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Carol Services

Join us in our historic Church building on Sunday 17th December, for our annual traditional carol services.  So we can accomodate as many people as possible, we are holding it twice –  once at 4pm and then repeated at 6.30pm. 
The service will feature St Michael’s Christmas Choir, and the chance to sing some traditional favourites
There will be a retiring collection for Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter

We look forward to welcoming you!




Carols on the Green

We’re really looking forward to Carols on the Green starting at 6.15pm on Saturday 9th December. With the Brass Band accompanying us on some wonderful carols, as well as mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies and hot dogs.

We’re really looking forward to it!

You can download a copy of the service sheet here. All words will be on the screen and there will be paper copies of the service sheet.
A collection will be taken for Caring at Christmas and the Julian Trust , who support the homeless in Bristol.

 

 




The Christmas Angel – A Nativity Panto

This Sunday 10th December, we’re thrilled to be welcoming Duggy Dug Dug and team to our 10.30am Celebration in the auditorium at St Michael’s Centre.

Instead of the usual service format, there will instead be a performance of an exciting Nativity Panto called “The Christmas Angel”.

There’ll be an interval in the middle for drinks and the event will finish at 12.30pm. We can’t wait!

 




Your Christmas Journey

Did you know you can receive free Christmas reflections during December & early January? The Church of England have created  a set of 13 short Reflections to take us through the Christmas period, entitled “Your Christmas Journey”

You can sign up to get them in various ways.  You can text GodWithUs to 88802 to get messages from

For more info or to sign up via emails, please visit their website 

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says:

Your Christmas Journey seeks to help you explore what the Christmas story might mean in your life. The constant refrain of Christmas, in carols and readings, is that God is with us. In whatever situations you find yourself this Christmas, God is with you – you need only turn to him and ask to know his presence. “

 




Crisis Centre and North Bristol Foodbank Donations

Donations for both the Crisis Centre and the North Bristol Foodbank are particularly appreciated at this time of year.

Recommended donations for the Crisis Centre need to be in by Sunday 10th December,  and include items such as weatherproof hats and gloves, toothbrushes and paste, chocolate energy bars and jars of coffee.

Recommended donations for the Foodbank need to be in by Sunday 24th Dec and include items such as tinned meat, UHT milk, sugar, sponge puddings and jam. 

The collection box is situated in the St Michael’s Centre foyer by the notice boards. Full suggested donation list is here




Christmas at St Michael’s

 

We would love to invite you to our Christmas celebrations,  in the hope that Christmas will be a time of peace and joy in the community of Stoke Gifford.

Jesus was given several ‘titles’. ‘Prince of Peace’ is perhaps the least well known. How “peaceful” will your house be this Christmas? How ‘peaceful’ will the world be this festive season? Why isn’t the ‘Prince of peace’ doing his thing!

Exhaustion and stress have been part of Christmas from the very start. Not only did Mary and Joseph have to travel for days to visit their in-laws, they ended up sleeping rough in a farm building. The Saviour born in a shelter. Peace-less!

In English, the word “peace” conjures up a passive picture. An absence of civil disturbance or hostilities. The biblical concept of peace starts small and then has worldwide implications. It is summarized in a word still used by Jewish communities. Shalom.Jesus is the prince of ‘Shalom’, peace brought between two parties.Jesus still brings peace into lives.

When we invite Him, he brings God’s peace into our lives. Feel ashamed, receive the peace of forgiveness. Feel lonely, know the peace of friendship. Feel troubled, know the peace of stillness.

When my life encounters the Peace of God, I am then strengthened to ‘live peace out’. The world really can become more peaceful one person at a time.

Have a lovely, peace filled Christmas time, 

Simon Jones – Rector St Michael’s

 

If you have any queries about any of these events, please do get in touch




Operation Christmas Child 2017

Eveoperation-christmas-childry year we take part in  Operation Christmas Child – making up for shoeboxes of gifts for children worldwide.  This is the world’s largest children’s Christmas project and is run by Samaritans Purse. It’s a great way to show God’s love in a tangible way to help needy children.

Click here for information on how to pack a shoebox . We also have leaflets available in Church and St Michael’s Centre.

And you can also find out more on the Operation Christmas Child Website.

Please drop off your boxes in church or St Michael’s Centre ready for collection by Sunday 26th November.




Christmas is very nearly here!  

Everyone is welcome to join us at St Michael’s as we celebrate this special time.

 

Christmas Eve

Crib Service 3pm in the St Michael’s Centre Auditorium.
A fun celebration for children and their families with familiar carols

 

Midnight Communion 11.15pm in Church
A traditional communion service with carols. Stay up late to see in Christmas in worship

 

Christmas Day

Family Communion 10.00am in the St Michael’s Centre Auditorium
An hour-long service for all.

 

 

 

 




Christmas Message from Simon

Dear Church,

I want to thank you for being part of the Body of Christ at St Michael’s.

This year has reinforced for me that ‘Church’ is an “us” rather than a “you” and “me”.

I am so grateful for all that you have given to the St Michael’s community this year in time, energy and resources.

There is much for us to discover of God’s goodness and grace in 2017.

Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. Have a wonderful Christmas and a ‘light filled’ new year.

God bless,

Simon x