What we do
To build relationships and unity
Foundations for Together4Bristol were built through four gatherings for thousands to attend, at Ashton Gate in 2012, a Party at Castle Park, a conference at Colston Hall in 2013, and at College Green in 2014.
The spheres of life have also held various gatherings for hundreds, for example about the arts and global justice, workplace, health and family issues. For example, 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.
To learn from God and each other
Three times a year, there is a Prayer Breakfast with the Mayor, with 50 to 100 church leaders, who pray together for one another, and for the whole of life across the city.
We learn from each other and increasingly gain a vision for transforming the city and the whole of life. At the Going Deeper conference, at the Colston Hall in 2013, there were seminars to explore issues in the spheres of life. There have been numerous other smaller gatherings across the spheres, prayer networks and churches, such as Keyboard's forums for pastors of black-led churches, to learn together and for prayer.
To act together and as individuals
There have been various Offers to the council's City Office
from the Christian community. 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.
At the Ashton Gate stadium gathering in 2012 we prayed for and released thousands of everyday Christians to help transform the whole of life in the Bristol region and we long to see this continue to grow in the future!
GATHERING, GROWING and GOING...
releasing followers of Jesus who are passionate to see His love and justice impact every aspect of life in the Bristol region.
See the Timeline for examples of how we have done this over the years!