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Lent Lectures - Our Social Legacy: what do we find? What will we leave?

Churches Together in Clifton, Cotham and Redland

We have projects to help people.
Are we bringing an Active Gospel to the communities of Bristol?
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1. Thursday February 21st 2013

Faith in the City: the Barton Hill experience

The Rev Martin Gainsborough of St Luke’s Church, Professor of Development Politics at the University of Bristol

Barton Hill, one of the poorest suburbs of Bristol, has been home to St Luke’s Church for 170 years. The church stands as a symbol of Christian witness. We are a small but faithful band in a community where church-going is out of fashion. We face many challenges. Consider whether the mission of your church might extend to Barton Hill.

At Christ Church Clifton, Clifton Park, Bristol BS8 3BN

7.00pm for 7.30pm


2. Thursday February 28themmaus-logo-plain

The Emmaus Project

Richard Pendlebury MBE DL. Richard was recently awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration by UWE. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of the County and City of Bristol.

Richard has spent the last 20 years creating and running charities to serve the marginalised in society. He is CEO of the homeless charity Emmaus and Founder/Patron of Changing Tunes using music to rehabilitate offenders.

At Clifton Cathedral, Pembroke Road,

Clifton, Bristol BS8 3ED

7.00pm for 7.30pm


3. Thursday March 7th

Street Pastors have come to Bristolstreet pastors

Speakers: Adrian Prior-Sankey, The Ascension Trust and Eddie Wall of Redland Parish, a Street Pastor

Christ challenges us to go out to the people where they are. Street Pastors help people late at night, diffuse tension and act as intermediaries. They have been active in other cities for 10 years; we will hear from two who have experienced this service.

At Cotham Parish Church,

Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6DR

7.00pm for 7.30pm


4. Thursday March 14nd

What legacy are we leaving?Climate change1

Rev David Grosch-Miller, Moderator Elect of the United Reformed Church of the United Kingdom

The church is not what it was. A universal truth is now dismissed as personal opinion. Christians are no longer at the centre of culture but on the margins. We need to embrace new ways of creating communities of trust where hope may flourish.

And the Rev Jon Doble, The Churches’ Council for Industry and Social Responsibility

What can we do?

At The Friends’ Meeting House,

126, Hampton Road, Redland, Bristol BS6 6JE

7.00pm for 7.30pm


Society is under pressure: the loss of values is corrosive. Will our legacy show Christians active in the Community?


Seating for each lecture will be arranged so that discussion groups are preformed when the evening starts.  There might be sheets of paper available, one with possible discussion topics for the breakout session, one with a chance for the group or individual to feedback suggestions or even to volunteer!

The plan is:

7.00pm                 Tea and coffee

7.30pm                 Introduction by Chairman to the evening’s format and the speaker(s)

7.45pm                 Speaker(s)

8.20pm                 Breakout session

8.40pm                 Reconvene as one meeting for questions to the speaker(s)

9.15pm                 Close


Admission is free to all lectures