New Alpha Course at All Saint’s Weston

It’s a new term and there are a number of Alpha courses starting up around the city. Here is a short video introducing the one Simon Flint is running at All Saint’s Weston starting next week with a taster evening.

Huddles and Learning Communities


In our goal of seeing hundreds more people becoming disciples across the city and our whole community transformed by God’s loving rule we are keen aware of the need to support LEADERSHIP at every level of church life. In this regard there are two exciting developments that are taking root over the next few months – HUDDLES and LEARNING COMMUNITIES.

A HUDDLE is a group of two or three leaders meeting to support one another in their leadership role assisted by the help of a facilitator to help us prioritise the important over the urgent, keep our plans on track, and encourage us and help maintain the focus on making and growing disciples. Meeting

The second idea is about supporting the key leadership team in our churches and participating with them in a LEARNING COMMUNITY with others from across the deanery. This is not a course, conference or programme but is about joining with others to clarify your church vision, set goals and find encouragement from others on the same journey over an 18 month period. Run by Chris Stoddard and Nick Cuthbert from LEAD ACADEMY the focus of the journey will be on the key issues of purpose, culture, leadership, discipleship and mission.

For more information contact Richard Wilson (St Michael’s Twerton)


Bishop Peter Hancock coming to new Synod on 18th June

Bishop Peter HancockWe are looking forward to welcoming Bishop Peter Hancock to the deanery at our June synod meeting at Holy Trinity Combe Down. It will be an exciting evening of worship and conversation. Starting at 7.30pm the evening will begin with us breaking bread together and Bishop Peter will be both presiding and preaching and following this he will be answering questions and sharing his hope and dreams for the coming years.

An opportunity to meet as many as possible from across the deanery synod representatives will be joined by others from churches who will have been invited to attend and we expect the church to be full. Please arrive promptly from 7pm so that the service can start on time.

If you have any questions you’d like to ask please send them in to Martin Lloyd Williams to Jeremy Key-Pugh by email which will give us the chance to group them into a sensible order and give Bishop Peter an opportunity to have a think beforehand.

Synod 18th June
Holy Trinity Combe Down
Arrive from 7pm for a 7.30pm Eucharist
Finish time will be around 9.30pm

Pub Swainswick

Take a look at this great video from Swainswick which tells the story of a great idea that Joyce Williams has initiated. It’s all about creating community and connection and making use of the resources we already have to deepen relationships with our neighbours.

Deanery Synod Agenda – Wednesday 26th June 2013

The next meeting of the Bath Deanery Synod is being held at St Luke’s Church, Wellsway, on 26 June at 7.30pm courtesy of the vicar, Revd Matthew Frankum.

Please note – the meeting is being held in the church itself not in the church centre.

1. Opening worship
2. Introduction to St Luke’s Church
3. Short Presentation on the Romance Academy by Bath Youth for Christ
4. Speaker: David Lawrence from the organisation Inspire

Coffee interval

5. Questions for David Lawrence and discussion
6. Deanery business and notices
7. Closing prayers

Please send notification of apologies for absence to Lisa Ware

We really look forward to seeing you there.

New Chaplaincy Job at City of Bath FE College

Chaplain to City of Bath FE College
(P/T 12hrs week, term time only)

Two-year fixed term

The Bath Deanery is seeking to appoint a Christian Chaplain to develop a multi-faith chaplaincy team in partnership with the City of Bath FE College providing support to those of all faiths and none, both students and staff. This is an exciting opportunity to build a team to offer pastoral care, to support the spiritual, moral and social development of students, to build links with the wider faith community in and around Bath, and to provide opportunities for the recognition and celebration of key events in the life of the College.

Closing date: Friday 30th November
Interview Date: Thursday 13th December

For more information, job description, person specification and application form, please email:
Rev Richard Wilson
Assistant Rural Dean
St Michael’s Church, Twerton



Deanery Synod – Thursday 17th October

The Synod is meeting at St Swithun’s Church in Walcott Street at 7.30pm on Thursday 17th October

Continuing to focus on the Deanery Plan we will be looking more closely at what a ‘DISCIPLESHIP VISION’ actually looks like and how a parish might go about forming one which galvanises and energises the whole church community.

Here is the powerpoint presentationDeveloping a Disciplship Vision
Here is the handoutDiscipleship Vision

Conference Videos and Powerpoints

It was so good to see 150 of us at St Luke’s for the deanery conference.
Here are some of the resources from the day which you are free to download or use as you will.

Luke 5 Powerpoint
Luke 5 Reflection
The story so far
Bath Deanery Road Map
Developing a Discipleship Vision – Danny Morris

Jon Hoffman

Jon talks about the deanery plan and discipleship.

Jane Burgess

Jane talks about Bathford and how the church is engaging with discipleship and the deanery plan

Edward Mason

Edward talking about how the Deanery Plan has given a greater focus to the life of the Anglican church in Bath and how the Abbey is getting involved

Introduction to Richard’s book – Seven

The main thing is to make the main thing the main thing. This may be hard, but it is not beyond us. The kingdom of God is available to every one of us. It is within reach. It is at hand. It is near. Practical and accessible, this book sets out a framework which will enable you to success in your desire to follow through on your commitment to being a disciple. Seven short chapters outline a rule of life that is easy to remember and possible to achieve. Jesus offered us life. Seven is about joining with others to experience it.

Everyone a disciple

It’s strange when you see the ideas that you believe in being spoken by others so clearly and succinctly. Check out Alan Hirsch talking about Discipleship. We couldn’t put it better.