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 19 November 2017:

Second Sunday before Advent

09:15 – Eucharist
Celebrant & Preacher: Rev’d Paul Seymour

Readings:
from the New Testament1 Thessalonians 5.1-11
the Gospel readingMatthew 25.14-30
other readings for the day • Zephaniah 1.7,12-18 • Psalm 90.1-8[9-11]12*

Heavenly Father,
whose blessed Son was revealed
to destroy the works of the devil
and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:
grant that we, having this hope,
may purify ourselves even as he is pure;
that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;
where he is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Ordinary Time is the period after the Feast of the Presentation of Christ until Shrove Tuesday, and from the day after the Feast of Pentecost until the day before the First Sunday of Advent. During Ordinary Time there is no seasonal emphasis, except that the period between All Saints’ Day and the First Sunday of Advent is observed as a time to celebrate and reflect upon the reign of Christ in earth and heaven.


NEWS!

Irene Turner was given a good send off at her funeral last Tuesday. A large number of her St. Michael’s friends were there to wish her well on the next stage of her journey.
May Irene rest in peace.

Messy Church:”Messy Christmas” – Thursday 23rd November 3.30 – 5.30pm. Help on the day would be very much appreciated – All Welcome.

Christmas Wreath Making Class – Saturday 2nd December, 2pm-5pm in St. Michael’s Church Hall.
Tickets for the class, including afternoon tea, are £10.
Materials are available on the day for £5.
NOTE: Admission is by ticket only and places are limited; please speak to Frances Hartley to purchase your tickets

Christmas Fayre. A Great Big Thank-You to all those who helped or supported the Christmas Fayre. Thanks especially to Stephen and his team for all the hard work they put into the event. There was a steady flow of people in the Hall throughout the Fayre and it is one event that brings the community together. The proceeds so far are around the £1800 mark.


Rambles
INFO! Saturday 02 December – Ramble 166 – The Christmas Dinner Ramble
It will be in the Hatfield area and the dinner will be at the red Lion in Hatfield. The three-course meal, including coffee and mince pie, will cost £19.95. If you would like to book up please see Ann Vaughan a deposit of £5 will be required. You do not even have to do the ramble!

REPORT!
“Ramble 165 – Despite the weather there were eleven walkers and four roadies, a walk well repeating again. The meal in the Stanborough Beefeater was good. Thanks to John and Ann for organising this walk.”


Messy Church
Thursday 23rd November – 15:30 to 17:30
Great fun for both children and adults involving arts, crafts and games plus a time to talk and a cooked tea.


Looking ahead…
Tuesday 21 November – Night Shelter Open Day – St. Luke’s
Thursday 30 November – Messy Church – St. Michael’s
Saturday 02 December – 08:00 – Men’s Breakfast – St. Michael’s Church Hall
Saturday 02 December – 10:00 – RAMBLE 166 with Christmas Meal


Christmas at St. Michael and All Angels
Sunday 17 December – 18:30 – Lessons and Carols (followed by mulled wine and mince pies)
Wednesday 20 December – 19:00 – Community Christmas Sing-Along
(followed by mulled wine and mince pies)
Sunday 24 December – 16:00 – Christmas Eve: Crib Service
Sunday 24 December – 21:00 – Christmas Eve: “Early” Midnight Mass
Friday 25 December – 09:30 – Christmas Day: Family Eucharist