Welcome to St Michael's Church

Welcome: For over a thousand years Christians in Southampton have worshipped in St Michael the Archangel at the special moments in their lives and week by week. You are very welcome to join them here at St Michael's church in Southampton.

Our worship is in the sensible catholic tradition of the Church of England. Reverent without being solemn, traditional but with a light touch. Church services are normally held at the following times each week. Please check the calendar for any changes.

  • Sundays: 8.00am - Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
  • Sundays: 10.30am - Sung Eucharist (Common Worship)
  • Sundays: 6.30pm - Taizé Service (4th Sunday of the month) 
  • Thursdays: 12.30pm - Holy Communion (Common Worship)
  • Fridays: 12 noon - Litany for the Communion of the Cross of Nails

Our Parish covers the heart of Southampton. Within it are to be found the city’s civic, entertainment, legal, tourist and commercial centres, as well as much of the port and some significant educational and cultural establishments. We have one of the most ethnically diverse and culturally rich parishes in the country, not typical either of Southampton itself or the diocese of Winchester.

This means that our mission will always be varied as we seek to be creative in the ways in which we relate the Christian faith. It also means that our congregations are very cosmopolitan and diverse in terms of backgrounds and experience. St Michael’s church is the oldest surviving church building in the city.

On Sundays our service takes the form of an inclusive Parish Communion. Along with hymns the service is sung and there is a sermon (not too long). St Michael’s offers grown up worship at which children are very welcome and generally head straight for the toys in the Childrens’ Corner where their parents can also spend the service on easy chairs as an alternative to slipping into a nearby pew.

On the first Sunday of the month a Sunday school is held during the service and from time to time throughout the year there are additional activities for children called Little Mikes.

The special times of the year like Christmas and Easter are very special at St Michael’s and draw large congregations who value traditional worship which they can feel part of.

Incense is used at some of our services.