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 the community. Everyone is welcome at St Michael’s.
There are dozens of ways to connect at St Michael’s, not just within our weekly worship on Sundays. We explore, learn, share and relax together in all kinds of groups and activities, seven days a week. There are opportunities for everyone to play their part.
We are all learning at St Michael’s. Journeying together. And it’s often as we try new things that we grow fastest. That’s what discipleship is all about, 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.
Outreach plays a vital part in our life as a church. We aim to 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.
Serving the community 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.
Four of the UK’s best comedy acts with their take on the Christmas story in an evening of fantastic festive fun! Featuring: Paul Kerensa, Dominic Holland, Steve Price and Stephen Cookson.
Enjoy this feel-good mix of stand up comedy and sing-a-long Carols in this uniquely brilliant show!
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
A big thank you to all who have contributed to the tree, and to our fantastic Yarn bombing leaders Debbie and Kia for assembling it.
Doesn’t it look great! Over 800 woolly green squares have been knitted or crocheted and then stacked into the 6 foot tall Christmas tree.
After Christmas, the knitted tree will be dismantled and sewn into at least 10 woolly blankets for two Bristol charities supporting homeless people.
You can see it in the foyer area of St Michael’s Centre.
Whilst the weather is cooling down, things are hotting up at St Michael’s in the run up to Christmas!
This Saturday is another packed day – with our monthly Saturday Breakfast at 8.30am in the Old School Rooms. This month we welcome Mark Rich from Christians Against Poverty.
Then at 6.15pm it is time for one of our favourites – Carols on the Green. There will be a traditional brass band; mulled wine, hot drinks and hot dogs available to buy; and lots of the carols you’d expect to hear. We look forward to seeing you there if you can make it.
Also a reminder that this Sunday we have our Children’s Christmas Presentation at 10.30am. This will be in the Old School Rooms and we will all be together (no seperate service in church). We can’t wait to see what they’ve prepared for us!
And finally, on Sunday it is Christmas Kainos (for 11-18’s), with the fantastically titled – Carols by Glowstick!
This is on top of our usual services in church at 9am and 6.30pm.
Full details of all the upcoming Christmas services at St Michael’s can be found here.
This coming Saturday 13th December, it’s our annual Carols on the Green event. Join us at 6.15pm for a fabulous festive time. Enjoy a mulled wine or hot drink whilst you sing along to the traditional brass band. We look forward to seeing you there!