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Issue 3 number 1 Oct 2016

St Michael and All Angels is ‘150’ The Revd Paul Smith

… into the centre, out to the edge … N The Editors

Andrew Colborne Alexandra Green Louise Heffernan Sheila Hills

Silvia Joinson David Pope

Carol Worthington

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into the centre refers to our common life as a worshipping community, recog- nising our principal call to give glory and worship to God, in our pilgrimage towards Him. During the year we shall seek to deepen that common life, our inner relationships with God, and increase and refresh our understanding of the catholic tradition for which St Michael’s has always been known both in the parish, and now exclusively within the deanery.

out to the edge refers to the mission and service to the world beyond our church walls, which each week we are called to return to ‘….in peace to love and serve the Lord’. We shall do this partly by supporting the work of two charities: firstly, The Abingdon Bridge which meets the needs of young peo- ple in our town; and secondly, Tariro – Hope for Youth in Zimbabwe, of which more details can be found on St Michael’s website.

Finally, my longing is for the parish to join with us in our celebrations and praying, that we may be deepened and our mission may be to those we are yet to serve, just as in the beginning St Michael’s was built for those workers be- ing settled in trades of brewing and tanning within our town.

ot every church knows the date of its consecration and dedication. However, the church of St Michael and All Angels in our parish is privileged to know that its consecration duly took place on 25 Janu-

ary 1867, (the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul), by the Lord Bishop of the diocese, Bishop Samuel Wilberforce. So next year our 150th Anniversary falls in January, when our main liturgical celebration will take place. However, we mark this significant anniversary beginning and ending with celebrations of our Patronal Festival, which is why the year was launched on Thursday 29 September. There will be a number of different events details of which can be found elsewhere in this edition of The Window.

Our lasting aims fall within a ‘strapline’ worded when planning for ‘150’ got underway. Inspired through walking the large labyrinth which was installed when the church was re-ordered in 2008, and dedicated by the Bishop of Reading on 25 January 2009:

… into the centre, out to the edge …

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