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.

 




Coffee Shop Volunteering Opportunities

The Old School Rooms Coffee Shop is an important part of the work of St Michael’s Church, and has a fantastic group of volunteers working in it. To continue to serve the community we need at least 20 volunteers a week, every week. Most volunteers work a 4 hour shift once a week (or once a month if working on Saturday). This is a great way to get to know people in the church and the local community.

Is this something you feel you would like to be part of?  If so, please do get in touch. Email coffeeshop@stmichaelsbristol.org or why not have a chat with Ann Cooke, Coffee Shop Manager, when you next drop in for Coffee?

 




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. 

 




Coffee Shop 10 year anniversary

The Old School Rooms Coffee Shop is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year.

We are trying to make contact with everyone who has volunteered in the coffee shop over that first decade.

If you have volunteered in the Coffee Shop at any time, and have not already heard from the manager, please contact Ann on 07866 230647 (please leave a message) or by email




Buy a Brick at school

 

This term St Michael’s Primary School are getting behind Buy a Brick and will be supporting us by asking pupils and their parents to get involved by buying bricks and helping to raise funds. The main hall in the new church and community centre will be a wonderful resource for the school, providing space for the whole school community to meet together, and to host events for all parents and families. If you are a parent/carer with a child at the school, look out for the buy a brick stand by the cake stall on Friday 14 March. 




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.