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Please find all the latest news from the Diocese of Bristol

Brand new small group resource gives VIP welcome to those choosing to build a new life in UK

First published 30th June 2022

An interactive six-week course has just been released to help churches welcome new arrivals in the UK from Hong Kong.


Training course for churches offering spiritual care to older people

First published 30th June 2022

BRF is delighted to introduce a groundbreaking course to help churches equip leaders and members for ministry to older people.


Please continue to pray for those to be ordained this weekend

First published 30th June 2022

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

First published 29th June 2022

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

First published 28th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Nicola's Story


Welcome to Rashida Hartley who has joined the Diocese and is flying the flag for racial justice

First published 28th June 2022

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

First published 27th June 2022

A huge congratulations to St John the Baptist Church and residents in Colerne for winning a SILVER AWARD!


Congratulations to Jordan Ling for her appointment as Diocesan Advisor for Clergy Wellbeing

First published 27th June 2022

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

First published 27th June 2022

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

First published 26th June 2022

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

First published 25th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Rev Diane's Story


Swindon Food Collective open two new distribution centres

First published 24th June 2022

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.


Encouraging response to Parish Share survey

First published 24th June 2022

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our Parish Share survey!


Continuing Ministerial Development summer programme continues

First published 24th June 2022

We are now halfway through our Continuing Ministerial Development Summer 2022 Programme, but there are still opportunities to get involved!


New Exploring Christianity module starting in September

First published 24th June 2022

A course to deepen faith, explore the Christian tradition and equip for ministry.


Celebrate and Sing - Rural Schools Festival

First published 24th June 2022

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!


National Church Awards open

First published 24th June 2022

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!

First published 24th June 2022

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

First published 24th June 2022

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

First published 23rd June 2022

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

First published 23rd June 2022

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

First published 21st June 2022

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

First published 19th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Julie's Story


Happy Father's Day to all you wonderful dads

First published 19th June 2022

Happy Father's Day to all you wonderful dads, we hope you have a lovely day with your precious children.


Huge welcome to our new Vicar at St Mary's Church in Shirehampton

First published 18th June 2022

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

First published 18th June 2022

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

First published 17th June 2022

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

First published 16th June 2022

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

First published 15th June 2022

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

First published 14th June 2022

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

First published 14th June 2022

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

First published 13th June 2022

Please pray for those to be ordained next month - here's Benjamin's Story


Synod Presidential Address by Rt Revd Vivienne Faull

First published 12th June 2022

You are now able to read Bishop of Bristol's Presidential Address at the most recent Diocesan Synod on Saturday 12 June.


Huge congratulations to the winners of our Bristol DAC 2020-2022

First published 10th June 2022

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!


Bristol 2020 -2022 DAC Awards are underway at Christchurch!

First published 9th June 2022

The excitement is building for our Bristol 2020 - 2022 DAC Awards taking place at the stunning Christchurch in Bristol this evening.


Platinum Jubilee Choral Evensong homily by Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol

First published 8th June 2022

So the Platinum Jubilee concert, with its national treasures and aged and not so aged rock superstars stars had as its billtopping act.


Marking World Environment Day 2022 with a prayer

First published 5th June 2022

Today, Sunday 5th June 2022, is World Environment Day and we wanted to mark this very important occasion with a short prayer.


Special message from Bishop Viv for the Queen's Jubilee Celebrations

First published 1st June 2022

A special message from Bishop Viv and everyone at the Diocese of Bristol for the Queen's Jubilee Celebrations.


Training event gives techniques to deal with conflict

First published 1st June 2022

The Making Peace with Conflict training was attended by 14 people


Don't forget to enter the Church Architecture Awards!

First published 31st May 2022

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.


Invitation to online book session - Mission and Ministry in a Time of Trauma and For Just Such a Time as This

First published 31st May 2022

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.


Places of worship protective security funding opens again for applications

First published 31st May 2022

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

First published 31st May 2022

Prayer in thanksgiving for the Queen's reign by Rt Reverend Dr Lee Rayfleld, Bishop of Swindon


Have a peaceful and restful weekend from Bishop Viv and everyone at the Diocese of Bristol

First published 27th May 2022

We hope you have a peaceful and restful weekend from Bishop Viv and everyone at the Diocese of Bristol.


Invitation to a special Queens Jubilee Celebration - Pentecost on College Green, Bristol on 5 June 2022

First published 25th May 2022

You are invited to a special Queens Jubilee Celebration - Pentecost on the Green


Sight Loss Friendly Church taster sessions happening throughout June and July

First published 25th May 2022

The Zoom taster sessions are a fantastic opportunity to hear more about the initiative and ask any questions you may have


Breakthrough ruling allows churches and charities to take stronger environmental action

First published 24th May 2022

Trustees of charitable trusts, including schools and churches, are now allowed to prioritise the climate change outcomes of their investments


Giving workshops for church leaders to be held in June

First published 24th May 2022

How do we build a new, generous culture?


Christ Church Swindon beer festival - sun, swing, and pints in pews

First published 19th May 2022

More than 1,000 punters came to the two-day church fundraiser last weekend


Pattern Church begins weekly dinner for Ukrainian arrivals 

First published 17th May 2022

The Table is a way for Ukrainians and their Swindon host families to support each other and make new friends


Bishop Viv extends very warm welcome to new 'participant observers' at the House of Bishops

First published 16th May 2022

Rt Reverend Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol would like to welcome new ‘participant observers' at the House of Bishops.


Rebecca Cross talking about Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

First published 13th May 2022

Rebecca Cross from the Diocese of Bristol talking about Mental Health Awareness Week 2022.


New Mothers' Union Bristol president Jacky Fredrickson to be commissioned at St Mary's Yate

First published 11th May 2022

”The Mothers' Union has transformed my life”, says Jacky


Join in for Art Wednesdays in June and July!

First published 3rd May 2022

Everyone is welcome to take part in a series of evening art sessions which are taking place on several Wednesdays in June and July.


Happy Eid Mubarak to our Muslim communities

First published 2nd May 2022

A special Eid message from Rt Revd Dr Lee Rayfield and everyone at the Diocese of Bristol.


Bristol church representatives come together to debate contested heritage

First published 29th April 2022

Representatives from churches with historical connections to the Transatlantic Slave Trade were invited to a meeting at Bristol Cathedral earlier this week.


Bristol Diverse Doors Open Day takes place next month!

First published 25th April 2022

Bristol Multi-Faith Forum (BMFF) is organising this year's Bristol Diverse Doors Open Day on Sunday 8 May from 9.30am to 5pm


60 chocolate eggs donated to the Bristol North West Food Bank

First published 25th April 2022

Easter eggs donated to Bristol North West Food Bank


Join the launch of the ‘Talking Jesus 2022 Report'

First published 20th April 2022

You're invited to the ‘Talking Jesus 2022' report launch on Thursday 28th April at 2.00pm and 7.30pm to discover the results of ground-breaking research answering what people think of Jesus, Christians, and evangelism in the UK today.


St Augustine's Church, Swindon marks National Day of Reflection with stunning dove artwork

First published 20th April 2022

More than 2000 paper doves are now flying high inside St Augustine's Church, Swindon to mark the recent National Day of Reflection on 23rd March.


Submit your application to the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust NOW!

First published 20th April 2022

The end of April deadline for applications to the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust for repairs and improvement projects is rapidly approaching!


Mousefest raises £1,000 for St Mary's Church in Bitton

First published 20th April 2022

Last month, St Mary's Church in Bitton held a two day exhibition with a difference to raise as much money as possible for their Development Programme.


Holy Week and Easter engagements at Bristol Cathedral

First published 15th April 2022

We have a number of events and engagements taking place at Bristol Cathedral and everyone is very welcome!


Clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers gather for annual Maundy Thursday renewal of vows

First published 15th April 2022

On Thursday 14 April, Clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers gathered for the annual Maundy Thursday renewal of vows at Bristol Cathedral.


Transforming Church update - working groups and draft strategy

First published 28th March 2022

Diocesan Synod votes in favour of the draft strategic plan


"I believe we will see more young people in our churches again" - meet youth leader Lydia Chancellor

First published 21st March 2022

Lydia is the new Youth and Children's Missioner for Yate and Fromeside Mission Area


"Look forward with eagerness to what lies ahead" - Diocesan Synod March 2022

First published 21st March 2022

The Bishop of Bristol's presidential address at Diocesan Synod, held at Holy Trinity Church, Bradley Stoke


Bishop of Bristol speaks about migrant domestic workers in House of Lords immigration bill debate

First published 10th March 2022

On Tuesday 8 March in the House of Lords, the Right Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, spoke on a proposed amendment to the Nationality and Borders Bill


Local churches to join prayers across Europe for Ukraine

First published 1st March 2022

The Diocese in Europe will be leading prayers for peace in Ukraine on Tuesday 1 March at 6pm


"Since, then, we have such hope; we do not lose heart" - Bishop Viv's sermon at St Monica Trust

First published 28th February 2022

Bishop Viv spoke about finding hope in dark days during a service at the North Bristol retirement village


New plaque in Bristol Cathedral to commemorate first women ordained in the Church of England

First published 23rd February 2022

The plaque will be unveiled at a Eucharist service on 12 March with Bishop Viv marking the anniversary of the ordination


Eco parish February 2022 update: will Bristol be the first Silver-awarded Eco Diocese?

First published 22nd February 2022

Bishop Viv's Eco Church Challenge, environment-focused Lent courses, Big Harvest and more


St Stephen's Southmead to celebrate life and memories of church hall

First published 22nd February 2022

The White Hall has been an enormously important focal point for the community for decades” - Revd Jon Roberts


St Saviour's Coalpit Heath welcomed into Fromeside Benefice

First published 21st February 2022

“This offers us a wonderful opportunity to work together” Revd Malcom Strange


Revd Jordan Ling appointed as Adviser for Clergy Wellbeing

First published 16th February 2022

Jordan will hold the post alongside her role as vicar at King's Way Benefice


Bishop of Bristol speaks in House of Lords debate on immigration bill

First published 15th February 2022

"If we are serious about destroying the business model of modern slavery...we must find ways of incentivising and supporting all victims to come forwards" - Bishop Viv


Bristol church youth group plants trees on BBC Songs of Praise

First published 19th January 2022

"It was a privilege to be a part of the Queen's Green Canopy” - Head of Youth Ministry at Christ Church Downend


Richard Leaman is new Secretary and CEO at Bristol Diocese

First published 19th January 2022

Richard is an experienced charity CEO, having previously led Guide Dogs for the Blind and Tall Ships Youth Trust


Last chance to train LLF facilitators

First published 19th January 2022

Final opportunity for churches to start Living in Love and Faith discussion groups before April deadline


Hazelnut's new project helping Christians respond to climate crisis

First published 19th January 2022

The Potting Shed is a 6-month online course involving discussion sessions and classes taught by experts


"The right to protest is essential for those who feel unheard" - Bishop Viv, House of Lords

First published 18th January 2022

The Bishop of Bristol yesterday participated in a debate about the new police and crime bill


"There is a long history of protest within the church" - Bishop of Bristol

First published 17th January 2022

Bishop Viv comments on the acquittal of climate protester Revd Sue Parfitt


"Uncertainty and loss of control is also the world into which Jesus was born" - Bishop Viv's Christmas message

First published 22nd December 2021

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, the Bishop of Bristol gave her Christmas message live on BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio Wiltshire


"Multi-faith activities are hugely important for mutual friendship and understanding"

First published 22nd December 2021

Bishop Viv and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Clifton visited the Park Row Synagogue earlier this month for the building's 150th anniversary


Revd Sally Robertson appointed as new Area Dean for Swindon

First published 20th December 2021

Sally will take the post over from Revd Trudie Wigley, who has been elected as Chair of Clergy in Bristol Diocesan Synod


Eco parish December update

First published 19th December 2021

This update looks back on some of the environmental achievements of the past year, to inspire us and give us hope for what we can accomplish together in 2022


Churches provide support in UK debt crisis - case study 

First published 14th December 2021

A case study of how our two resourcing churches are providing support to those in need.


O Come All Ye Faithful: A quick guide to carol services in 2021

First published 10th December 2021

As well as a huge choice of churches offering traditional carol services this Christmas, there are many outdoor and varied carol services to choose from across the Diocese of Bristol.


Revd Jacqui Kean appointed as Vicar of St Aldhelm's Bedminster and St Paul's Southville

First published 9th December 2021

The Bishop of Bristol says Jacqui will be a “a great blessing to the communities”


"The Holy Spirit is working in our lives today" - confirmations at Bristol Cathedral

First published 7th December 2021

Bishop Viv confirmed 23 people during a service on 5 December


Christingle with a twist

First published 1st December 2021

The pandemic showed us that there are many creative ways to hold Christingles, and that innovation has continued this year as churches across the diocese hold a variety of celebrations.  


Ordination of Nicola Harris, Chaplain for Housing

First published 23rd November 2021

Mrs Nicola Frances Harris will be ordained as Deacon in Bristol Cathedral on 25 November, to be Assistant Curate at the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity and to be Chaplain for Housing in the diocese.


'Courage, the devil is dead' - Diocesan Synod November 2021

First published 23rd November 2021

The Bishop of Bristol's address from the first in-person Diocesan Synod meeting since the start of the pandemic.


Bishop of Bristol speaks in House of Lords debate on police crime bill

First published 19th November 2021

Last month Bishop Viv contributed to a number of House of Lords debates on topics including the new police crime bill, climate change risk and ethnicity pay gap reporting


Eco parish November update: Seed bombs and solar tiles

First published 18th November 2021

How our local churches have been answering the call to create a just and sustainable world in the Diocese of Bristol recently


Inside the COP26 “Blue Zone”

First published 18th November 2021

Beth John, a longstanding member of Holy Trinity Hotwells, was selected to take part in the Christian Climate Observers Programme at COP26 in Glasgow. Here, she shares her experience with us.


Remembrance Day 2021

First published 11th November 2021

Bishop Viv and Bishop Lee will be attending remembrance events in Bristol and Swindon on Sunday 14 November


Refurbished church holds confirmations in North Wiltshire

First published 10th November 2021

Bishop Lee confirmed eight people during a service at St Peter & St Paul on 7 November


Remembrance Day 2021: Revd Mark Nam laid wreath on Whitehall commemorating Chinese 'forgotten army'

First published 9th November 2021

The Chinese Labour Corp (CLC) was was a force of 140,000 Chinese workers recruited by the British government in the First World War


'A moment of joy and blessing' - confirmations at Westbury Park

First published 5th November 2021

Bishop Viv confirmed two people during a service on 24 October


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