St Michael and All Angels' Church, Park Road, Abingdon

Welcome!

We are open: Sundays Said Mass 9.30 am Thursdays Said Mass 12.30 pm. Silent Reflections, last Tuesday except December, 7.30 pm

Mami Shikimori piano recital Sunday 21 August 3pm. Tickets from The Bookstore Bury Street or at the door. Adults 12 pounds children free. Refreshments included. Proceeds to church funds and charities The Abingdon Bridge and TARIRO Hope for Youth in Zimbabwe.

Taize circle dancing Thursday 9 June 2022, 9.45 to 10.45 am; change to regular date due to Jubilee bank holiday on 2 June

Silent Reflections, last Tuesday of the month, 7.30 to 9.00 pm

Team Vicar:
The Revd Paul Smith

Service Times

There is a Mass each Sunday at 9.30 am. The Prayer and Worship Resources page contains links to further worship resources.

Mass will also be said on Thursdays at 12.30 pm. The service sheet can be downloaded from the Prayer and Worship Resources page.

Team Vicar's Sabbatical Fr Paul started a period of sabbatical leave on 1 August. During this time all matters of Pastoral Care should be referred to the Church Warden Louise who will direct specific needs to the Team Clergy. Her contact details can be found in the weekly news sheet (pew leaflet).

The next Silent Reflections will be on Tuesday 30 August 2022. Materials for this and previous Silent Reflections are available to download from the Prayer and Worship Resources page.

Circle Dancing Sessions resume on Thursday 1 September.

Moving into Stillness: Taizé circle dancing with silent interludes. This will normally be held on the first Thursday of the month from 9.45 to 10.45 am, before the regular circle dancing session. The next session will be on Thursday 1 September.

Parish Office The Parish Centre Office is normally open from Monday to Thursday, 10 am to 1 pm, The Parish Administrator can also be contacted by email administrator@sthelens-abingdon.org.uk, phone 01235 520144 or mobile: 07395 943957.

For Baptisms, Weddings or Funerals please contact the Parish Office.

Church address for correspondence:

St Michael's Church, Parish Office, St Helen's Court, Abingdon OX14 5BS
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Welcome - 10th Sunday after Trinity - 21 August

We are delighted to welcome the Revd Elizabeth Birch to preside and preach at Mass this Sunday.

The remaining two Sundays in August are in ordinary time, Sundays after Trinity. In today's gospel, Luke 13.10-17, we hear the story of Jesus healing the crippled woman who had been crippled with a spirit for 18 years and was unable to stand upright. Jesus calls her over and says, 'Woman, you are set free from your ailment'; he layed his hands on her and she stood upright and began praising God. The 'problem' though was that he had done this on the sabbath... The first reading, Isaiah 58.9b-end, is in the form of a series of conditions and the results that will follow from observance. Firstly active concern for others will ensure that God's saving activity becomes available. Secondly that sabbath keeping is to be an essential part of the community, "if you honour it [the sabbath], not ... serving your own interests or pursuing your own affairs, ... then ... I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob ...". The Hebrews reading (12.18-end) warns against rejecting God's grace. The passage ends with an echo of Deuteronomy 4.24 "For the Lord your God is a devouring fire, a jealous God"". In the Hebrews passage, God's rule requires 'thanks' in a worshipping community: "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship and reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire".

New Parish Web Site

The transition to a new parish web site, which will incorporate the three churches in the parish, St Helen's, St Michael's and St Nicolas' is in progress. The new site can be found here.

Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

We are encouraged by Fr Paul to light a candle by the reserved sacrament and pray the prayer for Ukraine from Archbishops Justin and Stephen which is on the pedestal and was been printed in previous pew leaflets.

The Diocese of Europe organised a prayer vigil on Tuesday 1 March, led by Bishop Robert Innes with the Revd Canon Malcolm Rogers, Chaplain of St Andrew's, Moscow and Area Dean of Russia and Ukraine and representatives of Christ Church, Kyiv. A recording is available on YouTube. For further information and suggestions for ways to provide financial support to the people of Ukraine, see the Diocese of Europe web page here. Also the Diocese of Oxford web page Make a difference in Ukraine.

A Candle in the Window

The current and previous issues can be downloaded from the new parish website,

Prayer and Worship Resources

Our Prayer and Worship Resources page contains links to further worship and study resources. Please check these pages regularly as there are frequent updates.

Please study this week's pew leaflet carefully.

The Church in Abingdon's magazine, Christian Focus, is available to download, Pathways the digital edition of the Diocesan magazine is available on-line and as a pdf file to download.

News

Easyfundraising.org.uk Please bear in mind that if you shop online you could be raising money for our church. For more information, follow the link. The unique link to our charitable cause is https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stmichaelsabingdon/, the Church of St Michael and All Angels Abingdon. Over 2400 well known retailers including M&S, Boden, Waitrose, House of Fraser, and many more will donate a percentage of what you spend to St Michael's when you shop with them, via fundraising website https://easyfundraising.org.uk.

The Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society has created a web site that contains information about the most interesting historical buildings, streets and people in the town.

Introduction

St Michael and All Angels' Church is a Church of England church located in the west of the town, adjacent to Albert Park. The Church of England churches in Abingdon are organized into two Benefices, Abingdon-on-Thames and Abingdon North. Abingdon-on-Thames is a Team Ministry, to which St Michael's church brings a distinctive Anglo-Catholic tradition. Almost all the Christian churches in the town are members of a Local Ecumenical Project, called The Church in Abingdon. The Local Ecumenical Project recognizes a spirit of co-operation and ecumenism that has existed in Abingdon for many years; Christians of all denominations unite to work together whenever common action is possible and to share in and be enriched by each other's traditions of prayer and worship. St Michael's Church has very strong links with our neighbours at Trinity Church. Within the Anglican Parish our Team Vicar is also Team Vicar of St Nicolas'. St Helen's, St Michael's and St Nicolas' are the three Anglican churches in the the Benefice of Abingdon-on-Thames.

Brief History

The church was designed by the architect Sir G.G. Scott, and built in the period 1864-1867. It was consecrated on 25th January 1867. The interior was redecorated in January 1999. Pevsner in his famous books The Buildings of England describes St Michael's as 'a quiet, dignified design'; a phrase that might also be applied to our main act of worship, the Sung Mass at 9.30 am each Sunday.

A history of the church, 1867 - 1967, was written for the centenary of the consecration of the church by J.C. Norris. The centenary was celebrated with First Evensong on 24 January 1967, High Mass and Sermon on 25 January, and Sung Mass and Sermon (preacher: The Revd Canon D. Nicholson, Vicar of St. Mary, Bourne Street, London and Superior General of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament) followed by Evensong on the Sunday in the Octave of the Dedication Festival on Sunday 29 January.

The church was extensively re-ordered in 2008/9, prompted by the identification of a serious problem with the floor timbers. The rationale for the re-ordering and the creation of a new liturgical space is described by Canon Peter Doll (Team Vicar of St Michael's at the time) in an article entitled "The Temple of His Presence", in Pews, Benches and Chairs, Church seating in English parish churches from the fourteenth century to the present, edited by Trevor Cooper and Sarah Brown, published by the Ecclesiological Society, 2011.

The Nave Altar was designed and constructed by local furniture makers Bates and Lambourne of Thame. There are photographs of the altar on their web site. The altar was consecrated by the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher OBE, Bishop of Dorchester (and at the time Acting Bishop of Oxford), on the Feast of Luke the Evangelist, 2015.

Until 2017 two of the three church bells had been unused for many years and had become derelict. They were restored by Whites of Appleton and re-dedicated by Bishop Rowan Williams at a Sung Mass and Confirmation celebrating the end of the church's 150th Anniversary Year on the Feast of St Michael and All Angels 2017.

The Abingdon Area Archaeological and Historical Society maintains a web site that contains further information about St Michael's Church and other historic buildings in the town.

Tradition and Worship

The tradition at St Michael's is Anglo-Catholic, with an emphasis on community, corporate worship, meeting God in the sacraments, in the scriptures and in one another, and above all seeking to teach and live the Gospel through our own lives in the situations in which we find ourselves.

The main Sunday service is a Sung Mass at 9.30 am. The sermon is an important element of the Sung Mass. On the first Sunday of the month the 9.30 am service is a Family Mass.

During the week we have a Said Mass on Thursdays. For times, see the Calendar. There is a Said Mass at St Helen's Church on Wednesday.

On Festivals and other Holy Days we usually have a Sung Mass at 7.30 pm. See the Calendar for precise details. During Holy Week and Easter we celebrate the traditional liturgies for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and Easter Day. The centre group of churches combine for the major act of worship on Trinity Sunday.

There are periodic quiet days and an annual pilgrimage to Walsingham.

The church has disabled access; large print service books are available and a hearing aid loop is installed.

For Young People

Young people and families with young children are important members of our congregation; they are in a real sense the messengers of our tradition.

Baptisms take place on Sundays, usually in the afternoon, but at other times by arrangement. We try hard to maintain contact with families after their children have been baptized. Our Carol Service on Christmas Eve is a wonderful magnet drawing families together to begin the celebration of Christmas.

Church Activities

St. Michael's Fellowship meets periodically. All members of the congregation and their friends are invited to meetings. The format is normally a talk followed by refreshments and discussion. Talks cover a very broad range of topics. Talks are frequently illustrated with slides and videos. The Fellowship is an important way in which a sense of community is nurtured, through sharing of background, interests and experiences of life.

Coffee and tea are served in the church after the main Sunday service. This is an important social meeting point for the congregation. Refreshments are served after evening Mass on major festivals. We have an annual Christmas lunch at a local restaurant, which is well-supported and family and friends are particularly welcome to come along.

The Church Room is used by various groups and enquiries about availability are welcomed.

Music

Music is important at St Michael's. We have a small but committed choir, which combines with those of St Nicolas' and St Helen's for occasional services. We appreciate the services of very able organists.

Church Twinning

Through The Church in Abingdon we are building links with churches in Abingdon's Twin Towns.

Mission

St Michael's is a popular venue being located next to Albert Park with easy access. We have an important ministry through baptisms, weddings and funerals.

We support the work of TARIRO - Hope for Youth in Zimbabwe, local charity The Abingdon Bridge (TAB) who support young people in Abingdon in challenging circumstances and the Church Mission Society.

At Harvest Festival, we support the homeless through the Steppin' Stone Centre in Oxford. We also support the Abingdon Emergency Food Bank, run through Christ Church, Abingdon. We hold an annual Mini-mart, which supports the work of St Michael's and other nominated charities.


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