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Nominations open for General Synod Elections 2021
First published 30th July 2021
Nominations have opened for General Synod, the Church of England's decision-making and governance body, for its next five-year term 2021-2026.
Open Nominations open for General Synod Elections 2021

Eco parish summer update
First published 27th July 2021
As the temperature’s been rising this month, so has environmental action across the Diocese. This round up shares the latest news.
Open Eco parish summer update

Bristol Cathedral seeks moon volunteers
First published 21st July 2021
Volunteer guides are needed for the Museum of the Moon this summer
Open Bristol Cathedral seeks moon volunteers

Bristol Diocese provides emergency relief to Ugandan clergy and their families
First published 21st July 2021
Anglican clergy across Uganda are facing food shortages as a result of ongoing Covid-19 lockdowns
Open Bristol Diocese provides emergency relief to Ugandan clergy and their families

Updated Covid-19 Guidance for Churches
First published 20th July 2021
Following the lifting of the majority of legal Covid-19 restrictions on 19 July, the Church of England has updated and streamlined its guidance and documentation.
Open Updated Covid-19 Guidance for Churches

Compton Greenfield church celebrates 850th anniversary with tree blessing
First published 20th July 2021
A commemorative service in All Saint's churchyard saw Archdeacon Neil Warwick deliver a homily and the congregation come together in worship.
Open Compton Greenfield church celebrates 850th anniversary with tree blessing

Bishop of Bristol appoints three new Honorary Canons
First published 19th July 2021
The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce that three new canons have been appointed for the College of Canons in the Diocese of Bristol.
Open Bishop of Bristol appoints three new Honorary Canons

Revd Sam Sheppard appointed Priest in Charge of Christ Church Hengrove and St Augustine's Whitchurch
First published 19th July 2021
The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce that Revd Sam Sheppard has been appointed as Priest in Charge of the parishes of Christ Church Hengrove and St Augustine's Whitchurch.
Open Revd Sam Sheppard appointed Priest in Charge of Christ Church Hengrove and St Augustine's Whitchurch

Getting ready for Living in Love and Faith courses this autumn
First published 15th July 2021
The Diocese of Bristol invites parishes and groups to begin preparation for LLF courses in the autumn
Open Getting ready for Living in Love and Faith courses this autumn

Bishop of Bristol appointed new lead bishop for buildings
First published 14th July 2021
The Bishop of Bristol, Vivienne Faull, and the Bishop of Ramsbury, Andrew Rumsey, will jointly take over the role.
Open Bishop of Bristol appointed new lead bishop for buildings

Bishops ordain new deacons and priests at Bristol Cathedral
First published 5th July 2021
The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, ordained 22 candidates as priests and deacons during four services at Bristol Cathedral last weekend.
Open Bishops ordain new deacons and priests at Bristol Cathedral

Bishops ordain new deacons and priests in Bristol Cathedral services this weekend
First published 2nd July 2021
The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, will ordain 22 candidates as priests and deacons during four services over the coming weekend.
Open Bishops ordain new deacons and priests in Bristol Cathedral services this weekend

Bishop of Swindon joins Cathedrals Cycle Route relay
First published 29th June 2021
To launch the Cathedrals Cycle Route, a cycle relay is taking place this summer between each of the 42 Church of England cathedrals.
Open Bishop of Swindon joins Cathedrals Cycle Route relay

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

Bishop's Address to the Diocesan Synod
First published 22nd June 2021
The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, addresses the Diocesan Synod in June 2021.
Open Bishop's Address to the Diocesan Synod

Bristol Diocese starts group for disabled people
First published 18th June 2021
The group will begin meeting in July via Zoom
Open Bristol Diocese starts group for disabled people

Talks begin on ways of commemorating the lives of those enslaved by Thomas Daniel
First published 18th June 2021
Following a meeting with Gloria Daniel, the Bishop of Bristol and the Dean of Bristol committed to exploring ways of commemorating the lives of those enslaved by Thomas Daniel in those buildings where there are memorials to him.
Open Talks begin on ways of commemorating the lives of those enslaved by Thomas Daniel

Thousand-mile climate relay to pass through Bristol Diocese
First published 17th June 2021
More than 400 people have signed up so far to walk or cycle the Youth Christian Climate Network relay due to travel the UK this summer.
Open Thousand-mile climate relay to pass through Bristol Diocese

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

Online support space launched for Chinese-heritage clergy
First published 17th June 2021
The Teahouse aims to amplify minority voices within the Church of England and provide community
Open Online support space launched for Chinese-heritage clergy

Thank You Day aims to bring communities together
First published 1st June 2021
The nation’s first ever national Thank You Day is happening on Sunday 4 July, to say thank you to all those in our communities who’ve helped us through the pandemic.
Open Thank You Day aims to bring communities together

Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust Celebrates 40th Anniversary
First published 1st June 2021
The Trust is aiming to raise an extra £1,000 for each of its 40 years, including Ride+Stride in September, and is publishing Simon Jenkins’ 'Favourite Churches of Gloucestershire and Bristol.'
Open Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Nominations open for Diocesan Synod Elections 2021
First published 26th May 2021
We are looking for both clergy and lay members; for interested, engaged people from all different backgrounds and with varied experiences, who want to help us become a better diocese.
Open Nominations open for Diocesan Synod Elections 2021

South Gloucestershire church leads worldwide celebration of unique invention
First published 20th May 2021
This June, churches around the world will mark the 200th anniversary of the Ellacombe Chimes, invented at St Mary's Church in Bitton
Open South Gloucestershire church leads worldwide celebration of unique invention

Bishop of Bristol's speech in House of Lords May 2021
First published 18th May 2021
On Monday 17 May in the House of Lords, the Lord Bishop of Bristol, Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, made a speech in response to the Queen's speech.
Open Bishop of Bristol's speech in House of Lords May 2021

Eco parish May update: art around the themes of faith and climate crisis
First published 17th May 2021
Hazelnut Community Farm awarded £2,000 grant to create mobile art exhibition which reflects theologically on the climate crisis
Open Eco parish May update: art around the themes of faith and climate crisis

Diocese of Bristol welcomes new guidance to help address questions of ‘contested heritage’
First published 11th May 2021
The guidance for parishes and cathedrals addresses concerns over memorials with links to slavery and other ‘contested heritage’.
Open Diocese of Bristol welcomes new guidance to help address questions of ‘contested heritage’

Diocese of Bristol participates in Messy Church research study
First published 6th May 2021
Findings released from national research into non-traditional church gatherings
Open Diocese of Bristol participates in Messy Church research study

Living in Love and Faith introductory conferences in May
First published 29th April 2021
The Diocese of Bristol is hosting two online conferences in May to begin its collective engagement with LLF. 
Open Living in Love and Faith introductory conferences in May

Over 2,200 people join the conversation for Transforming Church. Together
First published 28th April 2021
A huge thank you to everyone in the region who has helped us shape our vision and priorities for the coming years.
Open Over 2,200 people join the conversation for Transforming Church. Together

Diocese divests from fossil fuel companies
First published 27th April 2021
The Bristol Diocesan Board of Finance is divesting from fossil fuel companies, and commits to its investments remaining free of holdings in coal, oil and gas in future.
Open Diocese divests from fossil fuel companies

Three parishes awarded Culture Recovery Fund grants
First published 27th April 2021
Three parishes in the diocese have been awarded grants as part of the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund.
Open Three parishes awarded Culture Recovery Fund grants

Post-lockdown boost for St Sampson, Cricklade
First published 22nd April 2021
St Sampson Church, Cricklade, is to share in a funding payout from the National Churches Trust to fund repairs.
Open Post-lockdown boost for St Sampson, Cricklade

From Lament to Action: Archbishops’ Anti-Racism Taskforce report
First published 22nd April 2021
The Diocese of Bristol welcomes the Archbishops’ Anti-Racism Taskforce’s report and supports call for urgent change. 
Open From Lament to Action: Archbishops’ Anti-Racism Taskforce report

A statement from the Bishop of Bristol
First published 21st April 2021
The Bishop of Bristol's statement regarding the BBC Panorama programme Is the Church Racist? aired on 19 April 2021.
Open A statement from the Bishop of Bristol

Faith manifesto launched for Bristol mayoral elections
First published 19th April 2021
Bristol Diocese is part of a multi-faith group that has released a faith manifesto in the lead-up to the Bristol mayoral election this May.
Open Faith manifesto launched for Bristol mayoral elections

New registrar for Bristol Diocese
First published 19th April 2021
The Bishop of Bristol has appointed Lee Coley as the next Diocesan Registrar and legal advisor to the Bishop and Diocese of Bristol.
Open New registrar for Bristol Diocese

Remembering His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh
First published 9th April 2021
A message from the Bishop of Bristol on the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip
Open Remembering His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh

An Easter message from the Bishop
First published 4th April 2021
This sermon was given by Bishop Viv on Sunday 4 April 2021 at Bristol Cathedral.
Open An Easter message from the Bishop

Bristol Diocese Maundy Nominations 2021
First published 1st April 2021
The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Rev'd Vivienne Faull, nominated John Bishop and Jean James from the Diocese of Bristol to receive Maundy money at this year's service.
Open Bristol Diocese Maundy Nominations 2021

Holy Week 2021: from darkness to light
First published 25th March 2021
Holy Week this year takes us from loss to a new dawn.
Open Holy Week 2021: from darkness to light

Pattern Church opens debt advice centre
First published 24th March 2021
The centre is offering telephone appointments until Covid restrictions ease.
Open Pattern Church opens debt advice centre

Eco parish March update: wildflowers and electric cars
First published 24th March 2021
Environmental news from parishes in the diocese
Open Eco parish March update: wildflowers and electric cars

New digital platform launched by Parish Giving Scheme
First published 24th March 2021
Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) launches a new online giving platform for churches.
Open New digital platform launched by Parish Giving Scheme

Ten years of the Bristol North West Foodbank
First published 24th March 2021
A message from Foodbank Manager Emma Murray.
Open Ten years of the Bristol North West Foodbank

Over 1,000 people complete 'Transforming Church. Together' questionnaire
First published 24th March 2021
An update on 'Transforming Church. Together', our open conversation with the region which ends on 16 April 2021.
Open Over 1,000 people complete 'Transforming Church. Together' questionnaire

Bristol Remembers: one year on
First published 16th March 2021
One year since England went into a national lockdown, Bristol takes a moment to remember and reflect, with a new film and shared reflection.
Open  Bristol Remembers: one year on

Guide to using new Parish Giving Scheme website
First published 16th March 2021
Summary of steps to take to set up online giving through the Parish Giving Scheme
Open Guide to using new Parish Giving Scheme website

Edward Jenner and vaccination: then and now – Synod Address
First published 16th March 2021
The Right Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol delivers an address about vaccination at the Diocese of Bristol Synod, 13 March 2021.
Open Edward Jenner and vaccination: then and now – Synod Address

Workshops announced to gather views from everyone in the region
First published 10th March 2021
The diocese is running open workshops during March and April as part of 'Transforming Church. Together'.
Open Workshops announced to gather views from everyone in the region

International Women's Day in the Diocese of Bristol
First published 8th March 2021
The diocese invites everyone to share their stories of women in the diocese who have inspired them
Open  International Women's Day in the Diocese of Bristol

Next priest-in-charge announced of the Upper Thames Benefice
First published 7th March 2021
The Bishop of Bristol is delighted to announce that the Revd Canon Debbie Dewes will be the next priest-in-charge of the Upper Thames Benefice.
Open Next priest-in-charge announced of the Upper Thames Benefice

Lunar New Year: A banquet for all
First published 3rd March 2021
Revd Mark Nam reflects on radical Christian hospitality
Open Lunar New Year: A banquet for all

Eco parish February update: rain gardens and toilet twinning
First published 22nd February 2021
Environmental news from parishes in the diocese
Open Eco parish February update: rain gardens and toilet twinning

St Luke’s Barton Hill expands food provision scheme for Lent
First published 18th February 2021
The goods provided will include craft and cooking activities for children, household items and food
Open St Luke’s Barton Hill expands food provision scheme for Lent

Lent during the pandemic: how churches and Christians are marking lent this year
First published 17th February 2021
A number of churches across the diocese are distributing ‘Lent in a bag’ as a way for people to journey through Lent at home.
Open Lent during the pandemic: how churches and Christians are marking lent this year

'Be thankful, choose justice, and look for God’s presence' – a homily for Ash Wednesday 2021
First published 17th February 2021
A homily for Ash Wednesday delivered by Revd Simon Taylor
Open 'Be thankful, choose justice, and look for God’s presence' – a homily for Ash Wednesday 2021

'Let us lose our lives to end the structural sin that is racism' – a sermon for Racial Justice Sunday 2021
First published 15th February 2021
The Revd Canon Dr Martin Gainsborough, Chaplain to the Bishop of Bristol, delivered delivers a sermon on Racial Justice Day 2021
Open 'Let us lose our lives to end the structural sin that is racism' – a sermon for Racial Justice Sunday 2021

Transforming Church. Together.
First published 3rd February 2021
The Church of England in the region invites everyone to join a conversation about their future.
Open Transforming Church. Together.

The Beacon on the Hill celebrates 170th Anniversary of Christ Church Swindon
First published 25th January 2021
The book provides a comprehensive study of how this historic place of worship ties into the growth and development of Swindon itself.
Open The Beacon on the Hill celebrates 170th Anniversary of Christ Church Swindon

Covid-19 Update: adapting in times of adversity
First published 22nd January 2021
Since the most recent lockdown was announced, some churches have made the difficult decision to close their buildings and offer digital services only until restrictions ease
Open Covid-19 Update: adapting in times of adversity

Lent and Holy Week 2021
First published 21st January 2021
#LiveLent 2021: God’s Story, Our Story
Open Lent and Holy Week 2021

Rev’d Steve Wilkinson announced as new Area Dean of North Wiltshire Deanery
First published 21st January 2021
The Bishop of Bristol is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev’d Steve Wilkinson as the new Area Dean of North Wiltshire Deanery.  
Open Rev’d Steve Wilkinson announced as new Area Dean of North Wiltshire Deanery

New checklist to help bring your church’s carbon emissions to net zero
First published 21st January 2021
This 'Practical Path to Net Zero checklist' helps you to create a clear and simple action plan to reduce the carbon footprint of your building.
Open New checklist to help bring your church’s carbon emissions to net zero

Five Must-Do Giving Ideas for 2021
First published 19th January 2021
At the start of 2021, here are some ideas to give your parish finances a boost!
Open Five Must-Do Giving Ideas for 2021

Parish Giving Scheme set to launch online platform in March
First published 18th January 2021
This year, the Parish Giving Scheme is making exciting strides in developing the new online giving service that will enable donors to set up regular giving via their website.
Open Parish Giving Scheme set to launch online platform in March

Uganda 2020 Appeal raises over £30,000
First published 18th January 2021
We are delighted to announce that the Bishop’s Christmas Appeal for Uganda in 2020 raised £33,326 for the Archbishop of Uganda’s Emergency Fund.
Open Uganda 2020 Appeal raises over £30,000

Rev Runned Challenge raises almost £6,000
First published 14th January 2021
Rev’d Dr Janet Anderson-MacKenzie ran the overall distance of a marathon to raise money for the Lidbrook Group of Churches in Wiltshire, of which she is the Priest in Charge.
Open Rev Runned Challenge raises almost £6,000

Dr Stephanie Hayton appointed as Adviser for Lay Ministry and Warden of Readers.  
First published 14th January 2021
The role of the Adviser for Lay Ministry is to encourage and develop good practice in all kinds of lay ministry in the Diocese of Bristol.
Open Dr Stephanie Hayton appointed as Adviser for Lay Ministry and Warden of Readers.  

Rev’d Melanie Otto announced as Priest in Charge of St Agnes and St Anne’s
First published 11th January 2021
The Bishop of Bristol, Rt Rev’d Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce that Rev’d Melanie Otto will be the new Priest in Charge of the churches of St Agnes and St Anne’s.
Open Rev’d Melanie Otto announced as Priest in Charge of St Agnes and St Anne’s

Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage: Second Round
First published 7th January 2021
The second round of the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage launches on 7 January 2021.
Open Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage: Second Round

POSTPONED: Re-imagining the church of today and tomorrow
First published 17th December 2020
Please note the workshop ‘Show Up. Speak Out. Stand Against!’ has been postponed.
Open POSTPONED: Re-imagining the church of today and tomorrow

The Joy of the Angels: an accessible online advent service
First published 16th December 2020
An accessible advent service created by Deaf and disabled people and their families, friends and carers from around the Diocese of Bristol is now available to watch online.
Open The Joy of the Angels: an accessible online advent service

Rev’d Mark Nam announced as Minority Ethnic Vocations Champion
First published 16th December 2020
The Bishop of Swindon, the Rt Rev'd Dr Lee Rayfield, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev'd Mark Nam as the Minority Ethnic Vocations Champion for the Diocese of Bristol.
Open Rev’d Mark Nam announced as Minority Ethnic Vocations Champion

Birthday Celebration at Pattern Church
First published 16th December 2020
In December 2020, Pattern Church, one of the Diocese of Bristol's Resourcing Churches, celebrated their second birthday.
Open Birthday Celebration at Pattern Church

New Interim Co-Area Deans for City Deanery Announced
First published 16th December 2020
The Bishop of Bristol, Rt Rev’d Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce that Rev’d Lizzie Kesteven and Rev’d David Stephenson will be the Interim Co-Area Deans for the Bristol City Deanery.
Open New Interim Co-Area Deans for City Deanery Announced

Eco-stable at Christ Church Swindon
First published 10th December 2020
An eco-stable has been built in the church yard at the front of Christ Church Swindon, made with wood from discarded fencing panels and local rubbish sites.
Open Eco-stable at Christ Church Swindon

Carols for Bristol
First published 3rd December 2020
A city-wide online Carol service made by and for the city of Bristol, premiering on Friday 11 December at 7pm.
Open Carols for Bristol

Fromeside church appeal raises over £11,500
First published 3rd December 2020
A Christmas appeal from the Together 4 Fromeside churches has raised over £11,500 to support vulnerable families in eight local primary schools. 
Open Fromeside church appeal raises over £11,500

Revd Trudie Wigley announced as Area Dean of Swindon
First published 2nd December 2020
The Bishop of Bristol is pleased to announce that Revd Trudie Wigley has been appointed Area Dean of Swindon.
Open Revd Trudie Wigley announced as Area Dean of Swindon

Diocesan Synod November 2020 Update
First published 26th November 2020
Diocesan Synod met on 14 November 2020 to review the impact of Creating connections, approve the 2021 budget and prepare for the future.
Open Diocesan Synod November 2020 Update

Advent and Christmas 2020
First published 26th November 2020
Christmas services are going to be looking different this year, but there is still comfort and joy to be found.
Open Advent and Christmas 2020

Remembrance pebbles: A path to commemoration
First published 25th November 2020
This years’ Remembrance Day looked different across Bristol Diocese, and one parish decided to line the path to their church with painted pebbles.
Open Remembrance pebbles: A path to commemoration

Update on the 2020 Uganda Appeal
First published 24th November 2020
The appeal has so far raised almost £10,000 for Ugandan clergy. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far.
Open Update on the 2020 Uganda Appeal

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

Finding comfort and joy in a strange land: Online Advent retreat by Bristol Diocese and Bristol Cathedral
First published 24th November 2020
The Diocese of Bristol and Bristol Cathedral are running an online Advent retreat on Saturday, 28 November 2020, starting at 10am. The theme is “I look from afar: Where and how do we find comfort and joy in a strange land?”
Open Finding comfort and joy in a strange land: Online Advent retreat by Bristol Diocese and Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Diocese wins prestigious Eco Diocese award
First published 19th November 2020
The Diocese of Bristol is excited to announce that it has been awarded  two awards as an Eco Diocese— Silver for its operations, and Bronze in recognition of its wider engagement— from the national environmental charity A Rocha.
Open Bristol Diocese wins prestigious Eco Diocese award

Race, ministry and me
First published 12th November 2020
The Revd Aggy Palairet, curate at St Mary Redcliffe Church, writes about her experiences of race and ministry.
Open Race, ministry and me

Living in Love and Faith resources published
First published 10th November 2020
The Church of England has published a landmark set of resources drawing together the Bible, theology, science and history.
Open Living in Love and Faith resources published

Transforming Church: Discovering how to be a better church for everyone
First published 9th November 2020
The Diocese of Bristol is about to embark on a twelve-month review of our vision and priorities, seeking what Christ is calling us to be and to do in the coming years.
Open Transforming Church: Discovering how to be a better church for everyone

Cathedral bell rings call to prayer during lockdown
First published 5th November 2020
From today, Thursday 5 November, Bristol Cathedral will ring a bell at 6pm every evening as a call to prayer for the city.
Open Cathedral bell rings call to prayer during lockdown

Transforming church. A message from the Bishop of Bristol.
First published 4th November 2020
The Bishop of Bristol announced a new focus of work for the upcoming months, to shape the future of the Diocese of Bristol.
Open Transforming church. A message from the Bishop of Bristol.

Diocesan Synod Nov 2020 Papers
First published 3rd November 2020
Papers for the Diocesan Synod meeting to be held on Zoom on 14 November 2020
Open Diocesan Synod Nov 2020 Papers

Churchwarden events in November 2020
First published 21st October 2020
News and event booking links for churchwarden events in November 2020
Open Churchwarden events in November 2020

Race, ministry and me
First published 20th October 2020
The Revd Anjali Kanagaratnam writes about her experiences of race and ministry.
Open Race, ministry and me

Introducing our new lay ministers
First published 19th October 2020
Seven new lay ministers were licensed in Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 17 October.
Open Introducing our new lay ministers

Introducing our new priests
First published 16th October 2020
The Right Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, ordained 13 new priests over four services in Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 10 October.
Open Introducing our new priests

Chaplain for the Arts supports creatives in new ways during the pandemic
First published 16th October 2020
Artists and creatives from Bristol and surrounding areas have been meeting virtually since April to share their experiences of lockdown.
Open Chaplain for the Arts supports creatives in new ways during the pandemic

Diocese of Bristol to license seven new Lay Ministers
First published 15th October 2020
On 17 October, the Diocese of Bristol is licensing seven new Licensed Lay Ministers in a socially distanced service at Bristol Cathedral.
Open Diocese of Bristol to license seven new Lay Ministers

Stats for Mission 2020; because people count
First published 14th October 2020
Celebrating the ministry of the church in 2020.
Open Stats for Mission 2020; because people count

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