The Revd Paul Smith
Tel: 01235 534654
|TIMES OF MASS:|
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.|
Advent labyrinth walks at St Michael's. The church will be open on Tuesdays 2nd, 9th and 16th December between 11.00am and noon, and 7.00pm and 8.00pm. There will an opportunity to walk the labyrinth or simply to enjoy the sacred space. Material for reflection will be available on a different Advent theme each week. A short prayer will be said at the beginning and end of each session, but feel free to come and go as you please.
Will you help St. Michael's to buy a piano? The grand piano currently on loan has to be returned at the start of the New Year and a search has started for a comparable instrument to be funded in part by Eileen Stockley's generous legacy. The piano has enabled us to host a wide range of events over the last two years which would not have been possible without an instrument of this quality. The first stage of a piano appeal has been launched; details of how to sponsor a note, a chord or an arpeggio are available in church and also here. Thank you so much for your help.
SILENT REFLECTIONS AT ST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS for October will be from 7.30 to 9.00 pm on Tuesday 26th November. 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 November issue of The Window, the new monthly publication of the Parish of Abingdon-on-Thames available to download. Printed copies are available in each of the three churches in the parish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Through The Church in Abingdon we are building links with churches in Abingdon's Twin Towns.
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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