The new village of Cheswick is being built within the parish boundaries of Stoke Gifford. A number of St Michael’s Church members live in Cheswick. Others regularly spend time there. Together we are growing our activities to serve the community, enable Christians to grow in their faith and to reach out to everyone in Cheswick.

Our Saplings playgroup continues to grow on Fridays in term time at Wallscourt Academy.

A small team from St Michael’s help at this each week and some good relationships with parents and carers are developing.

At Christmas we held a carol event at Wallscourt Academy and some of the school children, Saplings families, Beavers, and residents from Beaufort Grange came. The Open the book team told the Christmas story which was enjoyed by all who came.

We plan to run a parenting course in the summer term for parents in Cheswick.

A monthly “Songs of Praise” event at Beaufort Grange Care Home has started and this is proving popular with the residents. Once every three months Holy Communion is offered. The event is run by the Cheswick Life Group.

A block of new retirement flats is now occupied, and as a result of delivering St Michael’s Christmas cards in the flats, the Cheswick Life Group was invited to lead some carol singing in the lounge where there is a quality grand piano. Around 50 residents attended and we hope we can offer more events for those residents.

In March, there was an invitation from Wallscourt Academy for us to lead an assembly about the plight of children attending schools under trees in a refugee camp in Uganda. This was well received by staff and children and the school wants to form a link with such a school which will be set up in the spring.

We are looking at ways to make the community at Cheswick aware of the activities at St Michael’s and are working on a welcome leaflet to put through the doors of the next batch of houses under construction in Cheswick.