The possibilities are endless; this is just a very small selection. If you have suggestions to add, please contact us.
Elsie Briggs House of Prayer
This 15th century house next door to Westbury on Trym Parish Church is an ecumenical house for contemplative prayer. It has a regular programme of events, weekly and monthly, including day events on Saturdays. It is available for individuals or groups to use for times of quiet, or for meetings (up to 12 people). There is a single retreatant’s guestroom, a poustinia prayer hut, and beautiful cottage garden. The house is always open to visitors 3 – 5pm on Tuesdays. For other times or enquiries, phone the wardens on 0117 950 7242.
Diocese of Clifton retreat house run by La Retraite sisters. Spacious and beautiful 18th century house in Clifton village, with large award-winning garden and programme of weekend events. Contact the administrator for opportunities for private or group visits, bookings or retreat possibilities. 0117 907 9950.
A drop-in house of prayer in the midst of Staple Hill High St. (no133). Meeting rooms, resources, beautiful garden. Staffed by volunteers from local churches. Prayer ministry offered on request. 0117 956 6384
St. James’ Barton
A totally silent place to pray, in the middle of the city, and Bristol’s oldest church. St. James’ is right next to the bus station and Broadmead, but is open all day for silent prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Christian meditation groups
There are 4 groups practising meditation in the tradition of John Main osb. For details, see http://christianmeditation.org.uk/public_html/web/groups-southwest.php or contact Roger Layet. roger [dot] layet [at] btinternet [dot] com
Named after the English mystic, Julian of Norwich. Groups that share silence together. There are groups in Downend, Westbury on Trym, Henleaze and Keynsham.
Places of worship
The very helpful booklet ‘Faith in the Community’, which includes details of all faith communities is no longer produced by the UWE Multifaith Chaplaincy.
Instead, the information is now available online
Taizé evenings are part of the worship of a number of churches in the city.
See also: Elsie Briggs House of Prayer. First Friday of the month 8pm;
St. James' Barton, some Friday evenings;
St Mary Redcliffe, Second Monday of the month @ 7.30pm;
Holy Cross, Bedminster, Fourth Monday of the month @ 7.30pm.
For further details email taizebristol [at] gmail [dot] com
Christian Life Communities
Groups who reflect on God’s presence in everyday life, using the ‘review of the day’ suggested by St Ignatius. Contact Judith Collin j7collin [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk or see www.clcew.org.uk.
Looking at major issues citizenship from a Christian viewpoint. Agora has a programme of Bristol events and campaigns and interesting resources. www.agoraspace.org.
Bristol Interfaith Group
This active group has an annual programme of events.