An Invitation from Tom – Thy Kingdom Come

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.

 

Book your place for worship

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

All services will also be live-streamed via our youtube channel

Thy Kingdom Come

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.

What are we planning at St Michael’s?

 Ascension Day Communion – Thursday 13 May

Morning Prayer on Facebook Live – Friday 14 May, Wednesday 19 May, Friday 21 May

Prayer Trails

You can download our prayer trails do the walk physically or virtually

Resources to take away

We have a number of the Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Journals, and Family Adventure Maps available. Please pick one up on Sunday, or get in touch to arrange to call in to collect your copy!

You can download a digital copy for printing by clicking on the image below

   

 

Mini-series on Lectio 365

There is also  a Thy Kingdom Come mini-series on 24-7 Prayer’s Lectio 365 app! Download the app for free, and join in from 13 May for inspiring content to encourage you as you pray.

Prayer Wall – add your prayers

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Hope for the Future

Monday 17 May 7.30pm

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.

The service will be live-streamed and there will also be the opportunity to attend in-person. Bookings open on Monday 10 May at 9.30am (pre-booking essential)

St Michael’s Summer Club

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).

Vision and Strategy 2021

Following prayer, discernment and discussion, our new vision and strategy is now available.  The full documents can be downloaded below.

They underpin our development plans, and provide a focus and structure for our plans to achieve and implement our vision.

Learning and Growing Together

• Strengthen how we learn to follow Jesus

• Grow more like Him through fellowship, prayer and Bible study.

• Multiply Life Groups

Sharing Jesus Together

• Improve how we reach people by sharing the good news of Jesus with those we live and work with.

• Build on our welcome and support for UWE students, and other students and young adults.

• Provide for the expanding population in Stoke Gifford, Stoke Park, Cheswick, Scholar’s Chase and Harry Stoke.

• Working with our Mission Partners to enable evangelism in the UK and abroad.

Serving Together

• Discover what our God-given gifts and talents are and encourage each other to use them in a variety of ways that generate goodwill, community regeneration and evangelism.

• Resource how we release people to serve, support and grow the Kingdom

• Bless and encourage projects that serve communities both through our own work and through our Mission Partners.

Prayer for Bristol: 30 days of prayer for peace

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 sign up through the 24/7 prayer page here to choose a timeslot for your prayers on 30 April

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:

Prayer Breakfast at 8am on Zoom

Morning Prayer on Facebook live at 9.30am.

Ways We Worship

 

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

Once your  video is ready please Click here to upload