefice

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Future Safeguarding Programme for the Church to be led by Professor Alexis Jay

First published 25th July 2023

Future Safeguarding Programme for the Church of England to be led by Professor Alexis Jay

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Bishop Viv's week in the House of Lords 17 - 21 July 2023

First published 24th July 2023

Here's a round-up of Bishop Viv's week as duty Bishop at the House of Lords between 17th and 21st July

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Bishop Viv provides clarity on the future of diocesan links to Church of Uganda

First published 20th July 2023

The Bishop of Bristol has expressed alarm over Ugandan President Museveni’s recent signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Act, and the Church of Uganda’s support for the new law.  

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Bishops ordain new deacons and priests in moving ceremonies at Bristol Cathedral

First published 5th July 2023

Eight Priests and 13 Deacons were ordained at Bristol Cathedral across the weekend.  

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Lambeth Award for Bristol’s Vocations Champion

First published 27th June 2023

The Revd Mark Nam was honoured by the Archbishop of Canterbury recently with a prestigious Lambeth Award.


Permission granted for replacement of Colston stained-glass at St Mary Redcliffe

First published 9th June 2023

Permission has been granted to install new stained glass panels to replace those commemorating the slave trader Edward Colston.


Transformational funding announced

First published 1st June 2023

We’re excited to announce that the National Church are fully supporting our ‘Transforming Church. Together’ (TCT) programme – beginning with £6.8m for the first three years!


Government agrees to Bishop Viv’s amendments to Levelling-Up Legislation

First published 25th May 2023

​​​​​​​Speaking in the House of Lords this week, Bishop Viv sought to clarify a grey area of law allowing great access to local grants for all churches.


New Priest in Charge appointed for St Gregory the Great, Horfield

First published 19th May 2023

The Bishop of Bristol is delighted to announce that Fr. Jones Mutemwakwenda has been appointed as the Priest in Charge of St Gregory the Great, Horfield in City Deanery.


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.


Coronation Evensong at Bristol Cathedral

First published 9th May 2023

Bishop Viv gave sermon at the Coronation Evensong service on Sunday 8 May at Bristol Cathedral, to mark the coronation of King Charles III.


New Bristol Bishop's Chaplain announced

First published 4th May 2023

The Revd Lucy Cleland has been announced as the new Bishop’s Chaplain for Bristol this week. She will take up the post in August, once she has finished her current role.


Licensed Lay Minister receives prestigious Lord Mayor’s Medal

First published 26th April 2023

Stockwood-based Licensed Lay Minister (LLM), Sue Farrance, has received the Lord Mayor’s Medal for her 10 years of service to the Operation Christmas Child project.


Bristol-based youth employment charity sees massive success

First published 25th April 2023

Earlier this month, we were invited to watch 11 young people present their speeches as part of their graduation from the SPEAR Bristol Foundation.


Bishop of Bristol supports campaigners attending ‘The Big One’ climate protest

First published 19th April 2023

This weekend members of churches from Bristol Diocese are travelling to London to take part in a 4-day climate protest.


Bishop Lee gives moving farewell prayer at Cathedral Chrism Service

First published 14th April 2023

On Maundy Thursday, a Chrism Eucharist service was held at Bristol Cathedral. The Cathedral welcomed over a hundred people including licensed lay ministers, priests, diocesan  staff and members of the public. 


Beloved Churchwarden and Chaplain given Maundy money by His Majesty

First published 12th April 2023

Margaret Morgan (right) and David Topp from the Diocese of Bristol received Maundy Coins from HM King Charles III last Thursday as part of the Maundy Service at York Minster.


Remarkable young cartoonist meets Bishop Viv

First published 5th April 2023

Bishop Viv and David Stephenson, Bishop's Chaplain, met with creative young people last Sunday as part of St Michael's Highworth's Palm Sunday celebrations.


Female innovator’s grave restored and blessed

First published 31st March 2023

Sarah Guppy was an extraordinary woman. Born in 1770 into a wealthy family, she was the first woman in the world to take out a patent for building a bridge.


Bishops comment on recent legislation passed by the Ugandan Parliament

First published 24th March 2023

The Bishops of Bristol and Swindon expressed shock and deep concern on hearing of legislation passed by the Ugandan Parliament introducing capital and life imprisonment sentences for homosexual acts.


Address to the Synod

First published 22nd March 2023

Read Bishop Viv's Presidential Address to the Diocesan Synod


Swindon churches launch Mission Project

First published 21st March 2023

Three churches in Swindon are embarking on an exciting campaign to increase the part the Church plays in people’s lives in the town.


All Saints’ Clifton pick-up three awards

First published 16th March 2023

All Saints’ church Clifton has won three prestigious awards in quick succession.


Six million donation for Malmesbury CofE Primary School

First published 2nd March 2023

Malmesbury Primary School has received a donation of six million pounds from the James Dyson Foundation.


Adviser for Parish Discipleship and Evangelism

First published 23rd February 2023

The Revd Chris Dobson has been appointed to the new role of Adviser for Parish Discipleship and Evangelism.


Bristol’s Minority Ethnic Vocation Champion meets national leader

First published 21st February 2023

The Church of England’s Racial Justice Director, Revd Guy Hewitt met members of the Teahouse at the ‘Chinese and British’ exhibition at The British Library in London recently.


Beloved Community

First published 21st February 2023

A place at the table for everyone. A one-day conference at Bristol Cathedral


Bishop's Chaplain

First published 13th February 2023

Revd David Stephenson will be seconded from his parish ministry to work as Chaplain to the Bishop of Bristol


Turkey/Syria Earthquake - Donate today

First published 13th February 2023

The devastating earthquakes which hit Turkey and Syria, killing thousand, still dominate the news.


Bishop Lee announces his retirement

First published 13th February 2023

After 18 years service the Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield Bishop of Swindon will retire on Sunday 30 April 2023.


Bishop Martin consecrated

First published 7th February 2023

Bishop Martin ordained and consecrated as Bishop of Kingston at Canterbury Cathedral


Meeting the King marks a special birthday

First published 6th February 2023

The Revd Mark Nam birthday is crowned by a conversation with the new King


New chair of Diocesan Safeguarding Steering Group

First published 31st January 2023

David Niven has been appointed as the next Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Steering Group.


General Synod representation

First published 30th January 2023

The Revd Canon Alice Kemp is Bristol's new General Synod representative.


Eight million stitches expressing God's love

First published 27th January 2023

Threads through Creation is an extraordinary, uplifting art exhibition on show at Bath Abbey,


Lacock welcomes The Queen Consort

First published 26th January 2023

Lacock was proud to welcome Her Majesty The Queen Consort to the village. She visited St Cyriac’s church to plant a commemorative tree...

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