Learning through the Pandemic

First published 17th August 2020

Diocese of Bristol learning event for clergy and church leadership.

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.

Lent resources 2019

First published 19th February 2019

For Christians, Lent is one of the most important times of year. It is a time when we can prepare to remember Jesus' life, death and resurrection at Easter.

The Invitation Cross

First published 12th February 2019

I wouldnt have taken myself off to church without an invitation church has become an important part of my life....changed my life.... feel I have grown so much.

Coaching to Create a Culture of Invitation

First published 22nd January 2019

To equip you to lead your congregation into a culture of invitation, remote coaching with Michael Harvey of Unlocking the Growth is available to Diocese of Bristol church leaders for free.

Journey of Invitation

First published 17th January 2019

The Journey of Invitation has been created in response to requests for practical resources to support the six key practices of Making Disciples in Your Parish.

Podcast connects people with God in everyday life

First published 21st November 2018

A new podcast and video series aims to help Christians grow as disciples in their daily walk with God.The fortnightly podcast, called Connection, has been created by Revd Hywel Snook, Associate Vicar in Yate, and Justin Blackett.

Holy Habits Missional Discipleship Resource

First published 10th May 2018

Missional discipleship resources for churches.

'Apprentice': New CPAS resource

First published 3rd May 2018

Apprentice is a daily discipleship resource for individuals and groups helping them to explore the life of Jesus more fully.Day by day, week by week, you will explore four spiritual rhythms.

Making disciples in your parish resources

First published 2nd May 2018

At our Connected conference in April 2018 we launched the Making disciples in your parish resource.

Connections: Text a Prayer

First published 20th September 2017

People in need of prayer can send their requests by text message to a mobile phone number set up by St Augustines Church, Swindon.

Pilgrimage: Ancient Civilisations of Sicily

First published 20th July 2017

Bishop Mike and the Archdeacon, Christine Froude, will lead a group of pilgrims on a tour of Sicily next year.Sicily has been conquered and settled by different peoples over thousands of years: Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Norma

Creating a culture of invitiation

First published 19th May 2017

Logo for Season of Invitation showing drawn icons of envelope, church and heart. Three out of four Christians know who they would invite to church if they were prompted to do so.

Connections: Lent Course

First published 5th May 2017

Small groups are a great chance in the life of the church for people to share the opportunities and challenges they face in following Christ in all of life.

Connections: Season of Invitation

First published 5th May 2017

Most people would not now come to church without an invitation from a friend - even if they had attended in the past.

Whole Life Discipleship Workshops

First published 10th February 2017

Whole-Life Discipleship for Churches New Programme of Workshops for Churches launching in September.Prioritising Making disciples.

All Creatures Great and Small

First published 7th February 2017

The Revd Ness Whiffin, curate at the Marshfield Benefice, has recently introduced a pet service at the church.

Special Offer at St Luke's, Bristol

First published 7th February 2017

People living close to St Luke's Church have been given a special offer by the congregation.

A Season of Invitation begins

First published 15th September 2016

This month sees the start of A Season of Invitation, with people being encouraged to invite friends and families to special services at their church.

Thy Kingdom Come 2017

First published 14th September 2016

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting every parish, fresh expression of Church, school, chaplaincy, retreat house, and praying community to join in ten days of prayer for evangelism and witness in the run up to Pentecost 2017.

Annual C in the Park event brings churches together

First published 27th July 2016

Churches from across Bristol have taken part in an annual open air church service in a Downend park.

Mossy Church brings families closer to God and nature

First published 27th July 2016

Families have been getting back to nature as they celebrated a new church service in the great outdoors.Children and adults from Wroughton Parish Church ventured into Kings Farm Wood on Sunday as they looked to encounter God through the natural world.

Learning to live the Whole of Life together

First published 15th June 2016

I wasnt blown away by an array of new ideas I have come away thinking, Wow, this is awesome, and I really think we can achieve this!Anita Dobson, from Christ Church Downend, looks back at the first day of the Bristol Learning Hub.

Accessible confirmation service in Chippenham

First published 19th May 2016

Three people have been confirmed at an accessible confirmation service at St Peter's Church, Chippenham.

Who are you inviting?

First published 17th May 2016

In May we were joined by Michael Harvey from Season of Invitation to help us explore what it looks like to be an invitational church.

The Power of Praying for Friends

First published 24th March 2016

There's such power in praying for our friends who don't yet know Jesus. Not just doing it once in a while, or when we feel like it, but doing it regularly persevering with discipline, and with joy.

A Season of Invitation

First published 23rd March 2016

Sometimes all it takes is a simple act of invitation to change somebody's life.

Lent study course materials focusing on migration and refugees

First published 29th October 2015

The Anglican mission agency Us (formerly USPG) has published a Lent study course for 2016 focusing on the global issue of migration and the plight of refugees.

Confirmations at HMP Ashfield

First published 12th October 2015

Revd Liz Perry, one of the chaplains at HMP Ashfield, reports on a special confirmation service in their chapel for serving prisoners, led by Bishop Lee.

The F word: stories of forgiveness

First published 2nd September 2015

Visitors to Bristol's St Mary Redcliffe Church on Doors Open Day on Saturday 12 September will see more than a masterpiece of Gothic Architecture and unique examples of the city's history.

Encouraging engagement between science & Christians

First published 19th March 2015

The Bishop of Swindon, Rt Revd Lee Rayfield has warmly welcomed the announcement of a three-year programme to help promote greater relationship between faith and science.

Bible for Life

First published 16th November 2014

When the main messages are clear, then the application of scripture - what we should do and how we should live - is a good deal easier to understand.

Disciples on the front line

First published 16th November 2014

Your Kingdom come, on this bit of earth at this point in time...Revd Jo Vickery reports on a recent event for church leaders in Bristol, exploring how we can be disciples in the 'whole of life'.

A spotlight on faith in our communities

First published 3rd September 2014

People across Bristol, Swindon and the West country are looking forward to the weekend of Friday 12 to Sunday 14 September.

Table Talk works - hear from people who've used it

First published 14th July 2014

It takes the church out of an old church building and puts it out in the community where it needs to be - Talking about issues of faith outside of a church setting isn't always easy.

Creating Confidence - in action

First published 3rd July 2014

Thanks to Revd Steve Wilkinson, Priest in Charge of the Woodbridge Group in North Wiltshire for sharing this report on their Creating Confidence Sunday.

We're not afraid to use the 'E' word

First published 16th June 2014

As we gear up for Creating Confidence Sunday on 6 July and look ahead to the Archbishop's visit in September, we consider why we're no longer fearful of 'gossiping the gospel'.

Stepping into evangelism

First published 27th May 2014

This resource is a gift from God, via Church Army, to enable each of us to live out the most freeing, exciting and life-giving of mandates that God offers: to be witnesses to Jesus Christ.

The impact of Fresh Expressions

First published 12th May 2014

I would say this is final evidential proof that the Fresh Expressions movement is working and that these results cannot be swept under the carpet.

Is life an orange or a peach?

First published 11th May 2014

This was the question Revd Jo Vickery from Christ Church, Downend asked on BBC Radio Bristol on Sunday morning (11 May 2014) in an interview.

Lives change through exploring faith

First published 10th February 2014

Millions of lives have been changed when they have participated in courses like Alpha that enable people to explore the Christian faith.

Confidence in God's story

First published 8th January 2014

God is always Good News. When we are good news, God's people see growing churches.

Resources for Advent

First published 26th November 2013

As the season of Advent begins and we look towards Christmas, lets not overlook the opportunity to reflect on the Advent season itself.

Clergy urged to invest in disciples

First published 22nd November 2013

140 clergy once again gathered in Bristol and Swindon for the second set of day conferences, learning from Bishop Chris Edmondson and Bishop Mike.

Back to Church School Sunday

First published 9th October 2013

A group of parishes in North Wiltshire developed their links with local schools by having a schools celebration service on Back to Church Sunday.

Equip Christians to share their faith

First published 23rd September 2013

Bishop Mike encouraged churches to build their confidence in evangelism at Diocesan Synod and announced an Alpha initiative for 2014 when Archbishop Justin Welby visits the Diocese.

How enabling is your church?

First published 25th June 2013

The Church needs to learn from the experience, insight and gifts of disabled people, writes Revd Canon Gill Behenna, Chaplain with the Deaf Community in Bristol and National Adviser for Deaf Ministry.

Ways into prayer

First published 7th June 2013

As Bishop Lee has written, prayer is fundamental to Christian discipleship but the ways Christians actually engage with God in prayer may be as varied as the people themselves.

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