‘Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.’ (Hebrews 13:2)
We’ve had a truly fantastic week here at St Michaels, celebrating Angels and their messages. Local schools, uniformed organisations, and community groups contributed a host of wonderful thought-provoking interpretations of Angels, which have been enjoyed by well over 500 visitors. We are so grateful to everyone: for visiting, for contributing your exhibits, for participating in the organisation of the event, for helping out within the church and café throughout the week, and most of all for making this Angel Festival a thoroughly special and shared community experience. We intend to present a more thorough commentary and display in due course but, in the meantime, please feel free to enjoy the slides below which reminisce on a sample of the superb exhibits and activities. We also present a sample of the warm messages left in the Angel Festival visitors book.
The week started with a rare showing in colour of “It’s a Wonderful Life” attended by 75 people. Throughout the week local school children have visited with their teachers and parents. Some participated in our Angel Trail in the village, and 10 lucky children won copies of Michael Morpurgo’s ‘On Angel Wings’.
St Michaels would like to thank all the local businesses for their support, for displaying posters, taking flyers and hiding Angels in their windows. Our thanks also to Sandwich Heaven for kindly donating “goody bags”.
Thanks to Bramhall businesses for being a part of the Angel Trail
A sample from the Visitors Book
“Oh my goodness – what a superb afternoon! Thank you so much – we enjoyed every second and learnt lots!” (Pownall Green Primary)
“A beautiful festival, reminding me of how to teach my son about Angels. Thank you”
“Beautiful sentiments, beautifully presented. A fabulous effort reminding me and my son of peace and love”
“Thank you to St Michael’s for inviting us to be a part of the Angel Festival” (Queensgate Primary)
“’I love Angels’. From George. Me too from Ethan”
“This festival has given us the chance to say “thank you” to my Guardian Angel”
“Thank you so much for inviting us. What a beautiful display. We are having a lovely time!” (Valley School)
“This is an awesome festival with lots of interesting things to see and do! It sends out the message of angels well! My favourite part is the quotes from famous people – they are very inspirational!”
“This is an amazing event planned and executed perfectly. It really sends out the meaning of angels and helps us all understand. Let god bless all those who helped out and help us to become angels in our own ways”
“A fabulous and welcoming angels event at the lovely church. The kids and I really enjoyed spending time at church in a more relaxed setting”
“Wow – what an amazing festival – so many wonderful contributions from a special community” (Bramhall High School)
“A wonderful peaceful & inspiring experience”
“I like The angels show”
One of the features of the Festival will be the ‘Angel Trail’. Angels (model ones, not live members of St M’s!) will be positioned in many shops and premises around Bramhall. Children and adults can take an entry form, on which to record the places where they spot the angels. Handing in a completed form enters the person into a prize draw. Members of the Festival organising group have been going round local shops, and have been delighted to receive a very positive response, with many traders saying they’ll host an angel and also give out fliers for the Angel Festival.
St Michael’s is organising an Angel Festival to take place from Monday 28th November to Sunday 4th December. The purpose of the Angel Festival is essentially outreach. It will involve a range of displays and activities and has, as its inspiration, the passage Hebrews 13:2 – “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
We already have a number of activities and crafts planned including a matinee showing of “It’s a wonderful life”, school visits (at last count around 180 children and young people will be attending during the week), Jonnie – our Director of Music – will be working with the Community Choir to prepare something special for the Sunday evening Advent Carol Service and following Sunday 10am Eucharist. We are encouraging all of our church groups to prepare a piece of artwork or poetry or some other display (Flower Club for example) and the young puppeteers will also be very involved. So far we have gained commitment from: Active Angels (the play group that meets in the Parish Centre), the NCT class, TGiM, the Pastoral Team, ACE (Arts and Crafts Experience), Circle of Friends (formerly the Guild), Mothers Union, Guides, Brownies, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and so on…..
We also hope to have an ‘Angel Trail’ around the area with angels being placed in shop windows and unusual places for people to find and record and then hand in their completed entry forms for inclusion in a prize draw. There will also be other prizes for best in category etc.
The church will be open daily with refreshments being available, and the weekend of the 3rd – 4th December will be an open weekend.
We want to involve as many people as possible so please watch this space for future announcements on how you can get involved and support this initiative! If you are a member of a group that would like to contribute something, or if you want to do so individually, please let us know!
Louise & Sue, Churchwardens