St Michael and All Angels Church was founded to serve as a mission church in 1908.
Once on the very edge of Kettering the tin tabernacle is now at the heart of a thriving community.
Nearly a decade has passed since the interior was re-ordered and refurbished.
The result of this process had a re-energising effect on the congregation. The average age of Sunday worshippers nearly halved and congregation size grew, as it became more a “community for the community”.
The congregation at St Michael’s has a strong, nurturing, relaxed and inclusive attitude to children. We encourage the children and young people to be the first to go up for communion, where we have an open policy. It’s not uncommon for the rugby and football players to go up to the altar in their boots.
We have a Sunday School which runs parallel to the main Eucharist service, the children are welcomed back into church at The Peace. Once a month there is church parade when all uniformed organisations are in church for the whole service. Many children choose to stay in church or are servers or sidespeople.
There is also a midweek said Eucharist.
St Michael’s has had three weddings in the past 10 years, three more than the first hundred years of its life. Not only that, we have been delighted to have had 62 baptisms and even a confirmation. We are keen to see more opportunities for people to learn, grow and shape the church within and outside regular worship
As a community we actively encourage the use of the church and adjacent church hall by various organisations.
The Girl Guiding (Guides, Brownies and Rainbows) and Scouting (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts) have units based at St Michael’s.
As one of the only green spaces in our part of the town we are acutely aware of how we can use our resources to help our community. With that in mind we were awarded a grant which has been used to landscape the grounds and further improvements to the community hall’s heating.
It is hoped that the garden will then be used by members of the community for their needs such as a community space to grow vegetables.
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