St Michael’s, Stoke Gifford is a lively, growing Anglican church on the northern edge of Bristol. We are a welcoming crowd of everyday people, living to make a difference by being a Christian heart at the centre of the community. Everyone is welcome at St Michael’s.
We are all learning at St Michael’s. Journeying together. And it’s often as we try new things that we grow fastest. That’s what discipleship is all about, and it’s central to our work through our small groups and courses, and in our commitment to prayer, care and sharing the resources we’ve been given.
Outreach plays a vital part in our life as a church. We aim to make a difference well beyond our parish boundaries. We support and work with teams that fight poverty and spread the good news of Jesus locally, nationally and around the world.
Serving the community is the heartbeat of life at St Michael’s. Our coffee shop, our meeting rooms and our professional pre-school and nursery are used by hundreds of local families, businesses, groups and individuals all year round. And the generosity of all those who volunteer is constantly bringing reality to our vision of living to make a difference.
Vacancy: Student and Young Adults Worker (20 hours)
In line with our vision to serve the student population effectively and develop our ministry to young adults we wish to make the above appointment. For further details and an application form, please contact Ian on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit your formal application before Thursday 20 August.
St Michael’s are joining in with New Wine to offer three 18-24 year olds an opportunity to take part in the New Wine Discipleship Year. This will include as part of the training, placements in St Michael’s in the following areas.
St Michael’s will pay course fees, travel for the study day in Cheltenham and mission costs. Assistance with accommodation may be possible also. Contact Ian on email@example.com for further details. Please submit your formal application before Thursday 20 August.
Operations Discipleship Year We are also looking to offer one 18 to 24 year old the opportunity to take part in the New Wine Discipleship Year with the Operations and Administration Team with a focus on St Michael’s Centre. In the first instance, please express your interest to Ian@stmichaelsbristol.org.
We are expanding our menu (subject to stock availability).
Following government advice there will be a limited number of tables available indoors. You will be warmly welcomed and shown to a table, but we ask you to wear a face covering until seated at the table and also when leaving. Our outdoor ordering service will also be available, subject to the weather!
Opening hours are Monday-Friday 10am to 4pm, with lunches served from 12-2pm.
We will continue to take payment and serve from the outside entrance. Takeaway and outside seating will still be available.
Epaphras Trust works in four countries: Kenya – partnering with an orphanage Ukraine – facilitating bible study groups for Churches Nepal – organising on-line bible study classes for leaders India – supporting a bible school
Epaphras Trust has supported the work of El-Shaddai Bible School since 2010 and this year is delighted to have the partnership of St Michael’s Church with this project.
EBS was established in 1997 to provide opportunity for young Christians from the poorest areas of Northern India, to receive Bible training – free of charge. Since then many have availed themselves of this gift of love and sacrifice. The bible school offers two and three-year residential courses covering many aspects of theology. In recent years, the curriculum has been extended to cover subjects such as English language and computer studies, which increase academic ability. In 2019, a new building was completed, providing a dining hall, library, storerooms and student dorms. Epaphras Trust has been privileged to help stock the library with study materials and bibles. At graduation, students are presented with study books to help them in their future ministry.
Twenty of the forty-five students were unable to return to their homes at the start of lockdown, so have remained at EBS. They began the new academic year in July, still in lockdown, along with staff who had also remained. Last year’s exams and graduation have been postponed.
After Graduation…. Advancing the Kingdom After graduating, some students return to their villages, working in their Churches and fulfilling God’s calling on their lives. Others may go on to become evangelists or pastors but for some Church planting and nurturing new believers is their vocation, sometimes in areas where the gospel has not yet reached. This is Suniram who has planted a Church in Assam where forty families attend.
Shobha Ram Brahmne and his wife have planted a Church in Madhya Pradesh which is continuing to grow. He has also worked with other EBS graduates helping to plant Churches in the surrounding areas.
Points for Prayer: 1. For the twenty students currently at EBS, that they might feel the responsibility of good news for their generation. 2. Protection from Covid-19 during this monsoon season. 3. Wisdom, love, and unity to prevail among leaders, teachers, and staff.
Following on from our last weekend away in February we are going to be looking at the topic of ‘Becoming Like Jesus’.
This will mainly be online due to current restrictions and knowing that we are spread around the country at present, however there will be some time to meet up in Bristol on Saturday afternoon for those who are about!
We will have main meetings on zoom together consisting of worship, talk and discussion groups. There will be numerous seminars at different points of the weekend on practical topics around this subject.
Obviously there will also be lots of fun, games and food (although you will have to provide your own food….. )
Now that the summer holidays are here the St Michaels children’s team will be taking a short break in producing the lovely video’s and resources that we have seen over the past 18 weeks.
I will be sharing with you some great online events that are taking place over the next few weeks, theses will be family worship activities that you can access when it suits your family and are aimed at all ages.
Some of the things we were so used to before lockdown are becoming part of life again aren’t they?
What a blessing it is to have the church open on Wednesdays and Saturdays for private prayer and the coffee shop open for takeaways.
What I am enjoying most of all though, is being able to see our grandchildren indoors rather than at the end of our driveway.
On one occasion recently, one of them started to ask about a holiday that Ken and I had taken on a cruise ship. He had seen photos of a tender taking us to shore and he wanted to know how we could be certain that the ship would be there on our return to it. So, I explained all about the anchor and it started me thinking about its use as a Christian symbol for hope.
The author of the book of Hebrews uses the anchor as a metaphor of hope, stability and security for us in the storms of life.
Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hopethat lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.
Hebrews 6:18–19 (New Living Translation)
The image of an anchor locked firmly into the seabed helps us to understand something about the nature of Christian hope.
Our lives often seem uncertain and unsafe, as ships are in a storm and, for many of us, the Covid 19 pandemic has brought to the surface many underlying insecurities. But ships can be safe, even during a storm, if their anchors hold firmly to something solid – the seabed. When we are anchored to God’s seabed, when we know that his word and character are true and solid, we are safe, even during great troubles. His anchor is one of confident hope for our souls.
My prayer for us all is that we will be able to look to the Lord as our anchor, the only sure place, and constant heartbeat in an unsure world.
May God bless each one of you and keep you in his love and care.
During August we are running a series of online events on Wellbeing. Using talks from Patrick Regan (founder of the Kintsugi Hope charity), each evening will be introduced by Julie Bradley.
Following the the talk (which we will stream via youtube), we will then gather together on zoom to talk in small groups about the subject matter. Each small group/breakout room will be facilitated by a leader.
Each talk will be available on our youtube channel, but please sign up to be sent the direct link and the zoom link for the discussion.
Click through on the date below and sign up. You’ve be emailed the zoom link
We’d love to invite you to join in with chat after church.
Join us at 11.30 (after the 10.30 Service), when we’ll gather on zoom to chat after church. There will be break out rooms and also the chance to chat more about the topics raised in the live stream. We’d love to see you. Bring your own coffee!
Click on the date below and sign up! You’llbe sent the zoom link by email