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.”
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
OF ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH, BRAY
NEWSLETTER — MARCH 2017
TOILET PROJECT UPDATE
A pre-contract meeting was held on Friday 3 March, with the church’s architect Philip Tilbury, and Steven Capps, Project Manager of Tectra, the building contractor. Delays beyond their control on other jobs has led to our start date slipping, however, the work will definitely now start on 24 April, with possibly some preparation the week before.
The work, which will take up to four months, comes in a quieter period after Easter and all its extra services, and hopefully in better weather too. We will now do everything necessary to be ready for this period.
The contractor will create a secure area, bounded with Heras fencing, around the toilet block, shed and gas cupboard. The bins will be relocated, and we will erect two portable toilets in the churchyard. The main access to the construction site will be through the churchyard. The tree roots will be dug out at the same time as the existing block is demolished.
Both the architect and contractor have already shown a thoroughly professional approach to the task in hand, and we are confident of a successful project.
The Lent Pilgrim course entitled ‘The Bible’ continues until Wednesday 12th April – we have around 20 people per session attending and if you would like to come to any of the sessions then you would be most welcome. Just feel free to come along and join us at 2 p.m. in the church hall.
Palm Sunday: 9th April with a procession into church and reading of the Passion Gospel at 10 a.m.
Maundy Thursday: 13th April with a service of Holy Communion at 8 p.m.
Good Friday: 14th April with Holy Communion at 10 a.m. and a reading of the Gospel according to
St. Mark at 2 p.m.
Easter Day: Sunday 16th April with a special service at 10 a.m.
Westminster Abbey 17th February
Kelmscott Manor and Buscot
On Thursday 4th May 2017, your Social Committee hope you will join us for day in the Cotswolds, where we have arranged to visit two historic houses, Kelmscott Manor dating from around 1600, was the summer home of William Morris.
The house contains a unique and important collection of the Morris families’ furniture and furnishings, many of which were designed for the Red House (William and Jane’s first married home The manor was also home to the pre-Raphaelite poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Following refreshments and an introductory talk, (approx. 25 minutes) by our guide, we will be able to explore the Manor at our own pace. Lunch can be purchased in the tea room, after which we depart for Buscot Park the Family Home of Lord Farringdon. The Farringdon Collection is displayed in the house. Both the House and Grounds remain intimate and Idiosyncratic and very much a family home.
Our coach departs Braywick at 09.00 and return between 1800 & 1900.The price for this day’s enjoyment is £31.25, (NON NT Members£41.25) and includes Coach, Morning Coffee and Biscuits, Introductory Talk at Kelmscott, Admissions and Gratuities. Booking forms from Roy Gardner and Ken Amery.
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If you would be interested in joining this visit from Sunday 11th June to Tuesday 13th June 2017 then please contact Roy Gardner for further information firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU TO HOLYPORT C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL
For the use of the school hall on Saturday 18th March for the St Michael’s jumble sale which raised nearly £400 for the maintenance of the church and church hall.
As part of our mission to the community we will start 'Churchwatch' on March 27th. At the moment the church will be open between 10 am & 12 midday on Mondays. 10am to 2pm Tuesdays. 10am to 4pm on Thursdays and 10.30am to 12.30pm on Fridays. As you can see we still have some vacancies for 'watchers'. We may also on occasions have the church open in 'high summer.' Please remember that all the watchers are volunteers and so may not be available, so please bear this in mind if you mention when the church is open.
Contact Ken Amery 01628 675425 for more details.
THE ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
Will be held in church at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday 30th April.
Will start on Sunday 28th May and continue each Sunday (except June 11th and July 9th ) until September 3rd. Delicious cakes and cream teas will be served in St Michael's church hall from
3 pm until 5 pm. All proceeds go to church funds.
LOTS TO BE INVOLVED IN AND WE WELCOME YOU