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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.

If you would like to be added to the Church database please complete the form here.

To view minutes from PCC meetings (2017 onwards) please click here

If you would like to find out how you can give financially to the work of St Michaels, please click here

Latest Church news

Stoke Gifford Community Library

Community libraries are run by local voluntary groups with the support of South Gloucestershire Council who provide stock and advice.

They are linked to the library network which means you can use the South Gloucestershire library membership card to access these services.

 

A community library is situated on the mezzanine above the Old School Rooms Coffee Shop, and is open on the following dates:

Tuesdays fortnightly 2pm to 4pm. 

24 October

7 November

21 November

5 December

19 December

 

What’s available?

A changing collection of adults and children’s books, large print, spoken word and DVDs.

Full reservation and collection facilities are available – so if there’s something you’d like to read that isn’t in stock, then you can order it in!

 




Light Party

Each year we hold a light party on 31st October, for children to have fun together and celebrate light instead of darkness. 

We’re excited to  be running two parties this year for different ages. Both in the Old School Rooms.

Reception and KS1  –  3.45pm to 5.15pm

KS2  –  5.30pm to 7.00pm

Please book a place by signing up here

You can download an information leaflet about Halloween here

 




Operation Christmas Child 2017

Eveoperation-christmas-childry year we take part in  Operation Christmas Child – making up for shoeboxes of gifts for children worldwide.  This is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project and is run by Samaritans Purse. It’s a great way to show God’s love in a tangible way to help needy children.

Click here for information on how to pack a shoebox . We also have leaflets available in Church and St Michael’s Centre.

And you can also find out more on the Operation Christmas Child Website.

Please drop off your boxes in church or St Michael’s Centre ready for collection by Sunday 26th November.




Saturday Breakfast – 14th October

Why not come along on Saturday 14th October at 8.30am to this month’s Saturday Breakfast?

For the bargain price of £2 per person you get a delicious cooked breakfast, followed by an interesting and informative talk.

This month we welcome John and Poppy Spens to talk about mission and outreach in South Sudan

If you’d like to come along please sign-up to say you’re coming here




Treasure Field

We’re delighted to be hosting a concert with the Christian band Treasure Field  on Saturday 18th November.

This is one of only 3 dates on their winter tour this year, and they will be supported by our very own Gospel Generation Community Choir!

It looks set to be a fantastic evening of music, worship and more, so book your tickets now!

Tickets are priced £8 (£5 for concessions) plus booking fees. You can book online here


Book now




Harvest 2017

We’re celebrating Harvest at St Michael’s this weekend! Hope you can join us this Sunday.

Do bring along non-perishable food items to:

 – our 9.30am service in Church

 – our 10.30am Celebration in St Michael’s Centre

 – and our 3pm Uniform Group Service in Church

All donated items will be passed on to those in need via the Community of the Sisters of the Church Loaves and Fishes Harvest Appeal.




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.

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