Letter from the Vicar 30 August 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s. Today is Anglican Communion Sunday, when we celebrate our place in the worldwide family of Anglicans. The Anglican Communion arose with the spread of the Church of England as the British Empire grew and church people emigrated to many parts of the world. This created a problem as the … [Read more…]

Letter from the Church Wardens 23 August 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to you all today as we gather to share the bread of life together and draw strength for the journey. We receive for baptism Charlotte Bonny Riches and we welcome her family and friends to S. Michael’s on this special day. Recently the Vestry approved a proposal for replacing fences, starting with … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 16 August 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s on this Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven. When we honour the Virgin Mary we are really paying due attention to the mystery of the incarnation. This is the wonderful gift that the Word became flesh and lived among us, full of grace … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 9 August 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today as we gather to eat of the bread of life together and draw strength for the journey. We might readily identify with Elijah as he fled for his life into the wilderness. Elijah had produced a great victory over the prophets of Baal, but even with this display … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 2 August 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today. The main theme of this morning’s reading from the letter to the Ephesians is the unity of the Church in one Spirit. The writer begs the Ephesians to live a life worthy of their calling with all humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with each other and making every effort … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 26 July 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s. I am delighted to tell you that we are resuming children’s ministry in the 10:00 am Mass today. Children’s Church will take place during the Ministry of the Word as before. This name indicates an intention that the children will participate in a liturgy that parallels what the adults … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 19 July 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today. Our readings at Mass have a theme of journey and relationships restored. The prophet Jeremiah longs for the ingathering of the flock which has been scattered because of the destruction caused by faithless and incompetent shepherds: the kings of Israel. The writer of the Letter to the Ephesians … [Read more…]

Letter from the People’s Warden 12 July 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today. It is good to be together after such a cold week, and with the promise of warmer days to come. I hope our pupils from S. Michael’s School, and others who have been on holiday this week, have been able to enjoy the rather extreme weather. Our Scripture … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 5 July 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today. Our readings at Mass lead us to reflect on the ministry of Jesus and its cost. He is facing rejection in his own town, and he begins to teach and authorise the twelve as he equips them for their mission. These things help us to reflect on the … [Read more…]

Letter from the Vicar 28 June 2015

Dear Friends, Welcome to S. Michael’s today. The winter has surely been upon us in recent weeks! Lately there have been major statements about climate change and social justice in the worldwide Church. These are in preparation for an important international meeting on climate, to be held in France in December. Pope Francis has gained … [Read more…]