LoveBristol’s Release team are delighted to bring to you

The journey into a life of worship


Worship takes us into the very presence of God where all that we are connects with his heart, and where we get revelation of our true identity and purpose. 

Join international speaker and activist Shane Claiborne and singer/songwriter Jason Upton in Bristol, UK for an exploration of what it means to have a lifestyle of radical worship. 

Along with speakers from David's Tent and Just Love, join us as we explore spirit-filled activism as part of a life of worship; seeing the kingdom come in our lives and communities as we encounter the presence of God. 


At the 2010 and 2016 Release conferences we had the pleasure of hosting Bill Johnson, Mark Stibbe and Randy Clark who brought an incredible time of teaching, equipping and activation to the city. These events were powerful times in God’s presence and we saw many people released to the streets, returning with amazing testimonies of healings and encounters with God. There was a beautiful sense of unity of vision and purpose in the city leaving us hungry for more!

Along with so many of the churches in Bristol we seek a greater outpouring of the Spirit, where we see his life flowing through us to bring positive transformation for lives in our city. A worship centred life - living from his presence is foundational in that quest. 

We are so excited to have the unique combination of Jason Upton and Shane Claiborne leading this conference.

Jason Upton comes to us from Minnesota US as a songwriter, worship leader and creative. Jason has a profound anointing to lead others into worship encounters where hearts are healed and lives changed. Jason’s passion is to enable all God’s children to encounter the transforming acceptance and love of God the Father in worship.  Shane Claiborne is an activist and dreamer, modelling what it is to surrender the whole of our lives to God in radical acts of worship through the pursuit of justice for the marginalised, in our neighbourhoods and across the globe. Most recently his campaign to bring an end to the death penalty in the USA has seen him and co-conspirators jailed, but Shane is unperturbed seeing it as a necessary sacrifice of worshipping One who wrecks us for anything less!

Wonder will be mix of teaching and experiencing God’s presence. We have asked Shane and Jason to lead us in a thinking about and experiencing worship that really engages with the heart of God, as he seeks to heal us and love the world through us. Come join with us and experience “The Wonder” !!

The title of the conference comes from a line of a song ‘may I never lose the wonder’(seen painted on the side of a Christian Community House in St Pauls) our longing is to experience “the wonder” and be permanently and radically changed by it.




Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author.  Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia.  He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living "as if Jesus meant the things he said." Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. And now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty.

Shane’s books include Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Follow Me to Freedom, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, Executing Grace, and The Irresistible Revolution. His newest book, Beating Guns (2018, forthcoming). He has been featured in a number of films including "Another World Is Possible" and "Ordinary Radicals." His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over one hundred times a year, nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame. 

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Jason Upton is a singer/songwriter with the heart of a pastor. Whether Jason is leading people in worship through singing or speaking, Jason does his best to carry the heart of our heavenly Father. His songs and his messages reflect a life fully lived in relationship with God, family and friends. His writings are poetic and profound: multi-layered, revealing profound truths in a world in need of mystery, divine beauty and human experiences. He lives a life of worship, beyond music and into every aspect of life.

“For every revival a voice that penetrates the darkness is raised up. I’ve never heard a clearer voice to this generation nor a purer channel than Jason Upton. In my generation a Keith Green was raised up with a lions roar. The lion can be heard again in the sound and lyrics of this young prophet.”  -Lou Engle

His songs include:1200 Feet Below Sea Level, Remember, Dying Star and more recently A Table Full of Strangers vol 1 & 2.


Sara Hyde has spent a decade working in the criminal justice system, primarily with women, following a first career in theatre. She worked in prison as a counsellor, post-release as a mentor and group facilitator, then managed holistic support services for women. She currently leads work on Deaths in Custody for the NHS London Clinical Network for Health in Justice.

A grassroots community and feminist campaigner, she has been involved in the community and church on Caledonian Road for the last 15 years, where she is now a council candidate for the May 2018 elections. Sara was a Labour candidate in the 2016 London Assembly election, supporting Sadiq Khan to become Mayor of London and a parliamentary candidate in Bromley & Chislehurst in the 2017 General Election. Sara is the Vice Chair of Fabian Women’s Network and was part of the inaugural Jo Cox Women in Leadership cohort.


Rich Dicas is the UK Event Director of David's Tent; a worship movement that hosts a 72-hour non stop worship festival in Sussex. The heart of the event is to create a space of radical unity where everyone is welcome to meet with God in worship and be transformed by his love.

Rich and his wife Lydia are passionate about seeing the most broken and abused come into freedom and fullness of life. Their latest worship EP ‘Make Us One’ explores the theme of the body of Christ combating injustice by going beyond charity and into solidarity with the outcast and downtrodden.

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Hannah Mitchell Hannah is on the national leadership team for Just Love, a movement founded in 2013 with a vision to inspire and release this generation of Christian students to pursue the biblical call to social justice at university and for the rest of their lives. She oversees the strategy for new groups and travels across the country speaking, doing training and encouraging Just Love's amazing student leaders. Hannah is also part of Woodlands Church and lives in a community house with her husband, Robin, and twenty other people who are committed to sharing their lives with one another and embracing values of simple living, hospitality and prayer. She loves travelling, cooking and growing plants, especially edible ones. 

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additional speakers to be announced

friday 11th may


6:30pm Registration

7-9.30pm Worship with Jason Upton and guests

saturday 12th may

Woodlands Church

9.00am   DOORS OPEN for registration

9.30am - 10:00   Worship

10:00am - 11.am   Morning Session Shane Claiborne

11.30 am - 12.30pm   Morning Session Jason Upton

12.30-2:00pm lunch break

2:00pm-2:20pm   Guest interview

2:20pm - 3.45pm  Afternoon Session with Jason Upton

4:00pm-5:00pm Breakout Sessions

7-9.30pm Evening Event with Shane Claiborne and Jason Upton




event info


Day time venue (Saturday 12th)

Woodlands church
Woodland Rd,
Bristol BS8 2AA

Evening Venue (Friday 11th)

Christ Church
Clifton Down Rd,
Bristol BS8 3BN


Hotel/B&B/Youth Hostel Information

If you're coming to us from out of town there are lots of great places to stay within walking distance of our venues.
Here are a few of your many options!

  • The Bristol Wing 0.9 miles
    A new social enterprise started by the YMCA in a refurbished Grade II listed old police headquarters, this hostel is one of our favourites.
    9 Bridewell Street, Bristol, BS1 2QD
    Rooms from £75.00
  • The Grand Bristol 0.22 miles
    53-58 Broad Street, City Centre, Bristol, BS1 2EL
    0871 376 9042
    Rooms from £60.00


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