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 our communities. 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.
Why not come along, eat breakfast with others in a relaxed and friendly setting, and listen to an interesting and inspiring talk?
We will be gathering in the auditorium to eat together, followed by a talk.
Each month we have a different speaker on a range of topics.
Our guest speaker this month is Gaynor van den Burton is a Nutritionist specialising in Eating Behaviours and an Advanced Personal Trainer and is coming to tell us about Fitfish the unique organisation supporting Christians with their wellbeing.
Hear how God called her to this area of work and her thoughts on some of the challenges that we face in keeping healthy in body, spirit and soul!
A unique chance to find balance in body, spirit and soul at this Saturday’s Breakfast!
Please sign-up in advance if you can, so that we can order and make enough food. If you can no longer make it, please let us know Suggested donation £5 per adult (£1 per child). You can donate by card when you sign-up, or on the day via cash or card
Another popular day course on Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality with Revd Tim Stead
We are delighted to welcome Tim back for another Saturday workshop in May.
These workshops are a great opportunity to stop, reflect, learn, and develop tools that help us ‘practise the present moment’ and ‘practise the presence of God’.
We need these skills more and more in our hyper-distracted, 24/7 digital age!
Whether you are seasoned in mindfulness or want to find out more – there will be something for you in this workshop,
Intentions for the day:
– Explore how mindfulness practice can engage with and support the spiritual journey with particular reference to the Christian contemplative tradition – Serve as a quiet day where participants go away feeling they have had space for deep reflection. – Share ways that mindfulness could be taken forward for those who choose to.
There will be regular breaks throughout the day. Tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch with you.
Course leader Tim Stead is an accredited mindfulness teacher who trained with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. He was a Church of England vicar for 23 years and now operates as a freelance mindfulness teacher, teaching eight week courses and leading retreats and quiet days. His books, Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality and See, Love, Be – mindfulness and the spiritual life are published by SPCK. He has also published a Grove Booklet: Mindfulness and prayer. www.timsteadmindfulness.org
What people have said about these workshops:
“I now I have the practical tools to spend time with God in silence on my own – these tools and practices have actually changed my prayer life!”
“It’s so good to explore the links between current learning in mindfulness practice and Christian Spirituality – I didn’t realise there were so many’.
“These workshops have taught me to appreciate the present moment more and more and notice God working in my life in the small things and the big.’
“I could listen to Tim for ages – he’s such a good communicator”.
Spaces are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment