St Michael and All Angels Church, Ingram
Recently there have been a few special services held in church to celebrate a wedding, a baptism and also a funeral.
Those of us who attend our church, including the Parochial Church Council (PCC), are pleased that the local community and those further afield have been able to celebrate these services in our church, particularly after what has been a rather challenging time since March 2020.
is something we clearly wish to continue to do in the future. However, these services can only take place through the dedication and support of retired clergy such as Rev Canon Bob Burston, Rev Marion Penfold and other priests who take communion services once a month. We also depend very heavily on the work of what could be called the ‘Backroom Boys/Girls’. These PCC members and church wardens have the responsibility of making sure that the church is a clean and welcoming place for people to take part in such services. There are preparations to be made, including considerable sweeping and cleaning, and clearing away afterwards.
It is the very same, very small group of people who ensure that the church is open and prepared for regular services. At present these consist of a lay led service on the first Sunday of the month and a priest led service of Holy Communion on the fourth Sunday. Both services are at 10:00am.
The pandemic has, of course, altered the pattern of worship and we hope that this can be amended in the future. Our problem is that we desperately need more support from the community in terms of attending church.
We absolutely know that our church is valued by the community, as the local team of volunteers organised by Stephen Shell are testament to. When we installed a new heating system a few years ago, we witnessed the most overwhelming and amazing response when we appealed for help with the huge cleaning operation that needed to be done. This response was wonderful and humbling, as we all worked together for the benefit of our church building and its congregation.
We are very grateful for this support, as it signifies how much our church is valued and just how much people want it to be there, but we would dearly love to see more people coming into church for actual services. Society has changed greatly over the years, even before the pandemic, and regular church going every Sunday is not the norm for many people. So, we are not asking for people to commit to coming every service or even to the two we currently hold. What we would dearly love to see are a few more faces on a few more Sundays. It is your presence we are asking for and NOT YOUR MONEY! So many people find the Church of England’s appeals for money to be troublesome and off putting. Well that is not what this appeal is about! It is about welcoming people into our church, which is also your church, so that it does not exist only to hold special services, and Christmas and Easter celebrations, but is able to offer services for everyone: all year round.
So please, if you can, come along to one of our services now and again, and help us to help you as members of our community. St Michael’s is a beautiful historic building, for which it is greatly appreciated by local people and visitors to the area. But it is much more than that. With your help we can ensure that St Michael’s is a functioning vibrant place of worship, able to serve the whole community, both practically and of course spiritually.
Please come along one Sunday, you will be very welcome.
Jan Johnston (PCC Secretary)
Dates for your diary…
There will be a Carols and Christingle Service on Sunday 19 December 2021 at 4:30pm and also a Celebration of Communion on 24 December 2021 at 6:30pm.