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New church and community centre in use for first time this weekend

Posted on Sunday 26th April 2015 at 7:22 pm by SH (Editor)

St Michael's Church and Community Centre, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Hundreds of people attended the first services to be held in the new St Michael’s Church and Community Centre at Stoke Gifford this weekend (25th/26th April).

Members of the congregation were able to use the centre, built on derelict land in North Road, for  the first time for the annual Church Weekend and 10.30am and 6.30pm Sunday services.

For more than a decade, the 10.30am family service has had to be held in two separate locations – the 14th century church and the former village school, known as the Old School Rooms – as the church is no longer large enough to accommodate the growing membership.

The new building is a key element of the St Michael’s Heart of the Community project which also includes the refurbishment of the Old School Rooms, which are used for church and community activities, as well as the restoration and upgrading of the old church. The church, which has a Norman font and was mentioned in the Domesday Book is a familiar sight to passengers passing through Parkway Station.

The auditorium at the new centre is capable of seating 350 and facilities include room for a shop, a large reception area, church office, conference areas for schools and businesses, meeting rooms and accommodation for wedding receptions, birthdays and other celebrations.

Further meeting and community rooms will be provided during the final phase of building, including a large kitchen and an extra 220 seats in a balcony overlooking the auditorium.

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Archbishop of Canterbury blesses new ‘Heart of the Community’ building

Posted on Monday 15th September 2014 at 10:12 am by SH (Editor)

Heart of the Community project: The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby shares his vision and encouragement for the church and the community. [Credit: Rob Wicks]

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, stood in the shell of the new church and community centre in Stoke Gifford on Saturday (13th September) to bless the St Michael’s Church Heart of the Community project.

Archbishop Welby, who described the £5.5m project as “wonderful”, “courageous” and “exciting” also dedicated the building, which is still under construction, during his weekend visit to the Bristol Diocese.

The building, which is on the site of old farm barns in North Road, is the centrepiece of the project, which also includes refurbishing the neighbouring Old School Rooms and renovating the 14th century church. A tenth of all money donated or raised by the congregation is being used for mission work to combat poverty and spread the gospel in the UK and overseas.

The Archbishop said:

“This project warms my heart. This is not about a community building: this is about building a community. It is a great example of what the church does best, which is loving and serving and transforming – and it’s about the future.”

“I was stunned to hear what is going on in this area, the number of people who will move into this area, the number of students who are already here, the growth of the parish and the community over the last few years – and the church at the heart of it.”

More: Ground floor of building ready for use by Easter 2015 »

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Archbishop of Canterbury to visit St Michael’s for dedication of new building

Posted on Wednesday 27th August 2014 at 9:45 am by SH (Editor)

View inside the new church and community building under construction at St Michael's, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Members of St Michael’s Church, Stoke Gifford have been taking a look at their new church and community centre ahead of its dedication next month.

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. [Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office; link: http://bit.ly/1q46H1O; licence: Open Government Licence v1.0]

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will be visiting the centre on Saturday 13th September during his visit to the Bristol Diocese to bless the church’s “audacious” Heart of the Community project and dedicate the building.

The shell of the building, on the site of old farm barns in North Road, is due to be completed at the end of this month.

Small groups of church members were recently given a preview of the ground floor of the building and the chance for informal prayer and worship in the 600-seat auditorium after each of the church’s three Sunday services.

The building is the centrepiece of the church’s £5.5m Heart of the Community project, which also includes refurbishing the neighbouring Old School Rooms and renovating the 14th Century church. A tenth of all money donated or raised by the congregation is being used for mission work to combat poverty and spread the gospel in the UK and overseas.

The new centre will provide much needed facilities for conferences and church services, wedding receptions and other celebrations as well as community rooms. It will also serve as a resource for the wider region, as it is within easy access of the M4 and M5 and just minutes away from Parkway Railway Station.

The Bishop of Bristol, Mike Hill, who has described the project as “audacious”, will be accompanying Archbishop Welby.

The next phase of the project will be to kit out the inside of the building and provide usable space on the ground floor by Easter 2015.

Rev Simon Jones, Rector of St Michael’s, said:

“The Heart of the Community project will provide a legacy that will speak of God’s generosity for generations to come.”

More info: Registration and tickets for dedication event (St Michael’s)

More: Aerial illustration of new development at St Michael’s »

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Church launches ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign to build local community

Posted on Sunday 24th November 2013 at 10:51 am by SH (Editor)

Launch of the St Michael's Heart of the Community 'Buy a Brick' campaign.

A Stoke Gifford church has launched a £50,000 ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign to help build a new church and community centre at the heart of the village.

St Michael’s Church has already raised £2.4m towards the cost of the £5.5m Heart of the Community project, which will provide much needed meeting rooms and a 600-seat auditorium for events, conferences and church services.

The bricks will be sold at a series of mobile ‘building sites’ complete with bricks, construction signage and cones.

Reverends Jimmy Rocks and Martin Gordon donned hard hats and hi-vis jackets to launch the scheme on the site of the Old Barns in North Road, Stoke Gifford earlier this month.

Rev Rocks, who is leading the Buy a Brick team said:

“We are inviting the whole of the local community to play a part in the project by paying for individual bricks for the new centre. Everyone who donates £10 will be given a Buy a Brick certificate and the satisfaction of playing a part in building community.”

The Buy a Brick team will be taking their mobile site to local events including Carols on the Green on Saturday 14th December as well as Parkway Station, Friends Life and the local branches of the Co-op, Asda and B&Q.

Bricks will also be on sale in St Michael’s Church Old School Rooms from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and online at www.stmichaelsbristol.org/brick. A number of local businesses are also selling bricks to their customers.

Photo (L-R): Rev Martin Gordon (curate), Keith Cottrell (chair of fundraising team), Rev Jimmy Rocks (head of ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign). [photo credit: Rob Wicks at Eat Pictures]

More: Bishop and MP have bought the first bricks »

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