Knowle West, Bristol

A lifestyle aimed at reflecting a close relationship with Christ

Why we live in community and why we live for mission is so simply and powerfully summed up in Acts 4:31-33. You’ll notice that prayer is right at the beginning of this passage!

Through community living under one roof (including sharing meals together); with openness to God and to others; meeting regularly for community prayers; and asking God to fill us with His Holy Spirit so that we will be empowered to go out and serve the people that we meet.


We support the local churches and our local community

It’s important to us to be available to our neighbours.
Past examples of supporting local church life have seen Lee Abbey community members helping with church services and Alpha courses, cooking for the monthly family breakfast (now closed), helping with the restorative approach reconciliation programme, being a street pastor, organising some Churches Together social gatherings, co-ordinating community gardening projects, men’s breakfast and teaching music to children from church.

Current community members helped in school, at the Filwood Hope Advice Centre, the local community centre, Messy Church, the local youth club and other community groups.

The background: grounded in prayer

At the invitation of Knowle West Churches Together, the Lee Abbey community has been present on this South Bristol housing estate continually since 1992. Community members commit to the rule of life and to serve where God leads them in the local area. Our ministry has included pastoral visits, meeting physical and educational needs and supporting local churches in their worship, discipleship and mission. Because we are not a project, we focus more on building relationships over time with people who live or work in the area.

Although local partnerships help us meet many needs, we humbly acknowledge there are many more needs that we cannot respond to in our own strength or intellect; this is why prayer is at the centre of what we do.


Full of potential

The size of the community house used from 1992 to 2015 limited the size of the community and as a result, its impact. In December 2015, the community moved to a larger, more visible property. We are actively recruiting new community members (at the time of recording the video voiceover – above – we were processing a flurry of promising applications, but unfortunately we aren’t as full as we thought we would be at that time). There is lots of potential for new community members to join and get involved:

Current opportunities

Some of our local partners