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.
There are dozens of ways to connect at St Michael’s, not just within our weekly worship on Sundays. We explore, learn, share and relax together in all kinds of groups and activities, seven days a week. There are opportunities for everyone to play their part.
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.
Recent studies indicate that most visitors decide within the first 5 minutes whether or not to return to a Church. The key factor in that decision is whether or not they feel welcome.
Words of welcome in notice sheets, while important, are meaningless if they aren’t accompanied by welcoming people.
As our services and celebrations grow and evolve, we are looking to strengthen our welcome team and be more pro-active in our welcome across all congregations
Please come to a session to re-envision our welcome on Saturday 16 June from 10am-11-45am in St Michael’s Centre Auditorium
Come and discover how we can become an even more welcoming church.
What will the session be like?
Together we will discover how to welcome new people into St Michael’s. We will think through what’s good about our current approach and where we can improve. We will learn new skills that are simple, but effective in making our welcome better.
One person’s welcome is another person’s ‘too much’. We want to make people feel welcome, but we don’t want to scare them away by being too overpowering.
Come along to discover how to spot the difference!
We’re asking everyone to let us know their views on this welcome audit and bring it along on the day
Please let us know whether you’re coming by responding here
The morning will run from 9.45am for coffee and will start at 10am. We will finish by 11.45am