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St. Michael & All Angles, Knights Emham

August 26, 2014

St. Michael & All Angles, Knights Emham

DSCN0151After my abortive attempt to visit this interesting church I had another go as I was on my way to Dorset. My persistence paid off and the church was open. It was worth the wait. I am especially interested in places that are a part of The Small Pilgrim Places Network (see http://www.smallpilgrimplaces.org/) as this is an intriguing mix of various places around the country.

St. Michael & All Angels is a real gem. It is well signposted off the road and there is a good welcome sign on the noticeboard. On teh church door is a really lovely sign. Click on the photo to enlarge it – a real labour of love and a taster for the delights within.

DSCF9242Inside I found a good selection of leaflets etc  – there is a guide book and a display on the church, some cards and book marks as well as some of the Tim Tiley books – ‘Thoughts on life to come.’ A couple of leaflets had been prepared about ‘Churches in and around Andover Town (south)’ + one for ‘North’. It is surprising that other Deaneries don’t do similar things. I have seen a few of these but not many. There were also some good home produced leaflets – ‘Welcome to St. Michael’s church and the Christian story’, ‘Welcome to Hampshire churches and St. Alphege in his Millenium Year’, and ‘Welcome to St. Michael’s Knigths Enham – a place to pray.’ These are all very good and show a lot of thought. Also available were some ‘Small Pilgrim Places Network leaflets’ and an olive wood ‘Holding Cross’ with some prayer suggestions with it. Some ‘bats’ can be carried around this interesting little church.

DSCF9244I found an open Bible – always a good idea to show that this is what has been read in worship.

DSCF9243A Jerusalem Cross is hung on the wall with some explanation beside it and a light was left on, shining on the altar. There is a votive stand to light candles at and a prayer request book.

DSCF9245This church really has a wonderful atmosphere about it and I rate it as very good and recommend a visit.

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The website is at http://www.knightsenham.org.uk but oddly has no visitor information on it nor any mention of The Small Pilgrim Places Network. It would be well worth putting these on I would have thought. 7 visitors in the book in July. As you go out there is a sign which says ‘God bless you on your journey’ – a good touch.

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  1. Thank you so much for your kind comments about St. Michael and All Angels, Knights Enham. I am sorry you had an abortive attempt to visit on one occasion. We make every effort to be open daily but occasionally the opening and closing duties ‘fall through the net’! St. Michaels is a much-loved ancient historic Church. We try to be welcoming and to provide not just historic information, but material that might assist the journey of faith as well. We are conscious of the shortcomings of our Parish Website, and are hoping to improve and expand it in the coming months. Thank you again. Every blessing in your worthwhile work and ministry..

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