A message to all who live in Paulsgrove from St. Michael’s and All Angels Church from the vicar
St Michael & All Angels has served Paulsgrove for over 60 years and has faithfully served the community over all that time through good times and bad.
Following advice from Public Health England and the NHS the Church of England has taken the decision to suspend public worship. I know this is very disappointing for lots of people but please don’t think the church has closed its doors – it hasn’t! At St Michael’s we are still able to serve you in these difficult times. Baptisms (Christenings), weddings and funerals can still go ahead (although congregation sizes have to be limited for obvious reasons).
Even though many places are having to close their doors to the public St Michael’s doors will remain open most days from approx 10am-5pm. As is the tradition here the church will be open for people to come and go as they wish in order to enjoy the silence, to say a prayer or light a candle. All we ask is that you wash your hands upon arrival and maintain a good distance between other people (about 2m or 7feet)!
Many of us are aware that historically Paulsgrove hasn’t had the best reputation but we know the truth and that is that Paulsgrove is a thriving community, that the good outweighs the bad and that there are so many people on the estate who really are “the salt of the earth”. That’s why St Michael’s has been running the Proud to be Paulsgrove project since 2014. The current situation the country finds itself in is demonstrating the best and worst in people. Please help by playing a positive part in the life of our wonderful community, it’s easy to do! (Don’t panic buy, don’t hoard, share or swap fairly with neighbours, look out for those living alone, avoid gossip and spreading unfounded rumours, keep donating to food banks and avoid shops/auction sites that are selling goods at hugely marked up prices).
Do take a look at the photographs alongside this message. They show how things are looking at St Michael’s and please remember that St Michael’s is YOUR parish church and you are welcome to come along whenever the church is open regardless of your faith or creed.
With every blessing to you and all whom you love,
We are always delighted to welcome new people to St Michael’s, please do introduce yourself to the clergy and other members of the congregation. Sunday’s Parish Eucharist is celebrated in the main body of the church with midweek services celebrated in our beautiful Lady Chapel.
Every third Sunday of the month the young people from our congregation read, serve and lead the prayers.
A Eucharist held in the lounge at Bresler House – everybody welcome. (Please inform Fr. Ian in advance if you are not a resident and wish to attend).
Everybody welcome for morning worship with Holy Communion and activities for young people in our Sunday School.
Every third Sunday of the month join us for our Altogether Service where the young members of our congregation read, serve and lead the prayers
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