Church news

Heart of the Community project


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 set of short video clips about the life of the church and 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 do visit us in reality too!

God bless,

Revds Si & Karen Jones

Team Rector & Associate Minister

Latest Church news

Easter services and celebrations

Easter is the biggest celebration in the church calendar. A feast to mark the most significant event in the history of the world. The saddest Friday and the happiest Sunday of all time. 
At St Michael’s we celebrate Easter with several extra services and a few changes to our regular programme of activities.
Everyone will be welcome at any or all of the following… 
Maunday Thursday 17 April
7.30pm Holy Communion in the church
Good Friday 18 April
11.00am Messy Church service starting in the church
12.00noon Reflective service in the church
1.45pm Holy Communion Service in the church
Easter Sunday
9.00am Holy Communion in the church
10.30am Family Communion for all ages in the Old School Rooms (but no 10.30am service in the church building)
6.30pm Easter Celebration in the church
(Please note that because we are sharing communion together at our morning services on Easter Day, there will not be Family Communion at 10.30am in the Old School Rooms on the following Sunday 27 April – it will be a typical Family Worship service instead.)

Annual Church Vision Night

Everyone at St Michael’s is invited and encouraged to attend our once-a-year cheese and wine Vision Night.

It’s an opportunity to remind ourselves of God’s blessing and guidance, and to focus on the year ahead for us as his church here in Stoke Gifford. (And to enjoy some cheese and wine and some time together.) 

7.30pm Tuesday 22 April

The Old School Rooms

Please come along if you can.

Unique tribute band to perform at St Michael’s

For one night only the UK’s premier (allegedly) tribute rock band comes to Stoke Gifford.

The as-yet-unnamed act will deliver a feast of retro rock and pop floor-fillers, featuring Si and Karen Jones (aka ’The Revs’), Chris “The Hutch” Hutchinson and Sam “fit as a butcher’s dog” Jones on drums.

The set will include rock/pop classics by The Bee Gees, Steve Winwood, Queen and Robbie Williams to name but a few. 

Extensive bar plus live music and dancing. 

7.30pm Saturday 10th May 

The Old School Rooms, Stoke Gifford

Tickets £10 available from the church office

All proceeds to the Heart of the Community project.

Mission Brazil is go

A team from St Michael’s Church leaves for the Diocese of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil this week.

They will be partnering with churches in evangelism, launching the Alpha course and encouraging churches through preaching, testimonies and prayer ministry.

Please keep the trip in your prayers, that God will use them powerfully to lead people to Jesus, that they would encourage and equip the churches and pray for protection over them whilst they are in Brazil. 

For regular updates we can follow their progress on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stmichaelsrio2014 

Christian Essentials course

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2

If you’ve thought about coming along to Christian Essentials course, but haven’t made it yet, why not join us on Saturday from 10.00am – 12.00noon.

Saturday 12 April

10.00am – 12.00am

The Old School Rooms

Each month has a separate ‘stand-alone’ topic and this month we are looking at The Holy Spirit. 

More information and a course schedule on the Christian Essentials page of this website.

Rhythms of Grace – one week early

Our monthly reflective prayer gathering – Rhythms of Grace - will be meeting on the evening of Friday 11 April in church. This is a week earlier than usual because of Easter.

7.30 for 8.00pm

Friday 11 April

St Michael’s Church

There will be a meditation using one of the stories leading into the final week of Jesus’ life and opportunity to spend time quietly with God as we prepare to enter Holy Week.

Everyone is welcome.

For more information please speak to Annie Hepburn on 0117 9599270.

Vacancy: Youthwork 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 our next two interns to join the church’s training programme as part of the youthwork team.
You will work with around 60 teens per week to see young people become life-long disciples of Jesus, whilst worshipping as part of a church of around 400.

The year will be adapted to you, in order to develop your gifts including opportunities for: leadership, preaching, healing, missionary work, church planting, worship leading, schools work, sports ministries, managing teams, mentoring, teaching and more.

  • You will be teachable, good with people and have some experience of working with teenagers.
  • We can offer you accommodation, all expenses paid and a qualification in theology.
  • A fantastic opportunity for those who want to grow.

“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

“Because of this year, I feel much more equipped and excited to lead people closer to Jesus.” Sarah, 2014 intern

Closing date for application: Weds 21st May 2014
Interviews: Fri 30th May 2014

For more information or an application pack, download the information leaflet or contact Joel Preston (Youth Minister) on 0117 969 2486 or email Joel@stmichaelsbristol.org.


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