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Heart of the Community project


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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Latest Church news

Gift Day 2016

A note of thanks to all God’s people at St Michael’s who ‘gave cheerfully’ during our Gift Day on 20th November. An extra £58,000 has been pledged: £39K for 2017 and £19K donated immediately which will be recognised in this year’s accounts.

This enables us to move into 2017 being able to deliver what we believe God is calling us to.

Thank you for your generosity and your trust in the God who always does ‘immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine’.

God bless, Simon.


Our Questions Explored…

Our current 6.30pm sermon series on 1 Timothy has dealt with some challenging topics. photo-1461950209984-1ce1f03a1be9
Perhaps it has raised some questions for you about the scripture context, or how it’s relevant to us today?

This Sunday at our 6.30pm service we’re aiming to tackle this with “Our Questions Explored”.
If you have a question that you would like our panel to explore (whether it’s about the sermon series, or anything else) please let us know!
You can fill in an online form here, or send an email to the
church office



Gift Day – 20th November 2016

 Finance and Budget Update

During 2016, St Michael’s staff and volunteers have been touching more people for God than ever before.

There has been significant expansion in primary school work, with the “Open the Book” initiative

In Youth work with weekly outreach, discipleship and mentoring activities for the community and local secondary schools

Outreach in Cheswick

Over-65’s ministry

Osbourne Court

Ministry amongst parents and toddlers

Coffee Shop

Pre-School & Nursery

and much much more.

However, this growth requires practical support to make it happen, whilst ensuring we continue to be operationally compliant with a number of regulations that govern charities and employers.

To that end, the engagement of a new Director of Operations is seen by the PCC as an essential part of supporting our growth and service to the church and community.

With growth in ministry, comes growth in financial support.
Please would every member of St Michael’s prayerfully consider either (i) starting to give regularly if you have not been doing so before (ii) increase your regular giving if at all possible or (iii) make a one-off lump sum donation if that is more practical for you.

Thank you for being part of St Michael’s and your sacrificial giving to God’s work in Stoke Gifford

If you have any queries about any aspect of Finance at St Michael’s, please get in touch



Old School Rooms Coffee Shop Vacancy

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An opportunity to work in the OSR Coffee Shop providing welcome refreshment to the local community.

We are looking for a motivated individual to work as a part time assistant alongside the existing team. Working hours and pay terms on application. The successful candidate needs to be able to work flexible hours and be available for holiday cover. For more information, job description and application form please contact Coffee Shop on 0117 9692486 or 07866 230647 or coffeeshop@stmichaelsbristol.org

Closing date for applications –  Friday 9th December 2016



Appointment of Director of Operations

Following the interviews on Monday 31st October, the PCC (Church Council) are delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Taylor as Director of Operations.

Ian has been a Church leader, Church planter, Business owner, Deputy Headteacher and Senior buyer for the Co-op. This role enables all his previously gained skills to be utilised.

Ian will begin officially in January but will begin an induction process in December. Ian and Elaine will join us on Sunday 27th November, when we’ll make some introductions to the Church community. Let’s give them a warm St Michael’s welcome!



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