The notice sheet for this week can be downloaded by clicking here
Karen and I welcome you to the website of St Michael's Church, Stoke Gifford.
We're a lively, growing Anglican church on the outskirts of Bristol. We're an outward-looking church "living to make a difference" by being a "Christian heart at the centre of the community".
Throughout this website you'll find three values surfacing time and again: discipleship, outreach and serving the community. We're passionate about these three activities as key features in the Christian life.
We're committed to making disciples locally, to inspire others to do the same regionally and to work for transformation nationally.
Enjoy exploring the website. We love to build friendships in church, develop community, seek God and step out in faith. Pop in and see us at our Sunday services for worship, teaching and prayer. Or in the week, why not visit our fantastic coffee shop?
We've recently produced a new short video bringing us up to date with the amazing progress of our ambitious Heart of the Community project.
You can see more film clips from the series, in the Heart of the Community pages of this website.
Please enjoy the community online, and in the real world too!
Revds Si & Karen Jones
Team Rector & Associate Minister
The notice sheet for this week can be downloaded by clicking here.
Sunday 8th November 2015 is Remembrance Sunday
After a short act of remembrance the children will meet in the Old School Rooms for their groups and activities, and adults will gather in the auditorium in the St Michael’s Centre for the rest of the service.
Details of all our other regular services and celebrations can be found on the church services section of the website.
Our annual Christmas Fair returns on 21st November from 2pm-5pm.
There will be plenty of stalls, Father Christmas will be in attendance, and lots more going on besides! This year we will also be having a Christmas Cinema where we will be showing a selection of short Christmas family favourites.
The Coffee Shop will be open extra time on that day from 2pm-4pm, so that you can refuel and relax before returning to the fun!
We are holding a party for all primary school age children on Saturday 31st October. This is a lovely event which encourages children to focus on Jesus and the light he brings into the world, instead of the darkness which Halloween celebrates. The Light Party will be in the Old School Rooms from 4pm to 5.30pm. There will be crafts, games (including a treasure hunt in the dark for sweets hidden around the building) and party food. To book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are hosting an evening of fun, music and entertainment, why not come along!
All funds raised from it will go to for the Heart of the Community Project
Bring a bottle of something nice and enjoy the show!
7.30pm Saturday 17th October
The Old School Rooms
Why not sign up to perform? email Amy Ho for more info
Everyone is welcome at St Michael’s. We offer a very wide range of activities and worship services in order that people from across the community can find a place to belong.
These are some examples of the kind of places where it’s easy to find a home. But there’s plenty more to explore in our full list of activities.
Many church members meet regularly in smaller groups for conversation, bible study, prayer and discussion. These life groups provide a chance to get to know each other better and to grow together in our faith. Very often they also provide excellent cake. (More... )
Alpha is a relaxed, fun and informative way to share your thoughts and explore the meaning of life. 18 million people have done the Alpha Course around the world. It’s designed primarily for people who don't go to church or who haven't been to church in a long time and are interested in the Christian faith. (More... )
There are always opportunities to volunteer within the life of St Michael’s. It’s one of the best ways in which we can fulfil our vision of living to make a difference. If you have a talent for gardening or music or hospitality (or just about anything) then there’s probably an opportunity for you to make a difference. We would love to hear from you. (More... )
This is church for those who find sitting still and being quiet unthinkable. Once a month we throw open the doors of Messy Church on a Wednesday afternoon. It’s for primary school children and their families. Fun, paint, craft, noisy singing, cutting, sticking, playing and making a mess are actively encouraged. (More... )
Many people find a more traditional approach to worship most helpful. Our 9.00am service each Sunday morning is well suited to those who enjoy the hymns and liturgy of the Anglican tradition. And on the first Sunday of each month we gather for Evensong at 5.00pm. (More... )
There’s always a stack of activity on offer for young people at St Michael's. Joel, Jimmy and the youth team are constantly on the look out for opportunities to have a laugh, try something new and to demonstrate that being a Christian means life is more exciting, not less. (More... )
If this choice of activities feels a bit demanding, then the Old School Rooms Coffee Shop may be just what you're looking for. A relaxing meeting place in the heart of the village, which serves the most delicious range of drinks, cakes and light lunches. The Coffee Shop is the place to take it easy. (More... )
This is a just a small selection of the opportunities to belong that we provide as a church. You can also browse a full list of all our regular activities or keep up with news of the latest events organised by members of St Michael’s Church.
Prayer is central to everything we do at St Michael’s. It’s about putting our trust in God’s safe hands. There are daily opportunities to pray, and to be prayed for, as part of the life of the church and our desire to serve the community.
A short time of prayer is held at 9.10am every Monday in the Old School Rooms, and on Wednesday and Friday mornings in the church building. Everyone is welcome to join us to pray.
At most of our church services there is an opportunity to receive prayer for you or a friend whether for healing or any other need. The person leading will usually offer anyone the chance to be prayed for towards the end of the service.
This is one of the key topics for discussion on the Alpha Course. If you would like to explore questions like this, and any other issues of life, in a non-pressurised, informative discussion, the Alpha Course runs three times a year at St Michael’s. Everyone is welcome.
Our Father in Heaven
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours
Now and forever