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.
St Michael’s Church makes a stunning wedding venue; it has for centuries. The church office will gladly discuss all the options for your big day. Do get in touch to talk it through. We also host occasional larger wedding services and receptions in the auditorium of the St Michael’s Church Centre. Our admin team will be glad to discuss all these options with you.
You can also visit this dedicated Church of England Church of England website for more information on having a Church wedding. And if you are looking to have your Banns of Marriage called please contact the church office or complete the online Application Form here.
Dozens of people are baptised (or “Christened”) at St Michael’s every year, either as infants or when they are old enough to choose to be baptised for themselves. Some people book the church for their own family baptism service; others choose to be baptised during one of our regular weekly services.
We can generally offer a Baptism service at 12.30 on Sunday in St Michael’s Church.
For more information about Baptisms within the Church of England, take a look at this website.
If you would like to talk about being baptised, or having your child baptised, please contact us to discuss any of these possibilities. You might also want to talk about the opportunity to have your child Dedicated instead.
Please fill in the online form below and we will be in touch.
St Michael’s Church is inviting everyone to play a part in the Heart of the Community project with our new Buy a Brick appeal.
The idea is that church members encourage everyone to buy a brick or two for the new church and community centre. Each brick represents a £10 gift, with a small certificate presented to everyone who donates.
Our target is to raise £50,000 for the project – which means selling 5,000 bricks.
We are currently recruiting volunteers to take a turn helping to run one of our three Buy a Brick display stands at local events and meeting places over the next few weeks. You could sell bricks at your own Christmas event too. Please contact Sue Woodhead if you’d like to help. (Hard hats will be provided.)
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.
We marked the start of building work on the new church and community centre this week by inviting local media to a celebratory photo opportunity in the sunshine.
On Tuesday morning a gang of junior builders from St Michael’s Pre-school and Nursery put on their hard hats and high-vis jackets to watch the action at the site, and pose for the cameras.
The professionals from Bray and Slaughter – our appointed building contractors – were extremely hospitable, and choreographed a splendid photo-call complete with diggers and rubble. The story was covered by BBC Bristol, the Bristol Post and others. We were on the front page of the Bristol Observer and more detailed coverage is planned for the forthcoming edition of Little Stoke Matters too.
Once the photographers had finished snapping and the little ones were safely back at Pre-school and Nursery, work continued apace on the site, in preparation for the first stages of construction in the months ahead. What a scoop.
Building work started this week on the first phase of the Heart of the Community project. Praise God!
The story so far
The project is part of the vision of St Michael’s – Living to Make a Difference. Our desire is to share what God has given us with others in the local area and the wider region as part of our ongoing commitment to serve the community in which God has placed us. It is the way that we believe God has called our growing church to meet the needs of our growing community.
Some have been dreaming and praying about this for over 20 years. Others have been working towards it for the last 5 years. Many more have got involved recently. We’ve seen God’s guiding hand and miraculous provision each step of the way: from acquiring the land in the first place, to being granted planning permission at the first attempt, to the incredible generosity of the congregation in giving or pledging over £2m last May.
Over the next 12 months, Bristol-based contractor Bray and Slaughter will be building the full shell of the new church and community centre on the derelict site of the Old Barns. This first phase also includes provision of church toilets and some useable space in the new centre.
The next phases of the HOTC project will be the complete fit-out of the church and community centre, including a 600 seat auditorium; the refurbishment of the church; and upgrading the Old School Rooms. We have also committed to give 10% of the money given and raised by the congregation to similar building projects overseas and the Mission Action Group have already given £20,000 for a church and community centre in Moldova and a girl’s dormitory in India.
Please pray with thanksgiving for
God’s continuing favour
The safety of all involved
Minimum disruption to our neighbours
A quick completion of the shell
The remaining funds (another £1m by Autumn 2014, £5.5m in total)
Play your part
Everyone is invited to play their part. Visit the website for the most up to date details of the project and to find out ways to get involved in giving, fundraising and praying. Watch out for more opportunities in the Autumn!
To mark 150 years of serving the communitySt Michael’s Church and St Michael’s Primary School are hosting an open-air service of celebration followed by a family fun day.
It’s 150 years since the Old School Rooms – back then a new Victorian village school – first opened. The celebration service is taking place in front of the Old School Rooms on the village green. It will feature songs and stories from pupils past and present, Victorian hymns and a prize for those who come in Victorian dress!
Sunday 23rd June
Stoke Gifford Village Green
Bring your own picnic lunch and stay on afterwards for games, a photo exhibition by the school, an opportunity to watch the Heart of the Community project DVD, and the last chance to visit the site of the Old Barns before the diggers arrive in early July!
The whole community is invited, but pupils of St Michael’s School, past and present, are especially welcome.