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 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!

God bless,

Revds Si & Karen Jones

Team Rector & Associate Minister

Latest Church news

Easter at St Michael’s


We have a variety of services and events this here at St Michael’s this Easter.

Starting with our Maundy Thursday Communion at 7.30pm in Church.

On Good Friday we have our special Easter Messy Church, which starts at 11am in church, before moving over to the Old School Rooms.   Then at midday we have our Reflective Service which leads into Communion at 1.45pm.


On Easter Day we have 4 services to chose from:

9am – Morning Communion (Church).

10.30am – Morning Celebration with Family Communion   (Old School Rooms)

5pm – Evensong (Church)

6.30pm – Evening Celebration with Communion (Church)

We look forward to welcoming you at this most special time.SQ-0900service

Church Weekend 2015

Booking is now open for this year’s church weekend at St Michael’s and it promises to be a fantastic time together. Our theme this year is no perfect people allowed and as always – everyone is invited. 

Friday 24 – Sunday 26 April 2015

Main auditorium

New church and community centre

For the first time we’ll be hosting the church weekend in the main auditorium of our new church and community centre – so there’ll be room for everyone. We really look forward to worshiping, sharing, learning, eating and growing together. See you there.

All the details are in this flier which can be viewed online, and then printed in order to book your place.

(Ready-printed copies are also available from the church.)


Fun ways to fundraise – new book for the Heart of the Community

A new book by a member of our congregation – A guide to Fun Ways to fundraise for your community, church or charity – has just been published to help raise money for the Heart of the Community project.

An early version of the guide by Penny Hallett (Allen) was made available to church members last year. This has been extended and updated and is now available from Amazon, priced £7.99. Royalties from the sale of the book are being donated to the Heart of the Community project.

The 176-page book is packed with over 200 great ideas for fundraising activities and events – as well as tips to guide you through the process and make it all worthwhile. It includes how to:

  • set objectives
  • choose a venue
  • find sponsors
  • publicise effectively, and
  • make sure your activity or event is safe and legal 

A big thank you to David McCann who provided the internal illustrations and to everyone at St Michael’s who contributed ideas and advice.

Whether you’re new to fundraising or an old hand looking for fresh ideas, this easy-to-read guide contains something for everyone. Why not find an idea that you like, make it your own, and go for it. 

You can order your copy here.

“This book crackles with ideas, sound advice and hot tips for making the vital task of fundraising both effective and fun. A top tool for all good causes.”

The Right Reverend Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol



Rest in Grace on Mothers’ Day

Many of us enjoyed the talk by Wiz Slater at our morning services this Sunday. It was the latest in our series about “rest” and this week we were learning about Resting in Grace. 

You can hear an audio recording of the talk on our listen again page.

The audio doesn’t include the wonderful video clip, which brought together both the theme of grace and our celebration of Mothers’ Day. So we’ve posted a copy of the video here…


A New Perspective For Moms from Elevation Church on Vimeo.


You can hear the rest of Wiz’s talk on the subject of Resting in Grace here


Church Membership List

The Church membership list (Electoral Roll) is revised each year –if you are new to church, or currently in the directory and have changed anything that appears in it, please do complete one of the electoral roll forms.

You can download it by clicking here.  Please print off, complete, and put in the tray at the back of church or in the internal mail box in the foyer of the Old School Rooms.

The form will also be available in Church.

The benefits?

It helps others to contact you, helps in being part of the church and allows you to vote at the Vision Night. 

Who can apply?
Anyone over the age of 16, is baptized and either lives in the parish or has attended for more than six months.
New Members – If you wish to be placed on the electoral roll we invite you to fill out a pink application form , marking it ‘new’ and return it to us.
Changes – If you are an existing member and have changed, your address, telephone number, e-mail address or name in the past year please complete a pink form marking it ‘amendment’
Please place the completed form in the box in church, marked Electoral Roll Revision, or in the internal mail box in the OSR Foyer
All forms must be in by 22nd March.


Mission News

A couple of pieces of news about Mission at St Michaels

Moldova mission trip

A small team from St Michael’s will be spending 10 days in Moldova, visiting church members and others, to encourage them and strengthen our links in the two villages, Gotesti and Chircani.

Dates: Sat 23 May-Tues 2 June 2015

Cost: Approx £650 per person, including flights and full board.

If interested in joining our team or finding out more details, please contact Mary Cottrell by 9 March, Tel: 01454 618723 or Chris Gane, Tel: 01454 881372



Ken Hart is currently in the Ukraine and would appreciatre prayer for the work he is doing .

He has spent some time in Kieve for learning about the way they are using digital evangelism into Russian speaking countries, and speaking at a church. And he has now moved on for 7 days teaching in the city of Zaporege.



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