Advent & Christmas Services

Advent & Christmas Services

As we prepare for Christmas time may the light of the world shine upon us

Sunday 2 December – 4.00pm Advent Carols
A contemplative service of choral anthems, poetry, hymns and scripture.  Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Community Centre.

Thursday 13 December – 7.00pm Community Carols in the Cloisters
Community Carol Service in the candlelit Cloisters (in church if wet) with Barnes Concert Band and Barnes Primary School choir.   Followed by mulled wine and mince pies.  Barnes Concert Band will carry on playing in the church until 8.15pm.

Sunday 16 December – 6.00pm Lessons and Carols by Candlelight

Christmas Eve
4.00pm Family Nativity Service
Children are invited to dress up as shepherds, wise people or angels – or indeed anything/one they would like – and participate in the Nativity Service.  Due to its popularity we do ask that prams and buggies are left in the Community Centre.

11.00pm Midnight Mass and Blessing of the Crib

Christmas Day
8.00am Mass
10.00am Sung Parish Mass with gifts for the children
Children bring a present they have received to be blessed at the Crib.

Wednesday 26 December 10.00am Mass for the Feast of St Stephen

Sunday 6 January 6.00pm The Epiphany, Mass with Carols

Barnes Music Festival Assistant needed

The Barnes Music Festival, in which St Michael’s church plays a prominent role, is seeking an Assistant to the Artistic Director for the 2019 Festival which runs between the 9th-24th March.

The role is geared towards a gap-year student or recent graduate thinking about a career in music or arts administration. The role will include:

  • Liaising with the Artistic Director, Committee and Artists over rehearsal timings during the festival period
  • Assembling programmes for concerts
  • Managing performance requirements (equipment, staging, music, refreshments etc) for concerts and rehearsals (excluding those at St Michael’s.)
  • Attending the following additional events:

◦              Committee meeting // Wednesday 9 January at 6.30pm

◦              Festival Soirée // Thursday 24 January at 7.00pm

◦              Committee meeting // Wednesday 13 February at 6.30pm

◦              Committee meeting // Wednesday 4 March at 6.30pm

Remuneration for this role is £1000.

More information about the festival can be found at

General Data Protection Regulation

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018, superseding the Data Protection Act 1998.

Organisations will no longer be at liberty to contact people on their mailing list with circulars, appeals or general information, without their explicit consent.

Read our Privacy Notice by clicking on the link setting out your rights and our obligations (see SUMMARY below).

Please click here to view the consent form.

If you are already on St Michael’s database:

  • you will receive a personal email or letter where no email address is available;
  • you will have been asked to confirm whether or not you wish us to continue to hold your details and to use them to send you information;
  • if you choose to remain, you will be given access to your personal information and will be able to correct or update it yourself online at any time.

SUMMARY (Privacy Document)

Our commitments:

  • we understand that it is very important that we protect the privacy of your information and we will store it securely;
  • we will only use the data for the church’s administrative needs, including claiming Gift Aid on donations, and to contact you about church activities;
  • we will not supply your data to anyone else (unless legally obliged to do so);
  • we will not hold the data longer than is needed to enable us to fulfil these purposes.

Your rights:

  • You have the right to see the data we hold on you, to correct errors, to have it deleted from our records and to complain to the authorities if you believe it is being misused.

Bishop’s medal for St Michael’s organist

The Bishop of Southwark, Christopher Chessun, has chosen Martin Neary as the latest of barely a dozen recipients of the prestigious Lancelot Andrewes medal, for his services to music in the diocese.

The Bishop made the announcement on Sunday 24th September at a service celebrating both St Michael’s Day and 150 years of St Michael and All Angels, Barnes. Dr Neary, a former Organist and Master of the Choristers at both Westminster Abbey and Winchester Cathedral, is now Director of Music at St Michael’s.

The Bishop commissioned his special medal last year to reward ‘Godly service’.  Lancelot Andrewes was a bishop during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I, and was a respected Anglican preacher, scholar and linguist: he oversaw the translation and production of the King James bible.

Away Day 2017

On Saturday 16th September the PCC went on its Annual Away Day to St Mary’s Convent in Chiswick to reflect on the nature of mission and thereby prepare the ground for a new project for the Church Hall. In the afternoon, we were joined by members of the local community and congregation and hall users to work together on reflecting on the needs of our parish. This summary of the day has been produced.

Correction and Clarification

Regarding the article ‘Saving St Michael’s Church Hall’ published September 2017:

St Michael’s wishes to look forward positively to a new project for the Church Hall, nevertheless a number of comments were made in the above named article that require correction and clarification.

The BCA takes no view on proposals for St Michael’s Church Hall and that the opinions expressed in the article where those of the author/Church Hall Action Group only. In addition, contrary to the comments in the article, it is important to note:

– The proposed dwelling on the site was not primarily made of glass: it used materials similar to those of neighbouring properties.

– The proposal was dismissed by the National Planning Inspectorate (following an appeal by St Michael’s church against non-determination by Richmond planners) and not by LBRuT, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

– The National Planning Inspector found, nonetheless, that the proposed church hall facilities for existing users were being adequately ‘re-provided’ and offered improved accommodation

These details are to be found in the Inspector’s report which can be read about on Richmond’s planning portal.