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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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Director of Operations Vacancy

 

 

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Director of Operations

40 hours per week

 Up to £35,000 per annum + contributory pension

St Michael’s is a vibrant, expanding church at the heart of Stoke Gifford, a large suburban community on the edge of Bristol. Our vision is “Living to make a difference by being a Christian heart at the centre of the community through discipleship, outreach and serving the community”.

We are currently midway through an exciting and challenging £6.5 million project to build a new church and community centre and restore and preserve our 14th century church. We also run a thriving community Coffee Shop and Pre-School & Nursery.

We are seeking an experienced and talented Director to lead our Operations Team and work closely with the Senior Leadership Team to enable us to advance our vision. You will need to be enthusiastic about joining a church which is eager for change and transformation. Flexibility will also be essential as the role will involve some evening and weekend working.

Self-aware, a first-class communicator with excellent interpersonal and organisational skills, you will have experience of successfully managing projects through to completion and be confident in leading and managing teams across a breadth of disciplines including finance, facilities, HR and compliance. You will also be proactive in leading the improvement of our policies and procedures.

If you would like to join the team at St Michael’s, living to make a difference, please download the documents and application form below, telephone 0117 969 2486 or e-mail  recruitment@stmichaelsbristol.org

Closing Date for applications:  Midnight, Friday 14th October 2016

 

Click on the links below to download:

Job Description

Person Specification

Application form

 

 

 

 

 




Henry Bromberg on a mission as chef

Church family member Henry Bromberg writes about his upcoming trip for Jews for Jesus:

Jews for Jesus 26th November – 14th December 2016

I have been asked to be the chef on Jews for Jesus summer outreach campaign in Sydney, Australia. I will cook 3 meals a day for those going out on the streets of Sydney and surrounds. I’ll be responsible for menus, shopping for all foods within a set budget and cooking all meals for our team.  I’ve done many mission campaigns with Jews for Jesus before so I will also go out on some more interesting sorties ie the Jewish areas in north Sydney where we’ll be speaking about Jesus to Jewish people and others, also helping with the music worship. All campaigners have neen asked to raise some money for accommodation, food and travel. The mission bursary fund at St Michael’s is contributing to some of these costs. Thank you!

If you would like to be involved and contribute to this amazing chance to reach out to our Jewish brothers and sisters, please get in touch.

I will be using my cooking skills to enable the team to keep going – most notably by feeing the campaigners, who will be doing evangelism for up to 9 hours each day. It is great to join other Jewish brothers and sisters in the Lord as we join together in this important outreach to our people.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support, please pray for me and the team at this time. It is such an encouragement to know you are partnering us in this way. May God continue to bless us as we serve Him together.

Henry Bromberg

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Soul Survivor

Every year the St Michael’s Youth Team head up a trip to Soul Survivor.  But what’s it all about? We thought it would be great to find out and get some feedback, so we’ve asked a couple of our youth  – Jess Mead and George Wicks – to tell us more:

 

George says:

“Soul survivor is a camping festival designed to encourage, equip and empower young people in their relationship with Jesus. There are various seminars and activities throughout the festival, and two meetings each day for the five days. There are times of brilliantly intense but meaningful worship, as well as powerful prayer ministry, profound sermons, and other things that strengthen one’s relationship with Jesus.

I personally really enjoyed Soul Survivor for three main reasons. Firstly, there are so many opportunities to personally meet with God, and see the amazing things he is doing in the world, and  at soul survivor. Secondly, there is such an atmosphere of friendliness. Wherever you go there are people smiling, and no-one seems to be a stranger. Finally, camping in a cold field with your youth group is amazing fun. All the spare time was great; just chatting to friends and playing games. I will definitely go again next year and would recommend it to anyone considering coming with us”

 

And Jess reports:

“Soul Survivor is where 6,500 people (mainly youth) gather to celebrate and learn about the love and grace of God. There was around 20 people from St Michaels who went on Week C. The week is filled with electric worship, reflective prayer and insightful seminars. There is also opportunity to strengthen relationships inside your youth group with cafes, football matches and parties to visit. The whole experience can be quite intense but it truly does develop your faith and change your perspective on God and his church. Some of my favourite aspects of Soul Survivor 2016 included the worship, spending time with friends and seeing Gods work in me and everyone else in the Big Top. Soul Survivor helps me to grow my relationship with God but it also equips me for the journey of seeking God after the week is over and you go back home. “

 

It sounds like it was a great week!

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Some of St Mike’s Youth at Soul Survivor 2016

 

 




Prayer Week

PRAYER ROOM
Our Week of Prayer has started, and the 24/7 Prayer Room has already seen some powerful “God” moments for those who have taken part so far.

There’s still time to sign up, and you can do so here.

There’s also a sign-up sheet the St Michael’s Centre foyer if you’d rather not do so online.

You can read more about the Prayer Room here

 

HALF NIGHT OF PRAYER
This Wednesday evening we’re having a Half-night of Prayer in the St Michael’s Centre Auditorium from 7.30pm until 10pm.

We’ll be having sections of worship and of focused prayer and we’d love you to come along if you can.

You don’t have to come for the whole evening, just come in when you can.

Please do get in touch with any queries about Prayer Week and we’ll do our best to help!




24/7 Prayer Week

4th –  11th September is a week of  Prayer at St Michael’s. 

We’re really excited to be opening up a 24/7 Prayer Room for the very first time, and are inviting everyone to take part.  

What’s a Prayer Room?

It’s dedicated space for prayer, for a whole week.  There will be lots of resources to help you pray, in whatever way you want.

Who can get involved?

Everyone!  You can sign-up as a group, or on your own.  You can pray with people you know, or people you might not have met yet.  You can pray if you’re a new Christian, or if you’ve been a Christian for many years.  Prayer works and we’d love everyone to take part.

 Why?

It’s an invitation to go deeper with God,  And as a church, to pray persistently for a whole week. It’s an event which will set markers for the future.

 What do I pray about?

You can pray about anything that’s on your heart.  There’ll be prompts in the room to help you, and we have suggested focuses of:

¨ Our church

¨ Our community

¨ The persecuted church and the world

¨ Mission partners

¨ Ourselves

How do I pray for an hour?

If an hours seems like a long time, don’t worry!  We’ll have some resources from the 24/7 Prayer organisation to give suggestions on splitting up 60 minutes. 

There will also be creative prayer stations and the opportunity to worship. 

 

Will the Prayer Room be open overnight as well?

Yes!  We ask that from 10pm—6pm there are at least 2 people at any one time in the room.  The building will be secure, and we’ll issue specific access details to those who sign-up to slots outside of office hours.

 

How do I get involved?

You can sign up on the sign-up sheets in the foyer of the  St Michael’s Centre, or contact the Church office. You can email us your preferred time, or give us a call to check and sign up for you.  We’d love to fill every hour slot, so please sign-up!

You can also sign-up online here.

Simon“I’m inviting you to join us to pray. 24-7 Prayer Rooms are an international movement to help people learn to pray by praying. There are prayer rooms all over the world at the moment. Our prayer room ‘goes live’ from 4th – 11th Sept. It will be a place for our Church community to join together to seek God’s face; to pray every hour for a whole week. We believe that prayer makes a difference. Things change when we pray. Why not sign up to pray for an hour or two during this week? Why not count yourself in to this? Your prayer matters.”

Simon Jones, Team Rector.

 

 




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...   )

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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