|Date and time of service: 3 December 2017 at 09:30
Name of church: St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church
Name of service: Family Mass
Leader of service: Reverend Sue Waldron
Liturgical importance: First Sunday in Advent
Address: 1123 Cornelius Street, Weltevreden Park, Johannesburg.
Accessibility: Wheel chair friend access
Neighbourhood: Middle class, fairly affluent, family oriented.
Description of building: 20th century, modern classic Anglican style.
Garden: The gardens are spacious and beautifully kept. There is a ministry devoted to this.
Additionally there is a Garden of Remembrance which is beautiful, but soggy due to the recent rain. The congregation is involved with eco matters and projects.
Impression of congregation: Families. Slight majority are white congregants, but multiracial.
How many people attended: Approximately 200 people
General dress code: Smart casual
Welcome: Some of the congregants and a formal welcome from Reverend Sue Waldron
Pre-service ambience: We were very early and there was a slight bustle as people prepared and the worship group commenced singing about ten minutes before the service started/
Comfort: Comfortable padded pews
Opening words of service: Good morning, welcome to the House of the Lord.
Written liturgy/music: On overhead projection
Distractions: A baby crying from time to time without being taken to they cry room.
Style of worship: Contemporary Anglican with bells and smells.
Length of sermon: 18 minutes
Quality of sermon: Excellent
Theme of sermon: Stay awake and alert in waiting for our Lord’s return
Preacher: Reverend Sue Waldron
Child friendly?: Yes.
The most heavenly part of the service: Prayers for the people travelling, or with difficult situations like medical appointments or illness at the end of the service.
The most hellish part of the service: There wasn’t anything of the sort
After service: We were not invited to stay for tea and didn’t know there was tea until I returned from the toilet, by which time the rest of my party were waiting for me in the car.
Ablutions: Not wheelchair friendly, but clean.
Likelihood of returning: It is not my first visit to St Michael and All Angels, nor will it be my last.
General mood after service: The people were all quite absorbed in their own doings.
The most memorable thing about the service: I purchased one of their fresh Advent Wreaths for my home, so I have been reminded of them all through Advent.