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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.

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Latest Church news

Divorce Recovery Workshop

Are you recently divorced or separated from a significant relationship and left with emotions of loneliness, shock, rejection, guilt, anger or bitterness? Perhaps you have been divorced or separated for some time but find yourself still struggling with moving forward with your life?

DRW is a national charity running workshops around the country by people who themselves have come through significant relationship breakdown. The aim of the workshops are to help and support people to better understand what they are going through and move on. So “you can go through it or grow through it”.

A new 6 week workshop is starting at St. Michael’s Church Centre  on  Monday 27th February 7pm- 9pm. For further information, to discuss or book onto the course, contact Jean on 01454 854482 or Nick or Sally on 01454 250376, or  e-mail bristol@drw.org.uk


Two Alpha Courses Starting Soon!

We have 2 Alpha courses starting very soon!  One on Wednesday evenings and one on Friday afternoons. Alpha is an 8 week course (plus a taster session and a day together in the middle) during which we have the opportunity to discuss all sorts of issues related to the Christian faith. There’s a topic for each session, but we can discuss anything and everything! If you’re new to faith, or just thinking about it, come and join us on Wednesday 11th January at 7pm or Friday 13th January at 1pm both in St Michael’s Centre. You are welcome just to turn up, but if you can register your interest in advance that would be helpful. You can sign up here for the evening session, or  here for the daytime session. Or alternatively call Vicky on 0117 969 2486



Old School Rooms Coffee Shop Vacancy – Kitchen Assistant



An opportunity to work in the OSR Coffee Shop providing welcome refreshment to the local community

We are looking for a motivated individual to work as a part time Kitchen Assistant alongside the existing team

Working hours and pay terms on application

For more information, job description and application form, please contact Coffee Shop on 0117 9692486 or 07866 230647 or coffeeshop@stmichaelsbristol.org

New Year’s Day Services

This New Year’s Day we will be meeting together as follows.


9am in Church: Morning Communion


10.30am in St Michael’s Centre Auditorium:  Morning Celebration ( no Sunday Club)


5pm in Church:  Evensong


There will be no 6.30pm service this week


Usual services start again on Sunday 8th January.


Christmas is very nearly here!  

Everyone is welcome to join us at St Michael’s as we celebrate this special time.


Christmas Eve

Crib Service 3pm in the St Michael’s Centre Auditorium.
A fun celebration for children and their families with familiar carols


Midnight Communion 11.15pm in Church
A traditional communion service with carols. Stay up late to see in Christmas in worship


Christmas Day

Family Communion 10.00am in the St Michael’s Centre Auditorium
An hour-long service for all.






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.

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