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 21 May 2017:

Sixth Sunday of Easter

09:30 – Eucharist
Celebrant: Rev’d. Sue Stilwell
Preacher: Dr. Dave Gunn

Readings:
from the New TestamentActs 17.22-31
the Gospel readingJohn 14.15-21
other readings for the day • Psalm 66.7-18 • 1 Peter 3.13-22

God our redeemer,
you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:
grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,
so by his continual presence in us he may raise us
to eternal joy;
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.


Ascension
Thursday 25 May 2017:

Ascension Day

20:00 – Eucharist

Readings:
from the New TestamentActs 1.1-11
the Gospel readingLuke 24.44-53
other readings for the day • Acts 1.1-11 or Daniel 7.9-14 • Psalm 47 or Psalm 93 • Ephesians 1.15-23

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ
to have ascended into the heavens,
so we in heart and mind may also ascend
and with him continually dwell;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


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.


Recent Events
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Messy ChurchPicnic in the ParkMichaelmas & Harvest
Quiz NitePancakesMessy Church:Easter Garden


Rambles
Saturday 03 June – Ramble 160
Border crossing – bring passport!
“Meet at St. Michael’s by 10.00am to drive to Pegsdon SG5 3JX, please park in the road at the back of the Live and Let Live Public house. The ramble is approx. 4 miles long with hills. We will return to the cars and drive to the Raven at Hexton SG5 3JB for lunch. The website for menu choices at The Raven is www.emeryinns.com ”

INFO! Click here for details of forthcoming Rambles in 2017


Ladies’ Pot Luck Lunch
Saturday 13 May – 12:30 to 14:00

INFO! Dates of forthcoming Lunches in 2017: 21 January, 11 March, 13 May & 08 July


Messy Church
Thursday 1st June – 15:30 to 17:15
The next Messy Church in May will be shouting “Happy Birthday Church!”


Looking ahead…

Friday 19 May – 19:30 – Quiz! – St. Michael’s
Saturday 20 May – 10:00 to 13:00 – St. Luke’s Fair
Thursday 25 May – 20:00 – The Ascension: Team Eucharist – St. Michael’s
Thursday 01 June – 15:30 to 17:00 – Messy Church: “Happy Birthday Church” – St. Michael’s
Saturday 03 June – 08:00 – Men’s Breakfast – St. Michael’s Church Hall
Saturday 03 June – 10:00 – Ramble 160
Sunday 11 June – 12:00 – Barbecue – St. Michael’s
Sunday 25 June – 18:00 – Confirmation – St. Etheldreda’s
Saturday 08 July – St. Michael’s Summer Fete