Harry and Chris

Comedy standup poetry, melody and best-matery from world champion slam poet Harry Baker and his pop-funk-soul-jazz hero best friend Chris Read. 

We can’t quite believe we’ve managed to secure this event.

TICKETS HERE

Laugh, clap, cheer and laugh some more as they perform rabble-rousing favourites and preview brilliant new material ahead of their Edinburgh 2017 show.

TICKETS HERE

Friday 26 May, 7.30pm, St Michael’s Centre, North Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8PD

Tickets £9/£6 in advance (£10/£8 if there any still available on the door)

More details, images, video clips and love for Harry and Chris on the facebook event page.

 




This weekend

Whilst the weather is cooling down, things are hotting up at St Michael’s in the run up to Christmas!
 
This Saturday is another packed day – with our monthly Saturday Breakfast at 8.30am in the Old School Rooms. This month we welcome Mark Rich from Christians Against Poverty. 
 
Then at 6.15pm it is time for one of our favourites  – Carols on the Green.  There will be a traditional brass band; mulled wine, hot drinks and hot dogs available to buy; and lots of the carols you’d expect to hear.  We look forward to seeing you there if you can make it.
 
 Also a reminder that this Sunday we have our Children’s Christmas Presentation at 10.30am. This will be in the Old School Rooms and we will all be together (no seperate service in church). We can’t wait to see what they’ve prepared for us!
 
And finally, on Sunday it is Christmas Kainos (for 11-18’s), with the fantastically titled – Carols by Glowstick! 
 
This is on top of our usual services in church at 9am and 6.30pm.
Full details of all the upcoming Christmas services at St Michael’s can be found here.
 
It looks set to be a great weekend!
 



Christmas 2014 Celebrations at St Michael’s

Everyone is invited to celebrate the real miracle of Christmas together at St Michael’s.

We have a wide range of services and celebrations for people of all ages.

Our prayer is that we will all discover a little more of God’s peace this Christmas.

 

Carols on the Green

Saturday 13 December 6.15pm on the Village Green

Traditional brass band, Christmas carols, mulled wine

Bring a torch, your wellies, a scarf, your friends and a good singing voice

 

Kainos Christmas – Carols by Glowstick

Sunday 14 December 6.00pm in the Old School Rooms

Informal creative service for 11s–18s

More information at www.kainosbristol.org.uk

 

Carol Service

Sunday 21 December 4.00pm and 6.30pm

Our most popular Christmas service in St Michael’s Church

Now repeated because we can’t fit everyone in at once – both services will be the same

 

Crib Service

Christmas Eve 3.00pm in St Michael’s Church

Fun celebration for young children and their families

 

Midnight Communion

Christmas Eve 11.15pm in St Michael’s Church

Stay up to see Christmas begin in worship together

 

Christmas Day Family Communion

10.00am in St Michael’s Church

This will be our only service together on Christmas day

 

Our regular Sunday services continue throughout December at 9.00am, 10.30am and 6.30pm

Except Sunday 28 December which has just one service at 10.00am

All details of our regular celebrations are in the church services section of this website. 

 




Outreach and fighting poverty – three new donations

One of the key ambitions of the Heart of the Community project is to support outreach work and organisations that fight poverty in the UK and around the world. We have recently awarded funding of £15,000 to each of three very worthwhile activities; one in Brazil and two much closer to home.

Univida 

We are supporting Univida’s ‘University of Life’ in a favela (slum area) of Fortaleza, in North East Brazil.

Univida provides education and support to over 250 children each day. They are building a multi-purpose community centre in the heart of the favela to offer greater facilities, as well as a place to meet in a community that has nothing else like it.

Network

Network is a well established professional provider of affordable counselling and training in the Bristol area. Our donation will help to refurbish a 17th century farmhouse as a more suitable centre of their operations.

Emmaus 

Emmaus is an international charity that provides work, support and a home for formerly homeless people. We are helping to pay for the development of ten new ‘incubator’ units where formerly homeless people are supported to set up their own businesses here in Bristol.

Our donations to these three charities are given from a 10% tithe of the gifts made by church members to the Heart of the Community project.

 




A new point of view

Our historic church building returned to the skyline of Stoke Gifford this week, as the overgrown pine trees were felled from around the perimeter of the church yard.

The tree clearance was needed to save further damage to grave stones and the boundary walling. It also means the church will enjoy more sunlight and become a more visible landmark in the area once again. The open view is particularly striking from Parkway Station.

The church fabric committee has secured an agreement with First Great Western to plant a double row beech hedge on their land between the church boundary wall and their car park. Within a 3 to 5 year period there will be secure, attractive hedging shielding our view of the car park but still allowing rail passengers to see the church.

This is one of several fabric committee projects under way at the moment, including work on the church tower, the roof (the leak has been fixed) and re-painting inside the church building. Comments, ideas and questions are welcomed by the committee, which is chaired by Mike Peacey. 




Christmas Fair

Our sparkling Christmas Fair is on Saturday 23 November

 

With crafts and gifts and cakes and stalls and games and cups of tea and a visit from Father Christmas, the St Michael’s Church Christmas Fair is the essential start to the festive season right in the heart of the village.

Saturday 23 November

2.00 – 5.00pm

The Old School Rooms, Stoke Gifford

If you’d like to have a stall at the fair, or if you can offer to help in any way, please contact Christine, Emma or Lucy via the church office.

All proceeds from the Christmas Fair are going to the Heart of the Community project – living to make a difference.

See you there.




New Buy a Brick appeal launched

St Michael’s Church is inviting everyone to play a part in the Heart of the Community project with our new Buy a Brick appeal.

The idea is that church members encourage everyone to buy a brick or two for the new church and community centre. Each brick represents a £10 gift, with a small certificate presented to everyone who donates.

Our target is to raise £50,000 for the project – which means selling 5,000 bricks.

We are currently recruiting volunteers to take a turn helping to run one of our three Buy a Brick display stands at local events and meeting places over the next few weeks. You could sell bricks at your own Christmas event too. Please contact Sue Woodhead if you’d like to help. (Hard hats will be provided.)

All the details, and a link to the Buy a Brick online giving page, can be found on the new Buy a Brick section of this website.

Remember – this project isn’t about a community building, it’s about building a community.




Remembrance Sunday 10.30 service begins at War Memorial

Sunday 10 November 2013 is Remembrance Sunday

Our 10.30am service will begin outside, with everyone gatherering around the war memorial on the village green.

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 church building for the rest of the service.

Details of all our other regular services and celebrations can be found on the church services section of the website.  




Another £20,000 trust donation

As well as seeing such generosity at our Heart of the Community gift day this week, we also received news of a donation of £20,000 from the Beatrice Laing Trust.

The Laing Trusts are named after Sir John Laing, a devout Christian who was instrumental in creating the global Laing Construction Group. He set up his first charitable trust in 1922, and the Beatrice Laing Trust, named after his wife, followed in 1952. Its focus is on the relief of poverty and the advancement of the Christian faith, both at home and abroad.

After visiting the site they chose to donate £20,000 towards the cost building our new church and community centre next door to the Old School Rooms in Stoke Gifford.

Trust director, Elizabeth Harley, said “I hope this will be of some encouragement to you and the church membership as a whole as the building work and your fundraising efforts continue”.

We are extremely grateful for their support of our vision to make a difference in this community and beyond. 




Back To Church Sunday

Sunday 29 September is Back to Church Sunday

It’s an event which has grown beyond all expectations since the first day it launched in Greater Manchester in 2004. It is now the largest single local-church initiative in the world, taking place in churches across denominations worldwide.

So what’s the big idea? Back to Church Sunday is an opportunity to reconnect with a local church. Churches up and down the country will be opening their doors to the local community on Sunday 29th September. 

Many people in this country experience church as a really good thing. A place where people connect with others, where people connect with God and a place where people discover a greater purpose in life.

At present we think that there are at least 3 million people in England who would come back to church if they had an invitation. And we know there are hundreds of thousands of Christians who would love to invite their friends.

St Michael’s Church in Stoke Gifford is running three Back to Church Services.

Sunday 29 September

9.00am More traditional

10.30am Family friendly

6.30pm Modern approach

Revd Simon Jones, Vicar of St Michael’s church in Stoke Gifford, says, “I used to think Church was boring! I had a load of misconceptions of what it was like. I assumed that the Church was like heaven’s waiting room – serving no earthly purpose at all. Then, one day, a friend invited me to a Church service to have a look. It blew my mind. I was amazed to find that there were lots of younger people my age. The Church was active running youth groups, support groups, retired people’s lunches and more than that, the Sunday service was really inspirational. It was that day that I counted myself in to make a difference with my life.”

So, if someone gives you an invitation to church this weekend, why not give it a go. You might be pleasantly surprised.

There’s more information on www.backtochurch.co.uk