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About us

We aim to explore the relevance of Jesus Christ’s life, death and resurrection in a way that is accessible to all. If you are totally new to church and have all kinds of questions, you won’t be alone. We aim to be a church where people can ask their questions and share their doubts. None of us has it all sorted.

Here’s an interview with Mike Cain, senior pastor of Emmanuel, where he explains a bit more of our story and what makes us tick as a church.

To find out more about Emmanuel, see the pages linked below or get in touch with one of our team.

Vision and values

Emmanuel Bristol is a family of churches working together to make more disciples, who will plant more churches, to show more people that Jesus is Lord. God reaches out to the world through His church. So the way to transform a city is to plant a church in every neighbourhood. That’s why our aim is not just to draw a crowd, but…

What we believe

We are part of the Church of England and look to uphold the biblical truths on which the Church of England was founded. The law of the Church of England says: The doctrine of the Church of England is grounded in the Holy Scriptures and in such teachings of the ancient Fathers and Councils of the Church as are agreeable to the said Scriptures. In particular such…


Church is not something we sit back and watch; it is something in which we all have a part to play.  So as members of a local church we are all called to join in and take responsibility for our life together.  However, we also need decision-making structures and a clear sense of where overall responsibility lies. Elders Each church within the…

Our story so far

Below is a short summary of the history of Emmanuel Bristol. Summer 2006 Team at Christ Church Clifton, headed up by Mike Cain, begin planning church plant. Autumn 2006 People sign up to come to the church plant. January 2007 Core congregation of around 50 people start meeting together to get to know one another and pray. March 2007 Emmanuel meets for the…

Meet the Emmanuel Bristol Staff Team

“From Him (Christ) the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”  Ephesians 4:16 Every member of the body of Christ is called to play their part in the ministry and mission of the church.  So (in line with the pattern set out in Ephesians 4:12) we…

Policy Documents

This page contains our publicly available policy documents. If you have any queries, please email Emmanuel Safeguarding Policy – Children and Vulnerable Adults (PDF) Emmanuel Bristol’s Guidelines on Safeguarding Children and Young People (PDF) Emmanuel Bristol Domestic Abuse Policy (PDF) Data Protection Privacy Notice (PDF) Addendum Privacy Notice in relation to COVID 19 (PDF) Blank RA for website (PDF)