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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!




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




New Teaching Programme for July to September

 

Our Teaching Programme for the next quarter is now available!

Starting Sunday 2nd July, at our morning services, we are looking forward to starting a series on Our identity in Christ from the book of Romans. The aim for this series is to raise our awareness of where our identity can be strengthened.

Then at our 6.30pm celebration, we are starting a five week series on the ministry of the Holy Spirit entitled Spirit Break Out.

this will be followed ion Auigust and September with a series entitled I heard the voice of Jesus say.

Download a copy of the full programme here

 

 




Ash Wednesday Service

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, and to mark this we are holding a special service on Wednesday1st March.

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.




New Year’s Day Services

This New Year’s Day we will be meeting together as follows.

 

9am in Church: Morning Communion

 

10.30am in St Michael’s Centre Auditorium:  Morning Celebration ( no Sunday Club)

 

5pm in Church:  Evensong

 

There will be no 6.30pm service this week

 

Usual services start again on Sunday 8th January.

 




Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 13th November 2016 is Remembrance Sunday.

Our 10.30am service will begin outside at the slightly earlier time of 10.25am with everyone gatherering around the war memorial on The Green.poppy

After a short act of remembrance the children will meet in the Old School Rooms for their groups and activities, and adults will gather in the auditorium in the St Michael’s Centre for the rest of the service

 




Harvest

This weekend we are celebrating Harvest at St Michael’s, with a range of services on Sunday.  We’ll be collecting non-perishable food items which will be passed on to The Community of the Sisters of the Church, based in St Pauls. They’ll then pass the items on to those in need.

Please do bring something along if you can. As well as our 9am, 10.30am and 6.30pm services, this week we also have our uniformed groups and family worship Harvest service. This takes place at 3pm in church.  There is communion at 9am and 10.30am this week.

harvest




Immeasurably More Blessings

Last Sunday morning we started our sermon series on Ephesians entitled “Immeasurably more…” and we thought specifically about immeasurably more blessings.  Vicky highlighted the blessings from Ephesians 1 (from The Message version). Below is a reminder of them, as a bit of encouragement as we continue our theme.

  • He had us in mind
  • We are the focus of his love 
  • He makes us whole and holy by his love
  • He adopted us into his family
  • We can enter into the celebration of his lavish gift giving
  • We are free – abundantly free!
  • He thought of everything and provided for everything we need
  • In Christ we find out who we are and what we’re living for
  • He had his eye on us and had designs on us for glorious living
  • In Christ we find ourselves home free – signed, sealed and delivered by the Holy Spirit
  • God has planned a praising and glorious life

 




Adult Baptism and Confirmation

We are holding two special services this Autumn

Confirmation   – 16th October

Bishop Lee is coming to the St Michael’s Centre to lead the Confirmation service for the Kingswood and South Gloucestershire Deanery. Confirmation is an opportunity to publicly “confirm” your belief in Jesus.  If you were baptised as a baby, confirmation can be particularly meaningful, as you “confirm” those promises for yourself.  It’s an opportunity to be prayed for by the Bishop to be “filled with the Holy Spirit” too if you’re a new Christian.  There will also be 2 preparation sessions prior to the service (dates to be advised).  Please get in touch if you feel Confirmation is for you

 

Adult Baptism – 25th September

In September we’re holding our second Adult Baptism Service using the Baptistry in our Auditorium. 

It’s for those who weren’t baptised as a child, and have a desire and commitment to respond to God’s call to follow Jesus.

If you feel that full-immersion baptism could be right for you, then please get in touch.