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.

july/august edition

Some snippets from the latest magazine.

On the 17th March, 2020, the Christian Church, as we know it, changed quite dramatically – because of the pandemic.  All Church Services were cancelled, with immediate effect.  To say that this was a shock, was an understatement; and Alan and I discussed (suitable socially distanced) the way forward.

I decided, during that night (sleep did not come easily) that I would post a hymn on the ‘Friends of Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalene Church’ page, to try to keep those of us who had internet access, in touch with each other; and the first one I chose to ‘post’ was ‘Father I place into Your hands the things I cannot do’ which seemed quite appropriate for the situation. 

To my utter amazement, what has become affectionately called ‘The Hymn for Today’ by those watching (not me) is very popular; people from all over the country, who are ‘friends’ of our church, and those in our own Church Family, are requesting different hymns for varying reasons, and I am happy to oblige.

Possibly  by Peter Gagen

We all hope some good might come from the pandemic. Giving time to consider where modern society was heading. We have already seen a change in our attitude towards those who look after our welfare -  e.g. Gratitude not criticism. First and foremost is the N.H.S. the wonderful people who put themselves and their families in danger to comfort and care for the sick and dying.  The whole Nation from Government to small children giving and raising money in gratitude, look at what Major Tom aged 100 did.  Think of what has changed.

When I heard the Garden Centres were closing, I ordered large plug plants direct on the internet.

When half of them arrived I thought if these are large I don’t know what small ones would be like !

We watered over night and potted them up in in larger pots. Since then the others arrived and we did the same keeping them in the conservatory, which was like a greenhouse, the only thing was we had to keep stepping over and moving them to get to other things. I was amazed how they grew overnight.

Some have now been planted out. 

We also planted Runner Beans, Tomatoes plants and Sunflowers the same way.

Dear Chris and Alan,


Thank you for delivering the latest copy of the church magazine some time ago. It was so nice of you to think of us; this issue feels more special as I admit taking for granted those we had before lockdown. I really enjoyed reading what everybody has been up to during those restricting months...


First thing each morning was opening Facebook and discovering what hymn Chris had found, always a pleasure, and as for the “Sunday Special” Wow! What a treat!


I enjoyed the lovely words from Peter, his beautiful poem and moving story about Shay.


I couldn’t agree more with Linda about the size of plants; we also bought plants online, ridiculously small! but the lovely weather sorted them out!


Reflections by Jo with Thomas Roberts’s Poem was brilliant and so true. Suddenly we appreciate what we have.


Bravo to Thomas Dumbleton – clever boy!


Reading Alan’s account of the birds in the garden is so endearing; you can just picture the scene, can’t you! and there is nothing more relaxing than bird watching. I am glad Alan did get his carpet laid eventually...

2020  Rota of Services COVID STYLE

First Sunday -   Morning Service – taken by Mr Alan Sherfield

Second Sunday  - Family Service – taken by Mrs Chris Hale.

Third Sunday -  Morning Service - taken by Mr Alan Sherfield

Forth Sunday  - Family Service – taken by Mrs Chris Hale.

Fifth Sunday - Morning Prayer – taken by Alan or Chris.

In Magdalen Church

Tea, Coffee and a Mardle

all ages welcome


Every first and third Wednesday:

the next ones being:


5th & 19th August

3rd & 17th September

Wanted  -  Please Can YOU Help !

Are you bored and time on your hands. Perhaps you could help do something at Wiggenhall St Magdalene Church !


The wrought Iron gates on the path to the Church need a coat of paint !

There are four doors onto the roof of the Church which need a coat of wood stain !

If you think you could help us with either of these jobs, we would be very grateful.

We will supply the brushes and paint etc.

For more information please contact either of the Churchwardens Alan Sherfield 01553 810796

Email -

or Mrs Chris Hale  01553 810385

email  -

The ‘tail’ of two pigeons!

…as dictated to ‘Mummy’ (Chris) by ‘Hugo Hale -Pom!’

on the 22Mummy said something ‘rude’ about the bats having a rave or disco (!!), ‘plonked’ me in the pew (and shut me in – I ask you!), she then got the noisy snake-thingy out to clean up.  When she’d finished, she came back into the pew and we said Morning Prayer – at least Mummy did – I fell asleep as usual.nd July

I don’t like pigeons – I always bark (very loudly) at them when they are in MY garden, stealing MY bird food (Editor’s comment – you will notice Hugo said ‘HIS’ bird food, not THE ‘bird’s food’!)!  So when Mummy told me there were two pigeons ‘stuck’ in the church, I was not a happy ‘Hugo-bunny!’

When Mummy and I went over to the church on Saturday 18th July, to unlock and say Morning Prayer, the nave carpet was filthy – which as Mummy said to me was strange as Jo Cadman had been in and cleaned thoroughly, as usual on Thursday. 

A footnote.3rd August   -  They have been in again and one has left but the other which Chris has named Percy is finding it difficult to find a way out.   When I asked why it had a male name   -  it was because it had not enough sense to find its way out !!!!

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 !!

At long last we are able to return to share in a Church Service on a Sunday and it is July. The last time we were all at Church for a Service was on the 15th March !

Our ‘Homework’ was ‘Something we grow ! We had, courgettes, Runner Beans, Potts in plants, some lovely Sweet Peas giving off a lovely scent. Pictures of plants and pictures on people’s mobile phones of plants and a banana. Rene brought something and she will tell you what she brought !!

This was followed by Sam and Daisy in the Pulpit  helping Jo Chilvers tell the story of the Sower and being interrupted by a Parrot who kept saying it liked seed to eat, especially seed pie

One advantage of not being able to sing together, (apart from my lazy bones not having to stand!) is being able to listen to the professionals singing our well-loved hymns, which in my

case helps me to listen and hear how they should be sung! We started then with ‘Come let us join our cheerful songs’ and were asked to try and see what all our hymns had in common (answer at the end!).

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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)