St Michael and All Angels' Church, Park Road, Abingdon

Welcome!

line drawing of St Michael's Church

Photographs of the interior
[after re-ordering] [before the re-ordering!]

Childrens service Good Friday 10.00 am

Silent Reflections, last Tuesday of the month, 7.30 to 9.00 pm

Team Vicar:
The Revd Paul Smith
Tel: 01235 534654

Times of Main Services

TIMES OF MASS:
Sundays: 9.30 am Sung Mass.
9.30 am Family Mass (first Sunday of the month).
(There is an 8 am Mass at either St Helen's or St Nicolas' each Sunday. See the Calendar for details.)
Wednesdays 10.30 am at St Helen's.
Thursdays 12.30 pm followed by a light lunch.

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday 29th March9.30 amSung Mass with Palm Procession
The Revd Paul Smith/ The Revd Corinne Smith
Monday 30th March to Wednesday 1st April7.30 pm Said Mass with Address
The addresses will also be given by Canon Dr Michael Beasley
Maundy Thursday 2ndApril12.30 pm Mass followed by a light lunch
The Revd John Coombs
8.00 pm Mass of the Lord's Supper followed by vigil and Compline
The Revd Paul Smith/ The Revd Corinne Smith
Good Friday 3rd April10.00 amChildren's Service 'The Road to the Cross'
2.00 pmLiturgy of the Passion
The Revd Paul Smith/ The Revd Corinne Smith
Easter Eve 4th April8.00 pmEaster Vigil and First Mass of Easter
The Revd Paul Smith/ The Revd Corinne Smith
Easter Day 5th April9.30 amSung Mass of the Resurrection
The Revd Paul Smith/ The Revd Corinne Smith

Good Friday Children's Service In this informal service we journey together round the church, celebrating the life and love of Jesus from His birth to his baptism, His ministry to the events of the last week of His life on earth. We finish with the anticipation of the joy of the resurrection on Easter Sunday.

News

The Royal School of Church Music. We are delighted that as part of their three day Easter Course 100+ choristers will sing Evensong in St Michael's at 4.15pm. on Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th of April. We are very privileged to be hosting this wonderful event and you are warmly invited to attend Evensong on any of these days.

Silent Reflections 7.30 to 9.00 pm on Tuesday 28th April. Enjoy prayerful activities in the quiet of the sanctuary with the option of coming together to share your journey at the end of the session.

The April issue of The Window, the new monthly publication of the Parish of Abingdon-on-Thames is available to download. Printed copies are available in each of the three churches in the parish.

Introduction

St Michael and All Angels' Church is a Church of England church located in the west of the town, adjacent to Albert Park. The Church of England churches in Abingdon are organized into two Benefices, Abingdon-on-Thames and Abingdon North. Abingdon-on-Thames is a Team Ministry, to which St Michael's church brings a distinctive Anglo-Catholic tradition. Almost all the Christian churches in the town are members of a Local Ecumenical Project, called The Church in Abingdon. The Local Ecumenical Project recognizes a spirit of co-operation and ecumenism that has existed in Abingdon for many years; Christians of all denominations unite to work together whenever common action is possible and to share in and be enriched by each other's traditions of prayer and worship. St Michael's Church has very strong links with our neighbours at Trinity Church. Within the Anglican Parish our Team Vicar is also Team Vicar of St Nicolas'. St Helen's, St Michael's and St Nicolas' are the three Anglican churches in the the Benefice of Abingdon-on-Thames.

Brief History

The church was designed by the architect Sir G.G. Scott, and built in the period 1864-1867. It was consecrated on 25th January 1867. The interior was redecorated in January 1999. Pevsner in his famous books The Buildings of England describes St Michael's as 'a quiet, dignified design'; a phrase that might also be applied to our main act of worship, the Sung Mass at 9.30 am each Sunday.

Tradition and Worship

The tradition at St Michael's is Anglo-Catholic, with an emphasis on community, corporate worship, meeting God in the sacraments, in the scriptures and in one another, and above all seeking to teach and live the Gospel through our own lives in the situations in which we find ourselves.

The main Sunday service is a Sung Mass at 9.30 am. and Evening Prayer at 4.00 pm. The sermon is an important element of the Sung Mass. On the first Sunday of the month the 9.30 am service is a Family Mass.

During the week we have a Said Mass on Thursdays. For times, see the Calendar. There is a Said Mass at St Helen's Church on Wednesday.

On Festivals and other Holy Days we usually have a Sung Mass at 7.30 pm. See the Calendar for precise details. During Holy Week and Easter we celebrate the traditional liturgies for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Day. The centre group of churches combine for the major act of worship on Trinity Sunday.

There are periodic quiet days and an annual pilgrimage to Walsingham.

The church has disabled access; large print service books are available and a hearing aid loop is installed.

For Young People

Young people and families with young children are important members of our congregation; they are in a real sense the messengers of our tradition.

Baptisms take place on Sundays, usually in the afternoon, but at other times by arrangement. We try hard to maintain contact with families after their children have been baptized. Our Carol Service on Christmas Eve is a wonderful magnet drawing families together to begin the celebration of Christmas.

Church Activities

St. Michael's Fellowship meets periodically. All members of the congregation and their friends are invited to meetings. The format is normally a talk followed by refreshments and discussion. Talks cover a very broad range of topics. Talks are frequently illustrated with slides and videos. The Fellowship is an important way in which a sense of community is nurtured, through sharing of background, interests and experiences of life.

Coffee and tea are served in the Church Room after the main Sunday service. This is an important social meeting point for the congregation. Refreshments are served after evening Mass on major festivals. We have an annual pre-Christmas lunch at a local restaurant, which is well-supported and family and friends are particularly welcome to come along.

The Church Room is used by various groups and enquiries about availability are welcomed.

Music

Music is important at St Michael's. We have a small but committed choir, which combines with that of St Nicolas' for occasional services. We appreciate the services of very able organists.

Church Twinning

Through The Church in Abingdon we are building links with churches in Abingdon's Twin Towns.

Mission

St Michael's is a popular venue being located next to Albert Park with easy access. We have an important ministry through baptisms, weddings and funerals.

St Michael's supports the work of Dr Francesca Elloway, a doctor working in Africa for the Church Mission Society.

At Harvest Festival, we support the homeless through the Steppin' Stone Centre in Oxford. We also support the Abingdon Emergency Food Bank, run through Christ Church, Abingdon. We hold an annual Mini-mart, which supports the work of St Michael's and other nominated charities.


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