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Archbishop of Canterbury visits Diocese of Bristol

Sunday 14th September 2014

Archbishop Justin Welby visited churches, schools and communities in the West Country this weekend.

Archbishop Justin baptises new Christians at Malmesbury Abbey, 13 Sept 2014.

The Archbishop of Canterbury baptised new Christians and saw the work of churches in their communities during a packed visit to the Diocese of Bristol this weekend.

Highlights of Archbishop Justin’s visit included taking part in a unique event in Bristol Cathedral on Friday night called 'Standing Room Only', in which he and others shared their personal stories and experiences of life and faith.

Later that evening the Archbishop joined street pastors for a late-night walk around Kingswood as they offered support and a listening ear to locals leaving pubs and clubs.

The following morning the Archbishop baptised new Christians in a baptismal pool in the grounds of Malmesbury Abbey.

The Archbishop, who travelled to Bristol with his wife, Caroline, said he was greatly moved by a visit to the Light Church at St Peter's Chippenham for people with learning difficulties, and later by time spent at Hope Chapel where he was prayed for by a group of visiting South Koreans.

Archbishop Justin, pictured with his wife, Caroline, blesses a new community project at St Michael’s Church in Stoke Gifford, Bristol, 13 Sept 2014. (Picture: Western Daily Press)

During the weekend Archbishop Justin also took part in a Q&A session with sixth-formers at St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School; met people helped out of debt by Christians Against Poverty in Sea Mills; and celebrated an ambitious new community project currently under construction at St Michael’s Church in Stoke Gifford.

This morning the Archbishop preached at the Cathedral during its Eucharist service.

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