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.