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!


TheThree
Sunday 19 August 2018:

The Twelveth Sunday After Trinity

09:30 – Eucharist
Celebrant & Preacher: Rev’d Paul Seymour

Readings:
from the New TestamentEphesians 5.15-20 
the Gospel readingJohn 6.51-58
other readings for the day • 1 Kings 2.10-12; 3.3-14 • Psalm 111

Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear than we to pray
and to give more than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid
and giving us those good things
which we are not worthy to ask
but through the merits and mediation
of 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.


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!

Church Office; the chance to talk to the Vicar, arrange baptisms, marriages and funerals. The office will be open in the Church, twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 6pm till 7pm.
[NEXT OPEN] THU 16 AUGUST & THU 06 SEPTEMBER

A BIG THANK YOU to all those who have helped over the last 6 months in making Messy Church a success, a special thanks to Carole for all her hard-work. Now is the time to rest because the next Messy Church is not until Thursday 27th September.

The Bike ‘n Hike is upon us, says Steve…
Saturday 8th September from 10am to 6pm.

Please put the date in your diary and prepare to put your pedal to the metal (mixing my metaphors here)

• Sponsors needed
• Welcoming ‘meet and greeters’ for the tired and thirsty travellers also required
• Cream buns and oodles of chocolate cakes a necessity! (I made that last bit up)

I will be around this Sunday (12th August) and will bring the sponsor forms, so people can start plundering their friend’s, relative’s and kindly stranger’s bank accounts.

There’s a big drive for gift aided giving – but only if you earn enough! – beware.

Urgently Required A person who can be the Church Hall bookings secretary. Since Sandra gave up doing a splendid job, Lynne has been taking Hall bookings. If you can take that task from her she and St. Michael’s would be grateful. See Lynne or Sandra for further details.


Rambles
INFO! Saturday 01 September – Ramble 175
Ramblers meet at St. Michael’s at 10.00am. The ramble is led by Diane and will be in the Hatfield area – more details to follow.
REPORT! Ramble 174
“Ramble 174 saw eleven hardy souls brave the hot weather of Weston for a four-mile walk. They were joined by 3 ½ (!) roadies at the Rising Sun, Halls Green, for a good lunch!”


Messy Church
Thursday 26 July – 15:30 to 17:30
The theme will be “Journeys”. Help before and after the session would be very much appreciated. This will be the last Messy Church until September (School Holidays).


Looking ahead…
Tuesday 11th July – Sunday 31st August – 09:00 to 17:00 – Hatfield 1914-1918 Exhibition – St. Etheldreda’s
Saturday 01 September – 08:00 – Parish Men’s Breakfast – St. Michael’s Church Hall
Saturday 01 September – 10:00 – Ramble 175
Saturday 08 September – Bike ‘n Hike
Monday 10 September – 20:00 – PCC Meeting – St. Michael’s Committee Room
Saturday 06 October – 08:00 – Parish Men’s Breakfast – St. Michael’s Church Hall
Saturday 06 October – 10:00 – Ramble 176