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St Michael & All Angels Church

St Michael & All Angels Church 
St. Michael & All Angels Church,
Kington St Michael

The parish of Kington St Michael falls within the Bybrook Group of Churches, which also includes Yatton Keynell, Biddestone, Grittleton, Littleton Drew, Burton & Nettleton, West Kington, Slaughterford, Castle Combe and North Wraxall.
For all enquiries please contact the Group Administrator, tel (01249) 782704, email bybrook.office@gmail.com. The website is
bybrook.org.uk

Priest in Charge: Reverend Marc Terry

Churchwarden: Alison Greenhalgh tel. (01249) 750742
Key holders:
The Churchwarden (as above)
                      
Colin Labouchere tel. (01249) 750222
                       Janet Elms tel. (01249) 750423

The church is normally open and visitors are welcome. However, should it be locked the key may also be borrowed from and returned to the village shop (opposite the church) during shop opening hours.

PCC Chair: Janet Elms
PCC Secretary: Alison Greenhalgh
PCC Hon. Treasurer: Gerry Elms
Gift Aid: Jenny Hayne

Please look under "Events" (below) for current service details, during the Covid situation.

Sunday Services

There is usually a 9.30am service in the church on a Sunday. However, on the fourth Sunday of each month the morning service is held at 10am in a different church within the Benefice. Similarly on the fifth Sunday of a month the service will rotate between Kington St Michael, Biddestone and Yatton Keynell. Please check the church noticeboard for up to date information or ring one of the contacts listed above.
  Visitors are always most welcome at our services.


The Friends of St. Michael & All Angels (FOSMAA) welcomes new members who are interested in the future of the church building. Contact Mrs Christine Jago on (01249) 758377 for more information.

Angel MonumentLych Gate
Angel Monument                         Lych Gate                                     

A brief outline of the history of the church which is a Grade II* listed building
The original church here was of Norman origin. It was substantially restored in 13th century and parts of that restored church still remain. The porch, some of the south aisle and the chancel all date from that time. In 1703 during a severe storm the tower and spire collapsed into the north aisle. The tower, which now contains a peal of six bells (all dated 1726 by Abraham Rudhall, a Gloucester bell-founder), was rebuilt in 1725 and the north aisle in 1755.

The Victorians achieved another major restoration in 1857 and a great deal of this can be seen today, including the reredos behind the altar, the pulpit and the pews. Then just as the Christmas Day service started in 1990 a freak storm blew the southeast spire of the tower over and it fell into the roof timbers of the nave, miraculously causing no serious injuries. Thus further restoration work took place during 1991 and 1992 and the Bishop of Bristol rededicated the church on December 12th 1992. (Click here for more information and photos and click here to see a copy of the restoration appeal folder from 1991).

The plaque below the fine east window in the south aisle which is dedicated the Archangel St. Michael tells how it was erected in memory of two more illustrious sons of the parish, John Aubrey (1625-97) and John Britton (1771-1857), both of whom were Fellows of the Royal Society and renowned Antiquarians. 

The diarist Francis Kilvert mentions the parish several times in his writings, and in the north aisle can be found a memorial plaque to his grandparents, Walter and Thermutis Coleman.

In 1985 the late journalist, Miles Kington, visited the village and in particular the church. Click here to read Miles' ponderings, published in The Times on 17th January 1985.

An interesting fact is that our church is only one of less than a handful in the country which has bells that are rung in an anticlockwise peal.

View the Wiltshire On-line Parish Clerk's supplementary pages for Kington St Michael here.

Another interesting website to explore is compiled by Duncan & Mandy Ball and contains 229 photographs of Kington St Michael church & churchyard. Do have a good look around it, as there are lists of those buried plus photos of gravestones.

To search for past births, marriages and deaths please take a look at the Wiltshire BMD website.

(To read the story of St Michael, please click on the icon: )

(Please scroll down for church news and planned events) 

Stained glass window showing St michael (centre panel)
Stained glass window showing
St Michael in the centre panel
(Photo courtesy of Niki Willows)

Stained glass windows (photos courtesy of Stewart Shape)

Events
Our services in August are:

You are invited to join us at any of our services:

  • Sunday 1st August, 9.30am for Morning Praise
  • Sunday 8th August, 9.30am for Holy Communion
  • Sunday 29th August, 9.30am for Holy Communion

Details of online services can be found on bybrook.org.uk
If you haven’t been to church for a while, come along and enjoy the worship, fellowship, music, and a coffee afterwards in our new hospitality area. You will be warmly welcomed.
Wearing a mask is now optional in church. We are observing social distancing and hand sanitising.
We will have a stall with FOSMAA at the KSM Day on 22nd August; if you’d like to get involved, please ring Alison on 750742.

If you can’t make it to Church, details of our online services can be found on bybrook.org.uk.

Church News

2021

June: We are extremely grateful to everyone in the community for the support you give to keep this beautiful church alive and at the heart of life in Kington St Michael as it has been for 800 years.

Whether you come to worship or to appreciate this historic building, by giving your prayers, your time to clean, to do the flowers, help mow and maintain the churchyard, ring the bells, fundraise or support us financially, your contribution is valued and vital.

If you would like to get involved in anyway with the life and upkeep of your village church, you will be warmly welcomed.

Please contact Alison Greenhalgh on 750742.

Thank you!

March:
The Church is open again and we really look forward to welcoming you to our services.


January:  With regret, services at our village church are currently suspended due the risk of spreading Covid 19.  The building may be closed but the church is still active!
Online worship will be streamed at 9.30am every Sunday on the Bybrook Benefice Facebook page and you can also watch on the Worship at home section of our website bybrook.org.uk.  Once broadcast, the services will be available to view at any time.
For all information about support and church services, please visit bybrook.org.uk where you can also sign up for the fortnightly Bybrook newsletter.
If there is any help that the church community can give you during lockdown, please ring Alison on (01249) 750742.
"Keep us Good Lord
Under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
Be with those who care for the sick
And lift up all who are brought low,
that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us
from your love in Christ Jesus.
Amen"
2020

July:
Our services will be a little different for a while in line with Government guidance.  To keep everyone safe , the church has had a very thorough clean and will be cleaned after each use..

We will be socially distancing and have a one way system in use. We will ask everyone to use hand sanitiser when they enter the building and will have single use service sheets and not have Bibles in the pews. Unfortunately, we are unable to sing together at the moment but do hope to have music as part of our worship.

Despite these changes, we are really looking forward to being back in our beautiful church and you are most welcome to join us.

More details of the service and further opening of the church will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

April:
St Michael & All Angels Church is to receive a £10,000 Cornerstone Grant from the National Churches Trust.  The grant will help to pay for the installation of refreshment and toilet facilities in the Grade II listed church, allowing it to act as more of a hub within the community. Churchwardens, Janet Elms and Colin Labouchere, said that the grant was a fantastic boost and the fund is now at over 90% towards its target. 

January:
FOSMAA is trying to raise the last tranche of money that it needs to get the new facilities installed in the church.  With this in mind it has set up a crowd funding appeal on Just Giving. Please take a look and make a donation if you so wish.2019

Bonfire in the Churchyard

Churchyard bonfire 01.01.19
Churchyard bonfire gang 01.01.19
Colin Labouchere has pollarded seven of the 23 lime trees in the Churchyard. It is planned to pollard every alternate tree this year and the others next year. On New Year’s Day about 35 members of the village joined forces to feed a massive bonfire and they cleared the entire area. Their work was lubricated with mulled wine and pies. A wonderful job and a great thank you to all the gang.” 


Previous church fete

Church fete 11.06.11 - the tombolaChurch fete 11.06.11 - the children's run 








The tombola and the children's run (photos courtesy of Janet Elms)

Church Fete 11.06.11
Woodlice race area (photo courtesy of Stewart Shape)