Rev'd Ainsley Swift
The Church of
St. Michael, Bray,
High Street, Bray,
Berks. SL6 2AB
Tel: 01628 633113
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Daily Prayer Support

It's easier than ever to get into the habit of daily prayer. As mentioned in the sermon today
(Sun 22/7/18) 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

Brookwood Military Cemetery and Polesdon Lacey
Thursday 25th April

Join us for a visit to two very different places.
First we will visit the largest military cemetery
in the United Kingdom, administered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Then onto the National Trust property at
Polesdon Lacey.

Cost £20 per person (NT members)
£32.50 per person (Non NT members)

(Based on 40 travellers) This includes your
coach, admission to the house, gratuities.

Further details and to book, contact
Ken Amery T: 01628 675425
Roy & Brenda Gardner T: 01628 773591
No booking accepted without payment.


Parish Giving Scheme

On February 10th, we began our new Stewardship or Parish Giving Scheme.
This video from the Oxford Diocese helps us think about our giving.
For further information, visit

Children's Society 'House Box Opening'

We will be running two 'house box opening' sessions in St Michael's Hall following the 10.00am Parish Communion services on Sunday 10 and 24 February. If neither of these dates are convenient for you please let Helen Pearson know and she will make a separate arrangement with you. 

Church Watch

Church Watch is an important part of our Mission at St Michael’s. The presence of somebody in church, when somebody wants to visit, really is worthwhile.

What does being a ‘watcher’ entail? It simply means being in church to receive visitors for a two hour session. You do NOT need to know about the history of the church or anything else. You are there to welcome the interested visitor, the person who just wants to sit quietly and the person researching family history.

It really is an extremely worthwhile experience and you really get to meet some really interesting people from all over the world.

I will soon be putting a rota in church for this year’s ‘watching’. It will be slightly different this year as we are insisting that there are two people present for every two hour session.  So if you have a friend, you would like to do it with or you are a couple that would be great. If you are on your own, we can hopefully find somebody else to team up with you.

I cannot emphasise just how important and worthwhile this is. If you would like more details or you would like to volunteer for duty, please feel free to contact me. Tele: 01628 675425 or

Dear Friends

I have had a wonderful first Christmas and New Year in the Parish and thank you to all who passed on seasons greeting. Attendance at St Michael’s over Christmas was great, and we were very happy to host Braywood First School and Holyport Primary School Christmas services and concerts. The annual Carol Service was a wonderful experience and singing carols at the Crown Pub in Bray Village a new experience for me.

Looking forward to the year ahead I am very keen to encourage anyone who would like to come along to St Michael’s on a Sunday to give it a try. We have a great choir and are always hoping for new members, if you can sing and would like to come and have a look please do! We also have a wonderful bell ringing team, again, if you would be interested please come and find out more.

Our services each Sunday take place at 8.00am with a quiet and reflective 30-minute service of Holy Communion using the tradition Prayer Book service. At 10.00am we have a more contemporary service, with choir, sermon (talk) and Sunday School for younger ones, approximately one hour. On the first Sunday of the month we try to gear the service to include all ages and specially the children. At 5.30pm we have a traditional Evensong service with hymns and sermon, the service lasts about 45 minutes. You are welcome at any of these services, we would love to welcome you if you have not been a long before or if you would like to just give us a try!

One of my desires for the church is that we can be as inclusive as possible in our welcome and membership; you don’t have to be an experienced church goer to come along!

I am very keen to promote everyone’s spirituality and wellbeing, to that end we are holding a day on Mindfulness. Mindfulness is a meditative practise which seeks to ground us in the present moment, to encourage us to stop mulling over the past or worrying about the future. It is a simple practise which anyone can try. On Saturday 9th March at Bray Church Hall the Mindfulness teacher, Tim Stead, will lead a day course on Mindfulness practice and how it can help us to develop our spirituality. Here is a little more information about the day:


Course leader

Tim Stead is an accredited mindfulness teacher and associate of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. Tim was a Church of England vicar for 23 years and now operates as a freelance mindfulness teacher, teaching eight-week courses, leading retreats and quiet days. His books, Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality and See, Love, Be – mindfulness and the spiritual life are published by SPCK. He has also published a Grove Booklet: Mindfulness and prayer

Intentions for the day

The intentions of this day are fourfold:

  1. Give a basic experiential introduction to what mindfulness is

  2. Explore how mindfulness practice can engage with and support Christian spirituality

  3. Serve as a quiet day where participants go away feeling they have had space with God

  4. Share ways that mindfulness could be taken forward for those who choose to
9.30    Arrive, coffee available
Short practice   
Short talk: history and basic intro to mindfulness
Breath and body; body scan 
Christian links: God as our rock; trusting God, knowing
God’s presence
Movement, sitting, sounds, thoughts
Christian links: discerning God’s will; ‘inner’ healing
12.30 - 1.30    Lunch
Befriending practice; 3 stage breath
Christian links: cultivating love; following the narrow way; life in all its fullness
Choiceless awareness
Christian links: contemplative prayer, centring prayer.
Pairs discussing what has been of value
Final practice

If you would like to book or make further enquires please leave a message on the Bray Parish Office voicemail and we will get back to you: 01628 633113.


Thursday 28th to Friday 29th November

Yes, we are thinking about Christmas already!
By popular demand we are returning for the
fourth year to Thursford for the amazing
Christmas Spectacular.

This event is hugely popular, hence the need
for early booking. We will be stopping at
Bury St Edmunds on our return journey. Interested?

Further details, full itinerary, costs etc. and to
book contact Ken Amery T: 01628 675425
Roy & Brenda Gardner T: 01628 773591


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.

Rev'd Ainsley Swift Ken Amery Brookwood Polesdon Lacey