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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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


"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


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.


"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.  


'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


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


Bishop of Bristol supports call for mandatory Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting

First published 26th October 2021

Bishop Viv hopes the Church of England might consider participating in a pilot study


Bishop of Bristol appoints new Diocesan Secretary and CEO

First published 25th October 2021

The Bishop of Bristol and the Chair of the Bristol Diocesan Board of Finance are delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Leaman as the new Diocesan Secretary and CEO. 


General Synod Election 2021 results

First published 18th October 2021

New General Synod members have been elected to represent the Diocese of Bristol


Lay ministers licensed at Bristol Cathedral

First published 8th October 2021

Read the stories of the LLMs who were licensed this year


Ashton Keynes Primary celebrates 150th anniversary

First published 8th October 2021

The school marked the birthday with an official opening of its new learning hub, which was blessed by the Bishop of Swindon


"A very special day" - confirmations at All Saints Clifton

First published 7th October 2021

Bishop Viv confirmed three people during a service on 3 October


Homeless Sunday, 10 October 2021

First published 6th October 2021

On Homeless Sunday, churches and individuals take time to reflect upon homelessness and the issues surrounding homelessness in the UK.


Harvest Festival live - Holy Trinity Westbury on Trym

First published 27th September 2021

The BBC Radio 4 service included a sermon from Revd Canon Dr Martin Gainsborough and worship led by the church choir


Renewed and rejoicing - St Mary's Purton finishes Renewal Project

First published 21st September 2021

Almost 200 people came to the open day celebration of the Grade I-listed medieval church


North Swindon celebrates launch of new church, The Well

First published 21st September 2021

The new plant from Pattern Church, Swindon, welcomed over 150 people to its first service on Sunday 12 September


Holy Trinity Church Kingswood celebrates 200th anniversary

First published 17th September 2021

"Memories were shared, old friends remembered and community renewed as we had fun together in ways that have not been possible for so long" - Revd Beverley Charles


Local teenage author to share powerful life story at Roofbreakers event

First published 15th September 2021

Jonathan Bryan is a disability activist and the author of highly-acclaimed book, ‘Eye Can Write', which tells his powerful story of communicating through his eyes


New church to serve North Swindon communities

First published 9th August 2021

The Well will hold its first service in a local school this September


Bishop of Bristol appointed new lead bishop for buildings

First published 14th July 2021

The Bishop of Bristol, Vivienne Faull, and the Bishop of Ramsbury, Andrew Rumsey, will jointly take over the role.


Bishops ordain new deacons and priests in Bristol Cathedral services this weekend

First published 2nd July 2021

The Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, Bishop of Bristol, will ordain 22 candidates as priests and deacons during four services over the coming weekend.


Bishop of Swindon joins Cathedrals Cycle Route relay

First published 29th June 2021

To launch the Cathedrals Cycle Route, a cycle relay is taking place this summer between each of the 42 Church of England cathedrals.


Thousand-mile climate relay to pass through Bristol Diocese

First published 17th June 2021

More than 400 people have signed up so far to walk or cycle the Youth Christian Climate Network relay due to travel the UK this summer.


Online support space launched for Chinese-heritage clergy

First published 17th June 2021

The Teahouse aims to amplify minority voices within the Church of England and provide community


South Gloucestershire church leads worldwide celebration of unique invention

First published 20th May 2021

This June, churches around the world will mark the 200th anniversary of the Ellacombe Chimes, invented at St Mary's Church in Bitton


Bishop of Bristol's speech in House of Lords May 2021

First published 18th May 2021

On Monday 17 May in the House of Lords, the Lord Bishop of Bristol, Rt Revd Vivienne Faull, made a speech in response to the Queen's speech.


Diocese of Bristol welcomes new guidance to help address questions of ‘contested heritage'

First published 11th May 2021

The guidance for parishes and cathedrals addresses concerns over memorials with links to slavery and other ‘contested heritage'.


Diocese of Bristol participates in Messy Church research study

First published 6th May 2021

Findings released from national research into non-traditional church gatherings


Diocese divests from fossil fuel companies

First published 27th April 2021

The Bristol Diocesan Board of Finance is divesting from fossil fuel companies, and commits to its investments remaining free of holdings in coal, oil and gas in future.


From Lament to Action: Archbishops' Anti-Racism Taskforce report

First published 22nd April 2021

The Diocese of Bristol welcomes the Archbishops' Anti-Racism Taskforce's report and supports call for urgent change. 


Faith manifesto launched for Bristol mayoral elections

First published 19th April 2021

Bristol Diocese is part of a multi-faith group that has released a faith manifesto in the lead-up to the Bristol mayoral election this May.


An Easter message from the Bishop

First published 4th April 2021

This sermon was given by Bishop Viv on Sunday 4 April 2021 at Bristol Cathedral.


International Women's Day in the Diocese of Bristol

First published 8th March 2021

The diocese invites everyone to share their stories of women in the diocese who have inspired them


'Let us lose our lives to end the structural sin that is racism' - a sermon for Racial Justice Sunday 2021

First published 15th February 2021

The Revd Canon Dr Martin Gainsborough, Chaplain to the Bishop of Bristol, delivered delivers a sermon on Racial Justice Day 2021


Covid-19 Update: adapting in times of adversity

First published 22nd January 2021

Since the most recent lockdown was announced, some churches have made the difficult decision to close their buildings and offer digital services only until restrictions ease


Rev'd Melanie Otto announced as Priest in Charge of St Agnes and St Anne's

First published 11th January 2021

The Bishop of Bristol, Rt Rev'd Vivienne Faull, is pleased to announce that Rev'd Melanie Otto will be the new Priest in Charge of the churches of St Agnes and St Anne's.


Living in Love and Faith resources published

First published 10th November 2020

The Church of England has published a landmark set of resources drawing together the Bible, theology, science and history.


Transforming church. A message from the Bishop of Bristol.

First published 4th November 2020

The Bishop of Bristol announced a new focus of work for the upcoming months, to shape the future of the Diocese of Bristol.

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