St Michael and All Angels, Bishops Cleeve

with Southam, Woodmancote, Cleeve Hill, Gotherington, Woolstone & Oxenton

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Welcome to St Michael's


...where we hope you'll find:

  • Wide-ranging, good quality Christian worship
  • Intelligent exploration of how God speaks to our lives
  • Clear thinking on what Jesus can mean to you (see What is a Christian for more)
  • Help with knowing God's Holy Spirit in ways which are right for you
  • Lively activities for children, young people and adults
  • A centre of Good News for our community and the wider world
  • Good friends to help celebrate life's high points and support you when life is tough

Find upcoming events in our Full Calendar of Events, look at our Mission Statement, or explore any of the links around this page.



Fruitfulness on the Frontline

One of our church’s agreed priorities is to “Equip us to live as followers of Jesus in our ‘frontlines’… the places we are and the people we’re with between Sundays”. This season of church life coming up (our Sunday themes, our Small Group discussions) is our second series considering how we live fruitfully for God between Sundays. 

(Read this as a PDF Brochure)

Sunday Talks

18th Jan The Big Picture – Since all of life matters to God we can recognise our own ‘frontlines’, and how each is important.

25th Jan Modelling Godly character - In tough times and easy ones, with difficult people and delightful people, how might you manifest the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control?

1st Feb Presentation of Christ at the Temple – This special Sunday is not part of our ‘Frontline’ series as such. We watch & overhear as Joseph and Mary hear Jesus’ future spoken about

8th Feb Making good work - Work is a gift from God to help us serve other people. Work is not just about paid employment, but rather the tasks that we each do on regular basis, which may include voluntary work, housework, childcare etc. How might I model good work with God on my frontline?

15th Feb Ministering grace and love – There are many ways to do this, not only in practical care and kindness for those who need it, but through the way we respond in difficult and indeed ordinary situations. And this probably means living unexpectedly!

22nd Feb Moulding culture – If Jesus’ life challenged the prevailing culture, then how might we begin to influence the culture on our frontlines in accordance with Kingdom values?

1st March Lent theme today & All Age Worship. Frontline re-commences again on 8th March.

8th March Mouthpiece for truth and justice - There will be times when being a disciple means speaking up against things that are unfair, unhealthy or untruthful, and standing up for things that are true and just and good. But what will this demand of us?

15th March Messenger of the Gospel - Living life Jesus’ way will evoke questions as people are intrigued about why we act the way we do. The Christian’s life displays hope, forgiveness, joy, etc. Peter encourages us to be ready to respond to people’s enquiries. THIS IS ALSO MOTHERING SUNDAY

22nd March The journey on – This final Sunday in our series encourages us to see the bigger picture of God’s plans. This is sometimes unsettling when it means leaving some of our safety and comfort… but Christ promises to never leave us.

Easter Services (not Frontline)

29th March Palm Sunday – We celebrate Jesus entering Jerusalem, but this will be the last week of his earthly life.

5th April Easter Sunday – our 9.30 and 11.15 congregations combine for a great Easter Celebration at 10.30am. There will also be an 8am service as usual.

Fruitfulness on the Frontline

We will understand our ‘Frontline’ as that place where we recognise God’s calling to engage with non-Christians in mission. This includes us all (retired, paid or unpaid employee, boss, unemployed, parent, carer…)

Hopefully since we first considered our ‘frontlines’ we have grown in understanding that being a disciple, a follower of Jesus is for the whole of life. There is no area, no person & no moment of our lives that Jesus isn’t interested in. All of life matters to God. When we really grasp that then every place we go, everyone we’re with, takes on a dimension!

So what are we hoping for over the next few months?

We will celebrate that Jesus is Lord of all, and all of life matters to God, and so we will continue to hear stories of the real lives we lead between Sundays. We’ll do this on occasional Sunday mornings, and hopefully regularly in our small groups.

We will grow as church in understanding and praying for one through the week.

We want each of us to be more encouraged and equipped to be followers of Jesus on our Frontlines, knowing that Jesus is interested in every aspect of our lives.

Sunday Services:

8am Said Holy Communion
9.30am Traditional with Communion, choir and organ
11.15am Contemporary worship with children’s groups
6pm Evensong - 1st Sunday



Come and see our Development Plans for 2015

You are invited to an Open Morning, with refreshments, at St Michael's 10am to 12 noon, on Sat 14 Feb and Sat 21 Feb.

  • Meet our Churchwarden Nigel and some of his team.
  • Get updated on Development Plans for St Michael's.
  • See what we hope to achieve in 2015.
  • Give your comments and feedback.

More about us

ViewBishop's Cleeve lies just north of Cheltenham, between the Cotswold Hills and the River Severn. Our church has been the centre of village life for over 800 years, and today we are home to a wide range of people who are discovering the difference God makes in our lives.

St Michael and All Angels (usually known just as St Michael's) is the central church of the Anglican Benefice which also includes Oxenton, Woolstone, Gotherington, Woodmancote, Cleeve Hill and Southam. You can find out about our smaller communities at Our Churches & Communities, including our local Methodist, Catholic and Free churches.

If your interest is in marking one of life's big events, have a look at Weddings, Baptisms & Funerals; or if you'd like to know about some of the exciting things we do as Christians go to Our Life Together. Children & Young People describes the programme we run specifically for them; while Historic Buildings & Records discusses our historic building and our extensive graveyard records. Worship, Music & Bells takes a detailed look at these aspects of our church's life, and lastly Official Stuff deals with all the good governance and administration that it takes to keep a church running - including our Church Council. 


Contact Us (Temporary)

Email addresses are unavailable while we update and improve this service. In the meantime, please call the Church Office on 01242 673612 if you need to contact us.


Readings & Prayers

Daily Readings 2014-2015
Prayer Wall (in the weekly news-sheet)


Sunday 1 March

Lent 2

08.00 Holy Communion (Said)
09.30 Holy Communion (Traditional with Organ & Choir)
11.15 All-Age Worship (Contemporary with Music Band)
18.30 Evensong 

News & Notices

Weekly News-sheet
Gloucester Diocese


All Public Events
'Vestry Diary' Bookings
Worship across the Benefice
St Michael's Centre / Hall


ashWed 18 February
Ash Wednesday

19.30 Holy Communion 

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