Jo blogs: Eighth space

The Chapter House at Iona

The Chapter House Today this space is used as a place to gather in small groups for worship and discussion, planning meetings, music practices etc. The day to day life of the Iona Community and what it stands for is portrayed on display boards. Visitors are left in no doubt of the community’s vision to […]

Jo blogs: Seventh space

The Cloisters at Iona Abbey

The Cloisters These four corridors around a central square provided a sacred space for monks to walk along, thoughtfully reflecting on their lives, the scriptures, their brothers in danger or just dreaming of what the future might hold. It was here that they would study the Bible and great spiritual classics. Many decisions must have […]

Hope after Heartbreak

Is there hope after heartbreak? We believe so, and that’s why we are partnering again this spring with Aquila, the charity that gives people who have experienced relationship breakdown or divorce a chance to move to a place of greater wholeness and confidence. Aquila is a 7 week course run by trained facilitators who have […]

News from Ben & Katy & Neema Crafts in Tanzania

A very inspiring story of a 300km trip for one man to reach Iringa. Read about the tenacity of Bryson in the latest prayer news update from Ben & Katy Ray, serving at Neema Crafts with the Church Mission Society in Tanzania. Neema Crafts is a not-for-profit organisation that helps train, empower and employ over […]

Jo blogs: Sixth space

Metal spiral staircase

Stairs to the dormitory Leading directly from the spaces for worship and prayer, stillness and solitude are the stairs to the space for rest and rejuvenation. This staircase would have been used for the monks to ‘hurry in a dignified way’ to engage in ‘the work of God’, and no doubt hurry back to a […]

The Passion at Christ Church

Lamps theatre company presents The Passsion.

We are very excited to be hosting a new, original musical theatre production of The Passion from Lamps Collective on Friday 7 April. The Passion follows the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in this moving, memorable and ultimately joyful retelling of the Easter events. Performed by a talented cast of four. This original musical will […]

Two job opportunities at the Parish Office

Sunrise over the graveyard at Christ Church Downend

Assistant Parish Administrator: this position is to assist the Parish Administrator. It is for 8 hours per week – Thursday & Friday 9am – 1pm. Administration Assistant: this position is for 10 hours per week – Monday to Thursday 9.30am – 12pm. Both are based in the Parish Hall on North Street Downend. Both positions involve being […]

Jo blogs: Fifth space

Interior of Iona Abbey

The choir and north and south transcepts Facing east, with the lectern to the left and marble altar. Listening to and reflecting on God’s word is an indispensable part of training in Christlikeness. Extensive research by the Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago has revealed that this discipline is the most potent catalyst in moving […]

Our Lent Teaching Series

Lent 2017 For forty days of Lent God leads us into a desert of reflection in which we withdraw from getting and spending and desiring, and, through fasting from the frenzied feeding of false desires, meditation on God’s Word, and acts of service, God opens our eyes to Christ’s presence in the world and frees us to […]

Jo blogs: Fourth space

Interior of Iona Abbey

The Nave Worship at the Abbey follows a regular pattern of short services, one at 9 in the morning and then at 9 in the evening. They are led by members of the community using the Iona Abbey Worship Book, liturgies that are fresh and creatively relevant to life in its rough and readiness. Music […]