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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.
If anyone is interested in joining the Choir please contact either the Vicar or the Director of Music.
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.
Mothers' Union Prayer and Fellowship Group
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.
Corporate Communion service is held at 10.30am on the last Wednesday of every month.
The branch has become a prayer and felloweship group, new members are always welcome.
Cherubs Parent and Toddlers Group
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