Disability and Inclusion

We want everybody to feel welcome and included at our services and events and hope that this information will help if you visit our churches. There is further information on our other pages so please do browse our website.

St. Michael’s

St. Michael’s is a very old building and has flagstone flooring. It has high-ceilings and sound travels well in the church (with no silent spaces). We have a Tower Room which can be used as a quiet space, but this is not soundproofed so you will still be able to hear the service. After the service, when the Choir uses the Tower room, there is a small chapel behind the organ (on the left of the church) that can be used as a quiet space.

Our entrance from the High Street is flat, with no steps. However, the entrance at the Tower door has two steep steps and, whilst normally only used by the Choir, this door is also an emergency exit (emergency exits are signposted). The Vestry door also has steep steps. Our main entrance has a porch, please be aware that at times (such as winter) the inner doors may be closed but there are signs to show which door to use.

Our lighting is primarily from electric LED bulbs in chandeliers and we also have large windows. At the altar (and for special services around the church) we do have lighted candles.

We have a superb hearing aid loop system and our services are conducted using a microphone and speaker system. We use service booklets and hymn books at our services and have larger print versions available so please do ask if you require one of these.

We have a pipe organ and a choir who lead the singing during Sunday (and some special) services.

At St. Michael’s we currently have fixed seating in the form of pews, but there are areas of the church which have no pews, such as the South Transept, the Tower Room and the Nave. All raised areas (except the pews themselves) do have ramps or slopes for access. It is easy to see all parts of the church from the main body of the building, and it is possible to walk around from one part to another.

We have both an accessible toilet and standard toilets in Church House, which is behind the church. If you wish to use the toilet, please talk to a Sidesperson (who greeted you when you arrived) and they will take you there. As our building is so old, there is currently no facility for a toilet inside the building.

After the service, refreshments are available in the South Transept. There are so comfy chairs, which you are welcome to use, or you are welcome to sit in a pew or to stand if you prefer.

 

 

 

 

 

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