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.”
NEW ORGAN SCHOLAR AT ST MICHAEL’S
We are delighted to announce the appointment of 27 year old Robert Opoku as the new organ scholar
for a period of one year. He follows in the footsteps of Paul Wingfield and will start taking part in the musical life of the church straight away. Born and based in Windsor, as a former Head Chorister of
St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle and tenor Choral Scholar at Christchurch Oxford, he has just finished his training as a Chartered Accountant. He has played the organ since his teens and is keen
to develop both his playing and choir training skills under the mentorship of our Director of Music.
He said, “I am thrilled to be joining the St Michael’s community and look forward to furthering my own musical development over the coming year.”
TOILET BLOCK IS NOW COMPLETE
Everything has been signed off, the building site has been cleared and the new toilet block was used
for the first time on Sunday 5 November.
Male/Female, Invalid and a Baby Nappy Changing Unit.
Although unavailable to the general public, the plan is to open and close around service times, also
at concerts, weddings and funerals, to provide for folk who may have travelled some distance.
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
OF ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH, BRAY
NEWSLETTER — AUGUST 2017
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
The closing date for applications is 26th January and shortlisting will take place on the 29th January
with interviews on the 16th 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
Sunday 3 December – 6.30 p.m. Advent Carol Service
Saturday 9 December – 10 a.m. to 12 noon, Advent Market in St Michael's Hall when cakes, gifts, flowers and lots more will be on sale.
Sunday 17 December – 4 p.m. The Carol Service
Sunday 24 December – 10 a.m. Morning Prayer. Midnight Mass at 11:30 p.m. and All Age Service on Christmas Day at 10 a.m.
MUSIC AT BRAY - FORTHCOMING CONCERTS
Sunday 10 December – 3 p.m. Community Carols in aid of Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or ‘phone 01628 773591/07979 693603
LOTS TO BE INVOLVED IN AND WE WELCOME YOU