Christmas Craft Evening

For mums who come to our Baby and Toddler groups.

Come and join us for a Mum’s Christmas Craft Evening with a two course supper on Monday 29 November at St Michael’s Centre, North Road, Stoke Gifford, BS34 8PD from 7.30 to 9.30 pm.

Tickets are £4 and include supper and all craft materials. 

Soft drinks included or bring your own bottle.

Numbers are limited so please book early

Click here to book

Weekly Church News

Instead of a printed notice sheet, we’re keeping everyone updated via email. 

Latest news update click here

Previous weekly updates, as well as our midweek message emails – can be seen here

You can sign up to receive our email updates here, or by contacting us

Prayer Breakfast

Our monthly prayer breakfast is now back in person! Come along to St Michael’s Centre on Wednesday 29 June at 7.30am for prayer and worship, followed by a light breakfast together.

We meet in Seminar Room 3 (at the end of the new corridor on St Michael’s Centre)

All welcome!

Mindfulness & Christian Spirituality

Spaces are limited.  Click here to book

A day course on Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality.
Intentions for the day

  • Give a basic experiential introduction to what mindfulness is
  • 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.

Programme

The programme for the day starts with a short introduction and then mixes guided mindfulness practices with reflecting on our experience and then linking them with our spiritual journey.
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 prayerwww.timsteadmindfulness.org

Spaces are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment

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Gift Day May 2022 Buildings and Resources

This Gift Day supports the resources and buildings for St Michael’s Church

Ready to pledge? Click here

We are One Church, with a Vision to be a Christian heart at the centre of our communities.

We live to make a difference, through learning and growing together, sharing Jesus together, and serving together.

We encourage these things locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. To make our vision happen, we hold 2 gift days a year. One in November to support day-to-day ministry, and this one to support our resources and buildings.

What have we done since last year’s gift day?

Our gift day last year saw 10% of all we gave given away to our Mission Partners, with a special emphasis on alleviating the effects of the Covid pandemic. We also put a serious dent in our mortgage for the Church Centre.

For 2022, this scripture seems relevant:

“Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means2 Corinthians 8:11

What will donations achieve this year?

We have 4 main aims this year:

  • Reduce our Mortgage for St Michael’s Centre
  • Donate £75k to our mission partners
  • Fit retractable seating in St Michael’s Centre
  • Honour our financial commitment to the refurbishment of the Church building.

How Can We Get Involved?

We are so very close to completing the Heart of the Community project. How can we each play our part to make it happen, together?

  • Make a one-off financial gift
  • Start regular giving to St Michael’s Church Centre Ltd
  • Increase your current giving to St Michael’s Church Centre Ltd

How Do I Give?

We’re inviting everyone to complete this simple online Response form  

Gathering our responses helps us to be able to plan next steps.

Please click on the button below:

For ways to give to the Heart of the Community Project click here.

Easter 2022

We have lots going on this Easter.

In 2020 and 2021 all our Easter services and celebrations were online only. We are so pleased that this year we can meet in person, as well as continuing to live-stream each service.

 

Easter Services

Maundy Thursday 14 April

Communion Service 7.30pm in church. Live stream link here

Good Friday 15 April

All-age Service 11am in the centre Live stream link here

Reflective Service 12pm in church,   This service concludes with communion at 1.45pm.  Stay for all the service or come and go on the quarter-hour. Live stream link here

Easter Sunday 17 April

The Nine o’clock – communion service in church –  Live stream link here

The Ten-thirty – communion in the centre–  Live stream link here

The Six-thirty – in the centre – service will also be Live stream link here

Themes and Readings

Easter Trail

Head to our special Easter Trail page for more info!

Easter Message

“The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.” Luke 24:20-21

We had hoped…

Those words (by some of Jesus’ followers walking away from Jerusalem) so eloquently sum up what they must have been feeling after his crucifixion. All hope seemed lost. They had started to believe he really might be the promised Messiah, but now…

Many of us face – and possibly still live through – dashed hopes: the death of a friend or relative, the clear end to a pandemic, the longing for a career or position that is now closed.

How does Easter story speak to these situations? After all, despite the disciples worries – Jesus was alive.

There is nothing wrong with expressing ‘we had hoped’. We need to grieve over lost dreams and crushed hopes. There are strong biblical precedents for lamenting and taking time to process our emotions.

Jesus’ message, when he appeared to his ‘hopeless’ friends on the road, was more than ‘boo…I’m alive’! Jesus opened their eyes to a much wider and more glorious reality; that pain and hurt will, in the end, be defeated by ‘hope’.

As we ponder Jesus’ sufferings and resurrection in the coming days, let us take comfort in the amazing truth that hopes which seem defeated are in reality just deferred.

This Easter, ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit’ (Romans 15:13).

God bless,

Simon

Rector St Michael’s Stoke Gifford

Lent 2022

Lent (Wednesday 2 March to Friday 14 April) offers an opportunity for us to discover new depths to prayer and spiritual growth, as we learn and grow together.

our Ash Wednesday Communion service was live-streamed on youtube – click here 

Following on from Richard’s sermon on Ash Wednesday, here are some sugges­tions for verses to memorise during Lent this year.

We recommend the Church of England’s theme for Lent 2022. #LiveLent: Embracing Justice

We are called to reflect on the injustices of the world and ask what God is calling us to do about them. Over forty days, we step into God’s work in the here and now – and in doing so we move from brokenness towards wholeness. 

Those who already have the Church of England app, will find that it automatically updates. The app will offer a daily Bible reading, a short reflection and a prayer, as well as a practical challenge linked to the week’s theme.  Each week follows a different thread through the many stories of justice in the Bible to explore how God works with humanity to bring justice, wholeness and salvation to all.

Visit this page to sign up to the daily reflection emails

Living in Love and Faith Course

Living in Love and Faith sets out to inspire people to think more deeply about what it means to be human and to live in love and faith with one another. It tackles the tough questions and the divisions among Christians about what it means to follow Jesus in a society in which understandings and practices of gender, sexuality and marriage continue to change. Our two recent sermon series “Living Well Together” and “God & Sexuality” have opened up the conversation and, we hope, laid some groundwork to us doing the course together as church family.  

The course will run in-person in St Michael’s Centre on Wednesday evenings for 5 evening sessions, starting Wednesday 9 March.  BOOKINGS CLOSE FRIDAY 4 MARCH.

Each of the 5 sessions explores one key topic, with an opening reflection about learning together, followed by teaching, time for discussion and Bible study and prayer. You can share or speak as much or as little as you like, as we all recognise that we may have very personal and deeply held views.

The Core Leadership team have already done the course and warmly commend it to you.  

Please sign up here (bookings close 4 March)

Download the course booklet here

Visit the Church Of England Living in Love and Faith Hub here. It’s full of resources including podcasts, books. This is also the place to go if

You can download or purchase a paper copy of the LLF book from here. 

You can subscribe to listen to the LLF Podcasts here or on whatever podcast app you use.

Please sign up here for the in-person course (bookings close Friday 4 March)