To 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."
Daily Prayer Support
It's easier than ever to get into the habit of daily prayer, here are links to sites and apps
that will help you:
Church of England "Daily Prayer" website and app
"Sacred Space" website and app
"Pray as you go" website and app
Lindsay Bramley, St Michael’s Assistant Director of Music
I am delighted to welcome Lindsay Bramley to St Michael’s as Assistant Director of Music. Her wealth of knowledge and experience as a singer, pianist and music director will be invaluable to the Church’s musical life.
No stranger to St Michael’s, she directed our recent production of Amahl and the Night Visitors and sang in The Little Sweep in 2014. She has been a regular deputy recently and I am looking forward to working more closely with her over the coming years.
Director of Music
Lindsay Bramley (Director) was born in Marlow and read Music at The Queen's College, Oxford. Originally trained as a pianist, she started singing professionally at university and since then her career has taken her to Israel, Ireland, France, Austria and Canada, singing roles for ENO Studio, Opera Holland Park, New Chamber Opera, Clod Ensemble and Mahogany Opera Group.
She began working as a conductor in 2011 with La Traviata for Park Opera and since then has conducted Madam Butterfly, Carmen, Die Zauberflote, Semele and Un Ballo in Mascherafor various community opera companies, assisted for Co Opera and Opera Up Close and was chorus master for Co Opera’s Don Giovanni. She also works as a translator and subtitle-writer. She is currently musical director of Richmond Opera and chorus master of Chelsea Opera Group, and will be conducting Der Freischutz this summer with Opera at Bearwood.
The Bishop Steven's Berkshire Pilgrimage
Warm thanks to everyone who shared in my Berkshire Pilgrimage in some way. It was a very good six days. Together we visited 38 churches and the chaplaincy of Reading University. I travelled 17 miles by boat on 1 September across Maidenhead and Windsor Deaneries. We walked around 50 miles from Monday to Thursday across the Deaneries of Bracknell, Sonning, Reading and Bradfield. On Sunday 8th, the team cycled 16 miles or so across the Newbury Deanery from Hungerford to Thatcham and completed the final couple of visits by car.
We prayed in every place for our government and parliament, for the communities and churches and for Olivia as she prepares for her consecration as Bishop of Reading. I took a picture of the font in every church and we prayed for the renewal of all the ministry which flows into and out of the font:
* Our welcome to the youngest members of the community whose parents have just enough faith to bring them to baptism
* Our nurture and care for children and young people in parishes and schools
* Walking with adult enquirers as they come to faith as disciples of Jesus and come to baptism and confirmation
* The ongoing formation of every Christian as we live out our baptism every day of our lives and seek to be a more Christ like Church for the sake of God’s world.
I was moved by the welcome and those who came to pray in every place. Sometimes there were a handful of people, often a group of 20 or more. I met hundreds of people across the week and heard some wonderful stories of hope and grace in the life of the local church as well as stories of difficulty. It was very good to spend time in our churches: these beautiful places of prayer and stillness often hallowed by hundreds of years of prayer.
The journey transformed my view of Berkshire. I normally travel across Berkshire in the car keeping to the motorway and the major roads. Often my journey is to the large, urban centres and back again. I was able to see the beauty of the county in new ways by boat and on foot and cycling and to build a clearer picture of ordinary church life.
It was so good to meet so many people: thanks to all who came and prayed and served tea (and cake!). Thanks especially to Captain Ainsley Swift for the boat ride, to the walk leaders each day and particular to Paul Cowan, my chaplain who organised the whole thing.
I ended week with sore feet, aching legs, hardly able to sit down from the bike ride but with a very full and glad heart.
Thanks be to God.
In Aid of Macmillan Cancer Care
Saturday 28 September
Anytime from Midday to 2 pm
in St Michael’s Hall
Booking is ESSENTIAL
Put your name on the list at the back of the church or
contact Ken Amery - 01628 675425
We do invite a minimum donation of £6.50 a lunch
Do you suffer from dairy (cheese) allergy? Don't
worry we can arrange a substitute if you tell us when booking
Remember - Booking is ESSENTIAL
Thursday 28th to Friday 29th November
By popular demand we are returning for the
fourth year to Thursford for the amazing
There's still a few places left.
Further details, full itinerary, costs etc. and to
Ken Amery T: 01628 675425
Roy & Brenda Gardner T: 01628 773591