St Michael and All Angels (Heavitree), Exeter
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St Michael’s is the parish church of Heavitree. The present building is mainly Victorian,but the earliest reference to a church there is in 1156 - so there has been a church on the site for at least 1000 years.
Although the church is built on the top of a hill, and can be seen from a long way away the buildings in Fore Street means that the church is not visible from the main road.
St Michael’s has an Anglo-Catholic style of worship, and Mass is celebrated in one of the churches in the team every day. The clergy meet for Morning and Evening prayer daily to which all people are welcome.
We have a variety of services on Sundays:
8am which is a said Eucharist
9.30am 30 Minute worship; this is a service aimed at children and families, though some older folk attend also. It is a Eucharist on 2nd and 4th Sundays. Its simple style has been a success and draws people to it as a service at which children are made to feel very much at home
10.30am Parish Mass – a sung service done with ceremony.
In the evening we have Evensong at 6pm. On the first Sunday this is generally with Benediction.
Once a month at 6pm we have a very different service ‘Sunday Night Lite’ which has a different style with plenty of silence, movement and meditation; it uses You Tube clips most months. Sunday Nite Lite has its own facebook page:
About the Church:
The church houses a reredos by the famous Victorian artist Gilbert Scott (originally this was in the Cathedral) and a further splendid reredos in the Lady Chapel which was set up by residents at the end of the second world war as a thanksgiving for peace.
It also houses a nationally famous set of Taylor 8 bells which were bought installed in 1897 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Jubilee. They are rung regularly before the 10.30 service on Sunday with practice night at 7.30 on Thursdays.
The three manual organ is also of a high standard.
We are fortunate in having a Church School, St Michael’s Academy of which we are very proud. The school thrives and OFSTED judged it outstanding. There are 10 other schools in the parish and we provide weekly assemblies for three of them and more occasional assemblies for a further three.
We believe in Mission and have various projects aimed at serving the local community.
Weddings,Baptisms and Banns of Marriage: We book these in at St Michael’s Church every Saturday afternoon between 5.30 and 6.00pm. There is no need to signal your intention of coming, just turn up and there will be someone to greet you and someone to take you through the process of booking in.
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