Your church council met online on Tuesday to discuss the eventual opening up of the Church when guidelines permit and the issue of finance especially as the lockdown has made it impossible for you to give regularly. I know from conversations with you that this is an area that concerns you too. The finance committee have now met are are looking at ways to assist our giving during this period. Please keep this in your prayers. Over the coming few weeks we will be able to donate to the Church online or maybe like some already do could use a standing order or direct debit from you bank. The Clergy will in their phone rounds bring this to your attention once options have been considered and provided. I hope this helps and thank you for your support on this matter.
Welcome to St. Michael's
Serving God and the community for 175 years
The Parish of St Michael Wood Green
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Guidance
We have been closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and, following advice from Public Health England and the Church of England, we are taking appropriate steps to ensure we keep all members and visitors of Saint Michael’s as safe as possible.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to be attentive to the needs of the weakest and most in need in our community. Protecting high risk groups such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions is of great importance and something we must all be mindful of.
These are some steps we are now taking more widely to help prevent spread of the virus:
- Communion is currently offered ‘in one Kind’ (Bread/Precious Body) for the foreseeable future. It is Anglican teaching that to receive the sacrament in one kind only is to receive the sacrament in its entirety. Your clergy and the servers are ensuring excellent hand hygiene in the preparation and administration of Communion.
- We have suspended physical contact during the Peace, refreshments after services and made arrangements to ensure the collection plate is not passed around
- We are closely monitoring updates from Public Health England in relation to our services and events. This includes our Drop-In, Safe Haven, Followers and Sunday School activities.
- We are doing all we can to provide hand washing and hand sanitisation facilities.
- We are asking everyone who feels unwell, and has any of the coronavirus symptoms (however mild), to stay away from services and events at St Michael’s and to self-isolate in accordance with the Government’s guidelines. This is for the protection of the most vulnerable in our community.
Please ensure you thoroughly wash your hands on arrival at church.
To help prevent the spread of infection, please follow general best practice as outlined by Public Health England.
If you feel unwell and develop a fever or continuous cough, please stay away from church and call 111 for advice.
Please do not attend church if you are in a period of self, or mandated isolation but please do let a member of the clergy or Church family know by email or phone so they can be in touch with you.
If you choose to stay away from Church for this period, because of your age or an underlying condition, please know that this is OK and completely understandable in the circumstances.
We will continue to monitor this situation and update our approach as necessary.
We continue, of course, to pray for those unwell at this time and for those in positions of authority taking care to respond to the outbreak. Please also be particularly aware of neighbours who are elderly or live alone and look out for them in the event of any illness.
Said Mass – 8:30am
Sung Mass – 10:30am (with Sunday School)
Evening Devotions – 6:30pm
Wednesday Mass – 12:00pm
Thursday Holy Hour – 7:00pm
Friday Mass – 5:30pm
Saturday Mass – 12:00pm
Bounds Green Road, Wood Green, N22 8HE
At the top of the hill on the corner of Bounds Green Road and Wood Green High Road.
The Church continues to be alive and active, but in London our buildings must close.
London is seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must physically distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives.
Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, our church buildings here at St Michael’s, and all church buildings in the Diocese of London, are now closed.
Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but this cannot be done in our building.
The vicar/churchwardens of our church can be contacted in an emergency by telephoning Fr Ian on 0208 3513125 or emailing email@example.com.
Although we cannot meet together for worship, this is a time in which we will discover anew what it means to know God’s promise that he is always with us and that, in the words of St Paul, ‘neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, not anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord’.
To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength… Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
Important please read:
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Keep in, keep safe, be well.
Please stay tuned here for regular updates from St Michael’s Church during this present time when our church buildings across the country have had to close. We remain the Body of Christ, united together through our prayers for the world, for Wood Green, for those providing healthcare and for each other. This week…
Our Praying at Home booklet is available to download.
We also have a Prayer booklet for Holy Week for you to use at at home.
who we are
We are a diverse and vibrant Anglican congregation, made up of an array of nationalities, worshiping in the Anglo-catholic tradition and serving the people of Wood Green in Jesus’ name. St Michael’s is a centre of Christian worship, witness and service in an ever-changing community.
The church is open most days. You are very welcome to come in to have a look around, to pray, to light a candle or just to be still in this house of God. Do tell us how you think we can best serve Wood Green.
The church is open for morning and evening prayer most days at 9am and 4:45pm
You are welcome to join us and be a part of our active church life.
This beautiful prayer was written by an Italian priest who is self-isolating at the moment and very sadly lost his own brother a few days ago to Covid-19…
I’m staying at home, Lord!
I’m staying at home, Lord! And today, I realise, you taught me this, remaining obedient to the Father, for thirty years in the house of Nazareth, waiting for the great mission.
I stay at home, Lord, and in Joseph’s studio, your keeper and mine, I learn to work, to obey, to round the corners of my life and prepare you a work of art.
I’m staying at home, Lord! And I know that I am not alone because Mary, like any mother, is in the next room, doing chores and preparing lunch for all of us, God’s family.
I’m staying at home, Lord! And I do it responsibly for my own good, for the health of my city, for my loved ones, and for the good of my brother, whom you have put beside me, asking me to take care of him in the garden of life.
I’m staying at home, Lord! And in the silence of Nazareth, I pledge to pray, to read, study, meditate, be useful for small jobs, in order to make our home more beautiful and more welcoming.
I’m staying at home, Lord! And in the morning, I thank you for the new day you give me, trying not to spoil it and welcome it with wonder, as a gift and an Easter surprise.
I’m staying at home, Lord! And at noon I will receive the greeting of the angel, I will make myself useful for love, in communion with you who have made you flesh to live among us; and, tired of the journey, thirsty, I will meet you at Jacob’s well, and thirsty for love on the Cross.
I’m staying at home, Lord! And if the evening takes me melancholy, I will invoke you like the disciples of Emmaus: stay with us, the evening has arrived and the sun sets.
I’m staying at home, Lord! And in the night, in communion of prayer with the many sick, the lonely and all the caregivers, I will wait for the dawn to sing your mercy again and tell everyone that, in the storms, you have been my refuge.
I’m staying at home, Lord! And I don’t feel alone and abandoned, because you told me: I’m with you every day. yes, and especially in these days of confusion, O Lord, in which, if my presence is not necessary, I will reach everyone, only with the wings of prayer.
You are welcome to join us and be a part of our active church life.
“Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel“
Here are just some of the comments made by worshippers...
Sunday 31 May 2020
Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. It was an outpouring so strong that it drove the apostles out from hiding into the streets to proclaim the good news of God’s love. Their witness was so strong, that on that same day 3000 people were added to their number and the Church was born.
Through the prayer of the Church, the Holy Spirit comes to us today, and just as it marked a new chapter in the life of the apostles, so too those who dispose themselves to the power of the Spirit will be empowered to witness in their lives the wonderful deeds of the Lord. If we are ready for that today, then ask the Holy Spirit to come to you, but be warned, your life may never be the same again.
As you will have noticed from the news the lockdown is gradually being relaxed but is by no means over. There has been conversations regarding the opening of churches from July but this is all dependent on how the next few weeks unfold. Even when churches do begin to open up it will only be for private prayer at set times. Restrictions on numbers entering the church will initially mean that we cannot all return at the same time and social distancing will have to be managed. This is by no means ideal but it is a start.
Please pray for your clergy and the church council especially as we prepare for our return to church. Your clergy are now offering online services and Bible studies and we are always available to talk with you and to pray for you. Our Website and Facebook page have all the details you need and our phone details are below.
Keep well, keep safe and please keep on praying.
God bless you and those you love.
Get in Touch
The parish of St Michael’s believes that the care and protection of children, young people, and vulnerable adults who are involved in church activities is the responsibility of the whole Church community. Everyone who participates in the life of the Church has a role to play in promoting a safer church for all. Our commitment to creating a safe environment flows from the fact that we are all made in the image of God and the Church’s common belief in the dignity and uniqueness of every human being. We expect all our staff, volunteers and those who use our premises to share this commitment and value the support of those who worship here in achieving this. If you have any concerns please contact either Fr Ian or Fr Andy or Tendy Lindsay our safeguarding officer. For more information and contact details click here.