Welcome to 'News Items Page' designed to keep you informed about some of the stuff that is coming up at

St Michael's, updated at 0915 hours 10th April 2021.

Rev'd Jackies' final service as Vicar of St Michael's was on Sunday 4th April. We thank Jackie for her love and dedication to the Benefice of Tonge, Rhodes and Alkrington, the kindness and comfort she has brought to many and wish her and her family Godspeed as she moves on to her new role as full time career for her Son Jonathan. May they all be protected by the Love of God. 

Forthcoming services and times will be shown here as they are known.

Sunday 11th April;

8am - Eucharist

0930am - Service of the Word, (Morning Prayer).

Booking Conditions as usual will apply and there will be additional conditions in place with regard to seating, safe spacing and exiting from Church. Please be guided by the Safety Team on duty at each service.

Please respect that our services continue by the Risk Assessment protocols as directed by the Government and the Church of England. 


We will be updating entries of our record in the early part of April, applications must be received by 11th April. If you wish to have the memory of a loved one included, please contact Warden Neil or myself via the "contact us" link on the Church website. We expect the cost of entries to be approx. £15.


You can help to make a difference to the lives of those who are visually impaired if you donate your used postage stamps by placing them in the Yellow Box located in the main Church entrance.. This initiative is in support of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Christmas is an ideal time to support this appeal, however you are welcome to place your used stamps in this box all year round. 

We will continue to stream our Sunday services live via our Facebook Platform at 0930am,each Sunday

 - please watch this space for variations.

You still have the option to attend Church on Sundays at 09.30, please remember you are required to book in prior to attending and please observe the strict protocol with regard to spacing, hand hygiene etc. As we are now in Lockdown of the pandemic arrangements we must not lose focus of our responsibilities in order to stay safe and protect each other.

If you have booked into a service and are unable to attend please notify Hannah or Neil so that your place can be re-allocated.

Bookings can be made from Sundays, 12noon until Saturdays 12noon.

Our risk assessment is being updated on a regular basis to match the restrictions, please help support  our PCC by following all instructions and please do not mingle with anyone not in your support bubble.


Worship in our Church - Rules and Changes

Service Sheet after the Pandemic

Letter 4 July 2020

The above files are extremely important  and are retained on this page for your information

 Our aim is clearly to maintain safe social distancing, excellent Hygiene and protect the NHS and Save Lives. 


This group continues to provide amazing support to those vulnerable and in need. Check out their Facebook Page.

You can also click on the following link to read a message from our former Vicar, Rev'd Jackie.


Scout Hut opening times have been published on our Facebook Page. Please note the revised times commencing February; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will be 6pm > 7pm and Sundays 11am > 12noon.

Your generosity during these difficult times has been outstanding, we will continue to provide for those in need, your ongoing support is crucial to their wellbeing.  

If you are able to donate items to the Team please remember to observe  safe distancing protocols and Stay Safe.

Keep watching our Facebook page - @stmichaelsmiddleton.

 Congratulations to our Middleton in Action Team whose amazing efforts have been recognised by the Diocese of Manchester.

Our safe contact number for ALL requests for help is available 10am > 9pm. Neil - 07568 765379


We thank God for all we have become because of those who have loved us and who we have loved but see no longer.   

7th > 13th April;

Nellie Kershaw, William Hellon, Catherine Hill, John Dumphy, Kathleen Williams, Mavis Walsh, Betty Molloy, 

Annie Watson, Ernest Thomason, Isobel Sansom, Doris Hamlett, Alice Tattersall, Tom Malone, 

Frederick Standring. 

14th > 20th April;

Joseph Giverin, Martin Simons, Sydney Latham, The Rev. James Hewitt, Anne Mills, Harold Heaton, 

Andrew Taylor, Sarah Blower, Frank Cheetham, Alfred Ansell, Florrie Booth, Susannah Mell, Emily Burrows, Kathleen Walkden.

(Dates will now be out of sync. as I don't have access to Church or the BofR).



During these difficult times you may wish to consider switching your giving to the Church to the Standing Order method.

To do so just inform your Bank that you wish to set up a Standing Order in favour of;

St Michael's Tonge PCC Finance Account.

Account Number 70780502

Sort Code 20-64-12.

Once your SO is set up please inform our Gift Aid Officer, Gwen, that you have done so.


MORNING PRAYER is being spoken Monday > Friday at 09.15am

If you wish to undertake Morning Prayer at home the reading schedule for the week will be published on this page.  Or you can use the Zoom Link to join in live daily, our Facebook page has details how to link into this.


Monday Psalm 19; Deuteronomy 1: 3-18; John 20: 1-10.

Tuesday; Psalm 8; Deuteronomy 1: 19-40; John 20: 11-18.

Wednesday; Psalm 30; Deuteronomy 3: 18-end; John 20: 19-end.

Thursday; Psalm 28; Deuteronomy 4: 1-14; John 21: 1-14. 

Friday; Psalm 61;  Deuteronomy 4: 15-31; John 21: 15-19.

Saturday; Psalm 84; Deuteronomy 4: 32-40; John 21: 20-end. 


The Pastoral Team also requires new members. This is a team of people who keep in touch with those affected by the pandemic and who are isolating and those who live alone, although this criteria is not exhaustive. Members of our congregation are telephoned on a regular basis to see if they require any assistance or just welcome a chat in order to keep up to date. This is a rewarding activity and is well received.


Please contact May for more information.

 Once again the discussions will be conducted by the Zoom App. 

There are some other requests that may interest you or you are able to support:

St Michael's is anxious to provide continuous support to the Middleton Foodbank. A donation of a tin or a packet of non-perishable food once a week or once a month would be brilliant.

The  address is; Unit S6b/c, Second Floor, Middleton Shopping Centre, located in the Lighthouse Project Accommodation

The facility is only open - 09.30 > 4.30pm;

 Contact phone number - 0161 643 1163.

On this theme MUSTARD TREE , who are one of St Michael's nominated Charities, have also made an urgent request for donations of food. Any support would be much appreciated. For further details go to;


If you are able to offer a cash donation to Mustard Tree in support of the valuable work they perform, please "Gift Aid" your donation.


These are the days of electronic banking, cashless societies and 'chequeless' organisations.

So there are many options to chose from if you want to donate to St Michael's.

Gift Aid Envelopes.

On request you can be issued with a box of 52 envelopes, one for each week of the Tax Year, April to March, your envelope will carry a number unique to you. Using this system will enable the Church to claim tax back, currently 25p in every £1. The claiming of Income Tax is very important to the financial survival of the Church, so this is an important way to give.

If you are using the 'Yellow Envelopes' please ensure that you complete the details on the face of the envelope - otherwise we are unable to claim the Gift Aid element of your donation.  

Contactless Payments: We now have the facility for you to make "card payments" using our new card reader. This is a secure and confidential method of donating/making a payment to St Michael's. Please see the current weekly Pew Sheet, 16/6, which is also available through the Pew Sheet Tab on this website, or speak to Neil our Churchwarden. 

Standing Order.

If you wish to use this method to donate to the Church all you require is the following detail to set this up with your Bank.

Barclays Bank Middleton.

Account Name: St Michael's Tonge PCC Finance Account.

Account Number: 70780502.

Bank Sort Code: 20-64-12

If you require any further advice or help on these matters please contact the Church Treasurer, Mike Brooks.

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