This is the website of the West of England Baptist Association, and sometimes it’s a little difficult to keep the region’s largest city from dominating the listings and events that might be helpful to Baptist Christians in this region.
In January 2017, however, the task is all but impossible. A number of initiatives around prayer, social action, and evangelism have been planned in and for and through Bristol at the start of this year – so many of them that it would be difficult not to see a move of God’s Spirit in the city.
The dates and information for all the events we are aware of will be added to this page as a single point of reference.
Another point of reference is the new Together4Bristol website, which brings together Churches Together in Greater Bristol with a number of partner organisations including the Evangelical Alliance. Read a letter from church leaders about this here.
Wherever you live, please pray for the people of Bristol at this time when so many from different Christian traditions will come together to pray and act, and so many will encounter the message of God’s love through Jesus Christ through what they hear and encounter.
Kingdom Come Wednesday 18th January 2017 9am – 9:30pm
Kingdom Come Bristol is a conference predominantly about City Transformation, and specifically what this looks like for Bristol. As such is primarily aimed at those who are members of local churches within the Bristol area.
Kris Vallotton is the Senior Associate Leader of Bethel Church in Redding, CA. He travels internationally training and equipping people to successfully fulfil their divine purpose, including assisting world leaders where he is invited to do so. He is a bestselling author, having written more than a dozen books and training manuals to help prepare believers for life in the kingdom. He has a diverse background in business, counseling, consulting, pastoring and teaching, which gives him unique leadership insights and perspectives.
Tickets are available at https://ccweb.churchapp.co.uk/events/6hwcegfo
Fresh Vision: A week of prayer and fasting for social action: 18-25 JANUARY 2017
During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Together4Bristol and Christian Action Bristol have called for a week of prayer and fasting to prepare for us all for transformation of our city through engaging in social action.
- Joel 1:14 Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.
- Ezekiel 40:4 Son of man, look carefully and listen closely and pay attention to everything I am going to show you, for that is why you have been brought here.
We hope that Christians across Bristol will pray individually and in their churches throughout the week for guidance on how we can best engage with our localities and with wider issues of social justice, seeking:
- A fresh vision of our individual relationship with God;
- A fresh awareness of how we can work together as Christians for the good of our communities; and
- A sharper focus on who or what He wants us personally to get involved with, how to go about this and what resource to release to enable this to happen.
Burn 24/7: worship and prayer: Saturday 21st January 2017
with social action focus, 4.00pm-10.00pm
City Church, Elmgrove Centre, Elmgrove Road, Redland BS6 6AH
First Prayer for the City Breakfast for church leaders and other Christian leaders: Tuesday 24th January 2017
Prayer Breakfast for all church leaders and other Christian leaders (Church/Sphere/Prayer Network Leaders)
7am -9:30am, Hope Prayer Centre, Hope Chapel Hill, Hotwells, BS8 4ND
This will be the first in a series of regular Prayer Breakfasts with worship and an opportunity to pray for one another and the City.
People can stay as long as they can.
The Turning: Meeting of Church Leaders: Wednesday 25th January 7-9:30pm
Turnings have taken place in other cities starting in Reading last June where in 4 weeks over 1800 people responded to the Gospel. In Liverpool over 2 weeks over 650 people responded, then in Southampton over 2 week 550 people. Most recently there has been a Turning in Lille, France, which saw 861 people respond to the gospel message over two weeks of mission. The UK has not witnessed this level of responsiveness since the Billy Graham crusades of the 1950s/60s and the Jesus Movement in the late 60s/early 70s. In Bristol the plans are gathering momentum.
The Bristol Turning is due to place in the city from the 9th of April until the 23rd of April 2017. It will be 2 weeks of mission with training, equipping and encouraging the church in evangelism, underpinned by prayer, worship and encounter meetings.
This initial meeting for Church Leaders will take place at City Road Baptist Church, where we shot this short video about Baptist involvement in the Bristol Turning.
Day of Intercession and Prayer for Bristol and Region: Saturday 28th January 2017
at Keynsham Elim Church, Balmoral Road, BS311AL
9:30am refreshments for 10am start until 5pm
Lunch will be provided
After a time of worship in the morning, we will go into interactive prayer movements for different areas of Bristol and the Bristol Region. A map of Bristol will be layed out on the floor and walls of promises and prayer request for each area will be set up.
Email your prayer requests and prophetic messages to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. There will also be a phoneline available on the 27th of January between 19:00 and 21:00 where you can forward us your prayer requests so that we can add them to walls that will be set up in the hall.
The Noise 2017 Launch Presentations
‘Bristol Noise’ is a charity that is committed to working in urban estate communities in Bristol. Noise volunteers are all ages, with a large number being young people under 30. They are predominantly, but not exclusively, from local churches in Bristol. All are keen to get stuck in and make a difference in the local community by volunteering their time in lots of very different practical ways. ‘The Noise 2017’ will be taking place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend (29th April – 1st May) in a variety of locations around Bristol.
Bristol Noise are inviting you (or a representative from your group/organisation) to a brief presentation and a buffet lunch. It will be an opportunity for you to hear some more about ‘The Noise 2017’ and for you to share ideas for community based projects or activities we could help with. Please contact email@example.com if you would like to attend one of these events.
East Bristol Launch – Monday 23rd January, 12.30pm – 2pm At: Fishponds Baptist Church, Downend Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 5AS
North Bristol Launch – Wednesday 25th January, 12.30pm – 2pm At: Ebenezer Church, 286 Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 0BA
South Bristol Launch – Thursday 26th January, 12.30pm – 2pm At: Community Hub, Oasis Academy Connaught, Melvin Square,
Knowle West, Bristol, BS4 1NH
North Bristol Launch – Monday 30th January, 12.30pm – 2pm At: Ebenezer Church, 286 Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 0BA
Become a carer or mentor for Refugee Children
As you may know, Bristol is keen to welcome some of the 88,000 unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people who made their way to Europe before March 2016 and who are living in refugee camps in Italy, Greece and France.
However the Council needs more host families to support the children and young people so it is organising a fast track process to recruit more foster carers, supported lodgings and befrienders.
The Council held its first event in November and 150 people booked within 2 days. From the audience it was able to follow up the 24 people who were interested in fostering, 15 people interested in offering supported lodgings and 40 people who were interested in mentoring
The City Council is now holding a follow up event for the people who were unable to get a ticket for the first event and for people who are keen to be foster carers.
The Council is particularly keen to involve as diverse a group of foster carers as possible.
This follow-up event is on Tuesday 31 January 2017 from 6.30pm to 8pm atCity Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR.
For more details about this event and information on how to register, see:
Rehabilitation Marketplace: Tuesday 7th February 2017
St Agnes Church, Thomas Street, St Pauls, Bristol BS2 9LL
Chief Constable Andy Marsh will start this evening with a short introduction, after which visitors will be free to meet members of Sixty-One and their partner organisations at their stalls, while informally meeting key civic leaders and prison and probation staff. It will be an informative and important meeting in our city, which hopefully will inspire the church community to play a key role in rehabilitation.
Fear or Friendship: Saturday 11th February 2017
An event to equip ordinary Christians to connect positively with ordinary Muslims. In the present media climate, with refugees and migrants an increasing presence, communities are becoming increasingly divided and fearful. An alternative is to reach out and build friendships that will provide an opportunity for our Muslim friends to know Jesus. What are the barriers that we need to understand and overcome? What questions do we need to answer – for Muslims and for ourselves? Come and find out more and connect with others already on the journey.
Date, Time and Venue: Saturday 11 February 2017, 9.30 am -12.30 pm, Kensington Baptist Church, 208 Stapleton Rd, Bristol, BS5 0NX.
Cost, including pastries and refreshments: Suggested donation £5 on the day.
Booking (preferred): Jon on 078 5500 6317 or firstname.lastname@example.org