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 our communities. Everyone is welcome at St Michael’s.
We live to make a difference by Learning and Growing in our faith. We do this together. All of the ministries below are a reflection of the desire to learn and grow together. It’s the definition of Discipleship, 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.
We are called to share our faith in Jesus. The Church exists to spread the good news of Jesus’ love & life. We are committed to achieving this locally. We also 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.
Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. Our attitude should be the same. Serving our communities 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 by being a Christian heart at the centre of our communities.
Lent (Wednesday 2 March to Friday 14 April) offers an opportunity for us to discover new depths to prayer and spiritual growth, as we learn and grow together.
our Ash Wednesday Communion service was live-streamed on youtube – click here
Following on from Richard’s sermon on Ash Wednesday, here are some suggestions for verses to memorise during Lent this year.
We recommend the Church of England’s theme for Lent 2022. #LiveLent: Embracing Justice
We are called to reflect on the injustices of the world and ask what God is calling us to do about them. Over forty days, we step into God’s work in the here and now – and in doing so we move from brokenness towards wholeness.
Those who already have the Church of England app, will find that it automatically updates. The app will offer a daily Bible reading, a short reflection and a prayer, as well as a practical challenge linked to the week’s theme.Each week follows a different thread through the many stories of justice in the Bible to explore how God works with humanity to bring justice, wholeness and salvation to all.
Visit this page to sign up to the daily reflection emails
Click here for the pdf on the steps of Lectio Divinia
The Videos below are for session three on 17 March.
Life can be busy. So busy that it is difficult to find space and time to pray. And when we do find the time, our minds can be so cluttered with Twitter feeds, distractions and to-do lists that the prospect of spending time in silence seems daunting.
In our hyper-stimulated world, we long to ‘practice the presence of God’ but more often than not ‘practice the presence of distraction’.
Inspired by our lent book, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, we will be running 4 evening sessions designed to explore how we can ‘practice silence’ and deepen our capacity to remain quiet in God’s presence.
Is this for me? Whatever your spirituality or worshipping preference, chorus or choral, incense or stadium haze, hands clasped or hands aloft, the way of Jesus necessitates times of silence and solitude.
This is an opportunity to learn together, develop simple ways to help us remain in a place of stillness, and ultimately deepen our relationship with God during Lent and beyond.
This year at St Michael’s rather than giving up chocolate for Lent, we’re aiming to give up carbon.
The Carbon Fast is a national church initiative. How can we join in? Many are giving up their car commute and walking, cycling, using public transport or car-sharing instead. Some are changing all their light bulbs to low energy or increasing loft insulation in their homes. Even turning the thermostat down by 2 degrees will make a difference.
On Saturday 8th March Revd James Wilson will be speaking about the carbon fast at the Saturday Breakfast.