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.


Prayer Breakfast

This Friday 27th May we have our monthly prayer breakfast for the Heart of the Community Project. Come along to the Old School Rooms at 6.30am, where we will worship and pray together. This will be followed by a light breakfast at 7.30am.

What a great way to start your Friday!


Heart of the Community


A word was shared by one of the attendees at the Heart of the Community Prayer Breakfast last Friday:


The realisation that “this could all go wrong” drove us to pray with a special sense of urgency.

Now the building work has been paused, we don’t have that sense of risk. But the unfinished balcony in the St Michael’s Centre reminds us that the work is not complete. More importantly, the work of building the Kingdom of God is not complete.


We have said all along that “the project” was not just about buildings, so let our prayers be guided by these thoughts…


We have a large and growing mission field on our doorstep.

We are surrounded by people who need Jesus.

We are surrounded by churches that need help to capture their vision – and to grow.

We cannot relax.

We cannot be complacent.

We cannot stop here.


Thank God for a period of rest – especially for those who carried the brunt of the project so far.

But, as we head into the autumn period,  it’s time to recover our sense of urgency…


Pray that the unfinished “resources” of the Heart of the Community project (Church building, Old School Rooms refurb, St Michael’s Centre, 10% tithe) will become necessary.

Pray that we will fulfil our calling completely. Pray as those who are prepared to take risks for God.  If we don’t do it, who will?



Pop-up Shop

Our successful Pop Up Shop is making a return on Saturday 21st February.

The shop will be open in the OSR between 1.30 and 4.30 pm. Come and find a bargain. The coffee shop will be open for refreshments.

All proceeds from the pop up shop will go to the Heart of Community Project.



Half Night Prayer

 This Friday 16th January it’s our termly Half Night of Prayer.  It’s a great opportunity for us all to pray for our new church centre, and for everything else that we do here at St Michael’s. We start at 7.30pm and carry on through until midnight. Come along for as much or as little as you can.  This time it’s being held in T4/5 in the Old School Rooms.


Christmas Fair

Our sparkling Christmas Fair is on Saturday 23 November


With crafts and gifts and cakes and stalls and games and cups of tea and a visit from Father Christmas, the St Michael’s Church Christmas Fair is the essential start to the festive season right in the heart of the village.

Saturday 23 November

2.00 – 5.00pm

The Old School Rooms, Stoke Gifford

If you’d like to have a stall at the fair, or if you can offer to help in any way, please contact Christine, Emma or Lucy via the church office.

All proceeds from the Christmas Fair are going to the Heart of the Community project – living to make a difference.

See you there.

Another £20,000 trust donation

As well as seeing such generosity at our Heart of the Community gift day this week, we also received news of a donation of £20,000 from the Beatrice Laing Trust.

The Laing Trusts are named after Sir John Laing, a devout Christian who was instrumental in creating the global Laing Construction Group. He set up his first charitable trust in 1922, and the Beatrice Laing Trust, named after his wife, followed in 1952. Its focus is on the relief of poverty and the advancement of the Christian faith, both at home and abroad.

After visiting the site they chose to donate £20,000 towards the cost building our new church and community centre next door to the Old School Rooms in Stoke Gifford.

Trust director, Elizabeth Harley, said “I hope this will be of some encouragement to you and the church membership as a whole as the building work and your fundraising efforts continue”.

We are extremely grateful for their support of our vision to make a difference in this community and beyond. 

Half night of prayer for Heart of the Community project

Building work is under way on the site of the new church and community centre, plans are developing for the first stages of refurbishing the church building, support for mission work is already making a difference overseas and fundraising efforts continue apace. Our audacious Heart of the Community project is becoming a reality. And as every area of the project steps up a gear, it’s more important than ever that we place our efforts, our finances and our selves into God’s faithful hands.

As a church family we will be gathering for a half night of prayer in church this Friday evening.

7.00pm – 12.00 midnight

Friday 6 September

St Michael’s church building

The evening will include a variety of prayers and worship led by different church members in one hour blocks. Everyone is invited to come along for as much of the night as they feel able. A great opportunity to bless and be blessed together.