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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.

Latest Church news

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, and to mark this we are holding a special service.

Come along to the Church for a 7.30pm start.

It will be a reflective service and will include the opportunity to be marked with ash in the sign of the cross as a sign of pentitence and mortality.

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Did you know?

The calculation of the forty days of Lent has varied considerably in Christian history. It is now usual in the West to count them continuously to the end of Holy Week (not including Sundays), so Lent begins on the sixth Wednesday before Easter – Ash Wednesday




Rock-Tech Sound Training Day

Rock-Tech is the company who designed and installed the sound system in the St Michaels Centre.

As part of a programme of 8 free training days across the UK in 2016, they are holding a day of audio training with us in the Auditorium.

When: Saturday 27th February 2016, 10am – 4pm

Where: St Michael’s Church Centre, Auditorium

Who: For anyone who is involved in sound production in a church, or who is interested in doing so.
How to book: To claim your free ticket(s) please  email Ben Dutton from Rock-Tech or call their office on 01904 481700. Alternatively, for more information and to book, please click here
This is essential training for anyone involved in sound and worship music production at St Michael’s  and a brilliant learning opportunity for anyone interested in musical worship.

The event is open to all, so if it interests you, why not sign up now!

 

 




Church Membership

The Church membership list (Electoral Roll) is revised each year.

What are the benefits of being on the Electoral Roll?electoral-roll-logo-024It helps others to contact you, helps in being part of the church and allows you to vote at the Vision Night.

Who can apply?
Anyone over the age of 16, is baptized and either lives in the parish, or has attended for more than six months.

New Members

If you wish to be placed on the electoral roll we invite you to fill out the application form and return it to us.

Changes 

If you are an existing member and have changed your address, telephone number, e-mail address or name in the past year, please complete the form (marking it ‘amendment’).

The form is available to download here, or copies are in Church and St Michael’s Centre.

Once you have completed the form, please place it in the box marked “Electoral Roll Revision” in Church or St Michael’s Centre reception, or hand it in to the office  ( we need to have the original signed copy of the form, rather than an emailed form please!)

All forms must be in by 24th March.

 

Any questions on this, please contact Laura in the office

 




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