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About

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

Running to make a difference

Team HOTC

On Sunday 21st September fourteen people set out to run the Bristol half marathon to raise money for the Heart of the Community project.  A mix of church members and a few friends and family, some of whom had  little previous experience of running distances.  Everyone completed the course; the fastest time was 1:31:49. Seven people did it in under two hours, and seven did it in between two and three hours.  

Congratulations to all of them! Thanks to their efforts a total of £4,868 (without gift aid) has been raised so far.  And there is still time to donate. Let’s see if we can make it £5,000!  If you’d like to chip in simply go the the online giving page and click to donate.

A picture of the team also appeared on the live updates on the ITV web site (sixth photo down):

 




Archbishop of Canterbury visits St Michael’s and the Heart of the Community project

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, visited us on Saturday 13th September – as part of his weekend in Bristol and the West.  Archbishop Welby, described the  Heart of the Community project as ‘wonderful’, ‘courageous’ and ‘exciting’.  He said: “This project warms my heart. This is not about a community building: this is about building a community. It is a great example of what the church does best, which is loving and serving and transforming – and it’s about the future. 

“It is a huge project to undertake and I know there is a lot further to go. It is not audacious simply because it’s bold, daring and big, but because it is one of those projects that depends entirely upon God and God moving people’s hearts.  There is a real vision about what this community could be in the future and what is being put together here. The Heart of the Community is happening because it is God’s heart for the community now and over the next 20, 30, 40, 50 years and that is so exciting.  It is wonderful to be here. All of us should look around – any thought that God’s church has no future in this land is a complete delusion.”

As he dedicated the building the Archbishop thanked and blessed all those who had worked on the building, the project team and the vision behind the centre.  “May it be a light for its community, may it be a reminder of the love of God at the heart of the community. May you govern and direct the church and people of this area that it may be a place of help for those growing up, a place of safety for those growing old and a place of flourishing for those in work.”

Bishop Mike has also asked that his personal thanks and appreciation be passed on to colleagues and congregations in the Diocese.  “… the effort and commitment that both individuals and organisations have put into planning and engaging with this pastoral visit has been considerable… I would like to take this opportunity of expressing my personal thanks to you for all that you have contributed in planning and expertise, in prayer and through your physical presence at the events…”

To see the full gallery of photos by Rob Wicks please click here

 




Lifegroup Sign Up

Life groups are – as their name suggests – the life blood of the church. They are where we can all build strong relationships with one another, take care of one another, disciple one another, feed one another (in all sorts of different ways) and all sorts of “one another” things. In a growing church it is vital that we all have a smaller group to be part of where we can bless and be blessed – and life groups are the perfect place.

This Sunday 21st September  is the 2nd of our Sign-up Sundays

If you are not in one, do sign up for one (you will not regret it!).  Or perhaps you fancy a change from your existing one.  

If you have any further questions please speak to Tracy at the church office on 0117 969 2486.

You can see a full list of all our lifegroups here




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

   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

 

 

 




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