Facilities and features
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Public parking is available at the bottom of Stockwell Park Crescent
The main entrance is flat and ramped to the main doors of the church.
Large print sheets of the readings are normally available
Happy to welcome assistance dogs
St Michael's Church was begun in 1839 when the land was gifted by William Cox during the development of Stockwell Park. It was built to the designs of William Rogers in the 'Lancet' or Early English style and accommodated 1,350 parishioners. It is Grade II listed and the design – Gothic Revival in style – is used “mischievously”, with a ring of little pinnacles around the spire (originally more flamboyant) adding a light hearted touch to a plain building. Thin iron cast columns support the large and wonderful galleries (which contain original box pews) and roof (out of sight behind the false ceiling). The biblical texts along the front of the galleries and the remnants of Victorian stencil work in the chapel indicate the original decoration.
The striking stained glass windows in the present sanctuary – 5 lancets dominated by the Ascended Christ – come from the 1950s and were designed by John Trinick. The windows either side of the Ascended Christ show Mary on the left and St Michael, the Archangel, standing on a dragon/Satan on the right. Either side of these are, on the left, Jairus and his daughter, and on the right, the widow of Nain and her son. They replace the original Victorian glass that was shattered by a doodlebug in 1944, which also clipped the spire and exploded on the houses where Slade Gardens lies.
As you go round the church, look into the Warrior Chapel with its wooden memorial to those linked to the church who died in the 1st World War. This chapel was given by the 8th Scout Group and the Scout banners are kept in the church just down from the Chapel.
More information on the building and history of the church is available on the Parish website.
Music and Worship
The church hosts a number of ad hoc concerts during the year, but is particularly rich in music in October during the St Michael's Arts Festival when there is at least one major concert and an opera along with drama, poetry and comedians. There are also lots of events for children. See www.stmag.org.uk
Sadly mothballed at the moment and the Friends of St Michael is looking for funds to repair it.
There is a choir of 6 who sing at the 9.45 and monthly 10.15 services. At Christmas, Easter and the Community Summer Festival service, a larger scratch choir, adding other people from the local community, sing a range of music.
Groups, Courses and Activities
Recently established. This group meets fortnightly to debate topical and moral issues in a Christian context and also volunteers to help with local community events that add to the gaiety of life and raise money for local charities. Very friendly, ages range from c 15-19.
This group meets fortnightly on a Tuesday at 7.30pm except during Lent, when a weekly Lent group is run at 7.30pm on a Wednesday. Both in the Parish room in the Church
The Cubs meet with the Scouts at 7pm on Thursdays in the Church Hall
The Guides group meets in the Church Hall on a Tuesday.
The Church partners with the Robes charity and the local community to run a homeless shelter during the winter on Sunday evenings in the Church Hall. A hot supper, breakfast and bed for the night is provided.
The Scouts meet on Thursday evenings at 7pm in the Church Hall
Help for Visitors
Ask one of the Churchwardens for the password
These can be provided by appointment
The church is open at service times and on Saturday mornings
The church is the hub for food bank collection in the local area.
St Michael's sits at the centre of the Stockwell Park Conservation area, which has a number of listed houses in it.
Fairtrade food is sold after the 9.45 service
Both the Church and the church hall can be hired for events and filming. Please see contact details on the Parish Website