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The next All Age Eucharist is on 6th September. If you haven't been before do come along and join us. We asked people how they felt about the previous one and of course there were lots of different opinions. We are working hard at making the children's voices better heard along with other improvements to the microphone system.
The service is simpler though with all the meaning of the Eucharist firmly there and all the material is authorised by the Church of England as you would expect.
This kind of service is being offered from time to time and was welcomed as such as refreshing. The children are our present and our future and they were seen as taking part with great seriousness. A feeling of fulfilment and of being privileged to be part of something much bigger than the moment was expressed.
And what do the children think? They like the fact that they get an idea of the service and what to expect when they grow up and attend church every week.
What could be a more worthwhile outcome than that?
What Next? for St Michael's Church
Now the huge project to restore St Michael's so beautifully is nearing completion, the minds of the Rector and the PCC have been turning to how we can better fill it and use it to the glory of God. A small subgroup of the PCC has been tasked with putting into action a plan which will enable EVERYONE in St Michael's to become involved with thinking about what we might do differently over the next three to five years.
We are very aware that people are already very busy and somewhat tired of things which start well but don't always come to fruition. So we suggested a few ground rules.
- 1. Don't start from scratch - start from where we are.
- 2. Celebrate and build on what we already do well.
- 3. Don't try to do too much - select a few things to do well which we have the energy and willing volunteers to complete.
With all of those points in mind, we decided that an exploration of the five marks of mission, might help us to think about what we are doing already and our priorities for what we want to do next. The Five Marks of Mission have been developed by the Anglican Church to describe contemporary mission. They have been used by a number of churches to help work through their next steps:
|The Five Marks of Mission|
TELL- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom.
TEACH- To teach, baptise and nurture believers.
TEND- To respond to human need by loving service.
TRANSFORM- To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation.
TREASURE- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
The plan is to have, over the course of six weeks from 4th October and 8th November, a series of sermons which will provide an introduction and explanation of each of the five marks, which will prompt us to think about what we are already doing and whether there are other activities we could consider. We want everyone to hear each of the sermons so the same sermon will be repeated at every service during the week. Summary copies will be available in church and on this website - no reason to miss out!
We are organising a parish half day workshop followed by a lunch on November 28th as an opportunity for as many as possible to come together to feed in ideas for What Next? Catherine Morris from Diocesan House will help facilitate the session to collate ideas. If you are not able to attend, don't worry, you can submit your ideas on a questionnaire nearer the time.
The ideas will be pulled together into an overall plan, which will be submitted to the PCC for approval and to the parish in January 2016.
Our hope is that this programme will enable each of us to work through what we are personally going to do, rather than what should be done. This will include physically active tasks as well as less energetic ones, prayers are really important, so age is no barrier! Please note the dates and become involved.
St Michael's Church - East Window St Michael's Church - Morris Window
Welcome to St Michael's, a calm and peaceful place of prayer, worship and hospitality within the suburban area of Reading. Our beautiful church is used regularly for worship and prayers are said daily. We hope that you will feel God's presence and take his peace with you when you leave. Christians have been worshipping here for at least seven hundred years. This church was constructed in the 13th century AD and is dedicated to St Michael.
St Michael's congregation meets regularly to witness the love of God expressed in life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our worship is focussed on the Eucharist - the communion meal, which is celebrated each Sunday morning and mid week on a Wednesday morning. We draw strength from worshipping and praying together and being part of the worldwide community of Christians which endeavours to love and serve God in every aspect of life.
Take yourself on a pilgrimage as you walk round the church and you will come upon certain places which may prompt you to reflect on their spiritual significance.
Remember also, as you pass the tombs and epitaphs of those remembered in this church, that you are one of many thousands who have walked this way as they journeyed through their lives.
Please take a moment to think of those that you love in your own lives.
You can find details of our regular services, as well as special services and other events, together with our latest news and you can also find out how to join one of our church groups, which include choirs, bell ringers and the flower team. Just select a link from the menu bar above.
We look forward to welcoming you to St Michael's and hope very much that you enjoy your visit.