St Michael’s has a long-established choral tradition, and the 4-part Choir leads the singing of the hymns and communion setting at the 9.30am service on Sunday morning, and at other major church festivals. It endeavours to enhance our worship through music, and on most Sundays the Choir sings an anthem following communion.
At present there are approximately 20 choristers, including a number of children who are trained to obtain various awards within the diocese up to the Bishop’s Chorister Award. The Choir is always ready to welcome new members. No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a great love of singing.
The Choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music and regularly sings with other choirs at Diocesan Choir Festivals. The Choir also provides music for weddings at the church if requested, and is sometimes asked to sing at outside concerts and for other organisations.
The Choir meets for practice on Friday evenings during term-time from 7pm until 8pm in the church.
Wayfinders is the group for all children under the age of 13 and which meets during the first part of our 9.30 am Eucharist service every week of the year except for August when we break for a summer recess. The group is run by a team of volunteer adults who provide short lessons/activities based on our biblical theme/topic of the week. There are various groups for different age ranges. The children usually begin worship in Church and move out after the first hymn and return in time to share the Peace.
Our Sunday School team is a mix of teachers, clergy and other very gifted lay volunteers who meet regularly to review, plan and share ideas and resources for the coming term.
There is always a variety of input and activity each week and often the children who attend make something to take home or bring back into Church to share with the rest of the congregation. The older ones engage in discussions exploring various topics.
If you require any further information please speak to one of the clergy.
The members of the group provide a good core of enthusiastic, although amateur, flower arrangers and the aim is to have at least one arrangement in church every Sunday (except during Lent and Advent). There is a two-weekly rota to which members of the congregation are invited to sign up, and who take responsibility for the flower arrangements during that two-week period. Usually this only involves one duty each year.
For festivals (Easter, Harvest and Christmas) we operate an ‘All Hands on Deck’ policy and hope that as many people as possible will come on the Saturday morning to arrange. On these occasions contributions of greenery and, if possible, flowers are requested from the congregation, and also sufficient flowers are purchased to provide each arrangement with a base.
Successful Flower Festivals have been organised and the group contributed to the huge flower festival in Salisbury Cathedral in 2008.
The group is always keen to welcome new volunteers, with or without expertise! Please contact Barbie Watson for further details.
The Mothers’ Union branch at St. Michaels is part of the Worldwide Mothers’ Union which is an organisation of over 3.6 million members, women and men, living in over 78 countries, who believe in the importance of families. As well as encouraging and supporting families and marriage, members work to reach out as God’s family to change lives and bring Christ’s hope to those who are isolated, in trouble or in need. The branch comes under the umbrella of the Mothers’ Union of the Salisbury Diocese.
The branch has around 30-40 members, and meets at 2.30pm on the 2nd Thursday of every month, except August. Each meeting begins with a short act of worship followed by a presentation from someone sympathetic to the aims and objects of the Mothers’ Union.
There is also a monthly Prayer Group, and a Corporate Communion service is held at 10.30am on the last Wednesday of every month.
The branch is always pleased to welcome new members and if you are interested in joining, please contact the Branch Leader.
Cherubs is a Parent and Toddler Groups meets on Friday mornings during the normal school term from 9:30am to 11:15am. A small craft activity is provided together with lots of toys, role play activities, puzzles and play dough. We also have a dedicated baby area with soft mats and appropriately aged toys. The group finishes with a singing session. There is a small admission charge to cover costs of the activities. No need to book, all welcome.