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About

Church logoSt Michael’s, Stoke Gifford is a lively, growing Anglican church on the northern edge of Bristol.

As a church family we share a vision of "living to make a difference" by being a "Christian heart at the centre of the community".

Everyone is welcome at St Michael’s.

We meet weekly for worship, and our activity as a church extends into all areas of life – seven days a week – locally, regionally and beyond.

All our efforts are centred around the three themes of discipleship, outreach and serving the community.

Our ambitious Heart of the Community project is extending our ability to serve – with the building of a new church centre in the middle of the village, the upgrading of existing church facilities, and more funding for outreach work elsewhere in the UK and around the world.

Our wonderful church centre opened in 2015. Over 300 people can now gather in the main auditorium at once. Many more church and community events can go ahead right in the centre of Stoke Gifford. And, as our on-going fundraising allows, we’ll complete the first floor of the building and increase the event capacity to over 500.

Please enjoy exploring this website. It includes details of all our different activities as a church.

Better still – come along to something you might enjoy. We aim to provide something for everyone. There’s a coffee shop, a pre-school and nursery, parents and toddlers, youth clubs, life groups, The Alpha Course, Sunday lunches for over-65s and much much more.

Hundreds of us have found a place to belong at St Michael’s – taking part and helping out. We don’t have all the answers – we just journey together, discovering new ways of living to make a difference.

Everyone is welcome.

If you would like to be added to the Church database please complete the form here.

To view minutes from PCC meetings (2017 onwards) please click here

If you would like to find out how you can give financially to the work of St Michaels, please click here

Latest Church news

Old School Rooms Closure 

From 2pm on Friday 15th December, until 9am on 3rd January, part of the Old School Rooms will be closed for essential and extensive maintenance. 

The Lower Hall (T1/2/3) and Coffee Shop will not be accessible at all during this time. 

The upstairs room (T4/5) will still be in use, and accessible in the usual way. 

St Michael’s Centre is not effected and will be open as usual.

After the 9am service on 17th, 24th and 31st December,  tea and coffee will be served in the foyer of St Michael’s Centre instead of the Coffee Shop

Thank you for your patience during this time.

 




Alpha Course – Starting 17 January

Alpha is an opportunity to discuss life and the Christian faith, in an open and friendly environment, over 8 Wednesday evenings.

Find out more at the taster session on Wednesday 17th January, starting with a meal together

There’s no pressure, there’s no charge; just good food and lots to talk about!

You can sign up to say you’re coming to taster session here or get in touch for more information by email or call the office on 0117 9692486

 




Carol Services

Join us in our historic Church building on Sunday 17th December, for our annual traditional carol services.  So we can accomodate as many people as possible, we are holding it twice –  once at 4pm and then repeated at 6.30pm. 
The service will feature St Michael’s Christmas Choir, and the chance to sing some traditional favourites
There will be a retiring collection for Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter

We look forward to welcoming you!




Carols on the Green

We’re really looking forward to Carols on the Green starting at 6.15pm on Saturday 9th December. With the Brass Band accompanying us on some wonderful carols, as well as mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies and hot dogs.

We’re really looking forward to it!

You can download a copy of the service sheet here. All words will be on the screen and there will be paper copies of the service sheet.
A collection will be taken for Caring at Christmas and the Julian Trust , who support the homeless in Bristol.

 

 




The Christmas Angel – A Nativity Panto

This Sunday 10th December, we’re thrilled to be welcoming Duggy Dug Dug and team to our 10.30am Celebration in the auditorium at St Michael’s Centre.

Instead of the usual service format, there will instead be a performance of an exciting Nativity Panto called “The Christmas Angel”.

There’ll be an interval in the middle for drinks and the event will finish at 12.30pm. We can’t wait!

 




Your Christmas Journey

Did you know you can receive free Christmas reflections during December & early January? The Church of England have created  a set of 13 short Reflections to take us through the Christmas period, entitled “Your Christmas Journey”

You can sign up to get them in various ways.  You can text GodWithUs to 88802 to get messages from

For more info or to sign up via emails, please visit their website 

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says:

Your Christmas Journey seeks to help you explore what the Christmas story might mean in your life. The constant refrain of Christmas, in carols and readings, is that God is with us. In whatever situations you find yourself this Christmas, God is with you – you need only turn to him and ask to know his presence. “

 




Belong

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.

 Life groups

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...   )

 The Alpha Course

AlphaAlpha 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...   )

 Volunteering

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...   )

 Messy church

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...   )

 Traditional worship

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...   )

 Youth events

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...   )

 The Coffee Shop

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...   )

 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

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.

Morning prayer

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.

Prayer in church

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.

How to pray

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.

The way Jesus taught his friends to pray

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 Amen