On Saturday 10th March we’re holding an alternative service for Mothering Sunday Weekend.
This service is for those who might normally avoid church on Mothering Sunday. It will offer a special place for anyone (women or men) who finds Mothering Sunday difficult, whatever your story.
It may be you’re grieving the loss of a mother, the loss of a child, or baby through miscarriage.
It may be you are struggling with a relationship with a mother that is difficult, or struggling with infertility or childlessness, singleness or not being able to create the shape of a family your heart has desired.
This will be an informal gathering, using liturgy, stories and poems to acknowledge the bittersweet emotions surrounding Mothering Sunday, offering a space both to grieve and to invite the God who loves us into our stories of struggle.
Join us in our historic Church building on Sunday 17th December, for our annual traditional carol services. So we can accomodate as many people as possible, we are holding it twice – once at 4pm and then repeated at 6.30pm.
The service will feature St Michael’s Christmas Choir, and the chance to sing some traditional favourites
There will be a retiring collection for Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter
We look forward to welcoming you!
We would love to invite you to our Christmas celebrations, in the hope that Christmas will be a time of peace and joy in the community of Stoke Gifford.
Jesus was given several ‘titles’. ‘Prince of Peace’ is perhaps the least well known. How “peaceful” will your house be this Christmas? How ‘peaceful’ will the world be this festive season? Why isn’t the ‘Prince of peace’ doing his thing!
Exhaustion and stress have been part of Christmas from the very start. Not only did Mary and Joseph have to travel for days to visit their in-laws, they ended up sleeping rough in a farm building. The Saviour born in a shelter. Peace-less!
In English, the word “peace” conjures up a passive picture. An absence of civil disturbance or hostilities. The biblical concept of peace starts small and then has worldwide implications. It is summarized in a word still used by Jewish communities. Shalom.Jesus is the prince of ‘Shalom’, peace brought between two parties.Jesus still brings peace into lives.
When we invite Him, he brings God’s peace into our lives. Feel ashamed, receive the peace of forgiveness. Feel lonely, know the peace of friendship. Feel troubled, know the peace of stillness.
When my life encounters the Peace of God, I am then strengthened to ‘live peace out’. The world really can become more peaceful one person at a time.
Have a lovely, peace filled Christmas time,
Simon Jones – Rector St Michael’s
If you have any queries about any of these events, please do get in touch
Our Teaching Programme for the next quarter is now available!
Starting Sunday 2nd July, at our morning services, we are looking forward to starting a series on Our identity in Christ from the book of Romans. The aim for this series is to raise our awareness of where our identity can be strengthened.
Then at our 6.30pm celebration, we are starting a five week series on the ministry of the Holy Spirit entitled Spirit Break Out.
this will be followed ion Auigust and September with a series entitled I heard the voice of Jesus say.
Download a copy of the full programme here
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, and to mark this we are holding a special service on Wednesday1st March.
Come along to the Church for a 7.30pm start
It will be a reflective service and will include the opportunity to be marked with ash in the sign of the cross.
This New Year’s Day we will be meeting together as follows.
9am in Church: Morning Communion
10.30am in St Michael’s Centre Auditorium: Morning Celebration ( no Sunday Club)
5pm in Church: Evensong
There will be no 6.30pm service this week
Usual services start again on Sunday 8th January.
Sunday 13th November 2016 is Remembrance Sunday.
Our 10.30am service will begin outside at the slightly earlier time of 10.25am with everyone gatherering around the war memorial on The Green.
After a short act of remembrance the children will meet in the Old School Rooms for their groups and activities, and adults will gather in the auditorium in the St Michael’s Centre for the rest of the service
This weekend we are celebrating Harvest at St Michael’s, with a range of services on Sunday. We’ll be collecting non-perishable food items which will be passed on to The Community of the Sisters of the Church, based in St Pauls. They’ll then pass the items on to those in need.
Please do bring something along if you can. As well as our 9am, 10.30am and 6.30pm services, this week we also have our uniformed groups and family worship Harvest service. This takes place at 3pm in church. There is communion at 9am and 10.30am this week.