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November 5, 2023

Someone once said, “I don’t want to go to Church, but I do want there to be a Church not to go to.” This sounds rather contradictory, but it is something many people can relate to.

We want the church to be there for us all, which indeed it is, but modern life means Sunday mornings can be important time for family activities, visiting friends or just having a long lie-in! Special events in the church such as the Carol Concert, Jubilee Evensong or Crib Service at Christmas are always well-attended by villagers, which indicates the value we place on the church. In difficult times, it is a place to pop in for a quiet moment, to sit and think and reflect. The ancient stones seem to understand and bring relief. At those great events in life such as the christening of a new baby, a marriage or a funeral, the church plays such an important part. We want the church to continue to flourish but also want to create another central space in the village for concerts, talks, coffee mornings, prayer meetings, rehearsals and plays.

Many people who may not attend the Services, already work to keep the church in good order by being on the Cleaning rota, the Maintenance Team, or the Flower Arrangers’ Group and we have an active Bell-Ringers group. Their voluntary work is appreciated and vital. Please let us know if you would like to get involved. We would also like to invite everyone to become a member of the Friends of St Michael’s Church so that we can widen this group of supporters and develop the church even further. Since Covid our Sunday services have become more diverse and we now have Communion, All Age Services, Taize Worship and services run by congregation, including talks about faith in a Café Church setting, and outdoor services where we celebrate the countryside and wildlife around us. We also offer a Sunday morning online service which you can join on “gotomeeting” or access by phone.

If you would like to join the Friends of St Michael’s, please complete the form on the leaflet found in this Bulletin or come along to a free Drinks and Nibbles event in the church on Saturday November 18th at 6.00pm-7.15pm to hear a little more about our aspirations to develop the Friends of St Michael’s. Everyone is welcome.