Our Baptism services take place at 12.30 pm.
We have twice monthly afternoon services and occasional seasonal services.
We are now beginning a season of contemplative prayer on Thursdays 5.30-6.30pm at St Michael's Church.
Our midweek Eucharist service is on Wednesdays at 10 am at St Michael's for the Benefice.
Details of our services and activities can be found by clicking on the "Services and events" item in the menu.
The Calendar will show you all events and if you click on each you will get a brief explanation..
The principal service used is the Eucharist, making use of modern (Common Worship) material. Worship is inclusive, accessible, concise, and children are always welcome. On some Sundays, when a priest is unavailable, the service will be a Service of the Word.
Gluten-free Eucharist Bread is available at both churches.
Coffee, Tea, and Biscuits (sometimes cakes) are available after the service in the Parish Room at St Michael's and in the church at All Saints
There is good disabled access and an induction loop system in both of our church buildings.
We try to allow for the whole Church Family to worship together with an age range of one year to 90+. Some members are recent arrivals, others have been worshipping here for many years.
Home Communion is available to those who are unable to get to church.
We will continue to offer hand sanitising at each location and Track and Trace records as a matter of sensible protection and monitoring.
You can also find us on Facebook at "St Michael and All Angels Church - Stourport".Activities.
Throughout the year there are a number of activities organised for anyone interested to take part in.
You can find these by visiting the Calendar on the Service and Events Page.
Families at 4 on the 4th.
Due to Corona Virus concerns this service is currently online and can be found under the "[email protected] n the 4th" item on the menu. It is available at about 4:00 pm on the 4th Sunday of each month.
This is an informal monthly event for families with small children. It consists of Prayers, Music and Games specifically aimed at young children. It may be cancelled when other festival services conflict. i.e Christmas.
Our Dementia Cafe is now also open again.
The cafe runs on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
Further information on our Dementia Cafe Page.
Contact Liz Bloomer for more details. 01299825009 / 07807070508
Mother and Toddler Group is currently being reorganised but we hope to be open again shortly.
The Mother and Toddler group meet every Thursday morning in local school term time from 10:00 am until 11:30 am.
The group is run by a small number of the St. Michaels congregation with appropriate DBS cover.
More information on our Mother and Toddler Group page.
Contact Jo. Dillistone for further details. Tel. 01299 877778
Coffee at St. Michael's
St. Michael's is open for "Coffee" and quiet prayer usually on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00am to 12:00noon.Bible Study and Discussion Groups are arranged from time to time and details will be found in Church or on the Parish news Sheet.
Members run an Emmaus Group, which meets in members houses.
The St. Michael's Parochial Church Council (PCC) has a policy of supporting various charities by an annual donation or collection.
We support Christian Aid.100 CLUB
Members pay a yearly subscription and a draw is held on the second Sunday of each month for a first and second prize of cash. 50% of the money collected is distributed in prize money, the other 50% going to Church funds.
Membership is open to anyone, not just members of the congregation, and is a good way of supporting your local church with a chance to win something back!
WEDNESDAY LUNCH CLUB is currently closed pending reorganisation.
St. Michael's Luncheon club meets on Wednesday's at 12-noon and is open to everyone. The fare is simple based on tried and tested favourites. The club offers the chance to meet and chat with friends, to share the week's gosip and a joke as well as eat a meal.
SUNDAY STALLS IN CHURCH
Occasional stalls are held in the Parish Room after service on Sunday's selling an assortment of goods to raise funds for the Church.
PARISH ROOM BOOKINGS
Our Parish room is used by many in the community.
Stourport Wives Group.
Stourport Justice and Peace Group.
The Diocese for meetings.
Tai chi Class.
Various charities and Community groups.
For more information contact Mrs. Jo. Dillistone. Tel. 01299 877778.
We need to be mindful that anything placed in our churchyards is in keeping with the guidelines of the Church of England and permitted by the Chancellor of the Diocese. This is not to make things difficult but to ensure that we preserve an appropriate atmosphere in keeping with Christian faith and burial in consecrated ground; to keep as much access between the graves as possible – kerbs for example are no longer permitted; and to maintain the well-being of the eco systems and wild life in the churchyard.
Artificial flowers and artificial grass, windmills and balloons cause danger to the wild-life and are not permitted in a Churchyard.
Trees, benches or memorials of any kind (other than a permitted headstone where someone is buried) cannot be placed in either of our churchyards or the church garden. For headstones or plaques in the ashes area please send an application form which I will respond to on my return.
There is often confusion in Stourport about the ground beyond the green cabin next to St Michael's Churchyard.
The area of ground through the gate by the green cabin is not part of St Michael's Churchyard but is Stourport Council Cemetery.
We don’t keep any records of burial in Stourport Cemetery.
Please also be aware that the guidelines of what is permitted in the cemetery differ from what is permitted in the Churchyard.
Searches for graves within Churchyard can be quite a long and complicated process.
There is a fee set by the Church of England for any search for graves. In the past we have waived that fee but with the number of graves we have and the number of quite extensive searches we are asked to do we now need to charge that fee.
Your funeral director will know how to contact our ministry team.
We are having enquiries about memorial/thanksgiving services and we will be planning these in the future. As memorial services are usually requested because during lock-down there not everyone was able to attend the funeral of a loved one who would have liked to, it is still not quite time to be booking memorial/thanksgiving services because there is still a restriction on numbers and the way we are able to worship. Singing of hymns for example is still not advised. So please bear with us.
Burial of Ashes
If someone lived or died in the Parish of All Saints, Wilden or St Michael and All Angels, Stourport then their ashes may be buried in our churchyards in the area set aside for the burial of ashes. There is a charge for the burial of ashes set by the Church of England and paid to the PCC. This charge is for permission for burial. It does not purchase the plot (the same as in the case of full burial)
If a member of the deceased’s family is already buried in the churchyard then their ashes may go in the existing plot rather than in the separate area for ashes even if they did not live in the parish at the time of their death. The same charges apply.
If would like to talk about burial of ashes of your loved one then please ask your funeral director to get in touch with Rev Carey Saleh once she is back from Annual Leave; or if you have the ashes yourself and are not coming via a funeral director then please email her at [email protected] She will reply on her return from annual leave.
Baptisms – You will understand that many baptism services that had been booked for the first half of 2020 had to be cancelled because of the lock-down. Restrictions remain in place and as we come out of lock-down we are contacting those families in the first instance to re-book their own services.
Before booking any baptism service we like to meet you and talk with you about what it means to have your child baptised and the promises of faith that you will be making. Usually this happened by pre-arranged appointment with our Vicar.
If you are interested in talking about your child’s baptism – or your own as an adult – then please email her at [email protected] and on her return from annual leave she will contact you to arrange this initial meeting. Please be aware however that social distancing and a restriction on numbers will remain in place for some time to come.
Weddings – We would be delighted to talk to you about getting married in the Benefice of Stourport and Wilden. Please be aware though that it isn’t simply a case of booking a venue over the phone. Our Vicar would like to meet you to talk about the legal, spiritual and practical aspects of planning and celebrating your marriage in the Church of England. She will be happy to talk to couples about getting married at either of our churches on her return from annual leave but cannot book dates (or even pencil them in) until that conversation has taken place. This is usually by appointment at our Parish office evening. If you would like to make an appointment and begin the conversation then please email our Vicar on [email protected] She will reply on her return from annual leave.
At present banns of marriage are not being read in churches so couples need to obtain a common licence to enable you to get married in Church. There are criteria for getting married in any particular church such as living in the parish or having a connection such as baptism or confirmation. Rev Carey Saleh will explain these with you in full.
If you have been married before and your previous marriage was dissolved then Carey will need a pastoral conversation with you about remarrying in Church following divorce.
Please understand that we cannot book a marriage service until your decree absolute is final.