I think that everyone who attended the St Michael's Festival held on 18/19/20 May would agree that it was an enormous success. The sheer variety of events, activities, exhibitions and music is a testament to the talent and energy of everyone who took part, and reminds us of the incredible gifts that God has given us to celebrate the work of the Church and our Lord.
The festivities commenced on Friday with a flower festival and exhibitions of creative arts and crafts, shown in the church and the neighbouring Windhill Chuches Centre. The following day there was a family fete in the churchyard. Attractions included a bouncy castel. face painting, stalls selling cakes, plants books and bric-a-brac. There was also a barbecue and ploughman's lunches available.
During the evening, the entertainment continued with a "Music for Springtime' concert.
On Sunday, the Very Rev Dr Jeffrey John, the Dean of St Albans Cathedral, was guest preacher at the morning's Parish Communion.
The festival culminated with a Songs of Praise service at 6pm , during which the congregation sang their top ten favourite hymns. The two most popular by vote across across all of the parishioners were Be Still for the Presence of the Lord and Father of Mankind.
Here are are a few of the photos taken at the festival that maybe give a flavour of this joyous celebration.
|A selection of the precious silverware used at St Michael's|
|One of the many flower arrangements|
|Flowers in the Lady Chapel|
|Part of the Mothers' Union display|
|Flower arranging and cake artistry|
|Replica historical costumes|
|Model railway display|
|A 10ft St Alban|
|Bishops Stortford Decorative and Fine Arts Society|
|Rev'd Anthony looking rather fierce!|
|The Boys Brigade display|
|An example of cross-stich artistry|
|All about St Michael's (displayed at the local Library)|
|"Infograph" about St Michael's|
|Display from St Michael's School|
|One of the studies by Anthony Cleyndert for the Windhill Churches Centre stained glass piece.|
|Barbecue and drinks|