St Michael’s Church Wood Green
Serving God and the community for 175 years
Dear brothers and sisters,
For 175 years the Church of St Michael’s Wood Green has been serving both God and the community and our Church has stood and continues to stand as a sign of God’s loving presence for all who pass by. As we celebrate this significant anniversary, we remember in prayer and gratitude the many clergy and people who make up our history.
In 1843 the residents of Wood Green had to walk to the Parish Church of All Hallows, Tottenham to attend Church. The growth of the population required that a Church be built at Wood Green, at the beginning of October 1844 St Michael’s was consecrated.
The changes that have occurred since then have been amazing. Yet our calling remains the same – to worship the Lord our God and to live the Gospel life of service to the community. To God be glory. Amen
As it was in the beginning…
St Michael’s Chapel of Ease, the Church at the top of the hill, was built to the designs of Messrs Scott and Moffatt. It was consecrated for worship on 3rd October 1844 by the then Bishop of London, Bishop Bloomfield. The parish was served by the clergy of All Hallow’s Church, Tottenham and in 1851 the record of attendance showed 28 souls at morning worship and 85 in the evening. Following a number of building complications including having to close the Church for a period of time.
Fr Jones Thomas, our first Vicar, was appointed in 1862. The population had now risen to 3,500. Fr Thomas was a real driving force building up to Church and the parish and was instrumental in the building of St Michael’s School. He served for 45 years before his retirement in 1907 and he laid the foundations upon which others could build.
The story continues…
Since the beginning we have been served by 11 Parish Priests and many Curates all of whom have added significant contributions to the life and worship of the parish. They together with the faithful congregation have prayed and worked hard to hand on the baton of faith to those who came after them. Now on this 175th anniversary of our Church we have the God given opportunity to continue to build His kingdom here in Wood Green remaining true to the vision of those who like us seek to love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ in our beautiful, diverse and vibrant town.
Meet our Sister Church…
St Michael at Bowes then and now
With the consecration of the new Church at Bowes on 7th June 1988, the congregation came home. For nearly 100 years they had worshipped in a stunning Victorian Church. However damp, cold and dry rot caused structural damage which led to its destruction. In 1982 under the leadership of the new Rector Fr John Broadhurst (later to become Bishop of Fulham) St Michael at Bowes and St Michael’s Wood Green became a new Team Ministry working together under the leadership of the Rector, Team Vicar and Parish Curate.
Fr Ian is our Rector since January 2017 and Area Dean of East Haringey. Our Curate since June 2018 is Fr Andy. Our Team Vicar is Fr Engin from Turkey and Fr Winfield is retired and our honorary Priest. We are called by God to serve you.
St Michael’s Today…
We take very seriously our work with children, in Wood Green St Michael’s Followers meet every Sunday and learn through craft, drama and teaching the importance of living the Gospel life. Today the children will be burying a time capsule for the children of the future 25 years from now.
At Bowes there is a very successful ‘Messy Church’ which meets once a month again focusing on Biblical stories and engaging children with play, art and singing.
We also very proud of our serving team who enrich our worship so faithfully. We are truly blessed to have the involvement of so many of our young people at St Michael’s
Over 100 hundred years ago the Church funded the building of St Michael’s C of E School and the relationship with the School goes from strength to strength. The children regularly attend Church and our Clergy conduct week assemblies at the School.
Life in our Church family…
Pilgrimages to Our Lady of Walsingham are a regular feature of our life together at St Michael’s and in 2020 a number of our community will be going to the Passion Play in Oberammergau
Our minibus can often be seen transporting members of the Church to various locations with afternoon tea
Every Wednesday members of our Church family run a drop-in from 10.30pm -2pm. We welcome friends who are homeless and others in need of company and a light lunch. We meet in St Raphael’s hall next to the Church and are often joined by the local surgery who offer help and advice to those who need it.
Another vital part of our life involves the supporting of our local food bank which supplies the needs of so many.
We know how to party…
Quiz evenings, bingo and other events all help with our fund-raising efforts and are always full of fun proving that a parish that prays and plays together stays together. Events are advertised well in advance and you are always welcome to come along.
Our All Nations Evenings are a joyful celebration of the many cultures and nationalities that make up our Church family. Good food, good drink, good dancing (give or take the Rector) all ensure a good time is had by all.
The Great Get Together
As a parish we take part in the great get together inspired by the death Jo Cox MP who reminded us ‘we are better together’ and ‘there is more that unites us than divides us’.
Vocations have been discovered here…
The parish bids a fond farewell to Simon and Victoria as Simon takes up training for the Priesthood
In July 2018 Fr Andy and his family joined us as a Deacon in training and in June 2019 he was ordained Priest and celebrated the Eucharist for the first time and moving day for us all.
Bible studies, Lent Groups and workshops help us build up our knowledge of God and what it means to be part of the Church. Both our Churches at St Michael’s Wood Green and St Michael at Bowes offer the opportunity to share with each other what our faith means to us
On occasions the Parish Clergy team can be seen at the underground station offering prayers and blessings to commuters and passers-by.
At the heart of all we do is worship…
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.
We are truly blessed to have a wonderful and dedicated team here at St Michael’s to support our growing church family. Our young servers are an integral part of our sunday Eucharists. Our choir lead praise and worship gloriously through song and our wardens are invaluable in what they do for our church.
Fr. Ian Booth
Fr Ian has been Rector of St Michael’s Wood Green since January 2017 and is also Area Dean of East Haringey. Fr Ian is married to Carol and has two children Nathan and Laura. In July 2019 Fr Ian will have been Ordained for 30 years.
Since Ordination Fr Ian has served in the diocese of Peterborough, Guildford, Portsmouth, Chelmsford and London. Fr Ian admits he and Carol feel so at home in Wood Green and the rich diversity of the area and the warmth and generosity of the Church family at St Michael’s is a true blessing.
Fr. Andy Coates
Before training for Ordination at Westcott House in Cambridge, Fr Andy studied politics at Warwick University and worked in Westminster for the late Rt. Hon. Dame Tessa Jowell MP between the years 2007-2015.
Fr Andy and his wife Nikki have two boys. He has been the Curate at St Michael’s Wood Green, as part of the Wood Green Team Ministry, since June 2018. He loves the New Forest and suffers permanently as a supporter of Southampton F.C!
Fr. Winfield Collins
Fr Winfield was ordained in 1976. He begun his ministry at Wakefield Prison before moving back to Barbados. Returning to England in the 1980s, his ministry has predominantly been served in Manchester, Wakefield and London where he has also been a Prison Chaplain. He retired in 2002 but has supported the parish of St Michael’s and St John and St James, Tottenham for a number of years since. He was made an honorary Canon in Barbados in 2001.
Revd. Engin Yildrim
Born to a Sunni Muslim family in Turkey, Revd Engin embraced the Christian faith at 20 years old. He studied theology in an Anglican College under the University of Toronto and later at Oxford. He was then ordained to the Diaconate in London in 2007. He was priested in Istanbul and served at the Church of the Resurrection, the only Turkish speaking Anglican congregation in Turkey.
He moved to London in 2017 to act as Team Vicar of Wood Green parish, at our sister church St Michael At Bowes. He is married to Mine and they have one son. Revd Engin, along with his passion to serve God in his church and to help transform the community, is a keen cyclist and loves to travel as well.