Vision Night – church annual report now online

We gather as a church for our Vision Night on this Wednesday 15 April. 

It’s a great chance to look back together at the past year of life at St Michael’s, and to look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. We also enjoy cheese and wine as we meet together.

This year our Church Annual Report is available online:

St Michael's Annual Report 2014/5

If you have time – please take a few minutes to see just how much amazing work goes on during a year in the life of the church.

Some printed copies of the annual report will also be available on the night.

Church Vision Night – Cheese and Wine

7.30pm Wednesday 15 April

The Old School Rooms

Everyone is welcome.


Church Weekend 2015

Booking is now open for this year’s church weekend at St Michael’s and it promises to be a fantastic time together. Our theme this year is no perfect people allowed and as always – everyone is invited. 

Friday 24 – Sunday 26 April 2015

Main auditorium

New church and community centre

The plan for the weekend is as follows:

The weekend will run as follows:

Friday 24th April

4.30pm – 6.00pm Family Activities

6.00pm- 7.30pm Indoor picnic (bring your own plus a dessert for people to share)

7.30pm – 9.00pm Worship and Teaching

Saturday 25th April

9.30am – 12.00pm Worship and Teaching

(with a coffee & cake break in the middle)

12.00pm – 1.30pm Lunch

1.30pm – 3.00 Various activities (walk, dance, games, football)

3.00pm – 3.30pm Afternoon Tea

3.30pm-5.00pm Seminars (soaking prayer, treasure hunting etc)

5.00pm onwards Fish & Chip supper, Family quiz, and music


For the first time we’ll be hosting the church weekend in the main auditorium of our new church and community centre – so there’ll be room for everyone. We really look forward to worshiping, sharing, learning, eating and growing together. See you there.

All the details are in this flier which can be viewed online, and then printed in order to book your place.

(Ready-printed copies are also available from the church and Old School Rooms.)

Fun ways to fundraise – new book for the Heart of the Community

A new book by a member of our congregation – A guide to Fun Ways to fundraise for your community, church or charity – has just been published to help raise money for the Heart of the Community project.

An early version of the guide by Penny Hallett (Allen) was made available to church members last year. This has been extended and updated and is now available from Amazon, priced £7.99. Royalties from the sale of the book are being donated to the Heart of the Community project.

The 176-page book is packed with over 200 great ideas for fundraising activities and events – as well as tips to guide you through the process and make it all worthwhile. It includes how to:

  • set objectives
  • choose a venue
  • find sponsors
  • publicise effectively, and
  • make sure your activity or event is safe and legal 

A big thank you to David McCann who provided the internal illustrations and to everyone at St Michael’s who contributed ideas and advice.

Whether you’re new to fundraising or an old hand looking for fresh ideas, this easy-to-read guide contains something for everyone. Why not find an idea that you like, make it your own, and go for it. 

You can order your copy here.

“This book crackles with ideas, sound advice and hot tips for making the vital task of fundraising both effective and fun. A top tool for all good causes.”

The Right Reverend Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol



Rest in Grace on Mothers’ Day

Many of us enjoyed the talk by Wiz Slater at our morning services this Sunday. It was the latest in our series about “rest” and this week we were learning about Resting in Grace. 

You can hear an audio recording of the talk on our listen again page.

The audio doesn’t include the wonderful video clip, which brought together both the theme of grace and our celebration of Mothers’ Day. So we’ve posted a copy of the video here…


A New Perspective For Moms from Elevation Church on Vimeo.


You can hear the rest of Wiz’s talk on the subject of Resting in Grace here


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


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. 


Open Air Service 11am this Sunday 22 June

Each summer we hold an outdoor whole-church celebration on the village green.

As well as worshipping together, we bring and share picnics and stay to chat and play games together afterwards.

It’s a wonderful opportunity for all our congregations and visitors to be together at once – particularly since none of our current meeting spaces is big enough to accommodate us all at once.

Open air service

11.00am Sunday 22 June

The Village Green, Stoke Gifford

Please note – the open air celebration at 11.00am replaces all our other morning services (9.00am, 10.30am in the church building and in the Old School Rooms) for this one Sunday only.

Everyone is welcome to bring themselves, a picnic, some sun protection and as many friends as they like. Together we will create a picture of our vision to be a Christian heart at the centre of the community.



New Alpha Course – taster sessions this week

Another Alpha Course is about to begin at St Michael’s

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith. No pressure. No follow up. No charge.

The course is running on Tuesday evenings with a meal and on Thursday mornings with coffee, cake and a creche. The content is the same on both courses – just different timings to suit different people.

We are holding two taster sessions this week – so that guests can see how relaxed Alpha is, and then decide whether to sign up for the course.

Taster sessions

7.00pm Tuesday 6 May in the Old School Rooms Coffee Shop with a meal provided

10.00am Thursday 8 May in the Old School Rooms (upstairs meeting room T4) with tea, coffee, cakes and a creche provided

Everyone is welcome to attend Alpha – whether you have big questions about life or just a curiosity about the Christian faith.

For more information please email or call the church office on 0117 969 2486.

Unique tribute band to perform at St Michael’s

For one night only the UK’s premier (allegedly) tribute rock band comes to Stoke Gifford.

The as-yet-unnamed act will deliver a feast of retro rock and pop floor-fillers, featuring Si and Karen Jones (aka ’The Revs’), Chris “The Hutch” Hutchinson and Sam “fit as a butcher’s dog” Jones on drums.

The set will include rock/pop classics by The Bee Gees, Steve Winwood, Queen and Robbie Williams to name but a few. 

Extensive bar plus live music and dancing. 

7.30pm Saturday 10th May 

The Old School Rooms, Stoke Gifford

Tickets £10 available from the church office

All proceeds to the Heart of the Community project.

Easter services and celebrations

Easter is the biggest celebration in the church calendar. A feast to mark the most significant event in the history of the world. The saddest Friday and the happiest Sunday of all time. 
At St Michael’s we celebrate Easter with several extra services and a few changes to our regular programme of activities.
Everyone will be welcome at any or all of the following… 
Maunday Thursday 17 April
7.30pm Holy Communion in the church
Good Friday 18 April
11.00am Messy Church service starting in the church
12.00noon Reflective service in the church
1.45pm Holy Communion Service in the church
Easter Sunday
9.00am Holy Communion in the church
10.30am Family Communion for all ages in the Old School Rooms (but no 10.30am service in the church building)
6.30pm Easter Celebration in the church
(Please note that because we are sharing communion together at our morning services on Easter Day, there will not be Family Communion at 10.30am in the Old School Rooms on the following Sunday 27 April – it will be a typical Family Worship service instead.)

Annual Church Vision Night

Everyone at St Michael’s is invited and encouraged to attend our once-a-year cheese and wine Vision Night.

It’s an opportunity to remind ourselves of God’s blessing and guidance, and to focus on the year ahead for us as his church here in Stoke Gifford. (And to enjoy some cheese and wine and some time together.) 

7.30pm Tuesday 22 April

The Old School Rooms

Please come along if you can.