magdalene church magazine
Copies of the Church Magazine are available at the back of the church or in the Village Hall.
Please feel free to take one.
If you would like a copy delivered please contact one of the Church wardens.
Some snippets from the latest magazine.
Mothering Sunday is the 22nd March below is something about Mothers
A mother's love provides for their child in ways that will outlast her own life giving them strength and faith to live a life of worth and value and always know when they fail never give up on themselves or others. Just like God with us, a mother's love never gives up on her child or praying for her child.
The love of a mother accepts her child needs more nourishment and nutrients than she has to give, and thanks God that sometimes formula is best. The love of a mother carefully selects ingredients and meals for her children to help them grow strong, healthy, and boost their immune system
A mother's role is to love her children with all her heart. It is also the role of every mother to understand her children. When a child feels this, he or she learns to trust the parent(s) better. Listening is crucial to understanding
A mother is the one who understands the needs and moods of her child. She knows what her child wants even when the child has not spoken much. This gives emotional security to the child. This, combined with her role as a nurturer, helps a mother improve her child's emotional intelligence and sensitivity to others.
The mother is the “light of the family”. She takes care of the husband, children, home and household chores. Together they help hand in hand to keep the family, raise the children, teach them values and the culture of which they belong and provide the basic needs like food, shelter and clothing.
2020 Rota of Services
First Sunday - Morning Prayer – taken by Mrs Stevie Brooks.
Second Sunday - Family Service – taken by Mrs Stevie Brooks.
Third Sunday - Holy Communion – taken by the Vicar.
Forth Sunday - Family Service – taken by Mrs Stevie Brooks.
Fifth Sunday - Morning Prayer – taken by Mrs Stevie Brooks.
In Magdalen Church
Tea, Coffee and a Mardle
all ages welcome
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Wanted - Please Can YOU Help !
We need your help to keep your Church looking good and clean for you and for everyone.
Please can you spare an hour or so every week or so ?
Cleaning the Church is not heavy work. We have someone who cleans the Chancel each week and vacuums the carpet down the middle aisle as well. We need help from someone who can sweep the floor in the pews and also dust and polish the pews. This can be one, two or more people ! We also need someone to sweep the floor at the back of the Church where you come in and the Porch, and dust and polish the three tables at the back. If you can help please contact Alan or Rene. Thank you.
Magdalen Church 200 Club October Winners - February
£40.00 number 57 Maureen Simons
£20.00 number 186 Linda Painter
£10.00 number 43 Mateo Stuart
All for a payment of £12.00 a year you could win £40. or £20. or £10 per month and a yearly prize of £200.00 at Christmas.
For more information contact Alan on 01553 810796
Wanted or not legal tender !
£5.00 and £10.00 and £1.00
If you have any old five or ten-pound notes or £1.00 coins and have forgotten to spend them, then there is a way of spending them.
We will be very pleased to take your old £10.00 and £5.00 notes or £1.00 coins at any Church events. Or they can also be used for your Sunday collection.
We recently received 3 old £10.00 notes and they were taken to the bank to be paid in, and it turns out that they were £10.00 notes previous to the ones recently discontinued.
The more we receive the better !!
‘Stranger in the night….!’
Thursday’s are usually a fairly quiet day for me, but Thursday 13th February 2020 is a day I don’t think I am ever like to forget!
It all started perfectly normally, you know – get up, unlock the church, walk and feed the dog, do your errands, work on Family Service scripts, lock the church – ahh now there you see is where it all starts to untangle or tangle (depends on your perspective of things!)
I walked across with Hugo at about 4.15, went into the church, put Hugo down and we checked the lavatory, and gave a cursory glance around – it wouldn’t do to lock anyone in would it? All clear – now you see it must have been as Hugo didn’t start up a cacophony of barking did he? I locked up, tuned the key, checked it was locked, and walked back down the path, shut the gate and went back into the cottage.
What’s wrong with any of that – I hear you saying – well nothing – yet!
About 5.45 I was cooking my evening meal, it had become dark, so I went into the study to close the curtains and that’s where it all gets strange – the church was lit up like a Christmas Tree, all the lights were on (I had not needed the lights as it was light enough to see when I locked up!), and the path and porch lights were on (I rarely switch those on anyway as it has to be switched off before you lock the door!)
I went back into the sitting room, put Hugo in his basket and told him to stay, collected the church key, put on my shoes and walked across. The gate was still closed, but when I got to the door it was ajar by about 6 inches – curiouser and curiouser! I stepped inside and called out loudly “HELLO!” this was met by a silence. I walked across to check in the lavatory and kitchen – nothing! I walked slowly up towards the chancel, and then just out of the corner of my eye I saw the movement of a man crouching down by the organ. He was dressed all in black with a ‘beanie type’ hat on. He had moved the seat Stevie uses for services to in front of the front pews so that it was facing the organ and had found and switched on the heater John (our organist used before our super-duper heating was installed) and pulled it round in front of him. I asked how he'd got in - he said the door was unlocked. It was most definitely not! I was very calm and politely said ‘I’d like you to leave now please’ - which, to be fair, he did.
I switched everything off, checked everything was ok, ensured ‘again’ that I’d locked the door and walked down the path to find the two gates open and swinging into the road – fortunately there was no traffic passing at that point. It took a little while to find the ‘hole’ the bolt of the fixed gate went into, in the dark! But gates secured I went home and telephoned Alan, who insisted I contacted the police. He then came over to check all was OK.
The police were very helpful and said they would drive passed and keep an eye on the situation. Which they did, and are still doing. They also felt our intruder was in the church when I locked up. There is of course that possibility, but why did he then open the door and leave it ajar!
After a glass of wine with my meal, I felt more settled, but I was not a happy bunny, and I now check every nook and cranny before I lock up to be certain, my ‘stranger in the night’ is not there.