Daily Prayer Support
It's easier than ever to get into the habit of daily prayer. As mentioned in the sermon today
(Sun 22/7/18) here are links to sites and apps that will help you:
Church of England "Daily Prayer" website and app
"Sacred Space" website and app
"Pray as you go" website and app
I have had a wonderful first Christmas and New Year in the Parish and thank you to all who passed on seasons greeting. Attendance at St Michael’s over Christmas was great, and we were very happy to host Braywood First School and Holyport Primary School Christmas services and concerts. The annual Carol Service was a wonderful experience and singing carols at the Crown Pub in Bray Village a new experience for me.
Looking forward to the year ahead I am very keen to encourage anyone who would like to come along to St Michael’s on a Sunday to give it a try. We have a great choir and are always hoping for new members, if you can sing and would like to come and have a look please do! We also have a wonderful bell ringing team, again, if you would be interested please come and find out more.
Our services each Sunday take place at 8.00am with a quiet and reflective 30-minute service of Holy Communion using the tradition Prayer Book service. At 10.00am we have a more contemporary service, with choir, sermon (talk) and Sunday School for younger ones, approximately one hour. On the first Sunday of the month we try to gear the service to include all ages and specially the children. At 5.30pm we have a traditional Evensong service with hymns and sermon, the service lasts about 45 minutes. You are welcome at any of these services, we would love to welcome you if you have not been a long before or if you would like to just give us a try!
One of my desires for the church is that we can be as inclusive as possible in our welcome and membership; you don’t have to be an experienced church goer to come along!
I am very keen to promote everyone’s spirituality and wellbeing, to that end we are holding a day on Mindfulness. Mindfulness is a meditative practise which seeks to ground us in the present moment, to encourage us to stop mulling over the past or worrying about the future. It is a simple practise which anyone can try. On Saturday 9th March at Bray Church Hall the Mindfulness teacher, Tim Stead, will lead a day course on Mindfulness practice and how it can help us to develop our spirituality. Here is a little more information about the day:
MINDFULNESS AND CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY QUIET DAY
Tim Stead is an accredited mindfulness teacher and associate of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre. Tim was a Church of England vicar for 23 years and now operates as a freelance mindfulness teacher, teaching eight-week courses, leading retreats and quiet days. His books, Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality and See, Love, Be – mindfulness and the spiritual life are published by SPCK. He has also published a Grove Booklet: Mindfulness and prayer. www.timsteadmindfulness.org
Intentions for the day
The intentions of this day are fourfold:
- Give a basic experiential introduction to what mindfulness is
- Explore how mindfulness practice can engage with and support Christian spirituality
- Serve as a quiet day where participants go away feeling they have had space with God
- Share ways that mindfulness could be taken forward for those who choose to
If you would like to book or make further enquires please leave a message on the Bray Parish Office voicemail and we will get back to you: 01628 633113.
The Revd Ainsley Swift
Vicar of Bray with Braywood.
To the website of St Michael’s – the ancient and historic church of Parish of Bray with Braywood. Made famous (or infamous!) in the popular ballad, the parish is widely known, because of the turncoat ways
of the Vicar of Bray.
The origins of the Parish Church can be traced back to the year 1293, though much has happened by way of restoration and repair, since. The boundaries of the parish have also altered over the years, no longer as widespread as once they were, parts of Windsor and Maidenhead are still within the bounds.
Worship in St Michael’s is based on a well-established pattern within the Anglican Communion. At the early morning Services of Holy Communion on Sundays we follow the Book of Common Prayer – as indeed happens at Evensong. Parish Communion at 10 o’clock on Sunday mornings is choral, the service being in the new Prayer Book, “Common Worship”, we use “Order One.