We thank God for:
1. The public launch of Bristol as a “City of Hope”, at the One City gathering on July 5th at City Hall (see here). Pray that a plaque commemorating this, will soon be alongside the City of Sanctuary plaque in City Hall. To find out how to get involved (eg with a banner outside your church) see here
2. The launch of the new website for Christian Action Bristol (the Politics and Social Action sphere of Together4Bristol). See here. Pray it will be used to its full potential.
3. Thy Kingdom Come with about 350 people at the Cathedral in June, as part of a global wave of prayer (initiated by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York), to pray that people would come to know the love of God. Save the date: Pete Grieg of 24/7, will speak next year: evening of 31 May.
4. For an Appeal in May, whose initial target of £100,000 was reached in just over a day, to help address hunger over the Summer holidays – targeting support for as many as possible of the 11,000 children in the city on free school meals, vulnerable to food insecurity during holidays.
5. For various recent conferences by the spheres, including the Kingdom Creatives' (Arts sphere) Outreach Gatherings at the Colston Hall and at Trinity College.
Save the date: Sat 5 October. “Press Red”: Violence and abuse against women worldwide. All day conference and evening gig.
We pray for:
1. The Bristol Churches City Fund. The website has a film and tells us how to donate. There is also a call for grant applications (closing date August 30 see here).
2. The Keyboard 2020 networker, to connect across over 30 black-led churches in the region, to help them be stronger together and to engage more with the rest of the Christian community, and to help everyone collaborate together on issues of racial justice. To find out more: ask for details about a gathering on the evening of 27th November, from email@example.com.
3. The Christian community's engagement with the Mayor and council to keep developing the various Offers to City Office, such as with Home for Good, helping to find 30 homes in Bristol to foster and adopt vulnerable children. See the video and contact Clare Walker: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. The Bristol Housing Festival’s progress with ZEDpods and Launchpad, which has recently gained planning permission (see here). For the next exhibition, in the Autumn (from October 21st) , to re-imagine affordable housing solutions for the city
5. The Gather Collective (a group from the 139 "unity for mission movements" (like Together4Bristol) transforming towns and cities across the UK, who are coming to Bristol on 14th and 15th November, to find out about our work across the spheres, especially with Christian Action Bristol and our engagement with the Mayor, Council and One City Office.
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