There will be a service of Compline on Wednesday evening April 21st at 9.30pm led by Father Alex. The Zoom link is
Meeting ID: 881 0984 0097
Last Friday we heard the sad news that Prince Philip had peacefully died in his sleep, Despite the apparent differences that can seem to separate us in this life there are some component parts of our existence which are universal, shared by everyone. The journey that Prince Philip has made is one which awaits us all at some point in our lives.
In the growing outpouring of sympathy and tributes lie the memories of the actions embodied by the Prince; his life of service, loyalty, love and humour seem to those that have the loudest resonance. The same is true for us. The deeds that we embody, the words that we speak, reverberate long after they have been offered. They create a living memory, an echo of how we have chosen to be.
Although our individual circumstances may be different, we all share in the glorious freedom of choosing how we live each day. If we get these choices right we can gift life to another, bringing them into a fullness of earthly life which would have been almost impossible on their own. In many ways this is the loudest echo within his life, the tireless support, strength and confidence offered to support the Queen.
As we reflect in the coming days on the Prince's legacy we should be reminded of that other great component part of life that we all share, the story that will be told about us, the weighing up of who we have chosen to be. What, I wonder, will be spoken about you?
Unfortunately, given the current restrictions, we are not able to offer a physical book of condolence, but if you would like to offer words of condolence, the Church of England have a virtual book which can be accessed throughhttps://www.churchofengland.org/remembering-his-royal-highness-prince-philip
Calling all knitters
We have a number of baptisms coming up over the summer and it would be wonderful if we could offer as a gift to the baptism families a small hand knitted teddy bear from the church. We would bless the teddy bears first during a Sunday Mass so that they would be a prayerful gift from the people of St. Michael and All Angels. Unfortunately I don’t have any knitting patterns nor any expertise upon which to offer any knitting guidance or direction. But if you are a knitter and could assemble a small number of teddy bears that would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions (other than ones based on how to knit or patterns!) please just let me know.
Christian Aid week runs from the 10th to the 16th May this year and is focused on the impact of climate chaos. Given the on going pandemic we are somewhat limited for fundraising ideas. However our service on the 16th May will be focused on Christian Aid and will include a collection for their work.
There are some interesting resources and challenges for this year on the Christian Aid website which I can recommend that you have a look at. It can be found through the following link https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals/christian-aid-week
Used postage stamps
Please bring in any used postage stamps for our collection in the Narthex. They will be used to support the work of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Thank you for all who attended and took part in last Sunday’s APCM either virtually or in person. We have been able to fill the main ‘offices’ of the PCC but there are still a couple of vacancies for membership of the PCC. Can I encourage you to prayerfully mull over whether God may be calling you to join the PCC for the next twelve months. If you have any questions or would like to know what is entailed please don’t hesitate to talk to an existing PCC member or Father Alex.
Prayers for Saint Michael and All Angels
Please pray for those families who have booked baptisms and for any who live in the parish who haven’t booked yet. May they find an irresistible urge to come forward bringing either themselves or their children for baptism.
Prayers for Saint Cyprian’s
Please pray for our meeting with the Diocesan Surveyor and the continued development of the refurbishment work at the Memorial Hall.
With prayers and best wishes,
Our updated Risk Assessments and Sidespersons' Duties are now on view, see HOME above or click the button below:
Please see HOME then COVID-19 UPDATES above.
In accordance with legislation effective from September 23rd, we have prepared and are displaying the NHS Contact Track and Trace QR code posters in our Hall and Narthex. At the moment this is for Hall users only, there is no requirement to use this when attending a service of worship but logging in will certainly help the NHS to follow the situation.
For those who are unfamiliar with this, please use your favourite search engine for NHS Covid-19 App and the details are all there. The website says:
The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free in England and Wales, is the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community. The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy.
All you need to do is download the app to your smartphone, give a few details and the app will start working. On arrival at SMAAA, or any other venue, simply scan the QR code at the entrance and that’s all there is to it. Protect your loved ones. Download the app.
St. Michael & All Angels Parish Church is committed to care and protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults. Staff, PCC members and volunteers within this organisation accept and recognise our responsibilities to develop awareness of the issues which cause these people harm.
Our Safeguarding Officer is Jane Clarke, telephone 0121 743 4089
The Birmingham Diocese Bishops Safeguarding Advisor is Steph Hayes, telephone 07342 993 844
To view our full Safeguarding Policy document, please click the button below
All are welcome to join us here at St.Michael's in our worship and in our various activities. Our worship follows a high Anglican format and we are proud of our strong musical roots.
We are a church with a big heart that worships in a big building, that heart is to see God's kingdom
break through into the lives of our families, friends and neighbours.
‘Let no one be a stranger in our midst!’
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We have biscuits.
And what's more, we usually serve them with tea and coffee after the main Sunday morning service so, once we get back to more normal times, why not pop in and see which crunchy favourites are on offer?
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