Christmas at St Michael’s


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

Community Christmas Tree

The SMYB Community Christmas Tree is now up!

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.

Christmas is coming….

We’ve had a busy week here at St Michael’s, and it’s been fantastic to see so many people come along to lots of different expressions of church.

We’ve had Messy Church,  Cheswick Carol Concert, Saturday Breakfast, Children’s Nativity and the Over 65’s Lunch to name just a few!

We also had a very wet Carols on the Green!  Well done to everyone who braved the rain and came along!

Carols on the Green

A big thank you to everyone who helped make this,and all other events this past week, happen.

If you didn’t manage to come along – or even if you did – don’t worry, there is more happening in the next two weeks, and we look forward to welcoming you!




Church Office Christmas Closure

The Church Office will be closed until 9am on Friday 2nd January.

Details of all our services over the Christmas period can be found here

You are very welcome to come and join in any of our celebrations.

Our clergy will be taking a well-deserved break over the Christmas period, but in the case of an emergency – such as a death in the family – you can contact the following people:

From Christmas Day until Sunday 28th December – Revd Wiz Slater on 0117 329 1693

From Monday 29th December until New Year’s Eve – Revd Jimmy Rocks on 07786 034993

From New Years Day until Sunday 4th January – Revd Julie Bradley on 0117 979 3418

We wish you a peaceful Christmas and God’s blessing for the new year.

This weekend

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.
It looks set to be a great weekend!

Christmas 2014 Celebrations at St Michael’s

Everyone is invited to celebrate the real miracle of Christmas together at St Michael’s.

We have a wide range of services and celebrations for people of all ages.

Our prayer is that we will all discover a little more of God’s peace this Christmas.


Carols on the Green

Saturday 13 December 6.15pm on the Village Green

Traditional brass band, Christmas carols, mulled wine

Bring a torch, your wellies, a scarf, your friends and a good singing voice


Kainos Christmas – Carols by Glowstick

Sunday 14 December 6.00pm in the Old School Rooms

Informal creative service for 11s–18s

More information at


Carol Service

Sunday 21 December 4.00pm and 6.30pm

Our most popular Christmas service in St Michael’s Church

Now repeated because we can’t fit everyone in at once – both services will be the same


Crib Service

Christmas Eve 3.00pm in St Michael’s Church

Fun celebration for young children and their families


Midnight Communion

Christmas Eve 11.15pm in St Michael’s Church

Stay up to see Christmas begin in worship together


Christmas Day Family Communion

10.00am in St Michael’s Church

This will be our only service together on Christmas day


Our regular Sunday services continue throughout December at 9.00am, 10.30am and 6.30pm

Except Sunday 28 December which has just one service at 10.00am

All details of our regular celebrations are in the church services section of this website.