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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.