CHURCH LIFE: NOV

OUR VICAR
Rev'd Ainsley Swift
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St. Michael, Bray,
High Street, Bray,
Berks. SL6 2AB
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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
http://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-in-daily-prayer

"Sacred Space" website and app
http://www.sacredspace.ie

"Pray as you go" website and app
https://www.pray-as-you-go.org/home/


The Vicar Writes

Dear Friends,

As some of you will know Bishop Steven has been seeking to lead the Diocese towards being a more Christ-like Church. +Steven is encouraging us all to be more Contemplative, Compassionate and Courageous. The overall process is called "Towards a Common Vision". Various events and material are being produced to help us grow towards being and acting as a more Christ-like Church. You can explore the Diocesan website to find out more at www.oxford.anglican.org

As well as the Diocese Common Vision we are also encouraged to explore a national church initiative called "Setting God's People Free" www.churchofengland.org/SGPF

Setting God's People Free is all about encouraging and supporting all members of our church to be fully committed disciples of Christ. Setting God's People Free (SGPF) is a programme of change to enable the whole people of God to live out the Good News of Jesus confidently in all of life, Sunday to Saturday. One way our Diocese is helping us to do this is by encouraging us all, lay and ordained, to have a Personal Discipleship Plan; this helps us in a simple way to take stock of our faith commitment and to seek ways to deepen and strengthen our faith and action as Christians. If anyone would like to think about having a Discipleship Plan please call or email and I would be very happy to explain how it works. A few of our congregation are already exploring this and you will hear more about it in the days ahead.

If we want to see the Church grow and be renewed we need to start with ourselves. This does not mean we all have to be Ordained! There are so many ways to exercise ministry from small, low profile things, leading to more visible ministries and the Church of England is making it easier for us to explore what our ministry might be.

It is wonderful to be in a church like St Michael's that has life, commitment and a great spirit of working together. To set everyone free to be what God has called them to be is my vision and hope, please pray and explore who we might, together, move this forward.

Ainsley Swift

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Music at Bray is proud to present this production of the beloved children's opera, retelling the story of an unexpected visit by the Three Wise Men to the home of a crippled child, on their way to Bethlehem.

Please click on the link Amahl and the Night Visitors Poster for more information.



ADVENT MARKET
and
COFFEE MORNING
 

SATURDAY, 17th NOVEMBER

10 am - 12 noon
St Michael’s Hall, Bray

Cakes, Gifts, Flowers, and Plants,
Preserves, Candles, Raffle

Donations of cakes and gifts
would be very welcome
(Hall open 2.30 - 4.00 pm on Friday 16th November)

Admission £1 including coffee
Profit to Church funds





Welcome

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.

The Revd. Richard Cowles Rev'd Ainsley Swift Ken Amery St Michael's Hall