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 — JANUARY 2017
After a very busy Christmas season when we welcomed many newcomers and regular worshippers we are now into the New Year and looking forward to special services and events to involve all in the life of the Church of St. Michael’s.
SPECIAL FORTHCOMING SERVICES
Ash Wednesday 1st March is a special service to commemorate the first day of Lent at 8 p.m.
Mothering Sunday 26th March with an all-age service at 10 a.m.
(Don’t forget that clocks go forward on this day).
Palm Sunday 9th April with a procession into church and reading of the Passion Gospel at 10 a.m.
Maundy Thursday 13th April with a service of Holy Communion at 8 p.m.
Good Friday 14th April with Holy Communion at 10 a.m. and a reading of the Gospel according to
St. Mark at 2 p.m.
Easter Day Sunday 16th April with a special service at 10 a.m.
MUSIC AT BRAY
Is planning to perform Durufle's Requiem on Sunday 9 April 2017, with St Michael's Singers plus professional soloists and musicians. If you are familiar with the work and would like to take part,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
CHURCH MISSION SOCIETY
Last year, at parish communion one Sunday, the speaker was the Reverend Mark Balfour. Mark, previously Vicar of St Peter's Furze Platt, was preparing to set off, with his wife Rosalie, for the Central American country of Guatemala. They have now started work there, under the auspices of the Church Mission Society, in the capital, Guatemala City. They are ministering to those who live and work in
La Terminal, an area of the city around the bus station and market, and the scene of unimaginable hardship and deprivation. St Michael's Church Council is sending an annual donation to CMS specifically for this project, and your prayers are asked for Mark and Rosalie.
St. Michael’s also supports other charities – The Children’s Society, Royal British Legion and the
Alexander Devine Trust.
The Lent Pilgrim course entitled ‘The Bible’ begins on Wednesday 8th March at 2 p.m.in the church hall. During six sessions we will explore three areas: What is the Bible? How was the Bible given to us?
How should we read the Bible? It is not a requirement to attend all six sessions but during our previous courses participants have enjoyed the time together and wanted to ‘stay the course.’
If you would like to come please email Lynda Jones email@example.com or Jim Tucker
FROM YOUR SOCIAL COMMITTEE
This visit in February proved so popular that it was very quickly booked up completely.
Kelmscott Manor and Buscot
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. Booking forms from Roy Gardner and Ken Amery.
Thursford Christmas Spectacular
Too early to think of Christmas 2017? Perhaps you are right but due to overwhelming demand we will be visiting the Thursford Christmas Spectacular again in 2017. The Mail on Sunday has described it as the largest show of its kind in Europe, with 130 professional performers. The visit is scheduled for Wednesday 22nd / Thursday 23rd November
This will be the 41st year of the Spectacular. The show has a £3m budget and is a three hour fast moving celebration of the festive season featuring seasonal music being sung alongside traditional carols.
We will be staying at the Wensum Valley Hotel, Norwich which we found a good place to stay for our 2016 visit.
Departure as usual is from Stafferton Lodge Car Park, at 10.00 am, we plan to arrive early afternoon. An early pre theatre dinner has been arranged for 3.30 pm. After which we will depart for the Show, allowing time to see the many exhibits and shops before the 2017 Extravaganza begins.
On day two we embark on our return visit to Maidenhead stopping for lunch (not included in the price). Expected arrival Braywick around 6 / 7 pm.
Your booking form with payment please before 1st March 2017, cheque payable to Roy Gardner. Demand is sure to be high so get your booking form, with the full payment - £175 twin / double or £185 single to Roy or Ken.
LOTS TO BE INVOLVED IN AND WE WELCOME YOU