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About

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.

Latest Church news

Vision Night – Church Annual Report Online

We gather as a church for our Vision Night this Wednesday 20th 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.

Our Church Annual Report is available again online:

2015 AR

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 

7.30pm Wednesday 20th April

St Michael’s Centre Auditorium

Everyone is welcome.




Vision Night

You’re invited to come along to our Vision Night on  Wednesday 20th April in the St Michael’s Centre at 7.30pm. 

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.

The evening will include worship, prayer and the Church Council annual meeting.

All are welcome, and refreshments will be provided!

 

vision night




Little Church of Bethany

A new book, called Little Church of Bethany weaves together the story of the New Testament village of Bethany with St Michael’s own story of growth.

It focuses on Bethany’s characters and events, and shows the power of small churches to change themselves and their community. Developed from the musical created and performed at St Michael’s in 2006, this book was written by Derrick Phillips and all royalties will go to the Heart of the Community Project. Order now from Amazon, tell your friends about it. And please give it a good review on Amazon after you’ve read it.

 

LCOB-Amazon-cover




Next Alpha Course

The very popular Alpha course continues to thrive here at St Michael’s. Our next course starts next week – again in our lovely new St Michael’s Centre

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.

Our next course will be on a Wednesday evening  with a meal.  If you would like to join us, or if you are not sure and would like to find out more, come to our taster session on

Wednesday 27th April at 7pm  in the St Michael’s Centre

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




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