What is Christian Action Bristol?

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Inspiring change through social action and politics

Christian Action Bristol (CAB) helps individuals & churches stay informed with news, events & volunteering around Christian Social Action & Politics in Bristol.

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What we do

  • Curating and collecting in one place - the CAB website - local news, events and opportunities around social action and politics.
  • Inspiring and informing you with the news and the needs from across our city.  
  • Encouraging and equipping you to get involved and make a difference in our community.
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Gather: To build relationships and unity
We gather Christians engaged in social action and politics across the region, for example in 14 strands, or networks, of activity such as Debt Advice, Food Poverty, Homelessness and Housing, Prison Ministry and Ex-offenders, or Trafficking and Vulnerable Women(see the list at the bottom of this page). We gather Christians at a variety of events, for example the Building Bristol as a City of Hope conference in City Hall in May 2018. This gathered 200 key city leaders from business, public sector, charities and churches to explore the Christian community's engagement with the council's City Office, through seven Offers and Asks, such the Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter, with about 500 volunteers from 16 churches in 2020.

Grow: To learn from God and each other
We pray together about three times a year and have had a couple of weeks of Prayer and Fasting for social action and politics across the city. We had seminars to explore social action and politics issues from Christian perspectives, such as at the Going Deeper city-wide gathering at the Colston Hall in 2013. We have also set up the Bristol Churches City Fund, which raised over £130k in 2020 to help alleviate food poverty during the COVID-19 crisis.

Go!: To act together and as individuals
We started at a gathering with over 5k people at Ashton Gate stadium in 2012, where we prayed for and released individuals involved in social action and politics. During the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, 300 volunteers from 67 churches, supported isolated and vulnerable people in the community through The Noise. Demand for food was four times higher during lockdown and this was met through Feeding Bristol, with foodbanks, which fed over 20k people, and food clubs (which expanded from 5 to 16). Fareshare worked through 250 community projects. As this film shows, the overall response was extraordinary.

See the Timeline for more examples of how we are helping transform the Bristol region for good.

How you can get involved

We want to help individuals, groups and churches connect with their passion to see positive change in the city.
See the Timeline for examples of how we are helping transform the Bristol region for good, through involvement in social action and politics.
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List of Networks

Like the rest of Together4Bristol, Christian Action Bristol is a “network of networks” in the following strands of social action and politics. For full details see the CAB website:

Addiction Support and Recovery
Community and Social Prescribing
Debt Advice and Support
Environment and Creation Care
Food Poverty
Homelessness and Housing
Politics (local and national) (no link)
Prison and Ex-offenders
Refugee and Asylum Support
Social Investment
Street Pastors and Police
Trafficking and Vulnerable Women

Latest Politics and Social Action News and Events  

For many who find themselves in the prison system, acceptance and belonging have not been part of their history and this isolation is only reinforced by society’s treatment on their release.
inHope's vision is of communities where everybody can reach their God-given potential, free from injustice and insecurity.
Our vision is to inspire you, and other Christians across our city, with how we can all be showing God's love in practical ways throughout the year.
It was an incredible weekend and we've been really encouraged to hear some of the stories from across the city, from those who volunteered, attended events or received support from a team of volunteers.
Over the last few years, a few of us on the staff team have been dressing as bananas for 125 hours to raise vital funds for One25. We’ve found it be rather fruitful (pun intended).
The last few years has seen a step-change in collective church engagement in strategic city-wide issues in Bristol.

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