Together4Bristol (T4B) is a “unity for mission movement”, a “network of networks” rather than an organisation, with the following vision, mission and objectives in the Health sphere. Here you can keep in touch with what is going on and see highlights of the Health sphere in the Bristol region. For current news, articles, calendar, and more of what is happening, see Bristol Networks website.
To engage with others to establish, strengthen and maintain relationships that will foster and develop meaningful direction and purpose under the guidance of the Lord.
To encourage and participate in the establishment of Prayer altars (times of gathering for prayer and meditative revelation of the Scriptures) in Hospitals, General Practice, Health Care facilities and other venues.
To see a growing support of intercessory prayer for all Health Care workers with effective communication links and ‘rapid’ response when necessary.
To facilitate informative education of church communities and other individuals and groups within the wider community in respect of health issues, needs of minority groups and ‘at risk’ individuals
Seeing the Bristol region transformed by God through healed, restored and supported lives and relationships.
To build relationships
We gather Christians from the wide spectrum of Health-care workers and those who bring healing, to build relationships, exchange news and get a better overview.
To learn from God and
We pray together, for example in hospitals such as Southmead, for one another, and for the Health sphere across the region. We were also involved at an All-Night Prayer Vigil.
We support and encourage one another on to more radical discipleship. We learn to share resources, opportunities, dreams, and practical projects together, including the education of church communities about health issues and healing.
We have been involved in city-wide gatherings, such as Going Deeper which explored health issues in greater depth. We raise awareness of this sphere, for example, through the Bristol Networks website.
To act together and as individuals
As a result of growing relationships, the Christian health-care community can help bring the wisdom of Christ into strategic processes, for example, Health Care Management and Commissioning.
At the Arise Bristol! Ashton Gate stadium gathering we prayed for and released Christians as individuals, to continue to serve and bring healing to those with distress of mind, body and/or spirit, with the love and compassion of Christ.
A few highlights of the Health sphere in the Bristol region
The various individuals and networks in the Health sphere work week-in and week-out, together and individually, to help bring transformation to the Bristol region.
Informal gatherings of Christians involved in the Health sphere started in about 2011. “Forum for Change” brought together leaders in the spheres of life, including Health. They met twice a year, including for a great Christmas dinner!
Since then there have been:
Three city wide “Arise” and “Together4Bristol” gatherings of thousands at Pentecost (at Ashton Gate 2012, Castle Park 2013 and College Green 2014) with representatives from the Health sphere involved. For example, at Ashton Gate there was Repentance, and Declarations made to work together more for the good of Bristol. At Castle Park, activities included Healing on the Streets and Freedom Prayer.
A city wide Going Deeper conference at the Colston Hall (2013) had stands and seminars, including exploring issues in the Health sphere.
There have been numerous other wider gatherings, with food and drink, such as in the summer of 2013. The Health sphere gathering had the title: “Life beyond Chaos - healthcare reforms, hamster wheels and hope”! One All-Night Prayer Vigil at the Cathedral and St Stephen's (May 2014)
Since November 2014, twice-yearly Together4Bristol gatherings, with representatives from the Health sphere, including to write A Big Vision for a Good Bristol in November 2015.
There have also been gatherings involving hundreds of people, such as the Bristol BlessFest, as part of Bristol Green Capital's Healthy City Week, in the Autumn of 2015, and Love Work in 2016.
In March 2016, Let's Work Together, a Manifesto from the Christian community, including health issues, was written for the Mayoral election.
In April 2016, there was a gathering of Christians from the health sphere, for training in praying for healing from Randy Clark.
From 2017, “Together4Bristol” has a website, including this page to help people connect with other people in this sphere.