APPOINTMENT OF THE NEXT BISHOP OF BRISTOL

Appointment of the next Bishop of Bristol – getting involved  

Do you want to play your part in helping discern who our next Bishop will be?
Please come to an open meeting to learn about the role and process; to pray and to share your views as part of the consultation.  A meeting will be held in Chippenham Deanery at St Andrew’s Church Chippenham at 7.30pm on 12th October 2017 (coffee from 7pm).

You can also send you thoughts directly to the Diocese as they want to hear from as many and as broad a range of people as possible and are asking us to submit your views online. The online questionnaire focuses on three areas for comment:

  • What impact do you want the next Bishop of Bristol to make to the Diocese as a whole?
  • Which of Bishop Mike Hill’s qualities do you think the Diocese needs for the future?
  • What other qualities do you think the next Bishop of Bristol will need?

You can submit your own views individually or gather a group together to pray and discuss the qualities and impact you hope for from the next Bishop before making your response.

To find out more about other ways you can pray and feed into the consultation, visit https://www.bristol.anglican.org/our-next-bishop/

FAREWELL LETTER FROM BISHOP MIKE

As the Rt Revd Mike Hill prepares to retire as Bishop of Bristol on 30 September 2017, he has written a final letter to parishes in the Diocese of Bristol.   The letter sets out his commitment to resourcing new ministers, calling for churches to pray for, equip and release a new generation of workers into the harvest field and specifically those to lead our churches.  To read the letter click here: Bishop Mike letter to parishes Aug 2017,

Or you can read it by going to the Bristol Diocese website: https://www.bristol.anglican.org/news/2017/08/22/letter-parishes-bishop-mike/

 

TEDDY BEARS PICNIC

We are pleased to announce that the brave teddy bears who flew from the spire, and all the associated stalls and activities, raised £300 for church funds.  Thank you to everyone who contributed.

For pictures of the event please click here

 

REVD ANDREW – SABBATICAL

Revd Andrew will be taking Extended Ministerial Developmental Leave from Saturday 10 June to Monday 11 September inclusive, returning to work on Tuesday 12 September.  During his absence our Team Vicar Revd Adam Beaumont will have overall responsibility for the Benefice, ably assisted by our Team Curate Revd Phill Harrison, retired clergy, Licensed Lay Ministers, Churchwardens and members of the five churches.  Adam will have particular pastoral responsibility for Lacock and Bowden Hill and Gastard alongside his half-time post as Deanery Missioner, and Phill will have pastoral responsibility for Corsham and Neston. This arrangement will obviously need to be flexible to allow for days off and periods of holiday over the summer.