Please find all the latest news from the Diocese of Bristol
Please find all the latest news from the Diocese of Bristol
The Diocese of Bristol has just released a short resource to help churches to host warm spaces through the coming winter.
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is now well underway with lots of fun for all the family until Sunday so why not check out their website for full details!
We are pleased to announce Dr Ruth Valerio as the keynote speaker for our upcoming conference: Creation Restored: Ministry in a time of Climate Crisis
The Bishop of Bristol, The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, is hosting a 3-day conference for licensed clergy in the Diocese of Bristol at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick on 11 to 13 October
Ali Rowe has been involved with the Diocese of Bristol link with Uganda for over 10 years. After acting as the link coordinator for the Bristol West Deanery for several years, she is now leaving the role to become the link coordinator for the Kingswood and South Gloucestershire Deanery.
New resources have been launched, from debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty, to help churches respond to UK poverty.
Last month, St Augustine of Canterbury in Even Swindon and St Paul's Church in Southville were featured on a BBC article, after they kept their buildings open during the July heatwave.
A huge welcome to Esther Williams who has joined us recently as a Safeguarding Caseworker.
Remembering Roy Hackett OBE, a Civil Rights Pioneer who has sadly died aged 93 by Rashida Hartley, Racial Justice Project Officer
This incredible event which is taking place from 11th to 14th August attracts over 100 hot air balloons and 500,000 visitors over the four days.
A huge well done to Bishop Lee for completing his charity cycle - please keep donating!
Congratulations to The Very Revd Dominic Barrington, the next Dean of York
We have several new exciting roles within our Diocesan Support Services Team - apply now!
Bishops of Bristol and South Sudan exchange rings of reconciliation at the Lambeth Conference
The initial findings report was produced by Royal Mencap Society Community Partners after an engagement project with a questionnaire and 32 ‘Community Conversations'.
Bishop Viv shares good news from the Lambeth Conference.
Congratulations to Reverend Kat Campion-Spall.
A Zoom conversation on 9 June, led by Rhona Knight and Revd Dr Simon Taylor.
More than 70 people attended the fun-filled activity day held at St Michael's Centre last week on Thursday 21 July.
On the 19 June, there was a focus across all services and in Sunday Club on Mental Health Wellbeing at Holy Trinity Westbury on Trym.
This event has been cancelled
The Pinehurst Fun Day has been running for 20 years but was unfortunately cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. On Saturday 16 July, over 2,500 local residents gathered to celebrate the return of the fun day!
Spear Bristol launched in January 2022 and has since supported 43 young people aged 16 - 24 across Bristol.
Rashida Hartley, Racial Justice Officer for the Bristol Diocese, reflects on ‘Lament to Action' workshop at Sarum College.
Our Licenced Lay Ministers had a very informative session with John Pearce from Pearce Funeral Services recently about what is not allowed in the coffin at the crematorium.
Alexander Kubeyinje has been appointed as the Church of England's new permanent national director of safeguarding.
How do you cool down on the hottest day of the year so far? Eat delicious ice-cream of course and that's exactly what our Diocesan Support Services staff staff did today thanks to Mr Sav.
Being poorly with covid recently, didn't stop Bishop of Swindon, Dr Lee Rayfield from getting on his bike once again to take on a huge fundraising challenge, cycling some 881 miles from Lands End to John O'Groats.
Congratulations and welcome to Jane Vause who has joined the Diocese recently as our new Director of Transformation.
The Energy Footprint Tool allows all churches around the country to enter their utility bills and find out their "carbon footprint".
We are thrilled to celebrate with Hazelnut Community Farm, as they become the first church in the Southwest to receive a Gold Eco Award
Aidan, a student at a Chippenham secondary school, reflects on his experience of helping his church become an Eco Church.
Does your church offer contactless giving yet? If not, now is the time to consider it, as the Diocese of Bristol receives dozens of heavily subsidised contactless devices to pass on to churches across the region.
Join us on Saturday 17 September at Pattern Church Swindon for an inspiring and challenging day for all in church leadership - lay, ordained, youth or environmental!
Swindon Food Collective opened a new food distribution centre at St Timothy's, Dorcan Church on 8 July.
A lecture given at St James the Great, Dauntsey, Wiltshire, England on 15th June 2022 by Revd Dr Simon Taylor.
This Plastic Free July, Christian charity ECCR is asking individuals to contact their bank about the global plastic crisis.
Bishop of Bristol really enjoyed talking to the international students about where they are from and hearing all their exciting stories before they start their studies in Bristol.
Congratulations to the Right Reverend Doctor Eleanor Sanderson who has been appointed as Suffragan Bishop of Hull in the Diocese of York
The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol ordained 18 candidates as Priests and Deacons at very moving ordination celebrations at Bristol Cathedral last weekend.
During Refugee Week at the end of June, Little Amal came to Bristol and walked from the Old Vic Theatre to the harbourside, meeting hundreds of people along the way.
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Sharon's Story
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Wanda' Story
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Joshua's Story
An interactive six-week course has just been released to help churches welcome new arrivals in the UK from Hong Kong.
BRF is delighted to introduce a groundbreaking course to help churches equip leaders and members for ministry to older people.
The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, will ordain 20 candidates as priests and deacons at Bristol Cathedral over the coming weekend.
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Sarah's Story
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Nicola's Story
Rashida Hartley has recently been appointed as Diocesan Racial Justice Officer on a one-year fixed term contract, working 14 hours a week on Thursdays and Fridays.
A huge congratulations to St John the Baptist Church and residents in Colerne for winning a SILVER AWARD!
Jordan Ling has recently been appointed as Diocesan Advisor for Clergy Wellbeing after a very successful secondment since March this year.
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Caroline's Story
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Ruth's Story
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Diane's Story
The Swindon Food Collective are opening two new distribution centres today, on Friday 24 June 2022 in an effort to take food to those in need in the wider community.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our Parish Share survey!
We are now halfway through our Continuing Ministerial Development Summer 2022 Programme, but there are still opportunities to get involved!
A course to deepen faith, explore the Christian tradition and equip for ministry.
If you were visiting Malmesbury Abbey on Thursday 26 May you may have been surprised to encounter the first ever Rural Schools Festival in North Wiltshire!
The first ever National Church Awards to celebrate churches and the people who use and look after them are now open for entries.
Tickets on sale now for heart warming theatre production at St Matthew's Church.
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Chris's Story
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Anton's Story
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Melanie's Story
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Sarah's Story
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Julie's Story
Happy Father's Day to all you wonderful dads, we hope you have a lovely day with your precious children.
Revd Alison Sowton will be joining St Mary's Church in Shirehampton as their new vicar and Missioner for Life Events in the Avonside Mission Area.
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rosemary's' Story
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Eleanor's' Story
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Wayne's' Story
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Regan's Story
Rt Revd Vivienne Faull welcomes Deacons to be ordained next month
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Sonia's Story
Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Benjamin's Story
You are now able to read Bishop of Bristol's Presidential Address at the most recent Diocesan Synod on Saturday 12 June.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended our Bristol DAC Awards for 2020-2022 at Christ Church Downend on 9 June, and congratulations to winners!
The excitement is building for our Bristol 2020 - 2022 DAC Awards taking place at the stunning Christchurch in Bristol this evening.
So the Platinum Jubilee concert, with its national treasures and aged and not so aged rock superstars stars had as its billtopping act.
Today, Sunday 5th June 2022, is World Environment Day and we wanted to mark this very important occasion with a short prayer.
A special message from Bishop Viv and everyone at the Diocese of Bristol for the Queen's Jubilee Celebrations.
The Making Peace with Conflict training was attended by 14 people
Applications are open for the 2022 Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association/National Churches Trust UK Architecture Awards. Awards are for repair and conservation work and for new buildings, re-orderings and extensions.
Everyone is invited to join us for an online book session and find out how we offer mission and ministry in a context of loss, suffering and lament.
The Security Minister has announced that the Places of Worship Protective Security Funding Scheme has again opened for applications.
Prayer in thanksgiving for the Queen's reign by Rt Reverend Dr Lee Rayfleld, Bishop of Swindon
We hope you have a peaceful and restful weekend from Bishop Viv and everyone at the Diocese of Bristol.
You are invited to a special Queens Jubilee Celebration - Pentecost on the Green
The Zoom taster sessions are a fantastic opportunity to hear more about the initiative and ask any questions you may have
Trustees of charitable trusts, including schools and churches, are now allowed to prioritise the climate change outcomes of their investments
How do we build a new, generous culture?
More than 1,000 punters came to the two-day church fundraiser last weekend
The Table is a way for Ukrainians and their Swindon host families to support each other and make new friends
Rt Reverend Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol would like to welcome new ‘participant observers' at the House of Bishops.
Rebecca Cross from the Diocese of Bristol talking about Mental Health Awareness Week 2022.
â€The Mothers' Union has transformed my lifeâ€, says Jacky
Everyone is welcome to take part in a series of evening art sessions which are taking place on several Wednesdays in June and July.
A special Eid message from Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield and everyone at the Diocese of Bristol.
Representatives from churches with historical connections to the Transatlantic Slave Trade were invited to a meeting at Bristol Cathedral earlier this week.