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St. Michael, Bray,
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RETIRED
Revd R Cowles
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ARCHDEACONRY OF BERKSHIRE
VICAR OF BRAY
ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH BRAY WITH BRAYWOOD

Welcoming All in Faith, Hope and Love
St Michael’s is a friendly and welcoming church, offering liturgical worship supported by a robed choir.

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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 House Box Opening - Sunday 11 and 18 February

It is now almost a year since we last opened your house boxes so hopefully they are getting quite full by now! We will be running two 'house box opening' sessions in St Michael's Hall following the 10.00am Parish Communion services on Sunday 11 and 18 February. The plan is to open the boxes and count the donations, and then return the boxes to their holders should they wish to continue participating in the scheme.

If neither of these dates are convenient for you please let me know and I will make a separate arrangement with you. Although it's preferable that you stay while your donation is being counted, if you're unable to stay that's fine, you can leave your box with us and it will be returned to you in due course.

... AND THAT WAS 2017  A Year in the Life of St Michael's


 

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

NEWSLETTER — AUGUST 2017

MOVING FORWARD

Catharine Morris, Oxford Diocesan Parish Adviser for Berkshire attended a special meeting of the Parochial Church Council on Monday 9th October to review the Parish Profile and our way forward to finding a new Vicar. The meeting was open to all interested parties and approx. 50 people were present to discuss our Vision for the Parish, the profile of the person we are looking for and the responsibilities of the Incumbent. Catharine commented that she was impressed with the number of people at the meeting as it was much better than in other similar meetings.

Many good inputs were obtained from the group discussions and will now be reviewed at the next PCC meeting on November 13th. Following this the Parish Profile will be completed. The post will be advertised in the Church Times on the 5th and 12th January and will also be placed on the
Diocesan website.

The closing date for applications is 26th January and shortlisting will take place on the 29th January
with interviews on the 19th February. Catharine told the meeting that there is currently a shortage of applicants for posts so we ask you all to include the following in your prayers:

Heavenly Father at this time of change send your Holy Spirit to strengthen our fellowship and guide us with your Heavenly wisdom. We pray that you will show us the way to the person who is to become our new Vicar to lead the growth of your Kingdom in this parish. We ask this in loving obedience to your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

SOCIAL COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE THREE TRIPS FOR 2018

Hot off the Press!!! This trip is sure to be very popular so get your booking in quickly.

‘More Tea Vicar!!’

WEDNESDAY 2nd MAY to FRIDAY 4th MAY 2018

Just to clarify, due to the nature of this visit, it is aimed at members of the congregation only.

Before retiring Richard our Vicar invited us to visit him in his new home in Caerphilly, so the main purpose of this visit, is to do just that. We decided to ‘pop down’ to Caerphilly for a couple of days to
visit Richard and Maureen, and also enjoy a short stay holiday...

We have booked bed and breakfast and evening meal at the Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel and Spa which is situated a short distance from Caerphilly, it is set in 100 acres, with an 18 hole Golf Course. This four-star hotel offers beautiful views from the Blas and Bryn Meadows. The Restaurant serves local produce on a seasonal menu. Italian furniture is each room and Marble baths in each private bathroom, a flat screen television, a selection of toiletries, a mini bar and hairdryer is also included in each room. The Bryn Meadows leisure centre also has a 20 yards indoor swimming pool, Sauna and Hot Tub. Guests can also use the on - site Gym and spa.

Departure as usual is from Braywick Park Car Park (Stafferton Lodge) at 10.00 am, and we begin our journey to Wales. We anticipate arrival at our hotel mid- afternoon, allowing plenty time to relax and perhaps a swim, before joining Richard and Maureen at dinner at our Hotel.

Day two there is free time to explore Caerphilly, perhaps the Castle, before visiting Richard and Maureen’s new home. Richard and Maureen have invited us to afternoon tea. (Please be aware there is a short walk (uphill) to their home).

Day three we return to Maidenhead. We plan to stop at a National Trust property on our return journey and arrive back in Maidenhead between 6/7 pm.

Further details from Roy Gardner or Ken Amery.

A FOUR DAY VISIT TO NORMANDY IN 2018
MONDAY 17 TO THURSDAY 20 SEPTEMBER


Come and join us on short stay holiday in France. Our journey will begin as usual from Braywick Car Park Maidenhead at 8.00 am travelling via the Euro Shuttle to our Hotel in the beautiful town of Liseux in Normandy. We have booked the Grand Hotel deL’Esperance in Liseu which is situated in the centre of town.

Tuesday 18th September 2018 we visit Chateau de Vendeuvre and Garden (pictured above), one of the most beautiful Chateaux in Normandy. The Chateaux has beautifully decorated 18th Century interiors, original kitchens and also a Museum of Miniature Furniture. The remarkable gardens are also the star of the show.

Wednesday 19th September 2018 we begin to explore the stunning beauty of Normandy, where we can expect dramatic coastal landscapes, quaint pastoral villages and picturesque Ports. Our journey will also enable us to see the beaches of the 1944 D Day landings, before arriving at the port of Honfleur, where we can spend a short time to enjoy this Medieval port.

Thursday 20th September 2018 Morning free time in Liseux. Before our departure for Home.
The price for this short stay holiday is £375 per person sharing a twin/Double room. Single supplement is £114. (Based on 30 Passengers)

Price includes Bed breakfast and evening meal, porterage, admissions and gratuities,
Departure from Braywick Car Park is 8.00 a.m. Optional travel insurance £34,
Returning to Maidenhead around 7/8 p.m. on Thursday, 20th September 2018. To confirm your interest we need two post dated cheques, the first one for £100 deposit and insurance (£34) if required. This one by 1st February with a completed booking form.

The second cheque for the balance dated 1st June.  If you are travelling with somebody then you need cheques for each person. Both to be submitted with the booking for. For further details contact Ken or Roy Gardner roygardner35@btinternet.com or ‘phone 01628 773591/07979 693603

A TWO DAY VISIT TO THE THURSFORD CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
THURSDAY 8 TO FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2018

Those of you who attended last year’s show all agreed that it was truly spectacular and requested that we visit again, so we are pleased to announce that we have rebooked.

This will be the 42nd 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. It is now generally recognised as being the largest show of its kind in the country, if not Europe. having a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians.

Thursford is in Norfolk so for our comfort, we are again having a ‘Sleepover ’at the Wensum Valley Hotel, which we found a good place to stay during our previous two visits.

Departure as usual is from Braywick Car Park, at 10.00 am, we will commence our journey to Norfolk, with a comfort stop on route. We plan to arrive at our Hotel mid-afternoon, allowing plenty time to unpack and prepare for Dinner. Friday morning we journey to Thursford where we will have ample time to view and enjoy to many exhibits and things of interest, perhaps have lunchbefore taking our seats in the theatre to see this wonderful show. The Christmas Spectacular show commences at 2 pm and finish at 5 pm at which time we will board our coach for the journey home.

A booking form with two post-dated cheques made payable to Roy Gardner will secure you’re your place on this visit. Cheque 1, £100 deposit per person, plus insurance if required before April 2018 Cheque 2 for the balance dated 1st September.

Price includes Coach, Hotel Dinner and Breakfast, The Show and Gratuities.
Please ensure that you have insurance cover for the visit. Motts coaches can provide this for £21.
If required.

Further details on all our trips may be obtained from Roy or me.

LOTS TO BE INVOLVED IN AND WE WELCOME YOU

The Revd. Richard Cowles