This is what has been missing from my life, this is the way that I want to live my life.
I began to become aware of a joy and peace within that I never imagined. To my relief, depression, nightmares and unexplained illnesses in my body gradually faded.
Are rebels good or bad? The answer to this question will depend on your point of view.
I remember looking down at my blood-soaked trainers and thinking Well.
As part of our life stories series, we talked with with David Stevens about how his faith has enabled him to face death without fear following a diagnosis with cancer.
In local churches thoughout the Diocese of Bristol, people's lives are being changed by the power of God.
There are different ways of measuring what it is like to live in a recession.
Revd Ian Tweedie-Smith was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of Purton, west of Swindon, on 17 October 2012.
Revd Howard Jameson is licensed on Wednesday 7 November as Priest-in-Charge of Patchway in north Bristol.Howard writes:
Revd Sally Wheeler was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of Marshfield Benefice on 8 October 2012.Sally writes:
Revd Martin Hancock was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of Christ Church Hengrove and of St Nicholas Whitchurch on 14 and 15 October 2012.
Stories from a working class congregation. This booklet was put together by Joe Hasler to clarify the challenges and strengths of a group of churches and the available leadership in the area.
Revd Teresa Taylor will be licensed as Priest-in-Charge of Mangotsfield on Wednesday 19 September.
Revd Linda Fletcher was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of Parks and Walcot in Swindon on 16 July 2012.Linda writes:
Revd Sarah Evans was licensed as Team Vicar of the By Brook Benefice and Associate Minister of North Wraxall on 12 June 2012.
Revd Bill McDougall was licensed as Priest-in-Charge and Transition Minister of Holy Trinity, Bradley Stoke North on Wednesday 5 September.
One of the recurring themes of these Olympic weeks is the value of being part of a team, being part of a bigger thing than just 'me and my gold medal'.
Rob Joy, a 33-year-old former South of England gang member whose violence, crime and drug addiction sent him to prison, will be telling his story and sharing how he found freedom at two free events in Lydiard Millicent this month.
Over the last year, David Stevens has shared how God transformed his life in a series of videos, right up to the point of his death this month.
In the final article in our After the riots series, City Canon, Tim Higgins, issues a rallying cry to the local church.
In the penultimate article of our After the riots series, Simon Topping challenges us to step back and be challenged by the radical notions in the Gospel of justice.
In the fourth of our "After the riots" series of articles, Simon Bale, one of the Diocese's Social Responsibility Officers who is part of the ISR team, argues for the role of the Church in healing our neighbourhoods.
In the third of our "After the riots" series, Andy Paget, the senior police chaplain to Avon & Somerset Police reflects on the role of a chaplain in the middle of the riots conflict.
In the second of our "After the riots" series, Jim Davis of the Children's Society reflects on the differing responses of young people... and adults.
The riots in early August led people to ask fundamental questions about our society and culture. As a Church, how do we respond?
When rioting and looting ignited in London on 6 August and swept across England for almost four days, the nation and wider world stopped in shock to ask what was going on in our society.
Jimmy Rocks is an Ordained Pioneer Minister at St Michael's Stoke Gifford and is motivated by a desire that others may come to know Jesus Christ as he did.
Leighton Carr, Architect, seeker, teacher, designer, problem solver, imaginer, communicator and now ...Priest in the Church of England.
Alice Kemp has had a challenging few years juggling training for ministry with caring for her disabled son and running a small business.
Graduating from Bristol University he spent two years English teaching and Evangelism in Poland, followed by a move to the Netherlands with Dutch
There are a number of different perspectives from which ordination can be approached, and here Martin Gordon, who has worked in politics and international development, gives us an insight into the way his belief in community has underpinned his path to ordination.
Shirley Danby was ordained deacon in July 2009 and will be priested on 3 July 2010. She serves as a curate in the Upper Thames Group of parishes in North Wiltshire.
Tanya Lord was ordained Deacon in 2009 and priest in July 2010. She is curate of St Matthew and St Nathanael, Kingsdown.
Caroline Yandell was ordained Deacon in 2009 and priested in 2010. She is currently serving her curacy in Henleaze.
Jo Northey was ordained Deacon in July 2009 and priested in 2010. She is curate at Christ Church Swindon.
Hilary Blancharde was ordained Deacon in 2009 and priested in July 2010. She is curate of Holy Trinity Horfield.
Erica Bebb was ordained Deacon in July 2009 and priested on 3 July 2010. She is a curate at Sea Mills. Here she reflects gratefully on the opportunity for ordination.
Lee Barnes was ordained Deacon in 2009 and ordained Priest a year later. He is a curate at Malmesbury.
"What would my super power be? I sing like a walrus, I want to sing like an angel."
Each year, dozens of people in the Diocese of Bristol are putting themselves forward for ordination or Licensed Lay Ministry.
Barrie Green was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of St Pauls Parish in Bristol on Sunday 1st November.
Nick Hay was one of a number of clergy starting new roles in the Diocese over November 2009.