The website of St Michael’s – the ancient and historic church of Parish of Bray with Braywood. Made famous (or infamous!) in the popular ballad, the parish is widely known, because of the turncoat ways
of the Vicar of Bray.
The origins of the Parish Church can be traced back to the year 1293, though much has happened by way of restoration and repair, since. The boundaries of the parish have also altered over the years, no longer as widespread as once they were, parts of Windsor and Maidenhead are still within the bounds.
Worship in St Michael’s is based on a well-established pattern within the Anglican Communion. At the early morning Services of Holy Communion on Sundays we follow the Book of Common Prayer – as indeed happens at Evensong. Parish Communion at 10 o’clock on Sunday mornings is choral, the service being in the new Prayer Book, “Common Worship”, we use “Order One.”
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
OF ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH, BRAY
NEWSLETTER NUMBER 9
2016 was a busy year at St. Michael’s with a number of concerts, the re-start of Sunday summer teas, the choirs from Holyport and Braywood coming to sing at special services in church, flower festival to mark HM The Queen’s 90th Birthday, discipleship courses, regular outings by the social committee to places to interest, jumble sale, etc.
So, we continue to seek to be the church at the heart of our community and look for ways to involve all in the life of St. Michael’s during 2017.
There will be another Pilgrim Course in Lent 2017 to which you are invited to come and discover, discuss and reflect on “The Bible”. Dates and times of meetings will be advised early in the New Year. We are also looking at another course for anyone wishing to explore the Christian faith. Watch this space!
Trips Galore in 2017
Our first trip of 2017 takes us to Westminster Abbey on Thursday 17 February and the cost is £41.50, which includes everything apart from lunch and of course anywhere else you may want to visit.
Our second tour of 2017 is to Kelmscott Manor and Buscot Park on Thursday 4th May 2017. Your Social Committee hope you will join us for day in the Cotswolds, where we have arranged to visit two historic houses, Kelmscott Manor, dating from around 1600, was the summer home of William Morris.
The house contains a unique and important collection of the Morris families’ furniture and furnishings, many of which were designed for the Red House (William and Jane’s first married home. The manor was also home to the pre-Raphaelite poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Following refreshments and an introductory talk, (approx. 25 minutes) by our guide, we will be able to explore the Manor at our own pace. Lunch can be purchased in the Tea room, after which we depart for Buscot Park the Family Home of Lord Farringdon. The Farringdon Collection is displayed in the house. Both the House and Grounds remain intimate and Idiosyncratic and very much a family home.
Our coach departs Braywick at 09.00 and return between 1800 & 1900. The price for this day’s enjoyment is £31.25, (NON NT Members £41.25) and includes Coach, Morning Coffee and Biscuits, Introductory Talk at Kelmscott, Admissions and Gratuities.
Further details on all these trips from Ken Amery and Roy Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org Payment with booking please. Cheques made payable to Roy.
LOTS TO BE INVOLVED IN AND WE WELCOME YOU