Dirk Willems

An etching depicting the famous story of the Anabaptist Dirk Willems rescuing his prison guard from a frozen river.

Welcome to the website of the Bristol Anabaptist Study Group.

We are a group of people who meet together every six weeks or so, to share a meal and reflect on life and faith in the light of Anabaptist tradition.

Historically, Anabaptism was a sixteenth-century radical Christian renewal movement, you can read more about their history click here.

Anabaptists still play an important part in Christianity today and the community is alive and well throughout the world. In the UK, individuals, communities and groups who have found a shared conviction with the Anabaptist tradition have connected through the Anabaptist Network. You can find out more about the history of the Anabaptists and how the tradition sheds fresh light on contemporary Christianity by visiting their website.

But the best way to find out what it is all about, is to join us for an evening of food and conversation.

If you would like to know more about the Bristol Anabaptist Study Group, to be added to our email list, or join us for one of our gathering, please let us know by using the feedback form supplied by a member of our group. This will allow somebody from the study group to get in touch with you.

You can also leave a comment on this page, but you are much less likely to get a prompt response from us this way. In leaving a comment it will ask you for your email address, but this wont be published on the site.

    • Mrs Dorothy Wagstaff
    • January 8th, 2011

    I am a committed Christian and attend Thornbury Baptist Church weekly. I discovered your website today. I was hoping to attend the EA’s ‘Don’t Mention the War’ event, but have been told by EA that this has been cancelled – I am so disapponited. My brother (Rev Dr David Spriggs – he works for Bible Society) told me to google anabaptists to try and get some resources as I wish to broaden my knowledge. I did this and found that there is a group located in Bristol, and it gives Stuart Murray Williams’ name and address as the contact person. I have heard of Stuart as an author but mainly because he supported Steve Chalke (who I know and hold in very high regard – my husband & I have suported Oasis since it first started in 1985) in the EA debate regarding penal substitution.

    I am very interested in joing the Bristol study group and would really appreciate more information.

    Thank you for reading this and I look forward to hearing from you.


    • Mike Gulliver
    • August 16th, 2011

    Please could you let me know when the next study evening and meal is…

    Many thanks,


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  5. We have recently moved to Bristol and are keen to find an Anabaptist group with which to have fellowship.

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    • markp
    • July 14th, 2014

    Do you have any more study evenings coming up? I find much in the Anabaptist tradition that resonates with my understanding of scripture and would welcome the opportunity to explore this with you in more depth.

    Yours in Christ,

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