News

Revd Canon Dr Rod Symmons announced as Interim Minister for the Bradley Stoke Parish

First published 31st July 2020

The Bishop of Bristol, Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce that Revd Canon Dr Rod Symmons has been appointed as Interim Minister for the Bradley Stoke Parish.


Bishop of Bristol appointed in national safeguarding role

First published 30th July 2020

It was announced yesterday that the Bishop of Bristol, Rt Revd Vivienne Faull has been appointed a deputy lead bishop for safeguarding.


Local church hosts special drive-in service for worshippers, in Sainsbury's car park

First published 29th July 2020

St Michael's Church, Stoke Gifford, teamed up with Sainsbury's East Filton, to put on a drive-in church service on Sunday 26 July.


Season of Creation - September 2020

First published 28th July 2020

This September marks the Season of Creation. A wonderful opportunity for us all to pay special attention to the responsibility of humanity for the earth and for all that lives upon it.


Caring for the environment during this time of distancing

First published 28th July 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has changed daily life for us all. This article gives 5 top tips to help us consider our environmental impact at this time. 


Local Minister's community garden featured on BBC Gardener's World

First published 27th July 2020

On Friday 24 July, a film clip of the Rev Hazel Trapnell's garden was featured on BBC Gardeners World.


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.


Bishop of Bristol asks question in the House of Lords

First published 17th July 2020

Yesterday in the House of Lords, the Lord Bishop of Bristol asked the government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on human trafficking.


Bishop of Bristol Appoints New Advisor on Racial Justice

First published 16th July 2020

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull has appointed Revd Dr Catherine Okoronkwo to the position of Bishop's Advisor on Racial Justice.


New free Relationship, Sex and Health Education materials launched

First published 16th July 2020

Goodness and Mercy, the new website and resources aimed primarily at Church of England Schools, is launching this week.


The Church and the Diocese beyond 2020

First published 15th July 2020

An address from Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol and Oliver Home, Diocesan Secretary


Bishop Viv's Address to Diocesan Synod Tuesday 14 July

First published 15th July 2020

Last night, Bishop Viv addressed Diocesan Synod, reflecting on the last three months in lockdown.


Revd Steve Dyson announced as Associate Vicar in the Kingswood and Hanham Team Ministry

First published 15th July 2020

The Bishop of Bristol, Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce that Revd Steve Dyson has been appointed as Associate Vicar in the Kingswood and Hanham Team Ministry.


Bishop Lee; Seeing more clearly

First published 15th July 2020

Bishop Lee discusses how journaling can enable us to reflect on our past and guide our future.


General Synod July 2020 report

First published 14th July 2020

Sophie Mitchell, a member of General Synod, reflects on Saturday's Synod, conducted over Zoom!


Two local couples among the first to marry

First published 10th July 2020

On Saturday 4 July two couples in the Diocese of Bristol were among the first couples to celebrate their wedding day since lockdown.


Bishop Lee; Running on fumes

First published 9th July 2020

Bishop Lee reflects on how God has been at work during the lockdown.


Licensing of ordinands as Lay Workers

First published 8th July 2020

The Right Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, licensened ten ordinands as Lay Workers on Sunday 5 July.


Bishop of Bristol to license ten soon-to-be-vicars

First published 3rd July 2020

The Right Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, will license ten ordinands this Sunday 5 July, via Zoom.


Bishop Lee; The complexity of the season

First published 30th June 2020

Bishop Lee reflects on the impact that his cycling accident had on his wellbeing.


Soulscaping

First published 26th June 2020

SoulScaping is an art led practise that enables you to hone three incredible God Given gifts.


Church online in the next phase - advice and considerations

First published 24th June 2020

Church online has presented us with a number of new opportunities, and some technological challenges.


Racial justice and the work to be done.

First published 23rd June 2020

A message from Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, about racial justice and the work to be done.


Bishop Lee; How long O Lord

First published 23rd June 2020

In my last piece - Sacred Space - I said I would write more about the significance of an app and the radio in journeying through a prolonged confinement.


Bishop Lee; Sacred Space

First published 23rd June 2020

I am not sure whether finding or going to your personal ‘happy place' was referred to often before the Lockdown, but I have certainly become more conscious of it in recent days.


Radical Pressence: A conversations course from Green Christian

First published 22nd June 2020

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.


It's Your Move 2020

First published 22nd June 2020

It's Your Move is a hugely impactful book brimming with advice, activities and real-life testimonies produced by Scripture Union. Over 1.6 million children moving to secondary school have received It's Your Move, supporting them through that move. 


Considering the next phase of online church - An online event

First published 19th June 2020

As Lockdown eases we begin look to a future where churches services will once again be able to take place, in one form or another, within our church buildings.


Braydon Brook Zoom Pet Service

First published 18th June 2020

On Saturday 6 June, Braydon Brook Benefice had its first ever Zoom Pet Service. The idea was formed, posters created, zoom invites sent.


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.


‘The Time is Now' virtual lobby on Tuesday 30 June.

First published 16th June 2020

Will you join thousands across the UK and speak to your MP on Tuesday 30 June as part of the first ever 'virtual lobby' created by the Climate Coalition.


STATEMENT FROM THE BISHOP OF BRISTOL, BRISTOL CATHEDRAL, ST MARY REDCLIFFE CHURCH AND THE DIOCESE OF BRISTOL

First published 16th June 2020

Work was carried out yesterday to remove a number of prominent references to Edward Colston in the windows of Bristol Cathedral and St Mary Redcliffe Church.


Prayers during the pandemic. Led by the Bishop of Bristol.

First published 15th June 2020

Individuals and churches can now be led in prayer by Bishop Viv as we continue to respond to the challenges our society faces. Recorded at Diocesan Synod, June 2020.


Revd Adam Beaumont announced as new rector of Gauzebrook

First published 14th June 2020

The Bishop of Bristol, Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce that Rev'd Adam Beaumont has been appointed as Rector of Gauzebrook.


Virtual Fun Days and Prayer Spaces

First published 12th June 2020

Social distancing options for fun days and community prayer spaces.


A personal response to #BlackLivesMatter

First published 11th June 2020

A personal response to #BlackLivesMatter by Revd Dr Catherine Okoronkwo.


Statement from the Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol

First published 11th June 2020

Statement from the Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol in response to the #BlackLivesMatter protests in Bristol.


One man's walk reaches a whole community

First published 5th June 2020

Rev Malcolm Strange goes on a prayer walk around Fromeside


Faith at Home

First published 3rd June 2020

Faith at Home is a national campaign that builds on the work of Growing Faith and Everyday Faith to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people.


NEW DEAN OF BRISTOL ANNOUNCED

First published 3rd June 2020

Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of Canon Dr Mandy Ford as the new Dean of Bristol.


Big take up for innovative new giving options

First published 28th May 2020

As lockdown continues and church services continue take place online, new services to support parishes in continuing to encourage generosity are having a significant and positive impact.


Under-fives key to significant church growth 

First published 22nd May 2020

New research shows that young families with children under five could be a vital element for church growth. 


Faith without walls.

First published 20th May 2020

To support 'Life groups' in his benefice, Revd Mark Terry has produced 10 sessions titled 'Faith without walls'.


Despite the effects of the pandemic Musician and Composer finds a new connection with God.

First published 15th May 2020

For such a time as this, Roger has successfully built on the contribution of our rich liturgy. 


Finding our way as a diocese in the time of Covid-19

First published 14th May 2020

Bishop Viv explores what impact Covid 19 might have on the diocese, the church and the future. This was originally written for a Bishop's Council meeting on Thursday 7 May.


Bishop of Swindon back in the saddle and raising money for Christian Aid

First published 12th May 2020

On Sunday 10 May, the Bishop of Swindon began a 120 mile cycle ride that he will complete over this Christian Aid Week 10 - 16 May 2020.


Thy Kingdom Come - Online in 2020!

First published 12th May 2020

Due to Covid-19 Thy Kingdom Come is going to look slightly different this year, but we are still uniting, across the globe to pray 'Thy Kingdom Come'


What is your church's energy footprint?

First published 12th May 2020

If you've wondered what the size of your church's energy footprint might be, help is now at hand. The Church of England has launched a new, simple tool to measure the amount of carbon produced annually by heating and lighting your church buildings.


Sue Gent announced as Adviser for Ordinands and Vocations (Diocesan Director of Ordinands)

First published 12th May 2020

The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Revd Sue Gent.


Receive telephone donations via the Parish Giving Scheme

First published 12th May 2020

While our church buildings are closed, it's more important than ever to offer people different ways to give money to support the church. 


Advice on stewardship in this time of distancing

First published 12th May 2020

One aspect of Covid-19 that is in almost every news bulletin is the financial impact that it will have, what should you do?


Caring for the environment during this time of distancing

First published 12th May 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has changed daily life for us all. Some of us are serving as frontline keyworkers, others are still travelling to and from work whilst maintaining social distancing.


Easter Day Message from Bishop Lee

First published 12th May 2020

his message from Bishop Lee was broadcast on Easter Sunday 2020 on BBC Radio Wilts.


An Easter Pledge 2020

First published 12th May 2020

With Easter this weekend, YourNeighbour.org wants to get the message far and wide that the Church is here for the nation.


Holy Week and Easter

First published 12th May 2020

Archdeacon of Bristol, The Venerable Neil Warwick offers a messages for Palm Sunday and a call for us all to reconnect with God.


Top tips on how to use your Church Fundraising Handbook

First published 12th May 2020

Your church has been given a Church Fundraising Handbook, but is it gathering dust on a shelf?


Tap Twinning

First published 12th May 2020

Tap Twinning: A Tearfund campaign to Stop The Spread of Coronavirus


Going Digital - resources to help the Church stay connected

First published 12th May 2020

There are a range of new and existing Christian resources available for people to engage with at this difficult and challenging time in the life of the nation and the world.


Lighting Candles of Kindness

First published 12th May 2020

Candles have been burning in windows across the Diocese as Christians pray for all those affected by the Coronavirus.


Revd Elveen Mead announced as new priest-in-charge of Stratton

First published 11th May 2020

The Bishop of Bristol, Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce that Revd Elveen Mead has been appointed vicar of Stratton.


From the Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England. 24 March 2020

First published 11th May 2020

Following the Prime Minister's announcement last night, it is imperative that for the health of the nation and in order for the National Health Service itself to manage the increase in those requiring medical help.


Revd Raymond Adams announced as Acting Area Dean for Swindon

First published 11th May 2020

The Bishop of Bristol, Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce that Revd Canon Raymond Adams has been appointed Acting Area Dean of Swindon, effective from 1 April.


Churches find new ways of practically serving their communities

First published 11th May 2020

Churches are stepping up to help thousands of worshippers and the many others who looking for spiritual, practical and emotional support as they face the challenge of the coronavirus.


Day of Prayer and Action: light a candle March 22

First published 11th May 2020

Church leaders in Britain and Ireland have called on Christians to take part in a National Day of Prayer and Action about Coronavirus on Sunday 22 March.


How the season is unfolding - An update from Bishop Lee

First published 11th May 2020

While out cycling in January, Rt Revd Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon, came off his bike after hitting a patch of black ice.


Faith Manifesto sets out aspirations for Bristol

First published 11th May 2020

Representatives of different faiths in Bristol - including the Anglican Church - have launched a Faith Manifesto that shares five goals that they believe will contribute to the future well-being of the city.


Coronavirus - Guidance for Parishes

First published 11th May 2020

We appreciate that there has been growing concern within the Diocese about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


#LiveLent - Six week eco challenge for North Wilts churches

First published 11th May 2020

Five congregations in North Wiltshire have taken on a challenge to go green this Lent.


Parish Share Thank you 2019

First published 11th May 2020

Our grateful thanks for your church gift of Parish Share in 2019


#LiveLent - Churches take first steps towards saving energy

First published 7th May 2020

A Bristol church has been finding ways of cutting its carbon footprint with an Energy Audit of its building.


HOPE Prayer Spaces

First published 7th May 2020

41% of practising Christians say that a spiritual experience or an experience of the love of Jesus was a key influence in their coming to faith - so if we help more people to experience God's love and presence, more of them will come to know him for themselves.


Rural Giving Day

First published 7th May 2020

Hosted by North Wiltshire Deanery Tuesday 24 March 10.am to 2.30pm at St Mary's Hullavington.


Beating the drums for Ghana Day

First published 7th May 2020

At the end of January 2020, Langley Fitzurse Church of England School, near Chippenham, held a Ghana Day to raise money for the young woman they sponsor. It was bit different from the usual cake sale!


Rod Symmons announced as Adviser for Curacy

First published 7th May 2020

The Bishop of Bristol, Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce that as part of the re-shaping of the Ministry Development Team, Revd Dr Rod Symmons is to take the role of Adviser for Curacy.


General Synod sets 2030 Net Zero carbon target

First published 7th May 2020

The Church of England's General Synod has set new targets for all parts of the church to work to become carbon ‘net zero' by 2030.


Local Business Network breaks down church barriers

First published 7th May 2020

Reaching out to the community can mean different things in different contexts. Fr Charles Sutton, Vicar at All Saints Clifton, reflects on how the church is offering the Christian message to the shops and businesses in Clifton.


Bristol Church creates new monastic community in heart of the city

First published 7th May 2020

A Bristol church is bringing together a group of four Christians to experience a modern monastic lifestyle in the city.


Contactless Giving at St Andrew's Castle Combe

First published 7th May 2020

St Andrews Church Castle Combe has recently started using the Goodbox Core to help it fundraise through contactless giving. Michael Constable, treasurer at the church, reflects on its impact.


Bishop Viv's Lent Reflections at Bristol Cathedral

First published 7th May 2020

On Tuesdays in Lent, the Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, will offer a series of reflections at Bristol Cathedral on the climate crisis, drawing on the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2020 Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio.


Bishop Lee: "Trusting God in every season"

First published 7th May 2020

While out cycling in January, Rt Revd Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon, came off his bike after hitting a patch of black ice, and needed a five hour operation on his leg and now faces the slow process of recovery. He shares his experience and reflects on how God is speaking to him through the accident.


The Invitation to Heal

First published 7th May 2020

In his new book ‘invitation to heal', Michael Harvey considers the scientific links between the act of invitation and healing, drawing from Luke 9 where Jesus sends the disciples out to preach the Good News and to heal.


How to ‘Light the Night'

First published 23rd April 2020

Light the Night is a beautiful and uniquely peaceful way to honour the memory of loved ones. Light the Night launched in Bristol in 2019 with thousands of candles lit up in St Pauls Graveyard, Bedminster.


News

First published 21st April 2020

News from the Diocese of Bristol


Diocesan Synod Report - March 2020

First published 25th March 2020

Synod report from March 2020


Church Action in a Climate Emergency conference

First published 27th January 2020

A day conference to support churches in taking further action to care for our shared environment.


FairGround - living responsibly in God's creation

First published 21st January 2020

One of the ways B+A Church in Bristol gathers together is through its Little Churches. These are communities of people that meet throughout the week on different days in the church, homes, pubs and other venues across Bristol.


Have you thought of being “Neighbourly”?

First published 21st January 2020

Neighbourly is an online platform connecting businesses with causes. This generally looks like donations of food surplus, volunteer teams going out for a day to join a project, and sometimes funding.


Gift Aid your donations

First published 21st January 2020

As it comes up to the end of the financial year, now is a good time to review Gift Aid, and to make sure that your congregation are making the most of this opportunity.


Safeguarding Dashboards

First published 21st January 2020

Safeguarding in the Church of England has changed considerably in recent years, and is likely to continue changing in the foreseeable future.


Fr Toby Boutle announced as new priest-in-charge of Swindon New Town

First published 19th January 2020

The Bishop of Bristol, Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce the appointment of Fr Toby Boutle as the priest-in-charge of the parish of Swindon New Town.


Are you ready to #LiveLent?

First published 17th January 2020

This years focus is on the Environment. Get your copy of the Archbishop of Canterburys Lent book (with accompanying videos and group questions), as well as corresponding booklets with reflections for both adults and children.


Thy Kingdom Come Beacon Weekend

First published 17th January 2020

We are so excited about Thy Kingdom Come 2020! Between 21 May and 31 May 2020, millions of Christians worldwide will unite in praying that more people would come to know the amazing love of Christ.


AMPLIFY: The Young Evangelists Academy

First published 17th January 2020

Amplify is a partnership between; Hope Together, The Message, Youth For Christ, Pais Movement, Church Of England, Scripture Union, Alpha, Luis Palau, Redeemed Christian Church Of God and the Evangelical Alliance.


A statement regarding the documentary on Bishop Peter Ball

First published 15th January 2020

Over the last two nights, BBC2 broadcast Exposed: The Church's Darkest Secret, which looked at the sexual abuse carried out by the former Bishop of Gloucester, Peter Ball, and the attempts to bring him to justice.


Latest news from DBE 2019/20 - Term 3

First published 9th January 2020

Please click the link below to download the latest Diocesan Board of Education newsletter for Term 3 (2019/20).The newsletter is for heads, teachers, governors, church school workers, clergy and anyone else who may benefit.


A Christmas message from Bishop Viv

First published 25th December 2019

This Christmas message was originally given as at the Christmas Day Eucharist at Bristol Cathedral 2019.


Parish Giving Scheme continues to grow

First published 19th December 2019

The Parish Giving Scheme is growing across the Diocese with 66 churches and just under 1,100 donors now using the scheme.


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.


AYF Uganda Choir to play Swindon church

First published 18th December 2019

AYF Uganda Choir is returning to the Diocese of Bristol in the New Year for a concert at St Barnabas Church in Swindon.


Mission Areas explained....A Video

First published 18th December 2019

An introduction to Mission Areas featuring the Yate and Fromeside Mission Area.


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