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 live to make a difference by Learning and Growing in our faith. We do this together. All of the ministries below are a reflection of the desire to learn and grow together. It’s the definition of Discipleship, 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.
We are called to share our faith in Jesus. The Church exists to spread the good news of Jesus’ love & life. We are committed to achieving this locally. We also 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.
Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. Our attitude should be the same. Serving our communities 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 by being a Christian heart at the centre of our communities.
It’s the time of year again where churches are invited to join countless Christians around the world in the global prayer movement, Thy Kingdom Come. The need for prayer in our world has never been greater, but it can be daunting to know where to start. Perhaps the best place to start is with those closest to us, friends, neighbours, family – that they may know Jesus’ love in their lives. That sounds like a good prayer to me.
In fact, without this simple prayer I doubt I would be writing to you today as a vicar. I was not brought up in a Christian home. We went to church on Christmas and Easter mainly because that was the cultural thing to do. In 1989 we were invited on a Christian holiday camp by another family, and for some unknown reason, my parents agreed that we should go. My three siblings and I were teenagers at the time, and we thought our parents were joining a cult! It was on that week that we heard the good news of Jesus for the first time, and over that year we all became Christians. Believe it or not, two out of my three siblings are also ordained. The reason for telling you this story is that this all came about through prayer. The family who invited us, we later learnt, had been praying for us every week for 10 years! Can you believe it? I find that so humbling, and inspiring: our prayers, however simple, are powerful and they make a difference, whether we see the impact or not.
I want to invite you to join us as we pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ between Ascension Day and Pentecost once more. Head here to read more, and don’t forget you can pick up a Prayer Journal which has been beautifully produced by the Church of England, providing a guide to how we can pray over the ten days.
We’ve begun to open our services again for in-person worship, alongside our online services.
Services that are available can be seen below. Booking will open the Monday before and will close at 9am on the Friday. Pre-booking is essential. Please click on the service you want to book for, to be taken through to the booking page.
All our services will still be available online as well. Full details of all our live streamed services here
Keep checking this page for more details on how you can get involved
Join the global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ. Thy Kingdom Come runs from Thursday 13 May – Sunday 23 May 2021.
How are you doing as we move towards summer after what has been a very difficult winter period?
Hope for the future provides a welcoming space to think about the hope that is found in God and to renew our trust in him. Whether we are experiencing loss, illness, separation, loneliness or any other challenging situation, here is an opportunity to reflect, to remember, and to express how we are feeling in a safe space.
We will be using scripture, stories, poems, music and imagery as we come before God. There will also be an opportunity to light your own candle in memory of loved ones or to represent some specific prayer need.
We are very excited to announce that St Michael’s are launching a Summer Club. It is going to be from 17 to 22 August at St Michael’s Centre.
Kids and Youth
We are splitting the club into 2 sections, into a Kids Club which will be from school year 1 to year 6 (Sept 21 start). This club will be between 10-2 and is free of charge. (Donations welcome)
Between 6-9pm, we will be having a Youth Club from Year 7-Year 13 (Sept 21 start) We will be providing your young person with food so there is a small cost of £10 per person for the 4 meals (17-20 August)
Both clubs will be hosted in this format between 10-2 from Tuesday to Friday.
Saturday Fun Day Out
On Saturday we are having a Family Fun Day at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm. Because of the ever changing COVID restrictions, we aren’t exactly sure what this day will look like but we will let you know as soon as we do.
Sunday All Age Celebration
On Sunday, we will be having a All Age Summer Club Celebration, where we will be showing what we have achieved throughout the week and everyone is invited.
The over-arching theme is Exploring our Strengths, which we will be looking into in both clubs.
We would love to see you there, please sign up on the link below (bookings go live on 7 June).
We have been invited to join churches across the city to pray for Bristol at this time in the run up to the elections and after the unrest of the recent protests. So far 50 Churches have committed and it’s running from 6 April- 6 May. We are committed to pray on 30 April for one day.
The vision is that there would be a canopy of prayer and worship over Bristol as we all join as one church praying.
“Work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare”. Jeremiah 29:7.
You can pray however, or wherever you like. Perhaps you would like to gather 5 others and have a prayer walk? Tom and Sara are planning one for 11am that day so contact Tom if you’d like to join them Or simply pray where you are.
Feel free to pray for the whole hour or if you have less time, then simply pray for half an hour. There may be people already signed up for your chosen timeslot but do still sign up for that time – the more the merrier!
If you have any words or pictures, do send them to Tom and he will forward them to the ’30 days of prayer for peace’ Whatsapp group.
We will also have two dedicated times of prayer together online:
Worship doesn’t just mean singing. It can mean prayer or quiet time with the Lord. Or even loud and messy! It’s a great encouragement for us all to see the different ways we chose to worship besides Sunday services.
We would love it if you could record a short video clip of you showing or talking about how you worship in the week, and send to us using this link.
10 Tips for recording your video can be downloaded here, but in short, please:
– Film in landscape – Make sure there’s enough light on your face – Keep your face in the top half of the screen – Make sure your voice can be heard clearly – Keep the camera still – Position the camera high enough