Church news

Heart of the Community project


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 new short video bringing us up to date with the amazing progress of 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 in the real world too!

God bless,

Revds Si & Karen Jones

Team Rector & Associate Minister

Latest Church news

Harvest Celebration


Tickets for our Harvest Celebration on Saturday, 3rd October are now on sale.

Enjoy a two course dinner (four main courses to choose from), tea/coffee plus a fun quiz at the Old School Rooms, 7.30pm─10.30pm.

Licensed bar (beer, still and sparkling wine, cider and soft drinks). Tickets £10 (advance booking only) available from Penny Hallett Allen ( 01454 778590) or the Church Office. All proceeds to the Heart of the Community project.  Buy early to be there!



Life Group signup Sundays – 6th and 13th of September

This year’s Life Group Sign up Sundays are taking place on the 6th and 13th of September.

This is a great chance to sign up to a Life Group for the first time or maybe swap to a different Life Group.

If you want to find out more about the different Life Groups available please take a look at this flyer.

Sign up sheets will be available in the foyer on the 6th and 13th.

What a result!

A massive thank you to two lads from St Michael’s who raised over £1,300 this week by kicking a ball around.

Jacob Clothier (13) and Olly Wicks (15) organised the 24 hour kick-about to raise funds for the Heart of the Community project. They originally aimed to reach £100. But the challenge caught the imagination of friends, family, church and community members, and by Thursday evening their sponsorship total was £1,367.


Olly and Jacob started kicking footballs about at 10.30am last Saturday (15 August). They played all day on the village green, continued through the hours of darkness with sponge footballs in the Old School Rooms, and then completed the challenge back on the green on Sunday morning. They were allowed a short break each hour to eat, drink or visit the bathroom.

Loads of church members and neighbours came along to encourage the teenagers, and to join in with football games and competitions through the day. Particular thanks goes to Jack, Andy and Lucas who stayed with the duo through the night as well.

The money raised will make a real difference to the Heart of the Community project – which is creating facilities for the church and community of Stoke Gifford and beyond.

Both boys were shattered by the end of the kick-about challenge and slept for much of the next two days.

In the church notice sheet this week they express their thanks to everyone who supported in person, on social media and by making donations; “…you kept us determined and smiling when everything in us wanted to stop, and you made us feel great once we’d finished.”

It’s not too late to add a gift to the total, either in person at the church office or on the 24 kick-about online giving page.



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.

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