Welcome…

St. Michael and All Angels has been a centre of Christian worship in the Birchwood area for over 60 years.
Our principal service is Holy Communion on Sunday morning, with a Sunday Club for children.
We also have a thriving Messy Church that meets once a month where youngsters (of all ages!) are getting to know God through art and craft!


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This Week

Sunday 15 April 2018:

Third Sunday of Easter

09:30 – Eucharist
Celebrant & Preacher: Rev’d Iain Lane

Readings:
from the New TestamentActs 3.12-19
the Gospel readingLuke 24.36b-48
other readings for the day • Psalm 4 • 1 John 3.1-7

Almighty Father,
who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples
with the sight of the risen Lord:
give us such knowledge of his presence with us,
that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life
and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


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The Great Fifty Days of Eastertide form a single festival period in which the
tone of joy created at the Easter Vigil is sustained through the following seven
weeks, and the Church celebrates the gloriously risen Christ:

Triumphant in his glory now,
his sceptre ruleth all,
earth, heaven and hell before him bow,
and at his footstool fall. (Fulbert of Chartres)

Early Christians gave the name Pentecost to this whole fifty-day span of
rejoicing, which Tertullian calls ‘this most joyful period’ (laetissimum spatium).
It is sometimes also called ‘Great Sunday’. In those places where the custom
of lighting the Easter Candle at the beginning of Easter is followed, the lit
Candle stands prominently in church for all the Eastertide services. The
Alleluia appears frequently in liturgical speech and song; Morning Prayer
begins with the traditional collection of Pauline texts known as the Easter
Anthems, and white or gold vestments and decorations emphasize the joy
and brightness of the season.

On the fortieth day there has from the late fourth century been a particular
celebrationof Christ’s ascension. He commissions his disciples to continue
his work, he promises the gift of the Holy Spirit, and then he is no longer
among them in the flesh. The ascension is therefore closely connected with
the themeof mission. The arrival of the promised gift of the Holy Spirit on
the day of Pentecost completes and crowns the Easter Festival.


Easter EggsNEWS!

Holy Week & Easter 2018 – “A BIG THANK-YOU to all those who helped celebrate Easter at St. Michael’s. The flowers look fantastic, the Maundy Thursday meal, the Good Friday service was very moving and appreciated by all those who attended as was the Service of Light on Saturday evening. Let us not forget those who took part in the vigil during Friday night & Saturday morning. All brought to a great climax on Easter morning with a well-attended service.”

Easter Monday Pilgrimage to St. Albans Abbey – “The group,of sixteen set off from St Michael’s, which included some from St Luke’s. Along the way they were joined by a group from the Uni Chaplaincy and Jason with the Root group. All seemed to enjoy the walk, mixing into different groups and talking. We were grateful to Cam for the scout hut to warm through and have lunch, by which time the numbers had grown to twenty. The service at the Cathedral was as good as always.”

AVPCM is on Sunday 22nd April after the service in the Church Hall, this is the AGM of St. Michael’s and if you can attend please do so; it is where we hear of the things done in the past year and elect the Churchwardens and PCC.

Ramble 170 – Thanks to John and Linda for organising yesterday’s walk to Amwell…more info next week.
Ramble 171 will be on Saturday 05 May…more information to follow.

Messy Church – “Thanks to Carole and all who helped on Thursday; the next Messy Church is on Thursday 26 April, “Messy Baptism. Help on the day would be much appreciated.

The Easter raffle raised £58.00. So huge thank you to all those who donated goodies and bought tickets, and thanks to Nikki Spencer for her organisation.


Rambles
INFO! Saturday 07 April 2018 – Ramble 170
…more information to follow


Messy Church
Thursday 26 April – 15:30 to 17:30
This month the group will be will be exploring a Messy Baptism


Ladies’ Pot Luck Lunch
Saturday 21 April – 12:30 to 14:00
Ladies! Please bring a small plate of food and come along and enjoy a lunch and a good chat!
Meeting in the Church Hall at 12:30.


Looking ahead…
Saturday 07 April – 08:00 – Men’s Breakfast – St. Michael’s Church Hall
Saturday 07 April – 10:00 – Ramble 170
Thursday 19 April – 10:30 – Women’s World Day of Prayer – Hatfield URC
Saturday 21 April – 12:30 to 14:00 – Ladies’ Pot Luck Lunch – St. Michael’s Church Hall
Sunday 22 April – 11:00 – Annual Vestry & Parochial Church Meeting – St. Michael’s Church Hall
Thursday 26 April – Messy Church: “Messy Baptism” – St. Michael’s
Saturday 05 May – 08:00 – Men’s Breakfast – St. Michael’s Church Hall
Saturday 05 May – 10:00 – Ramble 171
Friday 18 May – QUIZ! – St. Michael’s Church