News

New chair of Diocesan Safeguarding Steering Group

First published 31st January 2023

David Niven has been appointed as the next Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Steering Group.


General Synod representation

First published 30th January 2023

The Revd Canon Alice Kemp is Bristol's new General Synod representative.


Eight million stitches expressing God's love

First published 27th January 2023

Threads through Creation is an extraordinary, uplifting art exhibition on show at Bath Abbey,


Lacock welcomes The Queen Consort

First published 26th January 2023

Lacock was proud to welcome Her Majesty The Queen Consort to the village. She visited St Cyriac’s church to plant a commemorative tree...


Bishop of Bristol's statement on the proposal regarding same-sex relationships

First published 20th January 2023

Rt Reverend Vivienne Faull's full statement on the proposal to the General Synod regarding same-sex relationships


Bristol minister leads national church service marking Chinese New Year

First published 18th January 2023

The Revd Mark Nam, the Diocesan Minority Ethnic Vocations Champion, will lead the Church of England’s national online service this weekend (Sunday 22 Jan) marking Chinese New Year.


Bishop teams up with Swindon Town FC

First published 13th January 2023

Following a 1,000 mile bike ride, the Bishop of Swindon, the Rt Revd Lee Rayfield is being supported by Swindon Town FC in raising funds for local families struggling with the rising cost of living.


New Rector - St John's Parks & St Andrew's Walcot Swindon

First published 12th January 2023

The Revd Patrick (Patch) Webb appointed Rector of St John’s Parks and St Andrew’s, Walcot, Swindon


Looking down the backs of north Wiltshire’s spiritual sofas

First published 9th January 2023

Jessica Price was appointed Youth Mission Enabler for the North Wiltshire Mission Area (NWMA) on 1st May 2022


Bishop Viv's Christmas message

First published 26th December 2022

Appearing on BBC Radio Bristol, Bishop Viv offered a short Christmas message yesterday.


Watch: Funding for Transforming Church. Together passes first milestone

First published 21st December 2022

The diocesan strategy, Transforming Church. Together has been affirmed by the National Church.


Bristol’s Bishop’s Chaplain appointed new Bishop of Kingston

First published 15th December 2022

The Revd Canon Dr Martin Gainsborough, Chaplain to the Bishop of Bristol, has been appointed as the next Bishop of Kingston in the Diocese of Southwark.


Warm spaces open as polar blast strikes

First published 7th December 2022

Christ Church, Downend opens its warm hub cafe every Thursday


National Chinese and British exhibition with Bristol links

First published 28th November 2022

Comprising handwritten letters, photographs and oral histories, the new British Library Exhibition, “Chinese and British” has links to Bristol.


Presidential Address - November Synod

First published 22nd November 2022

Bishop Viv's presidential address to Diocesan Synod


Gender-based violence action day

First published 21st November 2022

The Mothers’ Union in Bristol is inviting everyone to join them for a day of action against gender based violence around the world.


Global Praise

First published 18th November 2022

An exciting Intercultural Worship Workshop takes place this weekend.


Community support vital for church sustainability

First published 16th November 2022

The tiny village of Littleton Drew, north-west of Chippenham, is a great example of how active engagement with the wider community offers the Church a lifeline.


New super green school for Frenchay

First published 11th November 2022

The new Frenchay CofE Primary School in Bristol opened recently, setting new high environmental standards.


Chippenham Church awarded listed status

First published 9th November 2022

St Peter’s church Chippenham has been awarded Grade II listed status by Historic England.


Listen to Zoe, our Licensed Lay Member on 6 November!

First published 27th October 2022

Zoe Stroud, one of our Licensed Lay Members in Fishponds (Kingsway Benefice) has been invited to be a regular contributor on the Sunday breakfast programme for her local radio station where they will delve deeper into faith.


Welcome Charlie - our new Youth Missioner for Yate and Fromeside

First published 27th October 2022

We are delighted to welcome Charlie who has joined us recently as our new Youth Missioner focusing on Yate and Fromeside.


Welcome to our new Licensed Lay Members!

First published 26th October 2022

Earlier this month, Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol admitted ten new Licensed Lay Ministers, and welcomed Frank to the diocese from Bath and Wells.


Launch of Concord Church on the North fringe of Bristol

First published 26th October 2022

​​​​​​​A new church was launched on the North fringe of Bristol recently. Concord Church was planted from St Nicholas Bristol, with a vision to serve the new housing developments in the home of the Concorde aeroplane on Filton airfield and the wider North Bristol area.


Read Johnson's story as part of Prisons Week 2022 earlier this month

First published 25th October 2022

Earlier this month, we marked Prisons Week 2022 with a special prayer from Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol. Now we are delighted to share Johnson's story who is a prisoner at HMP Bristol.


Bishop Viv celebrates birthday with children from Willow Park CE Primary School

First published 21st October 2022

Willow Park CE Primary School opened last September following the amalgamation of St Michael on the Mount CE and St Georges CE Primary schools.


£400 cash injection for Breast Cancer Awareness thanks to diocese colleagues!

First published 21st October 2022

Thank you to all our colleagues in Diocesan Support Services for supporting ‘Wear it Pink Day' as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


Congratulations & welcome to Dr Helen-Ann Hartley - the new Bishop of Newcastle

First published 21st October 2022

Rt Reverend Vivienne Faull and everyone at the Diocese of Bristol would like to congratulate Dr Helen-Ann Hartley - the new Bishop of Newcastle.


Revd Alison Sowton is inducted and installed at St Mary's, Shirehampton

First published 21st October 2022

Revd Alison Sowton was inducted and installed by Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol at St Mary’s, Shirehampton last night.


Come and join our team - new opportunities available!

First published 21st October 2022

We have three exciting new roles within our Diocesan Support Services Team so why not check out the website and apply now?


Diocese team fly out to Uganda to build global links

First published 19th October 2022

A team of 14 colleagues from across the Diocese flew out from London Heathrow on 14 October to visit our friends in different Diocese in the north of Uganda.


Join us at our intercultural worship workshop this November!

First published 19th October 2022

Book your tickets now for our intercultural worship workshop next month which in an interactive workshop exploring the rationale for intercultural worship and a chance to learn and be inspired by some worship music from around the world,


Response on Anti-Slavery Day from Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol

First published 18th October 2022

Slavery is still here; we mustn’t forget it - “Today, we must again proclaim freedom, shocking the complacent and complicit, and giving hope to the enslaved.”


Congratulations and welcome to Dr John Perumbalath - the new Bishop of Liverpool

First published 18th October 2022

Rt Reverend Vivienne Faull and everyone at the Diocese of Bristol would like to congratulate Dr John Perumbalath - the new Bishop of Liverpool.


Please support Hazelnut Community Farm with their Harvest Appeal

First published 18th October 2022

Hazelnut Community Farm have launched their Harvest Appeal this week. Please give generously and support them today!


Congratulations and welcome to Canon Stephen Race - the new Bishop of Beverley

First published 13th October 2022

Rt Reverend Vivienne Faull and everyone at the Diocese of Bristol would like to congratulate Canon Stephen Race - the new Bishop of Beverley.


Prayer from Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol to mark Prisons Week 2022

First published 13th October 2022

For nearly 50 years, Prisons Week has encouraged Christians to pray for all those affected by crime and imprisonment and Bishop Viv wanted to share this short prayer to mark the occasion,


B&A church will be cooking 300 hot meals a week this winter but need your help!

First published 13th October 2022

B&A Church are responding to the cost-of-living crisis this winter by cooking 300 hot meals a week to deliver to Warm Spaces across the city but need your help too!


Reflections from a wonderful Clergy Conference!

First published 13th October 2022

As our three-day Clergy Conference comes to a close today, it is important to take some time to reflect on the last three fantastic days.


Three-day Clergy Conference well underway in Swanwick!

First published 12th October 2022

Great start to our clergy conference. Sunshine, smiles and worship in the Chapel as Bishop Viv invited us to be re-called, rested and renewed in the presence of our Shepherd and Host, Jesus yesterday.


Bishop Viv to license our latest Lay Members at Bristol Cathedral tomorrow!

First published 7th October 2022

Tomorrow, Saturday 8 October, several of our lay members will be licensed at Bristol Cathedral by Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol. Please read their stories.


Statement from Bishop of Bristol & Executive Summary - Past Case Review 2

First published 6th October 2022

Please read our statement from Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol and our Executive Summary for Past Case Review (PCR2).


Congratulations to Christopher and Wayne who have been ordained

First published 1st October 2022

A huge congratulations to Christopher Hunter and Wayne Callum who were ordained as Priest and Deacon at the stunning Bristol Cathedral by Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol on Thursday. Please pray for them .


Bishop’s address to Synod – 7 September 2022

First published 29th September 2022

Please read Rt Reverend Vivienne Faull's address to Synod on 7 September 2022.


Practical Guidance for Parishes - How to save money and energy

First published 29th September 2022

Please read this latest guidance on how to save money and energy in your parishes and churches.


Join us at our special workshop next week!

First published 28th September 2022

Join our special workshop at St Paul's Church in Chippenham and find out how to support people from Hong Kong who are settling in Bristol


Invitation to racial justice events with the Rt Hon. Lord Paul Boateng!

First published 23rd September 2022

Find out more about two events being run by The Rt Hon. Lord Paul Boateng and Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng on 5th October 2022 and book your place now!


Invitation to a Church Development Tool Webinar

First published 23rd September 2022

You are invited to take part in a Church of England webinar next week to find out more about the Church Development Tool which is now open and available for all churches to use via A Church Near You. 


Congratulations to The Revd Canon Dr Andrew Braddock on his new appointment

First published 23rd September 2022

Canon Andrew, 51, is currently the Interim Dean of Gloucester and will take up the role of Dean of Norwich at the end of January.


Congratulations wishes from Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol

First published 23rd September 2022

Congratulations to the Bishop of St Albans, Alan Smith, who has been appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury as Convenor of the Lords Spiritual.


A Prayer from the Bishop of Bristol - Proclamation of King Charles III

First published 12th September 2022

Please find below, a prayer from Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol on the proclamation of King Charles III.


From Rt Revd Vivienne Faull - The Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

First published 8th September 2022

It is with deep sadness that I have heard of the death this evening of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


You're invited to our Environment Workshop at 7pm on Tuesday 11 October 2022

First published 1st September 2022

The UK climate in 2050 is going to look quite different to how it is now. We will be facing hotter summers, more wet winters, more extreme storms and multiple other changes.


Congratulations to Suzanne Grindrod - the new Priest in charge of Draycot

First published 31st August 2022

Congratulations to Suzanne Grindrod who has been appointed as the new Priest in charge of the Draycot Benefice within the North Wiltshire Mission Area.


11 people will be licensed as Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs) in October

First published 31st August 2022

LLMs have been trained and authorised to teach the faith, offer Christian leadership, and enable mission. They live out their faith in communities, churches and workplaces.


Bristol Cathedral's new exhibition, #AllGodsChildren, is now open!

First published 26th August 2022

Why not visit to find out more about the Cathedral’s connections to the transatlantic trade of enslaved people and have your say about what the Cathedral should do next.


New curacy opportunity with the Woodbridge Group of Churches!

First published 26th August 2022

Find out more about our new curacy opportunity with the Woodbridge Group of Churches Now!


Good luck to everyone receiving their GCSE results today!

First published 25th August 2022

We hope and pray you receive the results you are hoping for from Bishop Viv and everyone at the Diocese of Bristol!


Greenways Benefice Profile for 2023 Curacy Opportunity

First published 25th August 2022

An exciting opportunity awaits the right person to serve their curacy in the Greenways Benefice, Chippenham, Wiltshire.


Apply for your FREE contactless device before the 7th September deadline!

First published 24th August 2022

Does your church offer contactless giving yet? If not, now is the time to apply before the deadline of 7th September 2022.


Revd Janet Lee appointed as new link coordinator for the Bristol West Deanery

First published 22nd August 2022

Having grown up in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and been involved with the Bristol Uganda link for several years, Revd Janet Lee has recently been appointed as the new link coordinator for the Bristol West Deanery.


Remembering The Reverend Hilary Blancharde who has sadly died aged 74

First published 18th August 2022

Remembering The Reverend Hilary Blancharde, who was the assistant priest at Holy Trinity Church, Horfield in Bristol and has sadly died after a year’s illness with cancer.


Stunning views for Bristol International Balloon Fiesta!

First published 12th August 2022

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!


2022 Bristol Clergy Conference: “Restoring our Soul”

First published 11th August 2022

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


Bristol churches featured on BBC article during heatwave

First published 11th August 2022

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. 


New resources released for Christians Against Poverty Sunday 2022

First published 11th August 2022

​​​​​​​New resources have been launched, from debt counselling charity Christians Against Poverty, to help churches respond to UK poverty.


Ali Rowe reflects on her old and new role with the Bristol Uganda link

First published 11th August 2022

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.


Welcome to Esther Williams, our new Safeguarding Caseworker

First published 8th August 2022

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

First published 5th August 2022

Remembering Roy Hackett OBE, a Civil Rights Pioneer who has sadly died aged 93 by Rashida Hartley, Racial Justice Project Officer


We're excited for this year's Bristol International Balloon Fiesta - are you?

First published 4th August 2022

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!

First published 3rd August 2022

A huge well done to Bishop Lee for completing his charity cycle - please keep donating!


Bishops of Bristol and South Sudan exchange rings of reconciliation at the Lambeth Conference

First published 2nd August 2022

Bishops of Bristol and South Sudan exchange rings of reconciliation at the Lambeth Conference


Come and join our team now - NEW roles available!

First published 2nd August 2022

We have several new exciting roles within our Diocesan Support Services Team - apply now!


Bishop Viv shares good news from the Lambeth Conference

First published 1st August 2022

Bishop Viv shares good news from the Lambeth Conference.


St Marys & St James Lockleaze named as top community place

First published 1st August 2022

The initial findings report was produced by Royal Mencap Society Community Partners after an engagement project with a questionnaire and 32 ‘Community Conversations'.


Congratulations to Reverend Kat Campion-Spall, who will become Rector Designate of Bristol Harbourside Churches

First published 29th July 2022

Congratulations to Reverend Kat Campion-Spall.


Mission and Ministry in a Time of Trauma lecture now available to watch online

First published 29th July 2022

A Zoom conversation on 9 June, led by Rhona Knight and Revd Dr Simon Taylor.


Holiday at Home activity day at St Michael's Church in Stoke Gifford

First published 28th July 2022

More than 70 people attended the fun-filled activity day held at St Michael's Centre last week on Thursday 21 July.


Mental Health Wellbeing Sunday at Holy Trinity Westbury on Trym

First published 22nd July 2022

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.


Event Cancelled - 'Walk of Witness Bristol City Slave Trail'.

First published 22nd July 2022

This event has been cancelled


Spear Bristol supports over 40 young people to re-enter work or education since January launch

First published 21st July 2022

Spear Bristol launched in January 2022 and has since supported 43 young people aged 16 - 24 across Bristol.


Informative session for Licensed Lay Ministers

First published 20th July 2022

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.


Appointment of the Church of England's new permanent national director of safeguarding

First published 19th July 2022

Alexander Kubeyinje has been appointed as the Church of England's new permanent national director of safeguarding.


Ice-cream for the hottest day of the year so far!

First published 18th July 2022

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.


Bishop of Swindon gets on his bike to raise as much money as possible to give a special Christmas gift

First published 18th July 2022

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.


Huge welcome to Jane Vause, our new Director of Transformation who will spearhead the future direction of the Diocese

First published 14th July 2022

Congratulations and welcome to Jane Vause who has joined the Diocese recently as our new Director of Transformation.


First Gold Eco Church award in the Diocese

First published 14th July 2022

We are thrilled to celebrate with Hazelnut Community Farm, as they become the first church in the Southwest to receive a Gold Eco Award


Swindon Food Collective officially opens new food distribution centre

First published 8th July 2022

Swindon Food Collective opened a new food distribution centre at St Timothy's, Dorcan Church on 8 July.


“Don't Bank on Plastics!” urge campaigners this Plastic Free July

First published 7th July 2022

This Plastic Free July, Christian charity ECCR is asking individuals to contact their bank about the global plastic crisis.


Congratulations to new Suffragen Bishop of Hull in the Diocese of York

First published 4th July 2022

Congratulations to the Right Reverend Doctor Eleanor Sanderson who has been appointed as Suffragan Bishop of Hull in the Diocese of York


Special weekend of ordination celebrations for our Priests and Deacons!

First published 4th July 2022

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.


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

First published 1st July 2022

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's Story

First published 1st July 2022

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

First published 30th June 2022

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


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.


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