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.


Deanery Conference

We are looking forward to getting together from right across the Deanery on Saturday 25th February for an exciting Deanery Conference. We don’t do these kind of things very often and so this is special. We are facing a time of change and want to move forward together as one church family into a new future together.

“It’s not about the cafe, it’s about the coffee” is going to be about helping us as PCCs engage with some of the issues that arise from the new Deanery Plan. We will be addressing the question, “How can we grow hundreds more disciples right across the city and see the kingdom of God grow among us?”

We will be starting with breakfast (crosissants and coffee) at 9.00am, and finishing at 12.45pm, happy, challenged, encouraged, and excited about what God is doing among us.

Put the date in your diary. Let the rest of your PCC and Leadership teams know. Read up on the plan beforehand and come ready for dreaming, thinking, sharing and encouraging.

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The Anglican Church in Bath

As a church we live in an exciting time.  Right across the city of Bath churches are joining together and finding a new strength and purpose from participating in God’s mission to his broken world.  A new energy and commitment is rising from among the people and new ideas, ministries and visions are being birthed all the time.  New ways of doing things, new approaches, fresh expressions.  And this is particularly evident amongst the Anglican churches. All over the place creative new ideas and plans are taking root as the people of God respond to the nudges of the Spirit and let their sails catch his wind.

This website is about life.  It is about the story that God is writing through our lives as we participate in his desire to draw all things together under Christ and his love.  It is about sharing visions and dreams and making them a reality. It is about us sharing resources and ideas, being creative.  it is about us building each other up, blessing each other.  It is about us living out the two great commandments and learning and growing to live in unity.  It is about us expressing out shared connection with the past and walking together into a new future with Christ as our shepherd and guide.  It is about transformation and hope. Community and friendship.  Spiritual life and discipleship.  Prayer and action.

Find out more and join us as we seek to share God’s love and grace with the people of Bath.