Whichford, St Michael

Services

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS: at 6.00pm, on 24 December, our traditional Carol Service takes place in St Michael's church. Followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Whether you are local or a Christmas visitor, this Service is a wonderful experience.

We are a part of a Benefice of 7 rural churches. We successfully share our Services with each other, but Services in St Michaelís are well-attended and our church has its own character.  

Everyone is made most welcome at all our services.

 Holy Communion, according to the Book of Common Prayer, is celebrated on the second Sunday of each month at 9.00 am.

When there is a 5th Sunday in the month we have a Service of Holy Communion (also BCP) at the later hour of 10.30.

Sung Morning Prayer (BCP) takes place on the 1st Sunday of every month at 10.30.   With a very fine pipe organ and a professional organist, we are building a musical tradition.

Every 7th month at 10.30 am on the 4th Sunday of the month,  it is the turn of St Michaelís to host a modern language Communion Service for all seven churches of this Benefice.

These services demonstrate the spirit of welcome and hospitality that is alive in all our churches.

 The website should be consulted for the special services that take place throughout the year, from a sung evensong to the childrenís Nativity celebration of the birth of Christ.

From the cradle to the grave, St Michaelís has served its community for nearly 1,000 years.  St Michaelís is a beautiful church in which to hold your marriage service.  It seats approx. 200.

Our Bells

We have a fine peal of 8 bells, much admired by the many visiting teams of bell-ringers who come to ring during the fine months of the year.  The oldest bell is dated 1695.  We welcome recruits to the sociable and absorbing pastime offered by our team.  Contact the Captain of the Tower, Peter Kenealy on 01608 685051 and peterkenealy@btinternet.com for further information.

History

St Michaelís church in the middle of Whichford is a beautiful Grade I Listed church of Norman origin, situated on the north Cotswolds.  Its fine clerestory windows and medieval tombs in the Chancel are testimony to its rich patronage over the centuries.  The Norman de Mohuns gave it some of its finest architectural features, and their chantry chapel is associated with the south side of the church.  The picturesque churchyard is to this day an open place of burial for the local community. It contains carved headstones of great beauty, and dating from the 17th century.

 A Guide to St Michaelís Church is published, and obtainable for £3 in the church.

 Friends of St Michaelís Whichford

This newly established charity organizes community social events associated with the church and in support of its fabric.  

 Contact Us

Please contact our Churchwarden for any specific enquiries:

Mandy James 01608 684479 jamesgranard@aol.com