Pray Your Part

Pray Your Part

The General Election will be a moment for the nation to ask important questions about the future. Pray Your Part is an invitation from the bishops of the Church of England to encourage prayer and participation in the life of our nation and communities, both as voters and as citizens.

This 21-day journey of prayer and reflection (from Friday, 14 June until Election Day on 4 July) is designed for use in the run-up to the UK General Election. Each day explores a different theme, with a short Bible reading, reflection and prayer for a different aspect of our common life.

Sign up for the daily election reflections via email using the form on the Church of England website, where you can also find details on ordering the prayer booklet.

Independent survey to explore attitudes towards the C of E in the Diocese

Independent survey to explore attitudes towards the C of E in the Diocese

Meaningful Measures Ltd, an independent research company, is conducting a comprehensive survey to understand people’s views on the Church of England and the use of local church spaces in the community. The survey covers Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Wiltshire, and Swindon, which fall under the Diocese of Bristol. It aims to reach a broad audience, including those not involved with the Church, to capture diverse perspectives on this important topic.

Commissioned by the Diocese of Bristol as part of a broader strategy, the survey seeks to understand public opinions on the churches’ work and their community support efforts. This includes the provision of community groups, cafes, social action, and worship services. Additionally, the survey will explore potential new uses for church spaces and identify barriers that may prevent people from using these spaces. The gathered information will guide efforts to enhance local churches’ support and strengthen community and social action in the area.

Dr. Marie Polley, Co-founder of Meaningful Measures Ltd, highlighted the survey’s significance: “Previous surveys on attitudes towards the Church of England have not focused on the general public’s views regarding the wider use of churches for community support. This survey will provide valuable insights to inform future planning and initiatives.”

Harrison Leonard, Diocesan Director of External Relations, emphasized the research’s importance: “Understanding how people use church spaces and their views on potential community support activities is crucial for us to better support our parishes and build strong community connections. We want our parishes to reflect the diversity of the wider community and ensure everyone feels welcome and included.”

The survey is open until June 30, 2024. Participants have a chance to win a £100 voucher for a supermarket of their choice.

For more information about the survey, please contact, or to complete the survey, follow the link below.

Complete the Survey

Enneagram Course

We are hosting an Enneagram course at St Michael’s Centre on 25 -27 April

The dates and times are:

  • Thursday 25 April – 6pm – 8.30pm 

  • Friday 26 April – 9.45am to 6pm then fish and chip meal together.

  • Saturday 27 April 9.45am to 12.45pm

Enneagram is a great tool to help you get to know yourself better. With knowledge comes self-awareness, healing and acceptance. It isn’t really a personality type test, it is more what motivates us.

The course will be run by Beckky Widdows. Becky worked as a spiritual director at Trinity College, Bristol for many years and at Lee Abbey as a lay chaplain. She now works freelance in spiritual direction, retreat work, Enneagram teaching and counselling.


For further information please email

The course will cost £50, if you would love to do it but if the cost is an obstacle to you attending please do get in touch.

A Celebration of the Life of Janice Stace

A service of celebration of the life of Janice Stace is taking place in the auditorium on Friday 19 January at 2.30pm, and all are welcome.

Following the service refreshments will be served.

Donations in memory of Janice may be made for the benefit of Pink Ribbon Foundation via this link

For those who are unable to make it the service will be live streamed on youtube – the link is here

The committal is taking place beforehand, and is for family and close invited friends only.