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Heart of the Community project


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.

Latest Church news

Pokemon spotted on The Green

War Mem

Its been great over the past few days to see groups of of children, parents and more than a few adults that seem to have forgotten the children hunting Pokemon on The Green and around the Church.

The Church, Old School Rooms & War Memorial are all Pokestops so why not let the kids go hunting whilst you sit outside the Coffee Shop and enjoy one of our freshly made coffees – you can even use the free wifi so you save some data for your own Pokemon hunting later on.

Just please try not to catch any during the services on Sunday!

Rhythms of Grace – Labyrinth

Our monthly reflective prayer group is meeting on Friday 15th July in the Old School Rooms (Lower Hall T 1/2/3 and not the church) from 7.30 to start at 8.00 pm.

We are bringing in a Labyrinth, an ancient prayer tool, which on first sight resembles a maze, but is in fact one single path wrapped around itself, which leads into the centre and then out again. The process can be divided into 3 phases of prayer – initially walking towards God, shedding all that is keeping you from union with Him, secondly symbolising union with Him in the centre and thirdly as you exit from the centre, going back with God into the world. The labyrinth is on canvas, which will be laid on the floor, so shoes should not be worn, therefore please bring a pair of socks unless you wish to walk barefoot. All are 
welcome and if you have any questions or need further information then please contact Annie Hepburn via the Church Office.




Student & 20’s Ministry Intern

Want to make a difference with your life? Want to be equipped to lead in the future, whilst making an impact today? We are looking for someone keen to learn about ministry, leadership and service to become our new Student & 20’s ministry intern.

This internship builds on our strong links with University of the West of England, it’s CU and other student churches of the area to disciple and reach out to our student community. You will also play a key part in running our 20’s life group ensuring continued pastoral care and discipleship with this group.

You will be teachable, good with people and have some experience of ministry.

We can offer you accommodation, all expenses paid and a qualification in theology for all positions.

“This year has been monumental in my growth and has given me so many skills, experiences and great memories to take in to the rest of my life.” – Zoe, 2014 intern.

“The internship has caused me to develop my character and spiritual life in ways I didn’t expect! I couldn’t have predicted what a huge difference it has made in my life!” Sam 2015 intern

Download an information pack here

Closing date – Sun 7th August, Interviews – Sun 14th August

For more information contact Joel Preston (Youth Minister) on 0117 969 2486 or email Joel@stmichaelsbristol.org 




Prayer Breakfast

This Friday 24th June, we have our monthly prayer breakfast for the Heart of the Community Project. Come along to the Old School Rooms at 6.30am, where we will worship and pray together. This will be followed by a light breakfast at 7.30am.

What a great way to start your Friday!



Church on the Green

church on the green poster

Each summer we hold an outdoor church celebration on the village green.  

It’s an event for the whole community of Stoke Gifford, and a great chance for everyone – whether existing church members or not – to come along and share in church together.

Everyone is welcome and we  bring and share picnics, and stay to chat and play games together afterwards. 

It all starts at 11.00am  on Sunday 26th June, and takes place on The Green, Stoke Gifford.

There will also be a parade for Uniform groups, starting from the Trust Hall and arriving at the Green in time for the start at 11am.

 We look forward to seeing you there!

Please note, for this one Sunday only, this service replaces the 9am and 10.30am service


UPDATE:  You can download the service sheet for Church on the Green here


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...   )


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...   )


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.


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.

Receive prayer

More in-depth listening and prayer ministry is available during the week at our prayer surgery.
Please contact us for more details.

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