Welcome Matters

Saturday 16 June 10am

A chance to look at how we welcome people!

Recent studies indicate that most visitors decide within the first 5 minutes whether or not to return to a Church.
The key factor in that decision is whether or not they feel welcome.

Words of welcome in notice sheets, while important, are meaningless if they aren’t accompanied by welcoming people.

As our services and celebrations grow and evolve, we are looking to strengthen our welcome team and be more pro-active in our welcome across all congregations

Please come to a session to re-envision our welcome on Saturday 16 June from 10am-11-45am in St Michael’s Centre Auditorium

Come and discover how we can become an even more welcoming church.

What will the session be like?

Together we will discover how to welcome new people into St Michael’s. We will think through what’s good about our current approach and where we can improve. We will learn new skills that are simple, but effective in making our welcome better.

One person’s welcome is another person’s ‘too much’. We want to make people feel welcome, but we don’t want to scare them away by being too overpowering.

Come along to discover how to spot the difference!

We’re asking everyone to let us know their views on this welcome audit and bring it along on the day

Please let us know whether you’re coming by responding here

The morning will run from 9.45am for coffee and will start at 10am.  We will finish by 11.45am

Welcome Audit

Heart of the Community Gift Day – Total So Far

Thank you so much for all those who responded at the Gift day.

So far, we can report that £343,000 has been pledged. Most of this is lumps sums with some as monthly donations.

This is an incredible result! God is SO good.

The St Michael’s Church Centre Trustees at their meeting on Monday decided that we should pay off one of our Mortgage loans to the amount of £115,000.

This was mentioned on our Gift Day leaflet as an aspiration and will save us £20,000 per annum in repayments of capital and interest.

There is more work to be finished in the Old School Rooms, The Church building and the Church centre.

Do pray for the Trustees as they seek the Lord’s wisdom on the priorities of these works.

Those who have pledged:

Please transfer your donation via BACS or set up a standing order to

St Michael’s Church centre -HOTC

Sort code: 30-62-32

Account number: 34805560

Reference: your surname. Cheques can be payable to St Michael’s Church centre -HOTC.

Do contact us with any queries.


Associate Youth Minister Vacancy – Discipleship Team Leader

We are looking to appoint an Associate Youth Minister to start work this autumn

We are recruiting a Discipleship Team Leader to help young people in Bristol become life-long disciples of Jesus. The role is part of our established training package to be completed alongside a relevant qualification of your choice up to degree level, and will be well supported by our Youth Minister and Outreach Team Leader.

Training programme of 40 hours over 6 days (to include degree study time, preparation & ministry time)

Living & travel expenses covered

Accommodation with church family provided 

Subsistence of £40 per week

Flexibility to take 17 extra days off

Role reviewed annually extending up to July 2021

Start Date – 30th August 2018

Options of studying with St Mellitus, South West Youth Ministries, Moorlands college or others

Application pack

Full profiles of the vacancy and the youth work training programme at St Michael’s can be downloaded here

For more information and to apply  please contact Joel Preston in the St Michael’s Youth office.

Telephone 0117 969 2486.

Closing date for applications is 24 June

Coffee Cups!

Would you like to save the world whilst raising funds for the Heart of the Community Project?

Of course you would!

We’re looking to purchase some re-usable coffee cups with the St Michael’s Heart of the Community Logo on them.

The idea is that you will buy one, and then bring it along to each service or celebration, where it will filled by our lovely refreshments team.

This initiative will enable us to use less disposable cups.

The cups have a 300ml (10oz) capacity, and so are slightly bigger than the disposable cups we currently use.

As with most things, it is cheaper to buy them in bulk, so we are looking to order and then sell 100 of them at £3.50 each. This will enable us to make a small profit for HOTC.

Before ordering, we would like to check that it will be worth going ahead.

If you are interested in purchasing a re-usable coffee cup, please contact Andy Mead before 31 May.

Feel free to buy them for your friends and family too! Andy is looking to place an order on Friday 1 June.