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Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalene Church

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Events

Good morning Friends,

Following a recent announcement that places of worship could reopen for individual private prayer from June 15, the Government has now revised the date to June 13, and the Diocese of Ely has asked that we communicate the following if we are intending to open:

We have been asked to engage and communicate with worshippers and the wider community to explain what activity is permitted and what is still prohibited.

*Individuals or members of the same household may enter the building to make personal prayers and it is strongly advised that social distancing is maintained with other households. The fewer the people inside the building at any one time, the lower the risk of transmission.

*Individual prayer within a place of worship is defined as a person or household entering the venue to pray on their own and not as part of a group, led prayer or communal act. They should be socially distanced from other individuals or households. Collective or communal prayer and regular scheduled services are not permitted at this time as set out in Regulations. This includes a Minister of Religion or lay person leading devotions or prayer of any sort.

Alan and I have just completed the 'risk assessment' produced by the C of E, and are printing off notices as required, as I type! If you wish to go in please take note of the following:

  • Visitors will be asked to sanitize their hands, 'sign in' with contact details in case the health authorities need to contact you.

  • Please stay suitably 'socially distanced' if anyone else is in there.

  • Certain areas of the church have been 'roped off', there will be no sale of books, post cards etc.

  • Due to the cleaning procedures required, the lavatory and kitchen will be out of bounds.

So it is with joy (and a little trepidation), I will be opening at 9am every morning, and sanitizing and locking at 4pm (timings approximate) as from Saturday 13th June.

We are still hoping that services (without music or singing) can start on 5th July - but more on that later! God bless everyone and stay safe.

 

 

 

Regular events

& services

Services

11am every Sunday

​​1st (& 5th) Sunday - Morning Prayer

2nd & 4th Sunday - Family Service

3rd Sunday - Holy Communion

The following measures have been put in place -

 

‘socially distanced’  seating in the Church  - please wait to  be seated.

 

Please use the hand sanitizers on the tables by the door as you come in.  You will not have to sign in as we will keep a register of who is there - if you are not a regulare member, please give your name and contact details to one of the churchwardens.

 

 Please pick up a pre-printed order of service  to keep and bring with you next time as we are not allowed to use the Hymn and Prayer Books at the present time.   

 

We are not allowed to sing at the moment, but we can sit and listen to a choir singing a hymn during the service.

 

Keep safe and well.  God Bless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bell Ringing

Practise

Thursday 2-3pm

Cancelled

MyPad

4th Monday

6.30-8pm

CANCELLED

Mardle

2-4pm

1st and 3rd Wednesday

of the month at the moment

Bible Study

6.30-8pm

1st Friday

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Toll Bar Cottage

 

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tea/coffe and a mardle

3rd Wednesday of the month

Starting on the 21st February in the church

Would you like to go somewhere for a cup of tea or coffee, a piece of cake and a chat?

Why not join us on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, in the church?

It will only cost you £.  Bring your knitting, embroidery, drawing pad if you wish.

Open to all ages.  Look forward to seeing you there.

bible study

1st friday of the month

On Friday evenings we have started on a journey to deepen our knowledge of our faith and in particular what the Bible teaches us. Chris, Alan and Stevie have once more arranged some classes for us, this time to explore parts of the Bible as a group.

 

Our first class was all about Philippians. For those of you that do not know (me being one of them) this book of the Bible is made up of letters from Paul to the people of Phillipi which he writes whilst in captivity.

If you are interested please contact Alan (01553 810796).

Our next meeting is on 5th January, why not come along and join us - it's a very interesting evening.

'How can we become better at thanking God for those in our own lives and the lives of the Church

 

For this one we talked about how we pray. Quite often we can forget to thank God at all in our prayers and they can become something of a wish list. Chris then told us how she taught her students ACTS when writing and saying prayers:

Adoration

Confession

Thanks giving

Supplication

 

‘I am confident that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ?’ How would it change us in the Church if we were to put our trust in this?

 

Wow – I think we are all guilty of not trusting in God at one time or another. The power of prayer is evident but does not stop us doubting from time to time when things do not go our way.

mypad

4th monday of the month

(Magdalen Young People’s Activities & Discussion)

6.30-8.00pm in the church

For young people aged 9+, who enjoy meeting people of a similar age to have meaningful discussions, learn more about Jesus Christ and do some activities to reinforce the theme for the day.  There is always chocolate biscuits and hot chocolate.

If you are interested please contact Chris (01553 810385)

bell ringing

every thursday at 2pm

The Bells are rung thirty minutes before every service. Bell Ringing Practice takes place most Thursdays at 2.00 – 3.00pm in the Church tower. All ringers and those wishing to learn to ring are welcome.

 

We have six bells which are often referred to as ‘giving a fine peal’.

 

The Captain of the Tower is Mr Peter Gagen 01553 810509.

Easter Cracked is a one day event held on (or about) Maundy Thursday to help 6-11 year olds understand the true meaning of Easter.  We use the media of various activities, including, singing, games, craft and drama.  During the day we will rehearse a short Celebration Service, which the young people will perform to parents and families at 2pm, after which tea, coffee and hot cross buns will be served

cHILDREN'S aCTIVITIES

‘SUMMER FUN’ has a different theme each year and runs from the Monday to the Thursday in the 2nd week of August, from 10am to 2pm, and on the final day at 2pm we have a Final Celebration from 2pm to 3pm when the children will present to friends, family and our regular congregation what they have been doing.   After the celebration refreshments will be served. Registration forms will be available from the Village Hall or the Church from the end of May. The cost for each day is £5.00 per child per day and we ask that the young people bring their own packed lunches (drinks and biscuits will be provided).  It doesn't matter if you are not able to attend all 4 days as each are separate events within one theme.

A selection of photographs from Easter cracked 2018

Easter Cracked 2019 date to be arranged.

What do you want to know?

Is the Church open

all the time?

Magdalene Church is open from 8am to 4pm for visitors and/or private prayer, to look around or just to sit.

When are the services?

Every Sunday at 11am.

2nd & 4th Sunday - Family Service, followed by

refreshments and fellowship,

all are welcome to join us;

1st (& 5th) Sunday– Morning Service;

3rd Sunday – Holy Communion

Are you Disabled-Friendly?

Yes, as you can see from the photograph  - - no step.

We also have a hearing loop, large print books (or hymn sheets) and gluten free wafers available for Holy Communion.  So please ask if you need these.

Is there a toilet, or a baby changing facility?

Yes we have a toilet suitable for wheelchair users, and a baby changing station.

Are you child friendly?

Yes, children are welcome at all services. We have two ‘child-friendly’ Family Services a month, there are also boxes of toys, colouring books and teddys for  use by children in all our services.

How do I know when to stand

or sit, or what to do or say?

In the Family Service all the instructions are in the service book and the service leader will announce hymn numbers.

In the other services, the service leader will announce page numbers.

If you would like to sit with someone

who knows ‘what to do’ please ask

and we will arrange it.

Where can I sit?

No seats (pews) are specifically reserved for anyone.  But the ones at the front are kept for those leading the services.

Do I have to pay?

There is a collection taken at every service, but no amount is too small to give.

"I moved to the area last year and thought I should experience a Church service as this wonderful building was within walking distance of my house. Bearing in mind I really hadn't attended Church for decades, other than the occasional service at Christmas, I was assuming that one service at Magdalen Church would be enough!  How wrong I was. From the first moment I set foot in the Church, I received a warm welcome and all notions of a stuffy or serious service were banished. 

 

The Family Service is very special. I do not have children but. for me, I can feel the friendship within the congregation as one big family. A warm welcome from Alan and Chris and their delightful Pomeranian dogs put you at ease straight away. The Family Service has lots of laughs with "performances" bringing Bible Readings to life and the congregation is encouraged to learn about each other through our "homework" (which helps us to appreciate our lives at the same time). 

 

It could never, ever be described as a "boring Church service". We laugh, we chat, we hear about members of the congregation, we sing badly (other than Alan, whose voice is a treat). We make friends. Plus, to top it off, we have tea and homemade cake afterwards!

 

I look forward to going. My only struggle now is that I am arguing with my husband who wants me to attend Classic Car Shows on Sundays that clash with Family Service!"                                                                        Jo Moss (Magdalene village)