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.

march edition

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


Every third Wednesday:

the next ones being:


18th March

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.

        Chris Hale.

Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalene Parish Church

01553 810796/01553810385

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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:



Thanks giving



‘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.


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


‘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)