New church partnership for Bradley Stoke

Church of Christ the King, Bradley Stoke, Bristol. Holy Trinity Church, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Bishop of Bristol to attend event on 28th February, marking creation of a new parish for Bradley Stoke.

The churches of Christ the King and Holy Trinity are formally marking a new partnership on Sunday 28th February, at an event being held at Bradley Stoke Community School, starting at 2.30pm.

Reverend Paul Hinckley, vicar of Bradley Stoke.

Reverend Paul Hinckley, vicar of the two churches, told The Journal that residents of Bradley Stoke and Little Stoke are warmly invited to the event. The churches are keen to mark the start of their new partnership by marking the ways they have already served residents and by looking ahead with new energy.

The Bishop of Bristol, Right Reverend Mike Hill, will speak at the event as a mark of the creation of the new Parish of Bradley Stoke, to which a range of town people and local organisation heads are being invited.

Both churches were built with considerable faith and devotion of their members in the early days of Bradley Stoke’s development, when much of the town was still green fields.

Church members remember when it was not possible to drive from Holy Trinity at one end of town to Christ the King at the other without driving around the A38. The churches are now very much established as part of the life of the town of Bradley Stoke and maintain an active interest in serving Little Stoke.

The churches play an active part in partnership with the other town churches, but the new parish and partnership will enable stronger links with the community as each church looks to play its part in the future development of community life in Bradley Stoke.

In looking to the future, Paul Hinckley, in leading the two church communities in the next stages of their lives, says he is keen that residents of Bradley Stoke and Little Stoke will see something of why the Christian faith, at the heart of the two churches, motivates members of Christ the King and Holy Trinity to serve the people in the neighbourhoods they live in and the communities they serve.

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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