Are you new to the area and looking for a friendly, Bible-based church?
Or perhaps asking the bigger questions of life and wanting somewhere to find answers?
Whoever you are, and whatever your reasons for considering visiting St Michael's, please know we'd love to see you and assure you of a warm and friendly welcome.
What to expect....
For some people going anywhere for the first time can be a bit of a nerve-racking experience. To help avoid any worries here's a quick summary of what you can expect at St Michael's.
We start our meeting at 10.30am and they're usually ended by around 11.30am.
We want to be a church which is loving and supportive for people of all generations. So there's disabled access (and a toilet) and a crèche for under-3s. Each week, we begin together, but a short while, children and youth leave for their own age-relevant time together.
The Third Sunday of every month is an 'all age' service, when we stay together as a whole church. There is also a worship group/band which accompanies our regular organist.
We sing a variety of kinds of hymn and song - to praise God and encourage each other.
We pray - because there's much we want to ask God for help in and to rule in.
We have a talk from the Bible - because we want to learn from God. We seek to teach clearly and faithfully, in a way which is meaningful to our day to day lives.
After the main part of the meeting has finished, many stay behind for refreshments in the Church Centre, at the side of the church.
Our aim is that whether you are just looking into Christianity for the first time or have been a Christian for many years that you should be encouraged and inspired by the morning.
We hope that everyone will draw closer to God and find a warm welcome.
Newcomers to St Michael’s will find a ‘welcome pack’ and other information at the back of church or you can ask for further information from the Church Office.
What we believe....
We are a Christian church and believe that all can have relationship with God.
We believe this relationship with God is possible because of Jesus (God's only son) who invites us to believe in him and follow him.
We have friendly relationships with other local churches from both traditional and modern backgrounds.
If you are interested in exploring the Christian faith then please come along on a Sunday or contact the office to ask for a free booklet.
Is it just Sundays?
Absolutely not! God is with us all week long and we aim to lead lives pleasing to him.
We're not perfect and we do make mistakes, but we desire to make a positive difference in everything we do.
To further encourage us we have midweek small groups (a small group is simply a meeting of maybe 10 people in someone's house). These House Groups are a great way to get to know others in the church and to be real with each other about everyday living.
If you are just looking into Christianity you are welcome to come along to a small group but you may prefer to join an Alpha group.
Alpha is a great way to find out more about God and the claims of Christianity. No question is too stupid and you'll find other people also exploring God for the first time.
For those with disabilities....
We aim to be an all-inclusive church. However our resources are limited so we try to provide for our current attendees.
If you wish to discuss specific needs please contact the church office.
Most of our premises are accessible for those with disabilities. We have reserved spaces near the Church entrance for cars to pause for people who have walking difficulties.
A hearing aid loop is installed in the church for the hard of hearing and there is a toilet for the less able-bodied.
How you can help
We are grateful to God for providing our needs over many years however He needs us to help too if our ministry and church growth is to expand.
you decide to worship here regularly and would like to help in any of the many
activities and responsibilities that keep this church alive, here are some of
the ways in which you can do this:-
help is always needed in all of our groups and activities, e.g. children and
young people’s work, coffee stop, offering lifts to church and general jobs
around the church premises or churchyard. If you have any spare time to offer
we would be pleased to hear from you.
support for each other and for the work of the church is vital and you are
always welcome at our monthly Saturday prayer meetings.
course, none of the activities would be possible without the regular financial
support of the people who worship here. You may be surprised to learn that it
costs more than £2000 per week to keep St. Michael’s running. There are several
ways in which you can give – the collection plate at Sunday services, envelope
scheme or by bank standing orders. If you are a tax-payer your contribution can
be increased by 25% if it is Gift-Aided. For details of this scheme
please contact Lesley Bate.
You can also donate directly, go to the Giving page for more details.