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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 set of short video clips about the life of the church and 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 do visit us in reality too!

God bless,

Revds Si & Karen Jones

Team Rector & Associate Minister

Latest Church news

Kainos

 This Sunday is our monthly youth gathering for the North Bristol area; Kainos

For the first time, youthwork intern Yési Savage will be speaking at Kainos. She’ll be using the story of Jesus calming the storm to talk about how God is in control.

Come at 6pm for cafe and games. The celebration will start at 7 and everything will be over by 9pm.Kainos




Light Party

There will be a party for all school age children on 31st October. This is to encourage children to focus on Jesus and the light he brings into the world, instead of the darkness which Halloween celebrates. There are leaflets available at the back of church, which explain why this is a better approach. The Light Party will be in the Old School Rooms from 4pm to 5.30pm – if your child would like to come please email Karen Needham on

karenneedham@stmichaelsbristol.org with child’s name and age in order to book a place. Feel free to invite friends along.

If you would like to help either setting up, during the party or tidying up, also please contact Karen.

 




All Saints Day Service

Saturday 1st November at 7.30pm is our annual All Saints day service. This simple service enables those who have experienced the loss of someone they love, to give thanks and remember their loved ones before God. 

It may be that you have been bereaved in the recent or distant past… or maybe you know someone who is still struggling to come to terms with a loss – why not think about inviting them to come along? 

 




Welcome Lunch

Are you new (or new-ish) to St Michael’s church?  If so, you are invited to a Welcome Lunch on Sunday 16th November.  This will be a chance to get to know each other a bit better, to find out more about what goes on at St Michael’s and to share lunch together.  There are invitations around but you don’t have to have one to come – just email vicky@stmichaelsbristol.org or call the office on 0117 9692486 to say you will be there, and to let us know if there is anything you don’t eat.  We look forward to seeing you there. 

 




Everyone Counts Survey

 

 

 

 

 

This Sunday we will be taking part in the Church of England Everyone Counts Survey. Basically we will just be asking you complete a short paper survey, and to hand it back to the warden/sides person on duty. They will then return it to Laura in the  church office who is co-ordinating the responses.

More detailed information from the Church of England is below:

 

“This autumn churches across England will be asked to take part in a congregational survey and this church is taking part. Each person is asked to complete a short questionnaire, which takes about 2-3 minutes to complete.

This questionnaire asks you about how you identify yourself: age, gender, ethnic group and country of origin, and whether you have a long-term health problem or disability.  It also asks about how often you come to church and whether you have any additional roles within the church, or if you are visitor here today.

The way the questions are asked is based on the questions used in the government Census. That means we can compare your community in church with the national, regional and local populations. You might not feel that any of the categories fits you perfectly, but if possible please select the answer that describes you best. There is a ‘prefer not to say’ option if you don’t want to answer a question. Please answering by putting an X in the box.

Your responses will be taken in confidence. This means we won’t try to identify you personally based on your answers and we won’t share information about you individually. Your information is collected together with everyone else’s from your church and then stored anonymously. The analysis aggregates responses, which means that we report findings that cannot be directly linked back to a particular person to protect everyone’s privacy.

Findings from the survey will be returned to your church next year, as well as nationally and to your diocese. The results can help to understand who we are in our congregations, and help the church plan for growth, Mission and support. It helps to inform our understanding of congregations within our local communities, and can help plan for future needs and changes. “

To make sure that everyone’s information is linked to their church, the survey must have the church code included – our church code is 605083

As a church we have been asked to take part in the paper survey rather than the electronic survey.

More information can be found on the Everyone Counts webpage

 




Harvest

This weekend we are celebrating Harvest at St  Michael’s, with a range of events and services.
 
On Saturday we have our (sold out) Harvest Celebration. For those who have a ticket  - we look forward to seeing you there.
 
Sunday sees our Harvest services, where we will be collecting non-perishable food items for those less fortunate. Please do bring something along if you can.
 
As well as our 9am, 10.30am and 6.30pm services, this week is Evensong at 5pm. We also have our uniformed groups and family worship Harvest service. This takes place at 3pm in church.



Running to make a difference

Team HOTC

On Sunday 21st September fourteen people set out to run the Bristol half marathon to raise money for the Heart of the Community project.  A mix of church members and a few friends and family, some of whom had  little previous experience of running distances.  Everyone completed the course; the fastest time was 1:31:49. Seven people did it in under two hours, and seven did it in between two and three hours.  

Congratulations to all of them! Thanks to their efforts a total of £4,868 (without gift aid) has been raised so far.  And there is still time to donate. Let’s see if we can make it £5,000!  If you’d like to chip in simply go the the online giving page and click to donate.

A picture of the team also appeared on the live updates on the ITV web site (sixth photo down):

 




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