All St Michael’s Centre News

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!

 




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




Living to Make a Difference – Gift Day 2017

At St Michael’s, we are privileged to be part of a vibrant, growing church. It’s encouraging to see the continued growth of our ministry and mission, both locally and overseas.  Thank you to everyone who has given their time, money and prayer support in 2017.  Looking ahead to 2018, there’s a sense that God is drawing more people in.  This will bring both challenges and opportunities for us all. Our November “Gift Day” is a chance for us to celebrate God’s goodness and faithfulness and to renew our commitment to living generously.  How will you give in 2018 to help deliver the vision of St Michael’s?   With your support we will achieve our church’s vision and lay stronger foundations for the future.  Thank you for your generosity.

Simon Jones

Our Vision

St Michael’s, Stoke Gifford is a lively, growing Anglican Church.  We share a vision of “living to make a difference” by being a “Christian heart at the centre of the community”.

Our Strategy

Discipleship: through Life Groups, Youth & Children’s groups, helping each of us grow in our friendship with Jesus.

Outreach: to creatively share the Good News of Jesus with others.

Serving the community: in a variety of ways that generate goodwill and community regeneration.

Our Investment in Ministry & Mission in 2017

Thank you to all our amazing staff and volunteers we have reached and blessed many more people in 2017: Children’s Ministry at Sunday Club, Beehive, Saplings, Messy Church and St. Michael’s School; Youth & Student Ministry through Youth Club, Uganda Mission Trip, Youth Retreat, Abbeywood & Bradley Stoke Schools and UWE; Alpha, Baptism Preparation, Marriage and Parenting Courses, Divorce Recovery Workshop; Over 65s Ministry lunches, teas and Osbourne Court; Pastoral presence offering a ‘listening ear’; Prayer Opportunities and 24/7 prayer weeks and a new “Sacred Space”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Future

We have a vision for growth of our congregations and our community outreach.  We require faith, boldness and generosity in our giving according to our circumstances.  By God’s grace and our commitment we will have the resources to lay hold of these opportunities.

In 2018, we’d like to see more young people come to know God through our Children’s, Youth & Student Ministries.  We are excited about our outreach Youth Club, Soul Survivor camp and Hope Bristol.  We’d like to start “Make Lunch” to provide lunch for children, who might otherwise not eat a hot meal, in the school holidays.  We’d like to provide better ongoing support for those who’ve experienced Alpha.  We’d like to offer parenting courses to parents of children of all ages.  We’d like to expand our Over 65s ministry to provide wider opportunities for engagement. We’d like to strengthen our pastoral ministry through “Listening” training.  We’d like to develop an ‘us-together’ culture of ‘Welcome and Hospitality’.

Our Financial Target for 2018

To maintain and develop our ministry in line with our Vision, we need to raise additional income of £60,000 in 2018.  This is an extra £5000, £4000 + 25% Gift Aid of £1000 per month in regular giving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Giving

We receive no financial support from local or national government or the Church of England including the Bristol Diocese.  Our parish relies on the generous financial support from those who attend St. Michael’s. Giving and gratitude go together and we give out of gratitude for what we receive from God.

‘Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’ 2 Cor 9:7

 

Our Challenge

Many of us faithfully and sacrificially give, even in difficult financial circumstances, to support the work of God and this Parish. 

If you live in a household which is not yet contributing financially to God’s work at St. Michael’s, please prayerfully consider how you can change that.

‘Each one of us should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.’ 1Peter 4:10 

Our Response

  • If you are not yet a regular giver to the Church, please pray about starting regular, planned giving.
  • If you are an existing regular giver, please prayerfully consider increasing your gift.
  • If you receive a windfall gift, for example, a bonus or inheritance, please consider making a lump sum gift to St. Michael’s.
  • If you are a tax payer, please take advantage of Gift Aid by signing a declaration form. This will mean an extra 25p on every £1.00 you give.
  • Click here to download a  Response form 

Our Prayer

Loving Father, you have made us your people, richly provided us with good gifts and called us to live for you. May gratitude be in our hearts, may generosity be in our hands, may justice and righteousness guide our feet and may the life of your kingdom and the joy of heaven be found among us.

‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God’. Philippians 4.6

 

 




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




Our Questions Explored

 

On Sunday 26th November there won’t be a sermon at our Evening Celebration—instead there is an opportunity to ask some of our leaders any question you like! Questions might be related to recent sermon series, or of a theological or practical nature.

We welcome any and all questions! 

You can add your questions via ChurchSuite here,  or by emailing the office, or just jot it down and hand it in to the office!