Standing Room Only

An amazing opportunity to share our stories of faith and help others discover theirs…


Articles about the visit:

BBC News Article: Archbishop Justin Welby's doubt in God 'welcomed' in Bristol Article: Archbishop Justin visits the Diocese
BBC News Article: Archbishop Justin Welby joins congregation at Bristol Cathedral
BBC News Article: Archbishop Justin Welby visits Diocese of Bristol

When: Friday 12th September 2014, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Bristol Cathedral, College Green
Booking: Tickets are free but it’s first come, first served, so get online and book now.


Tickets are going fast, which is wonderful news. I’ve just checked, and there are 351 tickets remaining – this means two-thirds of places are now booked and there are still two weeks to go. If you and people from your church or organisation haven’t booked yet, I urge you to get online as soon as possible to do so! Please visit and if you’d like to discuss a group booking, please drop me a line. ()


We also need a few more volunteers on the night to help out with things like greeting people as they arrive, serving food, working on the bar, handing out flyers and clear up afterwards. Could you spread the word please, and ask anyone who’s interested in helping out to email me () direct. Volunteers won’t need a ticket but would need to arrive at the event early (at 5.15pm) for a briefing.

Music and film

We’re very excited to confirm that local band, The Inexplicables, will be playing live at the event. You can listen to them online at Also local video artist and UWE lecturer, Terry Flaxton will be bringing a beautiful video installation along too.

Follow-up opportunities

At the end of the event, we’ll hand out flyers pointing people to a website where they can find out about further opportunities in and around Bristol for continuing to explore their faith. If your church or group offers any such opportunities (Alpha, Pilgrim, Emmaus, regular social events etc), please send me details so we can make sure these are listed on the website.


Churches across Bristol are gearing up for an unmissable event in September, bringing together music, film and amazing life-changing (and even life-saving) stories of faith, all in Justin Welbythe awesome setting of Bristol Cathedral.

Archbishop Justin Welby will be among those speaking at Standing Room Only, exploring some of life’s biggest questions, in particular: “Where do you stand when life gets challenging?”

Dave Jeal, chaplain for Bristol Rovers, will also be there. A local boy with a notorious past, Dave is not the kind of person you’d expect to be sharing a stage with an archbishop.

Hear Dave and Justin’s stories and those of many others.

It’s going to be a relaxed evening with a few nibbles and drinks and a chance to bring along friends from outside our existing church communities who might be up for finding out a bit more about the way God changes lives. The event will also be a signpost to help connect people to courses like Alpha and Emmaus and to churches across the city to continue these conversations.

One thing it won’t be is preachy.

justin standing roomWhat it will be is an exciting opportunity for us to lift the lid on Christ and how he changes lives.

So your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to please bring a non-Christian friend. Or ten non-Christian friends, even better!

Find out more and book tickets at Tickets are free but it’s first come, first served, so get online and book now.

If you can help promote Standing Room Only on social media, you’ll find graphics for Facebook and Twitter at Our hashtag btw is #StandBristol. You’ll find other bits in our media pack too, like posters, flyers and photos. Use as you will!

If you want to find out more or might be interested in volunteering to help out at the event, please get in touch with Vanesther Rees at the Diocese of Bristol: 0117 906 0127.