Karen and I welcome you to the website of St Michael's Church, Stoke Gifford.
We're a lively, growing Anglican church on the outskirts of Bristol. We're an outward-looking church "living to make a difference" by being a "Christian heart at the centre of the community".
As you surf the website you'll find three values surfacing time and again: discipleship, outreach and serving the community. We're passionate about these three activities as key features in the Christian life.
We're committed to making disciples locally, to inspire others to do the same regionally and to work for transformation nationally.
Enjoy exploring the website. We love to build friendships in church, develop community, seek God and step out in faith. Pop in and see us at our Sunday services for worship, teaching and prayer. Or in the week, why not visit our fantastic coffee shop?
We've recently produced a set of short video clips about the life of the church and our ambitious Heart of the Community project.
Our Church weekend is a fantastic time of fun, food and fellowship at St Michaelʼs. This year weʼre at home to make the activities accessible to as many as possible. The aim of the weekend is to worship God, to learn more about being a “Church that cares” and to have fun… a great way to “be” church together. We welcome to speak Tim and Hils Grew from Trinity Cheltenham, Nick Jackson from “Powerpack” and Andrew Palmer, from Upcott who will lead our 11-16ʼs programme.
Everyone is invited. The church ofﬁce needs to receive completed booking forms and payment by Monday 27th May.
Our new set of short films about the Heart of the Community project is now complete. They’re being screened at fundraising and networking events, during church services and throughout the St Michael’s Church website. They are also available on DVD so we can easily send copies to anyone who is interested in supporting the project.
Please enjoy as many of the 9 clips as you like. And share them with anyone who might like to know more. They cover all areas of the project story, including some fantastic personal accounts of different ways in which we are living to make a difference.
Having recently finished the excellent Marriage Preparation Course for couples preparing to get married, we are now looking ahead to the start of the Marriage Course – an 8 session course designed as a kind of ‘MOT’ for marriages to help strengthen foundations and build intimacy for couples who are already married.
Many church members meet regularly in smaller groups for conversation, bible study, prayer and discussion. These life groups provide a chance to get to know each other better and to grow together in our faith. Very often they also provide excellent cake. (More... )
Alpha is a relaxed, fun and informative way to share your thoughts and explore the meaning of life. 18 million people have done the Alpha Course around the world. It’s designed primarily for people who don't go to church or who haven't been to church in a long time and are interested in the Christian faith. (More... )
There are always opportunities to volunteer within the life of St Michael’s. It’s one of the best ways in which we can fulfil our vision of living to make a difference. If you have a talent for gardening or music or hospitality (or just about anything) then there’s probably an opportunity for you to make a difference. We would love to hear from you. (More... )
This is church for those who find sitting still and being quiet unthinkable. Once a month we throw open the doors of Messy Church on a Wednesday afternoon. It’s for primary school children and their families. Fun, paint, craft, noisy singing, cutting, sticking, playing and making a mess are actively encouraged. (More... )
Many people find a more traditional approach to worship most helpful. Our 9.00am service each Sunday morning is well suited to those who enjoy the hymns and liturgy of the Anglican tradition. And on the first Sunday of each month we gather for Evensong at 5.00pm. (More... )
There’s always a stack of activity on offer for young people at St Michael's. Joel, Jimmy and the youth team are constantly on the look out for opportunities to have a laugh, try something new and to demonstrate that being a Christian means life is more exciting, not less. (More... )
If this choice of activities feels a bit demanding, then the Old School Rooms Coffee Shop may be just what you're looking for. A relaxing meeting place in the heart of the village, which serves the most delicious range of drinks, cakes and light lunches. The Coffee Shop is the place to take it easy. (More... )
This is a just a small selection of the opportunities to belong that we provide as a church. You can also browse a full list of all our regular activities or keep up with news of the latest events organised by members of St Michael’s Church.
Prayer is central to everything we do at St Michael’s. It’s about putting our trust in God’s safe hands. There are daily opportunities to pray, and to be prayed for, as part of the life of the church and our desire to serve the community.
A short time of prayer is held at 9.10am every Monday in the Old School Rooms, and on Wednesday and Friday mornings in the church building. Everyone is welcome to join us to pray.
Prayer in church
At most of our church services there is an opportunity to receive prayer for you or a friend whether for healing or any other need. The person leading will usually offer anyone the chance to be prayed for towards the end of the service.
More in-depth listening and prayer ministry is available during the week at our prayer surgery. Please contact us for more details.
How to pray
This is one of the key topics for discussion on the Alpha Course. If you would like to explore questions like this, and any other issues of life, in a non-pressurised, informative discussion, the Alpha Course runs three times a year at St Michael’s. Everyone is welcome.
The way Jesus taught his friends to pray
Our Father in Heaven
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours