Welcome

Welcome to the Bristol & South Gloucestershire Methodist Circuit. We are a friendly family of 41 churches and two Methodist / Anglican schools serving communities across Bristol and South Gloucestershire with a membership that spans all ages. We are part of the wider Methodist Church in Britain. Our 2000 members come from many different countries and backgrounds and we aim to help everyone feel at home.

The Circuit oversees, supports and resources local churches in living out the Calling of the Methodist Church in the communities in which they serve through the 'Our Calling Groups' :

Worship - to increase awareness of God's presence and to celebrate God's love

Learning and Caring - to help people to learn and grow as Christians, through mutual care and support

Service - to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice

Evangelism - to make more followers of Jesus Christ

COVID - 19 update

I wish to thank everyone for their patience, help and support during these challenging times. Recognising that lockdown restrictions have started to ease, local churches are able to re-open for worship and limited community activities as per the government road map. However, I continue to urge caution as the pandemic is far from being over. Managing Trustees are following government COVID-19 guidelines, including social distancing and face coverings, to ensure that all our premises are COVID secure. Your support in keeping to these regulations is very much appreciated, as we continue to watch over everyone in love.

From 17th May (step 3)

1. Funerals, Weddings and Baptisms will be        permitted in our churches again, with limited attendees depending on the permitted number for the church building.

2. Numbers attending Sunday Worship will no longer be limited to 30 but based on the capacity and size of the worship space, following an assessment of risk.

3. Services of worship and prayer / Bible Study groups are allowed outdoors (including communal singing) with interaction limited to sub-groups of up to six people.

4. I anticipate that there will still be controls on indoor community activities and await further guidance.

Please check locally for details when churches will re-open, updates will be posted on the COVID-19 pages of our website as more information becomes available.

The Methodist Centre remains open to provide a take-away food service for the homeless Mondays to Wednesdays, donations of food will be welcome. Please note that they are no longer able to accept donations to the Charity Shop, the shop is now permanently closed.

The Circuit Office will remain closed until September, however staff continue to work from home and pick up emails. Post is collected weekly.

Rev. David Alderman

Superintendent Minister
superintendent@bsgc.org.uk 

0117 969 3686


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Christian Aid Week Resources 10th - 16th May

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Faithspace Volunteers needed

Faithspace is looking to recruit volunteers to support their Foodbank

Foodbank Volunteers advert


Testimony Service

Sunday 17th May 4.00 pm

This service is for Rev. Leigh Maydew as he prepares for his Ordination at the Methodist Conference on June 27th

More details and booking information

COVID 19 Appeal

The Circuit is working in partnership with Christian Aid to support some of the world's poorest communities in their struggle against COVID-19

Appeal information - pdf version

Appeal information - word version

Donation page


Last updated :  Friday 14th May

Guidance on church coffee mornings UPDATED 12th May

Re-opening Churches guidelines UPDATED 6th April

Outdoor Worship guidelines and Risk Assessment UPDATED 26th March

Letter to Church Leaders from Bristol City Council about vaccinations

Online giving guidance

Safeguarding children using Zoom

Using Zoom safely in Worship


COVID-19 Posters 

Responding to COVID 19 case action cards

for places of worship

for user groups

for children's activities

NHS COVID-19 Track and Trace App - poster for display in churches

COVID 19 posters to download and print for use in local churches 

COVID 19 Responsible Person - role description

Wearing facemasks posters

Test and Trace and GDPR

NHS Handwashing posters

Open for Worship poster

Open for Private Prayer poster



Advice and support during COVID 19 

Guidance for staying Positive and Strong UPDATED 1st May

COVID 19 Caring Handbook - guidance for supporting the homeless and those in need

Bristol based charity coalition to support Bristol's rough sleepers

ARK Project contact numbers and times for support and conversation

Key contact information                    POSTED 30th March



Rev. David Alderman will also post further updates &reflections on his blog

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