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 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

Rhythms of Grace

Our monthly reflective prayer group Rhythms of Grace will be meeting this coming Friday 19th September in church at 8.00 pm (space for quiet prayer from 7.30 pm). This month we will be looking at Jesus’ statement “I am the Light of the World” and what lessons we can draw out for our own lives. We want to encourage each other to see more of God at work in our lives, becoming increasingly aware of His presence everywhere and in everything and hear Him speaking to us. We use a variety of styles and input looking at Bible passages, interlinked with resources such as poetry, clay, everyday objects, pictures and art, but there is no insistence on using what is provided. As always there will be space to be quiet with God on our own either to use the material provided or spend the time just to be with God. All are welcome.

Building the new church and community centre – a short film


A new short film for the Heart of the Community project is released this weekend. It shows the building work over the last 12 months and marks the completion of the shell of the new church and community centre. It will be screened publicly for the first time during the Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit on Saturday 13 September. But you can see an online preview here…


   Alpha is very popular at St Michael’s, and our next courses begin soon with two taster sessions:

  • Tuesday 16 September at 7pm with a meal in the Old School Rooms Coffee Shop
  • Thursday 18 September at 10am with coffee, cake and crèche in Cheswick Village.

Both courses are the same, just at different times and venues to suit different people

Could this be for you? Who might you want to invite? 

To find out more, including contact details, please click here




Congregation see inside new church and community centre (press release)

Members of St Michael’s Church, Stoke Gifford have been taking a look at their new church and community centre ahead of its dedication next month.

Archbishop Justin Welby will be visiting the centre on Saturday 13 September during his visit to the Bristol Diocese to bless the church’s ‘audacious’ Heart of the Community project and dedicate the building.

The shell of the building, on the site of old farm barns in North Road, is due to be completed at the end of this month.

Small groups of church members were given a preview of the ground floor of the building and the chance for informal prayer and worship in the 600 seat auditorium after each of the church’s three Sunday services.

The building is the centrepiece of the church’s £5.5m Heart of the Community project, which also includes refurbishing the neighbouring Old School Rooms and renovating the 14th Century church. A tenth of all money donated or raised by the congregation is being used for mission work to combat poverty and spread the gospel in the UK and overseas. 

The new centre will provide much needed facilities for conferences and church services, wedding receptions and other celebrations as well as community rooms. It will also serve as a resource for the wider region as it is within easy access of the M4 and M5 and just minutes away from Parkway Railway Station. 

The Bishop of Bristol, Mike Hill, who has described the project as ‘audacious’ will be accompanying Archbishop Welby.  

The next phase of the project will be to kit out the inside of the building and provide usable space on the ground floor by Easter 2015. 

The Rev. Si Jones, Rector of St Michael’s, said: “The Heart of the Community project will provide a legacy that will speak of God’s generosity for generations to come.” 


Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Heart of the Community Project

On Saturday 13th September, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will be visiting Stoke Gifford to bless and dedicate the Heart of the Community project and the new St Michael’s Church and Community Centre. 

His visit will last about an hour, between 6.30 and 7.30pm. The church family are all warmly invited to be there.  However due to space and health & safety restrictions, numbers will be limited – and entrance via ticket only, on a first come first served basis.  

Please note that you must pre-register with the church office, and obtain a (free) ticket to attend.  

To register, please email  admin@stmichaelsbristol.org or phone 0117 9692486 during office hours 


UPDATE : All tickets have now been allocated, and we have opened a waiting list.

Note for ticket holders: if you have had your place confirmed, please collect your ticket from the office as soon as possible.  If you are no longer able to come along please do advise us so that someone else can attend.  Many Thanks





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