Welcome to St Michael’s! We are the parish church of Highgate village in north London. Please take a good look around our site to find out something about us.

We should be much better at welcoming visitors and new people than we often are. We do try. At church, please consider introducing yourself to any of the clergy, to anyone at the door, to our youth worker or, of course, to anyone else.

We're delighted you are with us (or thinking of coming along). We hope it may be for a long time, but we know that some people find it helpful to journey with us only for a while, as part of a wider exploration. We're just glad to have you with us for as long as that turns out to be.

If you are finding it difficult to get your footing or discover what's going on do please get in touch with any of the clergy or staff. We'll be very glad to hear from you.Why not drop an email here.    

What happens at a service?

  • When are your services?

    Our services are normally at 8am, 9.45am, 11.15am and 6.30pm. Once a month we have Messy Church at 4pm.

    Every Thursday there is a short service of Holy Communion at 11am.

    Occasionally our service times change: you can always check here.
  • Are all your services the same?

    No, but they all have some common elements. At every service we will:
    • Hear the Bible read to us, and then explained in a sermon lasting up to 15 minutes.
    • Be led in a time of corporate prayer.
    • Sing a variety of traditional or modern songs, or read ancient songs from the Bible.
    • Have a chance to meet with the church family and the clergy after the service.
  • What will happen at church for... an 8am service?

    There will be around 10-15 people (generally adults), sat in all parts of the church. As you come in, you will be greeted and given a red book. The page numbers will be announced, and you can follow the service.

    There are no sung hymns, but some words are spoken by the whole congregation together.

    It is a service of Holy Communion. If you wish to take Communion or receive a blessing, follow other people up to kneel at the rail. Once the priest has passed, return to your seat.

    The service will last for about 30 minutes.
  • What will happen at church for... a 9.45am service?

    There will be around 80 to 100 people, including lots of families with young children. Most people arrive just before the service starts.

    When you arrive you will be given a service order, a copy of the weekly notice sheet and a hymn book. The first thing you need is the hymn book. At the start of the service, the organ will begin the first hymn – you can find the number on the board hanging on the pillar at the front.

    On most Sundays, the choir will process from the back of church, followed by the clergy.

    After about 10 minutes, children and young people will leave the service for their own session in Light Groups. There are different groups for different ages: click here for details. Parents are asked to stay with children under the age of 3, and are asked to leave their children in the oldest groups (school age 4 and above).

    There will be three hymns, traditional but hopefully well-known. The choir will sing an anthem that they have prepared. Two parts of the Bible will be read, and the sermon will be no longer than 15 minutes. There will be a time of corporate prayer as well.

    On the first, third and fifth Sundays we celebrate Holy Communion. If you wish to take Communion or receive a blessing, follow other people up to kneel at the rail. Once the priest has passed, return to your seat. Children will be brought back to the main service during Communion.

    During the final hymn, we will take up a financial offering for the work of St Michael’s. This is voluntary for our church family and no-one, especially guests, is expected to contribute.

    The service will last for an hour, and at the end tea, coffee and biscuits will be served at the back of church.

    Occasionally, this service will be replaced by a joint service at 10.30am. Check here for up-to-date details.  
  • What will happen at church for... an 11.15am service?

    There will be around 50-60 people, including families with young children. The service will be led from a lectern on the floor at the front of church.

    When you arrive, you will be given a copy of the weekly notice sheet. Everything else you need will be on the on the screen at the front – so make sure you sit where you can see it!

    There will be up to five songs, a mix of modern and traditional. Twice a month music will be led by our volunteer worship band. Two parts of the Bible will be read, and the sermon will be no longer than 20 minutes. There will be a time of corporate prayer as well.

    Towards the start of the service there will be a short (6-7 minutes) address particularly suited for children and young people. After this, children and young people will leave the service for their own session in Light Groups. There are different groups for different ages: click here for details. Parents are asked to stay with children under the age of 3, and are asked to leave their children in the oldest groups (school age 4 and above).

    On the second and fourth Sundays we celebrate Holy Communion. If you wish to take Communion or receive a blessing, follow other people and gather in a semi-circle at the front. Once the priest has passed, return to your seat. Children will be brought back to the main service during Communion.

    During the final hymn, we will take up a financial offering for the work of St Michael’s. This is voluntary for our church family and no-one, especially guests, is expected to contribute.

    The service will last for an hour or slightly over, and at the end tea, coffee and biscuits will be served at the back of church.

    Occasionally, this service will be replaced by a joint service at 10.30am. Check here for up-to-date details.Check here for up-to-date details.
  • What will happen at church for... an 6.30pm service?

    On the first and third Sundays, the choir will lead worship and there will be up to 40 people in church.

    On the fourth Sunday, there will be a traditional-language service with no choir.

    On the second Sunday, the service will be held at St Michael’s or at a different church in Highgate. It may start earlier than 6.30pm, and details can be found here.

    When you arrive you will be given a copy of the weekly notice sheet, a hymn book and a small red book. The page numbers will be announced, and you can follow the service.

    At the start of the service, the organ will begin the first hymn – you can find the number on the board hanging on the pillar at the front – and the choir will process from the back of church, followed by the clergy.

    There will be four or five hymns, traditional but hopefully well-known. The choir will sing an anthem that they have prepared. Two parts of the Bible will be read, and the sermon will be no longer than 15 minutes. There will be a time of corporate prayer as well.

    On the first Sunday, we celebrate Holy Communion. If you wish to take Communion or receive a blessing, follow other people up to kneel at the rail. Once the priest has passed, return to your seat.

    During the final hymn, we will take up a financial offering for the work of St Michael’s. This is voluntary for our church family and no-one, especially guests, is expected to contribute.

    The service will last for an hour or slightly under.
  • What will happen at church for... a 4pm service?

    On the second Sunday of each month we hold Messy Church – a completely different way of experiencing church. It lasts around two hours, including dinner, and there are about 50-70 people each month.

    When you arrive, you will be offered a drink and given a sheet listing this week’s activities. Throughout the church will be 10 different activities – some games, challenges, craft, cooking, eating and making. Some of these might be messy, such as baking. Activities are suitable for all ages, but sometimes require parental help!

    After an hour, everyone gathers for two songs, a Bible story and prayers. This part lasts no more than 20 minutes. Afterwards, we share dinner together: sausages or quiche, mashed potato and cake.

    Click here to find out more about Messy Church.a
 

What happens at a service?

  • Can I take Holy Communion at St Michael's?

    All baptised Christians who are communicant members in their own churches are welcome to receive Communion. If St Michael’s is your church and you are uncertain, speak to one of the clergy who will be happy to explain.

    If you wish to receive a blessing, please come forward and keep your hands at your side.
  • Is there a dress code at St Michael's?

    Absolutely not. Some people choose to dress smartly for church, some choose to dress casually. The principle is come as you are!
  • Can I bring my children to St Michael's?

    Absolutely! All ages are always welcome at St Michael’s. We have a full-time children and youth worker, Jonathan Brooks, who leads a team of enthusiastic, trained and DBS-checked volunteers.

    The best services for children are monthly Messy Church at 4pm, or weekly at 9.45am and 11.15am. At these morning services there are Light Groups for different age groups 0-18. Check here for details.Check here for up-to-date details.
  • Will I be asked to do anything at the front?

    No. All those involved up at the front have volunteered. So you will never be asked to do anything you do not want to do.
 

All about St Michael's

  • Who leads the church?

    We are currently in an interregnum whilst our new vicar is appointed. Until then, the church is led by a team of clergy, churchwardens and readers. Clergy – Bryce Wandrey, Robert Willoughby and Howard Rogers – lead services and the work of the church day-to-day. Churchwardens lead the church’s development through the interregnum, and Readers lead services occasionally.

    You can find photos, biographies and contact details onthis page.
  • How do I get involved?

    St Michael’s is a big church with a lot going on – but unless you get involved it’s easy to feel a bit lost and like you don’t know anyone. There are lots of ways to get involved at St Michael’s – you could join a housegroup, help at Messy Church, join the choir or music group, come to the prayer gathering and so much more. Have a chat with a member of clergy or staff if you’re uncertain.
  • What facilities do your buildings have?

    Whilst the main church building and the upper hall are on the flat, we are sorry that some areas are only accessible by stairs. Sadly, sloped access to the lower floors requires use of the ramp outside.

    There is a hearing loop system in use.

    There are toilets upstairs and downstairs, and baby-changing facility downstairs. There is a kitchen in the upper hall and at the back of church.
  • Can I get married or baptise my child at St Michael's?

    Probably yes. To arrange a baptism or marriage, please come to the church on Saturday mornings to speak to a member of the clergy. If you live in the parish or you are a regular member at St Michael’s then we would be delighted to celebrate your wedding or baptism.
  • Can I hire the hall or the church?

    Yes. The hall is regularly hired for parties, concerts, rehearsals, recordings and other meetings. To hire the building contact the church office.
  • Can I contact someone?

    For practical arrangements, such as venue hire, please contact Kay Langley-May in the church office.

    For pastoral matters please contact the associate vicar, Bryce Wandrey.