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Bristol Faith Manifesto

Image of the Bristol faith manifesto booklet.

The Bristol Faith Manifesto is a result of work by representatives of different faiths in the city including Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Jewish.
It highlights the significant role that faith has in the life of our city and sets out five aspirations that are common to all faiths and that the group commits to working with the Mayor to achieve. We believe the role of Mayor can unite, serve and lead our City by:

  • CELEBRATING DIVERSITY Building tolerance and understanding into the fabric of society, which is key to tackling crucial issues such as hate crime.
  • BUILDING COMMUNITY Encouraging common bonds across generational, ethnic and social divides, along with increased provision of affordable housing.
  • STRENGTHENING FAMILIES Building resilient homes for families and households, through support for young people, relationships and parenting.
  • CHALLENGING POVERTY Identifying and understanding poverty wherever it is found and developing a strategic plan to overcome gaps in provision.
  • TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE Building on Bristol’s twin reputation as a city of innovation and a leader in responding to the Climate Emergency, to welcome and incentivise a greener future through a bold approach to planning, housing, transport and public procurement.
For more information go to Bristol faith manifesto.

Laptops for Schools.

Can you help?

Do you have an old laptop you don’t use anymore?

DigiLocal is working with a number of partners across the region to provide re-conditioned laptops for vulnerable families. If you have a laptop that is no longer needed for your purposes, there may be a family that would greatly value it for online schooling, accessing social support, etc.

How to donate You can donate your laptop following the COVID-safe procedure below:

  • Please ensure the laptop is fully turned off (not in sleep mode)
  • Place the laptop in a clear plastic bag
  • Place the laptop at the doorstep of the office door (located opposite the St Peter’s Hospice shop) and knock on the door
  • Wait 2 meters from the door until the door is answered and the donation taken inside.
We are collecting laptops here at Trinity-Henleaze United Reformed Church on Tuesdays to Saturdays between 10am – 12noon
If you don’t have a laptop to donate, but would still like to help…

Digilocal are also collecting donations to pay for 4G connectivity. A laptop is only useful if it can access online learning materials and 12% of young people (700,000 nationally) do not have access at home. Please consider supporting a young person.

For more information see https://digilocal.org.uk/

Together4Bristol.

Image of people joining together. We are pleased to join in with the work of Together4Bristol - a group of Churches together in the Bristol region which is building Bristol as a city of hope. For more information of their activities and to sign up to their newsletter see https://www.together4bristol.org.uk

New Minister - Revd. Neil Thorogood - joins our Shared Pastorate.

Neil, Jenny, Samuel and Thomas moved into the manse as planned on the 22nd July. They have been using the time since, settling in and getting to know the area. The Waterford room in church house has become Neil’s office. It is looking quite cosy as he settles and sorts things there as well. Neil will be supporting our joint pastorate with Thornbury United Reformed Church and we are looking forward to a closer union with this local church. As you can imagine the start of Neil’s time with us is not as we would have planned.

The Travelling Light Theatre Company.

In one of our Church Services, we learnt more about the work of the Travelling Light Theatre Company (TLTC) and its aim to invest in childhood and give children the opportunity to make, be part of and experience great stories through art, dance and drama. The TLTC are aiming to raise £50,000 and all donations are welcome!

Bradbury Hall Complex.

We have developed our website to produce an automatic calculation of charges for hiring our facilities. On the press of a button this can be submitted to our administrator so that she can confirm the facilities are available and confirm the booking.

Pastoral News.

Sadly, this year we have had to announce the death of a number of our long standing Church members. Our prayers are with their families. If you would like us to pray for an area of your life which of concern or for someone else then come to our 10:30 am Friday morning prayer sessions in the Quiet room (see Whats on at church) or contact us.

Creation tapestries produced by Janny Bennitt

One of our members has produced these beutiful and intricate tapestries of the creation story. Janny says that she is going to give these to be displayed at St Monica Trust in Cote Lane, Westbury. They are truly beautiful.

Image of the light as a tapestry. Image of the sun and moon as a tapestry.
Image of thewaters being divided from the sea as a tapestry. Image of the plants on the earth as a tapestry.
Image of the world with creatures as a tapestry. Image of the birds in the air and fish in the sea as a tapestry

Briswool Event

A few people in our congregation had fun at the Briswool event held recently. As you can see!
Image of the Bristol Suspension bridge all knitted in different coloured wools.
Image happy women sitting and knitting at the Briswool event.

Harvest Service and Mary’s Meals

The Harvest Service was led by the whole of the Junior Church on Sunday 28th September . This was a very joyous occasion. The children told the story of Creation and how we can look after God’s world, they also acted out Luke 14, the parable of the big feast. The congregation learnt about the charity, Mary’s Meals which the Junior Church support. During the harvest lunch of chilli, jacket potatoes and cake, a video about Mary’s Meals was shown and a collection taken. Overall £630 was raised for this charity, which provides a daily meal in places of education in Malawi and other countries so that chronically poor children are attracted to school and can gain precious education. The picture shown is of some of the congregation watching the video.
Image of people eating lunch in the Bradbury Hall with a video showing on the large screen.