Facilities and features
There is a private toilet in the vestry.
There is limited street parking outside the church, and it is possible to drive to the church doors to drop people off. Please contact us if you have any queries or special needs.
A defibrillator, provided by the Stephen Carey Trust, is located on Bailiffgate, near the church.
The side (Duke's) door to the church has a non-slip, sturdy ramp permanently attached to facilitate entering the church without the use of steps. The main entrance has several steps, and a handrail.
Hymn books and service booklets/leaflets are available in large print.
Assistance dogs are welcome in church.
St Michael's Church is Grade I listed, dating from the 15th Century, though with earlier churches on the same site dating to the Saxon era. The building was extensively remodelled in the 19th Century, and features in the book “England‘s Thousand Best Churches”.
Music and Worship
The new ring of ten bells replaced the old medieval three for Michaelmas day 2021. They are now regularly rung and the team is being established. There is more information on the Belltower and Bellringing pages of our website.
Our organ, made by Harrison & Harrison of Durham, was installed in 1890 and "opened" in 1892. It is in use in almost all services at St Michael's, played by our Organist and Choir Director.
Our Sunday morning service at 8am is a (spoken) Book of Common Prayer service. We have Sung Evensong every first Sunday at 6pm and a range of services for the rest of the month.
St Michael's had a robed choir at the 10am Parish Eucharist and 6pm Sung Evensong services. The choir is being re-formed after the lockdown period.
Groups, Courses and Activities
The Church holds regular coffee mornings in aid of the local and national charities we support.
St Michael's Church holds Messy Church in our Parish Hall monthly.
Mini Michaels, a group for 0-5 year olds and their grown-ups, runs every Thursday in term-time in the church. There are toys, crafts, games, stories and singing, with tea and coffee for adults, and a dedicated "baby corner".
Help for Visitors
There are leaflets in the church giving a brief overview of our history, and more detailed reference material is available. Church members are available for further information if required.
We have a small amount of gifts and cards for sale in the church, as well as second-hand books.
The church is open most days until 4pm, and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy our ancient building.
St Michael's is one of the designated drop-off points for donations to Alnwick Foodbank.
All services use the Church's PA system, and we have mobile amplifiers, a projector and a projector screen.
St Michael's Parish Hall, located on Walkergate, is a spacious, purpose-built hall frequently used for groups, activities and events. It consists of a large and a small hall, a professional kitchen and facilities, and can be hired in whole or in part.
St Michael's is committed to using Fairtrade coffee and tea at our services.