St Michael & All Angels, London Fields

St. Michael’s is an open and welcoming parish church. We seek to develop a culture of creativity, shared responsibility and inclusivity.

We celebrate and enjoy the variety of our local community. People from many backgrounds worship at our weekly Sunday Parish Eucharist. While the worship is reverent, the congregation is friendly, informal and child-friendly. There are activities for children and young people and a crèche.

Church services have moments of lively participation and quiet prayerfulness. The Eucharist is at the heart of our identity as a congregation. Sermons are topical and relevant, encouraging a deepening of Christian understanding and experience of faith.

The Church’s seasons and festivals are celebrated, and the singing is supported by both a gospel-based Singing Group, and a more traditional Anglican Choir. St Michael’s seeks to show the love of God to all people.

Under our Open Church Programme, St Michael’s is open to visitors from 9am-3pm most Wednesdays throughout the year, except between Christmas and New Year and during the week after Easter.    Prayer cards and the booklets about our fine murals are available, and visitors are welcome to light a prayer candle on the votive candle stand on the right hand side as you go in. If you will be travelling some distance, please contact the Vicar before arranging your visit to check the church will be open that day.

We especially value our links with our parish school, St Paul’s with St Michael’s CE Primary School. In its most recent Ofsted report (2017, see here) St Paul’s with St Michael’s was judged outstanding. It received the same grade in its most recent inspection of RE and collective worship (2018, see here).

Whatever your reason for visiting our website, we very much hope you will want to visit St Michael’s and join in our worship and community activities.

May the God who creates, redeems and sustains us bless you on your life’s journey.

Daniel Gerrans, Vicar

The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Michael and All Angels London Fields with St Paul’s Haggerston is a Registered CharityYou can find more information about us on the Charity Commission’s website by entering our registration number 1130974 here, and you can view our latest annual report and accounts here.

We take seriously our duty to have due regard to the House of Bishops’ guidance on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.  For information about what we are doing to comply with that, see our Parish Safeguarding Policy here and page 5 of our annual report and accounts (see above).  A list of important telephone numbers for safeguarding children and adults at risk is here and is also displayed on church premises.

For information about how we process personal data, see our Data Privacy Notice here.

News, Events and Special Services

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity For more than a century the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been celebrated on 18-25 January, the 8 days (‘octave’) up to and including the feast of the conversion of St Paul the Apostle (described in the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 9). This year, local churches of different denominations are once again marking the Week of Prayer by holding short services in different churches each day of the Week, to which all are invited. The services will follow this year’s theme suggested by the World Council of Churches: Justice and only justice you shall pursue (Deuteronomy 16:18-20). The detailed programme is:
• Friday 18th 12 noon at St John of Jerusalem, Lauriston Road, E9 7DH
• Saturday 19th 11am at Frampton Park Baptist Church, Frampton Park Road, E9 7PQ
• Sunday 20th 4.00pm Main Ecumenical Service at Hampden Chapel Assemblies of God Pentecostal Church, Lauriston Road, E9 7EU
• Monday 21st 9.30am at St. Michael’s
• Tuesday 22nd 2pm at St Joseph’s Hospice, Mare Street, E8 4SA
• Wednesday 23rd 2pm (lunch 12.00-1.45pm) at The Salvation Army, 70 Mare Street, E8 4RT
• Thursday 24th 6pm at Hackney Methodist Church, 219 Mare Street, E8 3QE
• Friday 25th 12 noon at St. Columba’s Barge, East Canal Side, East Bay Lane, E20 3BS (Go along Eastway towards Stratford, passing St Mary of Eton on your left. It is a big white barge on the canal just by the bridge on your right-hand side.)

Discovery Lunch ⋅ fortnightly on Thursdays (next one 24 January)⋅ 1-3pm
Discovery Lunch is an opportunity to find out more about God, the Bible and Christian faith and life, make friends, eat, pray and chat. All welcome. Come in the hall doors on Lavender Grove – we gather in the meeting room on the left.

Messy Church ⋅ usually Third Sunday of the month ⋅ 4.30pm (NB The next one will be at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 2 February, 10.30am-12.30pm. Please let the Vicar know if you are planning to go and book places here.)
Messy Church is church with a difference for all ages: an activity based learning time on a Bible theme in a relaxed space, ending with a celebration in story, prayer, shared food and a short separate session for Messy Youth (Yr6+). Tea/coffee/juice are served throughout. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Candlemas 8.45am (Quiet Eucharist) and 10am (All Age Eucharist) on Sunday 3 February
Our 40-day celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ concludes with the feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.

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