Timeline from 2010 onwards



Bristol has pioneered a “unity for mission movement” over many years before 2010, Since space is limited, here are a few examples of the Christian community working together across the Bristol region since 2010.
 
2019

2019


 
January
The launch in a couple of churches of the One Church, One Day prayer initiative to cover the city in continual prayer.

The launch of Bristol's first ever One City Plan: a vision for Bristol in 2050 as a fair, healthy and sustainable city of hope.

Between January and March
Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter involved 14 churches and about 500 volunteers, providing shelter for about 100 homeless people.

February
Global Aware Bristol held a Festival of Transformation about the environment and sustainable development.

March
Healing streams (Health sphere) “Stronger Together” conference.

Spring
First Christians Against Poverty (CAP) opened its first debt advice centre in South Bristol.

Christian Action Bristol (the Politics and Social Action sphere of T4B) launched its website.

May
The Noise involved 900 volunteers from 57 churches helping out on 80 projects and 10 Family Fun afternoons.

June
Thy Kingdom Come with about 350 people at the Cathedral, as part of a global wave of prayer, to pray that people would come to know the love of God.

July
City Office launched “Bristol City of Hope”, with later a plaque placed in the foyer of City Hall.

Summer
Feeding Bristol's Healthy Holidays project raised £125,000 from 55 businesses. Over 600 volunteers provided over 50,000 meals over the summer holidays to feed about 5,000 children in the city on free school meals, vulnerable to food insecurity during holidays.

October
The Bristol Housing Festival has made progress with ZEDpods, Launchpad and other projects. The 2019 Festival had about 900 visitors and 15 events to help re-imagine affordable housing solutions for the city.

There are now about 20 Christian Workplace Groups (Transform Work UK) across Bristol.

The Kingdom Creatives' (Arts sphere) "Press Red" conference about violence and abuse against women worldwide.

November
T4B Annual gathering, with Keyboard networker, Carmen Carrol, connecting across over 40 black-led churches, and Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor.

Gather Collective, with key Christians from 140 towns and cities across the UK, came to Bristol to hear and discuss the Bristol story: what God is doing to bring transformation to Bristol.

Transforming Lives for Good (TLG) is now being run by 18 churches providing mentors for local schools, to help children who are in danger of exclusion.

December
Lunch for 15 communicators (website, social media) to be more strategic in communication across the Bristol region.

Over the year, there were three church leaders' prayer breakfasts with Mayor Marvin Rees.
 
Bristol Churches City Fund funded 4 projects in 2019.
2018

2018


 
January
Bristol Churches City Fund launched by mayor Marvin Rees.
 
January and February
Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter's second year, with over 400 volunteers.
 
April
Hope 2018 with 1400 volunteers from 93 churches, bringing transformation to urban estates through 170 projects, 15 Family Fun afternoons, in 25 communities.
 
May
Bristol as a City of Hope gathering at City Hall, with 200 key people, including Mayor, Cabiner members, businesses, charities and churches.
 
October
The Bristol Housing Festival launched, with about 6000 visitors over two weeks, to help re-imagine affordable housing solutions for the city.

Prayer networks conference for intercession over various issues, including student suicides.

Bristol Churches City Fund raised £42k and funded 5 projects in 2018.

Kingdom Creatives (Arts sphere) had three Outreach gatherings at the Colston Hall during 2018.

Over the year, there were three church leaders' prayer breakfasts with Mayor Marvin Rees.
2017

2017


 
January
Christian Action Bristol (Politics and Social Action sphere) held a week of Prayer and Fasting.

One of the first Offers from the Christian community to City Office began: Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter.
 
Easter
The Turning evangelistic mission saw over 650 first time commitments and Christians from about 70 churches were involved.
 
May
The Noise had 860 volunteers. First time in South Bristol.

Bi-monthly Keyboard lunches started, to connect across the black-led churches.
 
October
Group from Bristol involved in Gather's Movement Day in London for Christians from 130 Unity for Mission Movements in towns and cities across UK.
 
Autumn
Learning Hub for eleven churches to explore LICC's Whole Life Misssional Discipleship
 
November
Reformation 500 gathering with speaker Bishop Declan Lang.

Over the year there were three prayer breakfasts for between 50 and 100 church leaders with Mayor Marvin Rees
2016

2016


 
February
Conferences from the spheres of life, for hundreds of people: Swords into Ploughshares and Love Work.
 
March
Let's Work Together (a Manifesto for the elections of 2016) was launched.
 
April
A T4B Hustings for the Mayoral candidates was held.

Love Bristol held a conference, with Randy Clark, called Release 2016.

Launch of Together4Bristol website.
 
October
First meeting to decide what do do with the Keyboard Fund, for connecting across the black-led churches
 
2015

2015


 
April
T4B's gathering for prayer about Politics and Social Action (before the General Election).

18 Parties in the Park by churches working together to connect with their local communities, (including The Noise, with six Family Fun Days and nearly 1000 volunteers).
 
September
The launch of the Cinnamon Faith Action Audit, which gives numerous examples of churches and Christians working together to serve and benefit the Bristol region.

Bristol BlessFest, as part of Bristol Green Capital's Healthy City Week.
 
October
T4B's gathering to help form a Big Vision for a Good Bristol, and a Manifesto from the Christian community for the Mayoral Election in 2016.
2014

2014


 
May
All Night Prayer Vigil at Bristol Cathedral/St Stephens for the spheres of life
 
Pentecost
T4B's city-wide gathering at College Green and in a packed Bristol Cathedral
 
November
T4B's first gathering, with Roger Sutton of Gather, with 45 prayer, church and sphere leaders to build on the city-wide gatherings
2013

2013



Launch of Together4Bristol (T4B) to organise and publicise city-wide gatherings
 
Pentecost
T4B's “Party in the Park” at Castle Park, with about 5000 people.

Numerous other wider gatherings, with food and drink, such as across the spheres of life, in the summer of 2013.
 
August
T4B's “Going Deeper” at the Colston Hall, with 60 exhibition stands, 16 seminars on issues from the spheres of life, performances and evening celebration.
2012

2012



Start of Arise Bristol! gatherings

Spectrum gathering at Bristol Cathedral, with 55 exhibition stands, a celebration service and over 500 visitors.

The Arise Bristol! Ashton Gate stadium gathering at Pentecost / Global Day of Prayer, with over 5000 people. Church and sphere leaders repented and made Declarations to work together more for the good of Bristol.
2011

2011



Spectrum gathering (CTGB) at Bristol Cathedral. 50 exhibition stands, a celebration service and about 500 visitors.

The launch of the Bristol Networks website.
2010

2010



Love Bristol held a conference at the Colston Hall called Release 2010.

The Bristol Evangelical Alliance (EA) facilitated the Bristol Prayer Networks gatherings to pray for the region and also Forum for Change (F4C) gatherings of Christian in the spheres of life (Arts and Media, Business and Workplace, Education and Young People, Politics and Social Action, Sport and Health). F4C met twice a year.

Churches Together in Greater Bristol (CTGB) is given a new lease of life, having remained dormant for four years
pre 2010

pre 2010



The church denominations and networks in the Bristol region have collaborated for many years. Evangelical Alliance started nationally in 1846. Churches Together in Greater Bristol (CTGB) started in the 1920's.

Billy Graham's “Mission England” visit to Ashton Gate stadium in 1984, brought together many churches and 250,000 people over eight days.

The Celebration network of newer churches has met in various ways, since the 1980's, bringing together many Christians and church leaders, and now also links with the New Wine Bristol hub.

There have been various evangelistic campaigns and social action projects over the years, including:
The Noise, which has happened every year in Bristol since 2001. God has used this vision to transform lives, communities and churches.

and LOVEBRISTOLFESTIVAL in 2006, which was an expression of love and care with the people of South Bristol.
 


Summary of timeline




Foundations for Together4Bristol were built through four gatherings for thousands to attend, at Ashton Gate in 2012, a Party at Castle Park and a conference at Colston Hall in 2013, and at College Green in 2014.
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The spheres of life have also held various gatherings for hundreds, for example on global justice, workplace, health and family issues. For example, Kingdom Creatives (the Arts sphere) had a conference in 2019, called “Press Red” about abuse of women and sex trafficking. In 2018, the Politics and Social Action sphere (aka Christian Action Bristol, CAB) had a conference at City Hall. About half the attendees came from the Christian community, including church leaders, and half were people of goodwill, including the Mayor, Cabinet, Councillors and key people from business and charities. There have been numerous other smaller gatherings across the spheres, including for prayer.
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There have been various Offers for the good of the city, from the Christian community, as part of the City Office. These have been led by CAB and have connected with some of the other spheres. For example, in 2020, the Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter involved 16 churches and 500 volunteers. Transforming Lives for Good (TLG) is working with 18 churches to provide mentors for children in local schools. Social Prescribing helps GP surgeries link patients with activities in local churches. There are Breakfast Clubs in 30 schools and Christians played a key role in Feeding Bristol, which fed 5k children over 50k meals over the summer holidays in 2019, with the help of about 600 volunteers from local companies.


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Finally, here are some examples of the Christian community collaborating for the good of Bristol. The Turning evangelistic mission saw over 650 first time commitments, with Christians from about 70 churches involved over Easter 2017. In October 2019, The Bristol Housing Festival was launched, with about 6000 visitors over two weeks, to help re-imagine affordable housing solutions for the city The Noise takes place every May Bank Holiday. In 2019, about 900 volunteers from 57 churches engaged in 180 practical community projects in deprived estates across Bristol. The Noise and CAB led the Christian community response to the COVID-19 virus in 2020.
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