Data Consent and Electoral Roll....Faith in the Questions

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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.

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

Ash Wednesday 2018

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, and to mark this we are holding a special service on Wednesday 14th February.

Come along to the Church building for a 7.30pm start

The service will include Communion, and there will be the opportunity to be marked with ash in the sign of the cross.

IMPACT – social justice initiative for teenagers

IMPACT is a new Social Justice initiative from St Michael’s youth, for teenagers who are passionate about having a positive impact on the lives of others.

The aim is to make a difference in our community and across our city through acts of kindness.

The first of these monthly events is this coming Tuesday 13th February (2.30pm-5.30pm)  and is open to all teenagers, whether part of St Michael’s or not.

For more information  and to sign up, please head to the St Michael’s youth website  

Data Consent and the Electoral Roll

Regulations, legislation, and completing forms – they aren’t the most exciting part of Church life, are they?

But, the truth is, they are really important.

If we want to continue well with our strategies of Discipleship, Outreach and Serving the Community, then we need to make sure we are adhering to the rules that apply to us as a Church.


In May 2018, new Data Protection Legislation comes into force.


What does this mean for me?

It means that everyone who is a part of St Michael’s, needs to give informed consent to their information being stored.

Put simply, we need EVERYONE over the age of 13 to fill in this Data Consent Form.

If you are a parent of a child under the age of 13, please can you fill in the form on their behalf.

What about the Electoral Roll?

As well as the Data Consent Form, we also need to revise the Electoral Roll.

We do this every year, and 2018 is no exception!

It’s an integral part of being part of the Church of England.


I’m already on the Electoral Roll…

If you are already on the Electoral Roll and your details haven’t changed, you don’t need to complete an Electoral Roll form this year.

However, we still need you to fill in a Data Consent form.

If any of your details have changed, we will pick that up from your Data Consent form.

The next full renewal of the Electoral Roll will be in 2019, when everyone will need to apply again.


I’m not on the Electoral Roll. What’s it all about?

It’s the basic list in every parish of all those entitled to vote on elections within the Church of England.

But it’s not just a bit of paperwork!  It’s another way of saying “I belong”. It’s an act of commitment to the local church and to the church as a whole.

It also means you can have your say, and vote at our annual Vision Night on 18th April (the APCM).


Am I eligible?
If you meet the following requirements then yes, you certainly are!

-Over the age of 16,


-Live in the parish, OR have attended St Michael’s regularly for more than six months.

If you’re eligible to join, please do sign up!

You can check if you live within parish boundaries by entering your postcode here


How do I sign up to the Electoral Roll?

Please fill in an Electoral Roll form, paper copies are available in the reception of St Michael’s Centre. Or you can download one here.


I’m still not sure what form you want me to fill in!

-If you are a part of St Michael’s, then we need you to fill in a Data Consent form.  Either complete this online form or complete a paper copy

If we don’t have this consent from you, we will need to remove your details from our records.

-If you would like to be added to the Electoral Roll, then we also need you to fill in this Electoral Roll form.  This must be a signed paper copy.


If you have any questions about this, please contact Laura (Church Administrator/Electoral Roll Officer) in the Church Office.


Saturday Breakfast – 10th February

Why not come along on Saturday 10th February 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. 8.15am for an 8.30am start. This month we welcome Ken Hart to talk about mission to India. If you’d like to come along please sign-up to say you’re coming here

Yarn Bombing Workshops

Due to popular demand, SMYB are going to be running workshops in the Coffee Shop on the 2nd Saturday of each month, starting on Saturday 10th February at 10am.

Open to all ages and all abilities – whether you’ve never held a crochet hook before or are already an expert knitter.

Come along to learn a new skill, meet other crafters and contribute to some yarn bombs!

For more information, check out the Facebook page or speak to Debbie Bambridge or Kia Harris.



Faith in the Questions

A new one-act play by Nigel Forde, followed by conversation with leading scientists
A respected scientist and a christian, Job’s work is wrestling with the unpredictable as wellas predictable structure of the universe. Is God really in control?
When Job’s personal world is shaken to the core, how can he re-assemble the pieces of the puzzle, both professionally and spiritually?
Compared with the centuries long hand-in-hand relationship between religious faith and scientific enquiry, recent debate has, for many people, become mistrustful
and sharply adversarial. 
Which side is God on? Or is this the wrong question to ask?
One of any number of good and provocative questions thrown out by Faith in the Questions, a combination of theatre and scientific discussion.

Tickets for all Faith In The Questions events are free. 
You can book tickets through the Riding Lights Box Office call 01904 613000 or Online


Job Vacancies in the Old School Rooms Coffee Shop

We have 3 vacancies coming up within the Old School Rooms Coffee Shop team.

Please click on the relevant job below for more info on each role

1 x Kitchen Assistant (part-time)

2 x Coffee Shop Assistant (part-time)

Closing date for applications is 12 February 2018

For more information and an application form, please email the Coffee Shop manager



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.

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