Past Service reports

family services

On the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month we have a Family Service, where all are welcome to join in our praise to the Lord.  Children and their families come and are involved in all aspects of the service, including: reading the prayers, reading the lessons, collecting the gifts (at Harvest and Lent), collecting other items at the Service of Remembrance and Advent and they also help to collect and put away the service and hymn books at the end of the service before enjoying a drink and cake or biscuits with the rest of our congregation family.

Below you will find a summary of some of our recent services, showing what we do and how we do it to make it interesting and FUN!

In January, April, July and October, the Family Service on the 4th Sunday of the month includes a simple service of Holy Communion

2020

january

The Third Sunday in January was our Family Service with Holy Communion and we were very pleased to welcome the Archdeacon the Venerable Hugh MacCurdy to take our service. We always like it when he comes because he is such fun !

then we had Sam and Daisy the puppets in the Pulpit. Chris and Hugh were to tell us the story of Saul when he was on the road to Damascus and was struck down by a bright light.  Sam tried to help with the story and got things a little wrong, such as when Hugh said that Saul was on the way to Damascus, Sam said Disneyland which annoyed Hugh when he should have said Damascus. Sam interrupted Hugh a number of times with the wrong names. It was funny, but we learnt  a lot about Saul.

Lovely cakes, tea and coffee and a chat and fellowship followed a lovely service.

 

We look for to seeing the Archdeacon again on Easter Sunday morning.

Second Sunday Family Service by Eleanor Chilvers

 

Today we fought our way through storm Ciera, picked up Imogen and made it through to our lovely warm church. We have a power cut at home!

Today’s homework was to bring a hat. Everyone had lots of different ones to show us, some were funny and some showed us what jobs they had, Sue for example brought her police helmets, and Dad showed us his Royal mail cap. Others showed us hats that reflected where they had been, like Francesca’s American Stetson. Alan had some lovely hat boxes full of old-fashioned hats like a top hat and bowler, which he informed us was invented in Norfolk for the game keepers at Holkham Hall to wear because the Gamekeepers top hats kept getting knocked off while riding in the woods .

Our first reading concerned the 4 different hats that involved Stevie telling us about the story of the coming of the Messiah and how different people thought that this was only a story or was wishful thinking. Some of the voices Stevie used were funny and each time she changed hats so we could see that she was going to say something different about what people of today would say if we asked them what they thought about preparing for Jesus to come again.

This week there were 3 birthdays – my grandad Rob, Christina and Lexi (who was 3), so we all sang happy birthday and shared their lovely smarties cake, biscuits and drinks together in fellowship.

 

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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)