The Vicar writes...

Dear Friends,

One of the great privileges of a parish priest is being part of a familyís life on special occasions. These occasions range from joyful ones like at a babyís baptism to weddings and then sad ones at the end of life taking a personís funeral. I am always amazed how people are so welcoming when I call and how they will share their lives and their deepest hopes and fears. One special occasion is the taking of weddings and here at St. Michaelís we have 12 to 15 weddings a year. It is lovely to meet a couple who have reached a point in their relationship and are now ready to commit themselves to each other and get married before God and family and friends. There are now many places one can get married so it always lovely for a couple to choose to be married in church and for us at St. Michaelís to help them prepare for their special day. At St. Michaelís our gift to the couple is an engagement meal in the church hall with other couples and at the one in March nine couples attended. We also hold marriage preparation sessions in church where we discuss the actual service and also spend time thinking about married life.

St. Michaelís church has held many weddings services down the years and to celebrate the importance of marriage we are hold a ĎWedding Celebration Weekendí in May. The church will be open on Friday 17th May from 1:30pm until 4:00pm and Saturday 18th May from 10:00am until 4:00pm so people can come and see displays of wedding dresses and memorabilia (please see centre pages for details). We are also holding an entertainment evening on the Saturday night from 7:00pm. The evening will be a mix of organ music, choir pieces, poetry, personal stories etc. all on the subject of weddings. Then on the Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm we are holding a special service for couples to come to give thanks for their married lives and renew their vows. This service is open to all couples, not just those who have been married at St. Michaelís church. We are also conscious that some people may have sadly lost their spouse and others may not have been married. Therefore the service and displays are open to all people and thereís an opportunity for people to give thanks for their loved ones and parents marriage also.

We do hope you will join us for this special weekend in the life of St. Michaelís as we give thanks and recognise the importance of married life.

With best regards,

Glenn Coggins - Vicar



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