CHURCH LIFE: DEC
ADDRESS
St Michael's Church,
High Street, Bray,
Berks. SL6 2AB
Tel: 01628 633113
WELCOME
The Services and Special Dates
Baptisms and Marriages
The Bells
The Organs
Choir & Music List
Join the Choir
St John Passion
St Nicolas
Messiah
Music at Bray 2016
2016 - 2005
Noye's Fludde
Amahl and the
Night Visitors
The Little Sweep
The Happy Prince
The PCC Members
Organisations and Personnel
The Friends
Visit St Michael's
BOOK
BRAY
Today & Yesterday
FINANCIAL
Annual Papers 2016
Gift Aid and
Planned Giving
HISTORY
The Story of
St Michael's Church
OBITUARY
The Rev'd George
David Repath
VIEW ONLINE
Church of England
Discover Christian England
Oxford Diocese
WORLD WAR ONE
WWI Centenary Commemoration


Welcome
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.”

CHILDREN’S SOCIETY
St Michael’s Church in Bray is pleased to be involved in raising funds for the Children's Society, a national charity that runs local projects helping children and young people when they are at their
most vulnerable and have nowhere left to turn. Earlier this year St Michael's established a Children’s Society house box network.  House boxes are an ideal way for collecting copper coins and 5 pence pieces throughout the year.  This loose change soon adds up and box holders will be joining an army
of house box holders across England who collectively raise almost £2 million each year for the work
of The Children’s Society,  

If you would like to have a house box please email Helen Pearson, our Box Coordinator, at dandhpearson@btinternet.co and she will be able to arrange for you to receive one.

The boxes are then collected in about 12 months time, when they will be opened in front of you and
your donations counted.  The boxes will then be returned to you to start collecting again, should you wish to do so.

To learn more about The Children’s Society please visit www.childrenssociety.org.uk

MACMILLAN PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH Ken Amery
Truly amazing! That's the only comment that can be made about the outcome of our Macmillan Ploughman's lunch on Saturday 16th October. With donations before and after as well as the money donated at the lunch itself we raised a staggering £838. With the donations that were Gift Aided we will be able to give Macmillan over £1,000. A big thank you to everybody involved; the team - Roy and Brenda Gardner and Val Queen who worked very hard to ensure that the event went well and, of course, all those people who gave so generously. Everybody agreed that it was also a great social event and there were diners and people who popped in for a tea or coffee who were not members of the congregation, which is an added bonus.

 

 

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
OF ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH, BRAY

NEWSLETTER NUMBER 9

It's been 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. There is a lot happening over the following few months as well – plenty for everyone to be involved in, so please make a note in your diary and come and join us.

MUSIC AT BRAY AFTERNOON RECITALS AT 3 P.M.
Community Carols: Sunday December 11th
The St. Michael’s Community Choir sing many well-loved carols and Christmas songs.
If you would like to be involved please let Jim Tucker know email: jimtucker@talktalk.net.
There is no requirement for musical expertise or experience, just enthusiasm for singing!
Rehearsals started on Monday 21st November from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Both concerts are free entry followed by tea and home-made cakes in the church hall.

FORTHCOMING SERVICES
Saturday 17th December – 4:00 p.m. Christingle Service

Sunday 18th December – 4:00 p.m. The Carol Service

Saturday 24th December – 11:30 p.m. Midnight Mass

DISCIPLESHIP COURSE
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!

SOCIAL CLUB
42 parishioners and friends very much enjoyed the Christmas Spectacular visit to Norfolk on
November 23/24.

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.
Further details from Ken Amery and Roy Gardner at roygardner35@btinternet.com
Payment with booking please. Cheques made payable to Roy.

We will update you about future outings as soon as possible.

LOTS TO BE INVOLVED IN AND WE WELCOME YOU

Revd. R Cowles