Bristol Church Reopens for the Young, After 65 Years


A church, which was closed for 65 years and rebuilt as a museum, was reopened at the end of September in Bristol.

St Nicholas’s, Bristol, has been closed since 1940 after it was hit by a bomb during the Second World War.

It has now been reopened as a resource church, a church planted by Holy Trinity, Brompton (HTB) in London.

Reverend Toby Flint, a former assistant curator at HTB, leads the church.

St Nicholas’s will serve the growing young population of the university city. It’s estimated that 60 percent of Bristol’s city centre’s population are between the age of 15 and 29.


The Bishop of Swindon, Dr Lee Rayfield, said: “As Bristol becomes younger and more diverse, we are looking to make a difference to the city which will last and spread out.

“We are confident that St Nicholas will affect people’s lives for the better and contribute to social transformation.

“St Nicholas is a significant example of the way in which we are developing our commitment to introduce more people to the Christian faith, engage younger generations, and connect with the communities of our changing city.”

Other established churches in the diocese have been asked to set up partnerships with smaller churches, just like the HTB-St Nicholas’s model.

Another resourcing church will open in Swindon. Like St Nicholas’s, it will be led by another assistant curate from HTB, Reverend Joel Sales.

Dr. Rayfield said the Swindon Church is a strategic investment for the diocese.


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