10.30 & 6.30 services moving to new building - details here

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About

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

10.30am & 6.30pm church services move to new auditorium

From this weekend (Sunday 26 April 2015) two of our weekly congregations will begin to worship in the new church and community centre auditorium.

10.30am

The 10.30 service will begin with everyone – all ages – worshiping together in the main auditorium. After the first 20 minutes the children and young people will go to their groups in the Old School Rooms as before. (The changeover will be a lot quicker now – because the dividing walls will already be assembled and teaching and craft materials already in position.) The grown-ups will stay in the auditorium for more worship, teaching and prayer together.

The service will finish at about 11.50am as before, when we can all share coffee, tea and biscuits in the coffee shop.

6.30pm

The evening congregation will also be gathering in the new auditorium at 6.30pm for our most informal weekly celebration as a church.

The church building

The 9.00am service will continue to meet in the church building every week. And our monthly service of Evensong is also staying in the church building. Prayers, baptisms, weddings, funerals and all kinds of other services will continue in the church building as well.

Journeying together

There will be extra people welcoming, signposting and making sure we all know what is happening during our first services in the new space. We will be discovering together what works really well and what needs to change a little to make the best use of the new facilities.

Some of us relish the opportunity to try something new. Others find change more challenging.  We will all need to take extra care of each other during this transition. And there will be opportunities to feedback about our experience of worshiping together in the new building.

We begin this exciting new phase of life at St Michael’s remembering that the church is not the building. It’s us – God’s people. Wherever we gather to worship, each one of us is a vital part of the body of Christ.

 




Bristol Male Voice Choir

BMVC poster

We are delighted to be welcoming Bristol Male Voice Choir, and guest soloist Alison Shone (Soprano), to the new St Michael’s Church Centre on Saturday 16th May.

In what will be the first public event to be held in the new auditorium, the Choir will be performing a varied programme – with all proceeds going direct to the Heart of the Community project.

One of the largest male choirs in the area, Bristol Male Voice Choir has established a reputation for musical excellence. It has performed at International Male Voice Choral Festivals, and appeared at many of the country’s most prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall. Its wide repertoire includes operatic choruses, sacred music, spirituals, popular music and songs from stage and screen. To see the choir performing at the Colston Hall in 2012, click here.

The concert starts at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available during the interval. Tickets are £8 and available from the Church Office, or the BMVC ticket line 0117 935 5597.




Vision Night – church annual report now online

We gather as a church for our Vision Night on this Wednesday 15 April. 

It’s a great chance to look back together at the past year of life at St Michael’s, and to look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. We also enjoy cheese and wine as we meet together.

This year our Church Annual Report is available online:

St Michael's Annual Report 2014/5

If you have time – please take a few minutes to see just how much amazing work goes on during a year in the life of the church.

Some printed copies of the annual report will also be available on the night.

Church Vision Night – Cheese and Wine

7.30pm Wednesday 15 April

The Old School Rooms

Everyone is welcome.

 




Alpha Courses Starting Soon!

The very popular Alpha course continues to thrive here at St Michael’s. We have 2 new courses starting soon.

Are you new to faith, or to church, or are you still exploring?  If so Alpha could be for you.  Or do you know someone you could invite?  Alpha is an 8 week course to discuss life and the christian faith in a non threatening way.  We have a course on a Tuesday evening (with a meal) and on a Thursday morning (with coffee and cake).  If you would like to join us, or if you are not sure and would like to find out more, come to one of the taster sessions:

Tuesday 21 April at 7pm

Thursday 23 April with coffee served from 9am (official start 9.30am).

There is no obligation and no charge.

To let us know you’re coming, please email alpha@stmichaelsbristol.org or call the office on 0117 969 2486

Alpha




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

The plan for the weekend is as follows:

The weekend will run as follows:

Friday 24th April

4.30pm – 6.00pm Family Activities

6.00pm- 7.30pm Indoor picnic (bring your own plus a dessert for people to share)

7.30pm – 9.00pm Worship and Teaching

Saturday 25th April

9.30am – 12.00pm Worship and Teaching

(with a coffee & cake break in the middle)

12.00pm – 1.30pm Lunch

1.30pm – 3.00 Various activities (walk, dance, games, football)

3.00pm – 3.30pm Afternoon Tea

3.30pm-5.00pm Seminars (soaking prayer, treasure hunting etc)

5.00pm onwards Fish & Chip supper, Family quiz, and music

 

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 and Old School Rooms.)




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.

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

Amen