Mothering Sunday:

It’s a time not just to give thanks for mothers everywhere but also to give thanks for ‘mother’ church and all the church does for us.

That said, we do need to focus on our mums too sometimes and in our whole church celebration at 10am, we have the opportunity to say thank you with a small bunch of flowers for every lady in the congregation.

 

Harvest Festival:

Our Harvest festival service takes place at the beginning of October each year. It is one of the occasions for a whole church celebration at 10am as we give thanks to God for the gifts that he’s given us.

We collect food for the local food bank and day centre and take a special collection for the farming community of this country and for those in need across the world.

With our schools harvest services as well, this is a special period in the life of St Michaels and we enjoy decorating the church appropriately for the season.

 Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday are special occasions in the life of our villages.

At 10.45 on the 11th November, we hold a short act of remembrance service at the war memorial outside church. This small but significant event gives us space to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made for us.

On Remembrance Sunday, we gather at our 8.00, 9.15 and 10.45 services to pay our respects, hold a time of silence and are reminded of God’s desire for the peace of the world. Each service reflects the ethos of the given congregation and we always take a special collection for a forces charity.

 

Christmas

Come and celebrate Christmas at St Michael’s. We have a wide range of service over the festive period as we remember that moment God stepped in to human history.

 

Advent Carol Service – A candlelit, musical feast lead by our church choir. This service draws us into the mystery of Advent and the coming of Christ.

 

Christmas concert – Let the revelry begin. Well known carols, musical items from local groups, Christmas readings from some local celebrities and a cracking brass band. This is the only ticketed event of Christmas so book early through our church office.

 

24th Dec, 3pm at All Souls: Crib Service – Our all age celebration of the nativity for all the family. We learn more about each of the characters of the nativity and sing some of our favourite Christmas carols.

 

24th Dec, 5pm: Carol Service – The traditional village nine lessons and carols is always the most popular service of the year. As we hear the story of Christmas unfolded in readings and music, come and sing your favourite carols and get lost in mystery of the Word made flesh.

 

24th Dec, 11pm: Midnight Communion – We see in Christmas day together with a special communion service. Carols and readings remind us of our place in the Christmas story.

 

25th Dec, 10am: Our Whole Church Christmas celebration – In this whole church communion service, we celebrate the joy of Christmas. Bring a present and a Christmas jumper. Jesus has come.