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The Sacrament of Penance offers the assurance of God’s forgiveness on confession of sin. St Michael’s offers Sacramental Confession as a means of dealing with a troubled conscience, or as part of a regular pattern of self-examination and repentance.
Confession times are announced regularly and can also be arranged at any time with one of the clergy.
Baptism is the appointed way of entrance into the Church. Adults who wish to be baptized should talk to the Vicar, who will arrange a course of instruction in the Faith. Their initiation into the Church will be completed by Confirmation, administered by the Bishop.
Adults who have already been confirmed by a Bishop in apostolic orders (such as the Roman Catholic Church) and wish to be members of the Episcopal church are formally received by the Bishop.
Parents who wish their children to be baptized as part of a Christian family should arrange a date for the baptism with the Vicar. They will make a commitment that the children who are to be baptized will be brought to the Bishop for Confirmation when they are older. Some photos
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Please tell the Vicar if you wish to be confirmed or if you have any children to be confirmed. If confirmation has to be delayed for any reason, Church members of any age who are ready and desirous to be confirmed may be admitted to communion, in accordance with the Prayer Book. FAQs (external site)
The clergy are always willing to visit those who are sick (at home or in hospital) and anoint them with the Holy Oils, blessed by the Bishop for the Healing of the Sick.
The funeral rites of the Church are a way for family and friends to commend a loved one to the care of Almighty God. The funeral can be simply the Funeral Rite of the Prayer Book, or it can also consist of a Requiem Mass and the Absolutions of the Departed.
Would you like to help with the singing?
If so we should like to hear from you.
Practice is on Sundays at 9.20am (before the Sung Mass).
There is an outstanding ring of eight bells. Practice is on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. Visiting ringers and new recruits are warmly welcomed.
Captain of Ringers and Steeplekeeper is Clive Ward -
Telephone 01805 623599.
Couples interested in being married in St. Michael’s should contact the Vicar. He will help them plan their wedding ceremony and instruct them in the church’s teaching on Marriage.
St. Michael’s is a beautiful setting for a wedding, and the organist will gladly discuss with the couple the music they would like to have at the ceremony.