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Services are in person in church, our Sunday service at 10am will also be livestreamed.

The church is open for private prayer each day.

Our new schedule of Services started on Sunday 4th July 2021, please see our Services page for details of service times.

 

Staying Connected

On the first Sunday of the month at 4pm we still enjoy a virtual get together over coffee, via Zoom. If you would like to join us for this or for more information, please contact Sue Allen or Andrew Duff (on duffandrew@btinternet.com) for the meeting ID, password, or for any questions about using Zoom.

In addition to this, we also have some groups meeting for fellowship and to pray Compline together on weekday evenings via Zoom – if you would like to know more about these or join in, please contact us.

St Michael’s prayer chain  If you have any requests for particular prayer our prayer chain would love to hear them. Contact Paul, Veronica or Annette to start them praying!

Alongside the resources offered by St Michael’s, we also encourage you to make use of the virtual and livestreamed services, daily prayer, and other resources on the Church of England website.


Notices

For all previous notices and news, please see the week’s pew sheet on our Weekly Information page.


We have now removed the social distancing tapes from the main body of the nave but, for those who remain concerned about sitting too close to others, greater space remains in the pews in the south aisle and on the blue chairs on in north aisle.  Please continue to use the hand sanitizer provided and wear a face covering.


Our 10am Sunday services are normally livestreamed. For safeguarding reasons we are trying not to show identifiable individuals in the congregation, including during the Administration of Communion. If you are concerned about this, please speak to one of the Wardens as you arrive, and you will be directed to a seat that the camera cannot ‘see’.


With the easing of lockdown we hope that it may not be too long before we can begin the business of RESTARTING OUR CHOIR and further enhancing the music in church.  As well as appealing to our former choir members, if you are interested in joining a happy band of singers please watch out for a meeting very soon.


Our Indoors Bowls Club has restarted, meeting every Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm. We look forward to welcloming members back and if you’re interested but haven’t yet joined, come along on any Tuesday evening. See this week’s pew sheet for more details.


Unfortunately we are no longer able to Livestream the Wednesday 10:15am services.


On Saturday 20th November from 10am we held our Winter Market in the church.


The Saturday 27th November Spring Bulb Planting Day has been postponed due to the poor weather which is forecast and the storm damage – please see the Churchyard Project article below.


On Sunday 19th December at 6pm we hold our Candlelit Carol Service.


CALLING ALL CRAFTERS & MAKERS. Following last year’s knitted angels, this year Christians Together in Alnwick proposes that we make 1,000 STARS to distribute around town from 18th December. These will be packed in compostable bags, with a small printed greeting. The stars can be knitted, woven, cut-out or made from willow strips. Simple illustrated instructions can be downloaded from the website: christianstogetherinalnwick.co.uk – or ask Andrew or Michelle Duff.

St. Michael’s Churchyard Project

To become more welcoming for wildlife and people.

The first stage was to make our churchyard safer by protecting the drop behind the church on the north side. This drop is several metres deep, and was guarded only by a small wall, low enough in places for an unwary person to step over. No more!
We were delighted to welcome group of 10 young volunteers, with their leaders, from Community@NE66. They spent a morning during Half Term planting a double row of about 100 hedge saplings – hawthorn, dogwood and holly – above the drop. They were well watered at the time, and the weather since has continued to keep them wet, so they should thrive and provide a pleasant barrier to keep visitors safe, and be welcoming to wildlife as well.

The next stage, weather permitting on Saturday 27th November*, is to welcome the volunteers back to plant several hundred wildflower bulbs. These have already been delivered, and we look forward to a colourful display of snowdrops, wild daffodils, aconites and English bluebells in the flat area above the slope. In time these should provide food for birds and insects, and contribute to the diversity of wildlife in our area.

*The bulb planting has had to be been postponed due to the poor weather which is forecast and the Arwen storm damage.

For more information please contact Sue Allen (details in Gateway magazine).

The Tower Project

Tower Project News  See our Belltower page for updates.

 

Please note that service links may not be active until shortly before the service begins.

Sunday Eucharist 5th December 2021 at 10 am

Second Sunday of Advent


Our Pew Sheet is Pew Sheet & Hymns or in pdf format. Our Hymns for today are :

  • Make way, make way, for Christ the King (160)
  • Come and see the shining hope that Christ’s apostle saw (28)
  • Guide me, O thou great Redeemer (652)


On Sunday 28th November 2021 services were cancelled due to storm damage in the churchyard but are now resumed thanks to work by the team from Northumberland Estates.

URGENT NOTICE on Saturday 27th November 2021
Several large trees have blown down in St Michael’s churchyard overnight – including one very near to the gate which is blocking entrance and exit and causing a major hazard.In the interests of safety, therefore, it has been decided to cancel the 8.30am, 10.00am and 6.00pm services on Sunday 28th November.We hope that access will be possible once again in time for or Wednesday morning service of Holy Communion at 10.15am

This is perhaps a reminder of the churchyard Boom tree which was brought down by a storm on Ash Wednesday in 1836.

 
To catch up on any of our past services, visit our YouTube channel.

You can access the Christians Together in Alnwick website here.

We also encourage you to make use of our Simple Order of Prayer and Praise, which is available to download from this website as a pdf, or as a Word document) at home. For further information, and some prayers written for use at this time, please see our Further Information & Prayers page.

St Michael’s is an open and inclusive church sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and serving the local community. With origins in Saxon times, and handsomely rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries, St Michael’s Church is steeped in history. It is also one of the architectural gems of Northumberland. You can find information on the history of St Michael’s on the Our Building page, and if you’re interested in those who are buried here, please visit the St Michael’s Graveyard page.

Join us at one of our regular Worship Services: we have several services every Sunday, and during the week on Wednesdays. Details of special services such as Saints’ Days can be viewed on our What’s On page, as well as other upcoming events which we warmly invite you to attend.

Many couples choose to get married at St Michael’s, and many choose to have their child baptised (Christened) with us. Further information about marriages and baptisms can be found on our Weddings and Baptisms page.

A map showing how to find the church is at the bottom of this page, along with a virtual tour of St Michael’s, and if you have any queries, please feel free to use our Contact page where you will find our postal address, telephone number, and email address. If you would like to book our Parish Hall, then please contact Mariana Santiago-Mallaburn on 0756 241 8837 or email bookstmichael@gmail.com.

St Michael’s Church is committed to the care and safeguarding of everyone in our community. Contact details for our Parish Safeguarding Officer, and other safeguarding contacts both within the Parish and in our Diocese can be found on our Safeguarding page. Further safeguarding information can be viewed on the Diocese of Newcastle website.

Slideshows

A series of photos of interesting, important or just plain fun things that have happened at St Michael’s. All photos are also available on our Flickr page.

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Mini Michaels Slideshow

Mini Michaels is our group for toddlers and babies (and their parents) which meets every Thursday in termtime, usually in church. For more information (including a timetable of activities in a typical session, please see our Children page). Our slideshow below shows some of the things they have been up to lately.

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Take a virtual tour of St Michael’s! Use the arrows below to move around: 


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Map showing location of St Michael's

Click here for a Google map with directions to the church and Parish Hall.

The Vicar of St Michael’s Church is the Rev’d Canon Paul Scott. Click here for his blog.

Accessibility information

Information about accessibility at St Michael’s.