Bristol

New church in Stoke Gifford opens following appeal

St Michael's Church in Stoke Gifford Image copyright Rob Wicks
Image caption The new centre has seating for more than 300 people

A new church and community centre which cost more than £3m to build has opened.

For a decade the largest services at St Michael's Church in Stoke Gifford were split between two buildings because the traditional church was too small.

A further phase of building work, costing £1.5m, is planned which will add another 220 seats on a balcony and a large kitchen facility.

Work is also planned to refurbish the 14th Century church which is near Bristol Parkway railway station.

The Reverend Simon Jones said: "It's been a challenge to secure the £4.2m needed to get to this stage.

"But the congregation have responded magnificently and we are now seeking to raise the £1.5m needed to finish the centre and complete the project."

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