St Michael’s Church Stoke Gifford
St Michael’s Stoke Gifford is on the northern outskirts of Bristol, very close to Bristol Parkway Station. Over the last 25 years, the congregation has grown to about 350 adults plus 100 children and has required more worship and community meeting space as a result. Our vision is “Living to make a difference, by being a Christian heart at the centre of the Community” and in 2006, acquired 0.4 acre of land next to the Village Green and Old School Rooms to build a new church and community centre at a cost of about £6m including the land.
In the next 10 years, another 4,500 homes will be built within 2 miles of St Michael’s church, and there is very limited provision planned for the building of community facilities. Bishop Mike Hill called the “Heart of the Community Project” “audacious”, and the grant that St Michael’s received from the Temple Ecclesiastical Charity prior to commencing construction was a huge boost to our morale and confidence to embark on such an audacious project.
The new St Michael’s Centre, whilst only partially complete, is now operationally open and is already being enjoyed by local schools, clubs and other charities as well as the local community and our growing congregation. The Bible Study Fellowship was one of the first groups to meet in the new building.
Rachel Corbin, Teaching Leader, said: “Around 130 people from across the South West and Wales attend our meetings each week. The large auditorium and the mix of big and small rooms gives us a huge amount of flexibility to run breakout sessions as well as a class for pre-school children. Parkway Railway Station is just a stone’s throw away and many people are able to come by train or bus because of the good links to Parkway. The whole of the area is expanding and additional community facilities were desperately needed.”
The support that Temple Ecclesiastical Charity gave to this project is greatly appreciated.