Notices w/c 17th May


Midweek Masses
: Wednesday and Saturday Mass are broadcast live at the usual times, but also recorded for later viewing. Check the website for how to join in.
Morning Prayer: This place via ‘Zoom’ at 9am. The links for this can be found in the Parish News email, or email the Vicar or Parish Office for the link. Sunday Worship: From this Sunday we have restored the 8am Book of Common Prayer Mass which is broadcast live at that time. The main Sung Mass appears on the website at the usual time of 10am.

HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY LOWELL! Lowell Herbert is a mainstay of the choir having joined in the mid-nineties, not only as a pitchperfect alto, but also an invaluable support for Martin in keeping the many files containing our music ready for use and sorted efficiently. She also teaches music at St Michael’s Montessori nursery school and is a super person. We wish Lowell all the best!

ROGATION SUNDAY. Today is Rogation Sunday, traditionally the day when the crops growing were blessed and when church congregations go on procession around the parish boundaries. This afternoon, Fr Stephen will walk the parish 18 boundary to pray for the different parts of our parish and ask for God’s blessing upon at this time. You may see small labels with prayers and scripture verses left in various places as a sign of this.

ASCENSION DAY Thursday 21st May – Sung Mass 8pm. The feast of the Ascension begins to draw the Easter season to a close as the Risen Lord returns to heaven and we prepare to receive the gift of the promised Holy Spirit afresh at Pentecost.
• It is our Christian duty to try to mark Ascension Day, even at this strange time. There are two services you can take part in – Morning Prayer at 9am and a Sung Mass at 8pm.
• Between Ascension and Prayer the Church keeps a Novena of Prayer. This is 9 days of special focused prayer with a particular intention. This year we will be praying for our recovery from the corona virus pandemic and those who are sick or have died and medical and care staff.
• You will receive a pack with prayer resources and materials for the Ascension-Pentecost season early next week. More information about this soon!

BINGO NIGHT IN, Thursday 28th May, 6.30-7.30pm. Virtual Bingo for all the family via Zoom. To reserve a place or for more information please contact the Parish Office. Details, bingo cards and a Zoom link will be sent out during the week of 25th May. Donation min £10 per family.

PILGRIMAGE TO ROME 2021. This has been rearranged for Thursday 8th – Tuesday 13th April 2021. Please let us know if you are intending to come and would like to put your name down, provisionally.

PARISH OFFICE. During this time of reduced activity, the Parish Office will be open for half its usual hours. To ensure consistent cover a few hours will be covered each day Monday to Thursday, so please do keep using the office email as a contact point.

CHORAL SCHOLARSHIPS. Although we do not know when public worship will begin again, this is still the right time to start publicising our 2020/21 Choral Scholarship programme for young singers, using the fund given last year to begin the scheme. Please do pass on to anyone you think might be interested.  Further details can be found at:

CALLING ALL COOKS. A few people have suggested putting together a Parish Cookbook with your favourite recipes and now seems like the right time! Here’s what we are looking for:
* Recipes with a list of ingredients and a short and clear method.
* A broad spread from savoury to sweet and baking, for adults and children.
* Recipes can be familiar favourites but with your own title (e.g. Lizzie’s Shepherd’s Pie) or a family recipe with a personal twist.  If you have a personal story to add to it even better.
* No food pics (very hard to look good!) but may ask for a pic of you doing food prep to illustrate and bring to life.
* Up to 3 recipes per person.

The Parish Office will edit and have it professionally printed. The Cookbook will be sold as a unique gift to raise parish funds and will retail at something like £15 or £20. In due course we will ask for advance orders to ensure an adequate print run.

EASYFUNDRAISING. During this challenging time many of us are buying more online than before and, as we are unable to fundraise in person at present, we have registered St Michael’s with easyfundraising. This allows you to raise free donations for St Michael’s when you shop online. Easyfundraising has over 4,000 shops and sites which will donate to us at no extra cost to you, including lots of big name retailers eg John Lewis, M&S. All you have to do is sign up to support us using the link below. We really need all the help we can get at the moment and any funds we raise will make a big difference, so we would really appreciate it if you could take a moment to sign up and support us

PASTORAL CARE. If you know of anyone who needs help, please do not hesitate to get in touch. St Michael’s works together with all other Barnes-based organisations (e.g. BCA, Barnes Workhouse, FiSH) to make sure that everyone is well-supported. Let the clergy know if we can help in any way.

FOODBANK. Donations can be dropped off at the Castelnau Centre 9.15am-11.15am on Friday mornings or at the OSO between 10am and 12 noon Monday to Saturday. The OSO is also preparing home-delivery meals for local residents in economic need, the elderly, isolated, and vulnerable, as well as key workers. Meals are available on an ‘ability to pay’ basis, free to those in need. You can also donate money by following the link here.

The Church Building is Closed


It is important to be leading in the efforts to demonstrate the necessity for social distancing to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 infection and save lives. We will continue to minister to you by holding services online and finding new ways of being Church in our local communities.

The suspension of public worship, and the whole crisis we are facing, provides a dramatically new perspective on what it means to walk with Christ on the Way of the Cross during Lent and Holy Week, and to share in the joy of his Risen Life at Easter. As difficult as this time is, let us also see it as an opportunity to be more faithful, to spend time in contemplation and prayer, and to increase in love for our neighbours and community. This is a time that tests our faith, but may also be a time of renewal when we learn what it means to be a disciple of Christ and beacon of God’s light and hope.

Appointment of honorary organ scholar

We are delighted to announce that Ismail Mardin has been invited to take on the honorary role of Organ Scholar at St Michael’s. Ismail Mardin is an 8th Form Pupil at St Paul’s School, and also attends the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music. He has been studying the organ for several years with Philip Berg,  Master of the Music at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy . He is an admirer of all organ music, and one of his lasting memories is a visit to Bach’s church in Leipzig, the St Thomas Kirche, during a family road trip through Saxony and Thuringia.  

Apart from classical music, he is also an avid fan of jazz and has played with St Paul’s groups at the Bull’s Head in Barnes. As Ismail has played at St Michael’s over the last year and grown in expertise in liturgical music we felt it was right to honour him with this voluntary position as a sign of our thanks and hope it will be of benefit to him in the future as we continue to enjoy his musical skill.

Barnes Music Festival

Bach Mass in B minor – Sunday 8th March

Sponsored by Friends of the English Chamber Singers

St Michael’s church was the setting for another splendid concert in the 2020 Barnes Music Festival programme: Musical Journeys.

After memorable performances in previous Barnes Music Festivals of Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passions, and in 2019 of the Magnificat, the English Chamber Singers and St Michael’s Choir with the Barnes Period Instrumentalists took on arguably the most demanding of all Bach’s choral masterpieces.  The Mass in B minor is not only one of Bach’s greatest works, but can also be perceived as an amazing musical and theological journey on the part of the composer.  From the unforgettable solemnity of the opening Kyrie to the final jubilant resolution of Dona nobis pacem, Bach’s genius is apparent throughout.  He takes us on an extraordinary voyage, which stretches the boundaries of even his creative powers.  In the Credo, the sublime, mysterious sequence in the closing bars of the Crucifixus still feels revolutionary over 250 years after it was written.  The Mass does indeed belong, to quote Karl Geiringer, to the “immortal documents of humanity’s quest for the eternal truths”.

Colette Boushell soprano
Elspeth Marrow mezzo-soprano
William Blake tenor
Laurence Williams bass

English Chamber Singers
St Michael’s Church Choir
Barnes Period Instrumentalists
Alison Bury leader
Martin Neary conductor


Organ Recital by Philip Berg – Tuesday 17th March

This event was sadly and reluctantly cancelled following government coronavirus advice.

Philip Berg MVO, is Master of the Music at The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, and until recently was Director of Music at St Paul’s Juniors, and Organist, St Paul’s School.

The programme called to mind Bach’s 200-mile walk to hear Buxtehude play the organ, and his ‘mental journey’ in incorporating Italian influences in one of his most impressive pieces for the instrument.  Debussy’s impressions of sailing, two of Reuchsel’s walks in Provence, Messiaen’s evocation of the nativity shepherds, the steady tread of a funeral cortège, and Parry’s mighty Toccata and Fugue – ‘The Wanderer’ were all due to be part of this impressive recital.

It is hoped to stage this event at a future date.

St Michael’s Cards

We have produced a beautiful card with an image of the Adoring Angel from one of the windows in the Lady Chapel.  Packs of 6 for £5 and 15 for £10! Available from the Parish Office.

Photograph: Judy Totton

First choral scholar appointed

Kerensa Briggs, the first choral scholar appointed at St Michael & All Angels says her love of sacred music emanated from her choral background, singing as a soprano in the Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir and later in the Choirs of Trinity College Cambridge and King’s College London, where she held a choral scholarship and undertook an MMus in Composition. Kerensa currently works in the music department at Godolphin and Latymer school.

As an award-winning composer, her music has been performed internationally in venues such as St

Paul’s Cathedral and the Sistine Chapel and recorded for CD and for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland by ensembles such as The Tallis Scholars and the choirs of Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester Cathedrals.

Vision Card feedback

Vision Card 2019 In preparation for our PCC Away Day on 21st September, Fr Stephen would like to give the congregation a chance to write some comments for the PCC to take into account as they consider St Michael’s new Mission Action Plan.

Please return comments via the card to the Vicarage or Parish Office (email to no later than Wednesday 18th September.

Are You A Piano Player?

If so, we need your help playing for the 11.30am Family Service on some Sunday mornings.  It’s a good chance to dig out old music and enjoy playing it again as well as a few hymns.  Please let the Parish Office know if you, or anyone you know, could help us out.

Tel: 020 8876 5230 or email

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.