The church is dedicated to St Michael and the church commemorates this saint on September 29th each year – to give it its proper title, it’s the Feast of St Michael and All Angels.
Why our church was not given the adjunct of “and All Angels” is lost in the mysteries of time!!
This year, to celebrate this,(or to give it its official title, the church’s Patronal Festival), we will be holding a service of Choral Evensong on Saturday 29th September starting at 4pm. We are delighted that the St Peter’s Singers will be making their first visit to St Michael’s to lead our worship. They will sing music is by Walton, Moore, Bairstow and Thalben-Ball. We also welcome back to Great Gidding, the Reverend Laura Jørgensen (aka Laura Burgess before her marriage) as our preacher.
After the service, starting at 5.30 pm, there will be a 45 minute organ recital given by Eleanor Carter, Senior Organ Scholar, Clare College, Cambridge. She will be playing music by J.S. Bach. This is the first time the organ has been put through its paces, since the additional work carried out last year, in memory of Lois Jordan.
Following the recital, there will be refreshments (in true Gidding style that includes a glass of wine) to celebrate what can be called Great Gidding Church’s birthday.
Please do come along and share in the celebrations.