Welcome to St Mary Magdalene, Enfield
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic all future events are now postponed or cancelled

Latest News on Events

We are looking at ways to provide our Sunday Services in light of current developments. Please check back often.

Following decisions reached by the Archbishops and the Government the Church is now closed until further notice. All events have been cancelled or postponed.

Please check back for more news on future events.

Devotional Resources for your spiritual life:
Please click the button for resources that are available through the internet.

Devotional Resources

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'Hymn of the Day and Sunday Service'

RSCM Resources

ASK Force - How we are managing the current Coronavirus situation

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Latest news from the Vicar, Gordon

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It is with mixed emotions, both happy and sad, that we announce that our vicar, Gordon, will be moving from St Mary Magdalene Enfield to take up a new post at Rochester Cathedral as Canon Chancellor. Gordon has served as our vicar for 17 years and will be greatly missed for his compassion and leadership. He will be taking up the new position in June and we wish Gordon, Jessica and Maria all the very best for their future in Rochester. We're sure God will open the path for Gordon to be effective in his new role.

St Mary Magdalene, Enfield

Saint Mary Magdalene Church, Enfield, is a Church of England, Anglican Church serving the area from Enfield Chase to Chase Farm Hospital.

Find a warm welcome in the parish of Enfield Chase. Standing floodlit at the top of Windmill Hill, Enfield, St Mary Magdalene offers prayer and care at the heart of our community and has been a source of spiritual inspiration for worshippers and others in the local community for more than 135 years.

Our address is: Windmill Hill, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 7AJ. Please click for a map.

Regular Weekly Services and Events
postponed until further notice

DayTimeEvent
Sunday8:00 amHoly Communion
10:00 amEucharist (Second Sunday in month Family Service)
6:30 pmEvensong (or other ‘special’ service)
Please see the Google calendar for any further information regarding Sunday Services
Monday10:00 amMattins (BCP)
Tuesday7:45-9:00 pmBell Ringing Practice
Wednesday8:30 pmDrama Group
Thursday10:30 amHoly Communion (BCP)
7:30 pmChoir Practice

Kindly note:
There are no Sunday evening services during August. Choir practice breaks for August too.

Please see the calendar below for this month's events. If you wish to see all future events, please click here.

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At St Mary Magdalene Church Enfield we place a high priority on safeguarding the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being of all our children, young people and vulnerable adults.

For further information please click here.

Read our Vicar's Blog

A monthly piece from the Vicar, also published in the parish magazine.

Read them here
The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles

You are warmly invited to join us at any of our services or group meetings.

Bell Ringers
Bell Ringers
Drama Group
Drama Group
Home Group
Home Group
Fellowship
Fellowship
Coffee and Concerts
Coffee and Concerts
Sunday School
Sunday School
Our Choir

Did you enjoy this Sunday morning's Anthem sung by the choir?
we have a list of anthems sung or to be sung here.

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Our organ refurbishment

Thank you to everyone who has so generously donated to our organ refurbishment fund, we couldn't have done it without your support. Read about the history of our organ and see pictures of the refurbishment - and why it was so desperately needed!

Our organ
 

Information

Sermons

The latest and past sermons from The Reverend Dr Gordon Giles can be found on our Sermons page.

Sermons
Schools

Children of families who attend our church regularly, are able to apply for and take up places at St Michael’s CE Primary School and shortly in the Wren Acadamey in Enfield. See our schools page for more details.

Schools
News

All the latest news can be found on our News page which includes links to our archived news pages.

News
Sermons

The latest and past sermons from The Reverend Dr Gordon Giles can be found on our Sermons page.

Sermons
Schools

Children of families who attend our church regularly, are able to apply for and take up places at St Michael’s CE Primary School and shortly in the Wrem Acadamey in Enfield. See our schools page for more details.

Schools
News

All the latest news can be found on our News page which includes links to our archived news pages.

News
Parish Magazine

The Parish Magazine is published every month. The latest copy is available online and also as a downloadable PDF file. Previous copies of the Parish Magazine are also available.

Parish Magazine
Community

St Mary Magdalene has very close links with the local community, please see our Community page for more details.

Community
History, Art and Heritage

St Mary Magdalene was designed by William Butterfield and dates back to 1883. Our Chancel, painted by Buckeridge, is one of the finest examples of Victorian Gothic Art in Europe.

History, Art and Heritage
Parish Magazine

The Parish Magazine is published every month. The latest copy is available online and also as a downloadable PDF file. Previous copies of the Parish Magazine are also available.

Parish Magazine
Community

St Mary Magdalene has very close links with the local community, please see our Community page for more details.

Community
History, Art and Heritage

St Mary Magdalene was designed by William Butterfield and dates back to 1888. Our Chancel, painted by Buckeridge, is one of the finest examples of Victorian Gothic Art in Europe.

History, Art and Heritage
Book our facilities with Tutti

Book our Church, Hall or Vestry for photography, music, dance or drama rehearsals. We have a lovely church with good acoustic and grand piano and newly refurbished organ. We have two halls, the small one is suitable for a small ensemble and the large one for a larger group of singers or players. Choirs may prefer to use the church, but the Halls are also suitable. We have no car park, but street parking is free and permitted. All available for very reasonable rates.

To book please click on the Tutti button.

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Dear friends,

Distance yourselves and stay close to God…

It was not my plan to write daily, but then plans are not quite where we are at at the moment! I’ve been writing this on and off all day, and things change from one hour to the next. Schools are now to close.

You will have heard that the Archbishops have stated that churches are closed for public worship. Much as I regret this, we will comply, yet while seeing this as something of a minor opportunity rather than a huge problem. Many of you would not have come on Sunday anyway, and might have felt a bit bad or sorry about that. Not only do you not need to feel bad about not coming, now you can’t, because what your were not coming to is not happening. Please do not feel bad about not coming to Church. Church is coming to you in new ways.

There will be no liturgical gatherings in Church for at least a month. This is a very strange scenario indeed, reminiscent perhaps of times of dissent, plague or the Commonwealth between 1649-1660. We are in better company than that, but it is nevertheless necessary. However, the Church is not closed. Nevertheless, Sundays and the forthcoming Holy Week and Easter events are to be assumed as cancelled. Similarly, the Agape Meal, Golf Club Dinner, VE Day and APCM are cancelled too. We await guidance on the cancellation of the APCM and what it means.

We are the Church

We are the Church and we are open to new ways of being so, and we have technology to assist us. There will still be a Sunday sermon, a bulletin with readings and collect and there are prayers to join in with, even if you cannot hear others saying them, yet while knowing we are. We are connected by our prayers, not by our physical proximity. Never lose inner sight of that fact.

Church - ek clesia means ‘called out’ and while it may seem that we have been called indoors, out of the playground of modern life, in fact we have been called inside to look outwards. Look outwards to others and inside to God: it is good and healthy to do that.

Open Church

Last week I took delivery of thousands of votive candles. Let’s burn ‘em! Let’s burn them for ourselves, for those we worry about, for those we give thanks for, for those who have no-one to light a candle for them. And this weekend, let’s light them for our Mums, living and departed, near or far.

This Mothering Sunday, unless otherwise contradicted, the Church will be open during the hours when a service would have happened. So from about 9.30 the doors will be open and anyone can come in, walk around, sit still, light a candle, listen to the music, speak to someone. Hopefully we can do something like this each Sunday.

Small scale gathering for daily prayer or even communion may be possible, such as on a Monday or Thursday (but not this Thursday). It is hoped that we can do this on Thursday of next week, with a small gathering, spread throughout the church.

DO NOT COME if you are feeling unwell or living with someone who is unwell.
THINK HARD about coming and consider prayerfully whether you should if you are vulnerable to concomitant illness, or living with someone vulnerable. If you are over 70ish always keep government advice in mind.
All are welcome, to be present in the building, but not in close proximity: there will be no communion or peace-sharing, indeed nothing other than perhaps a quarterly prayer from the pulpit. There will be an intercessions list in church (which can be written on), and the Prayer Board is very much available. The intercessions list will be emailed to you to use at home. Please do not circulate these widely beyond our own community. Basically the Church will continue as normal, yet without public liturgy. We do not need to gather to pray, but rather are gathered together simply by praying, wherever we are.

I’m reminded of that lovely Victorian hymn. ‘The Day thou gavest’ which has as two central verses, words that speak to our time in new ways:

We thank thee that thy Church unsleeping,
While earth rolls onward into light,
Through all the world her watch is keeping,
And rests not now by day or night.

As o’er each continent and island
The dawn leads on another day,
The voice of prayer is never silent,
Nor dies the strain of praise away.

(John Ellerton)

ASKing and telling

We have set up the ASK Force. And remember, all you have to do is ask. Now we are asking you to tell - tell us whom you think we should be in regular contact with. Feel free to send me a list of whom you are keeping an eye on and we can look for gaps. I have had a lovely response from many of you about this and some wonderful offers of various kinds of involvement and engagement with the scheme. If you need shopping collected, ASK us. It can be done. But please can I ask you to let me know, however randomly, any names of people who we might be overlooking in terms of checking in on. Or anyone who is not receiving these emails and who should or would like to. Even in these straightened times I assume GDPR still applies!

Shopping

As I said, we can facilitate the collection of shopping, and this exact from the Boss of Sainsbury’s is heartening. They are also opening their stores for a bit of targeted ageist shopping (hooray!), so if you can get there, you will not be jostling with the kleptomaniacs and bog-roll bullies. You will need to check online for that, although my researches reveal no information yet about any arrangements at our local stores in Highlands and Winchmore Hill. Rumour has it that it will be at the rather uncivilised hour of 7am!

We will also help elderly and vulnerable customers access food online. From Monday 23rd March, our online customers who are over 70 years of age or have a disability will have priority access to online delivery slots. We will contact these customers in the coming days with more details.
For any online customer who can travel to our stores, from Monday 23rd March, we will operate an expanded 'click and collect' service. We are significantly increasing the number of collection sites across the country over the coming days in preparation for this. Customers can place their order online as usual and pick it up from a collection point in the store car park. We believe this will also work for people who are self-isolating.

In terms of the local Borough repsonse, here is a link you may find interesting or helpful:

new.enfield.gov.uk/services/your-council/enfield-stands-together/

Rest assured of our prayers and good wishes as we sail into uncharted waters.

Do ring/email me and ring each other,

Blessings,

Gordon
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Life Events

Weddings

Wedding Rings

Getting Married?

Today more than a quarter of all marriages in England between a man and a woman take place in the traditional setting of a Church of England church. You're welcome to marry in church whatever your beliefs, whether or not you are baptised and whether or not you go to church.


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Baptisms

St Mary Magdalene Baptism window - detail

Looking to baptise your child?

Parishioners and regular worshippers are welcome welcome to have their children 'christened' in St Mary Magdalene. During the christening service your child will be baptized and with the support of the church, you and godparents, your child begins an amazing journey of faith.

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Funerals

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Marking the end of a person's life here on earth.

A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world.

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Daily Devotionals

Daily devotionals come from three sources that you can choose from (or use all!), whether travelling to work, sitting and relaxing during a well deserved break, or making one of them a part of your daily 'quiet time' with God.

Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer (or Compline) come from the Church of England's Common Worship which provides prayers and readings for different times during the day.

The daily readings are taken from The Revised Common Lectionary which divides the Bible into a three-year cycle of readings, years A, B and C.

Pray As You Go is a Jesuit based, audio resource that can be listened to anywhere.

Morning Prayer

Please click this link to be taken to today's Morning Prayer readings and prayers from the Church of England's Common Worship.

Evening Prayer

Please click this link to be taken to today's Evening Prayer readings and prayers from the Church of England's Common Worship.

Compline

Please click this link to be taken to today's Night Prayer readings and prayers from the Church of England's Common Worship.

The daily readings are taken from The Revised Common Lectionary which divides the Bible into a three-year cycle of readings, years A, B and C. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect on and digest what they heard in worship.

The Church year begins in Advent. This church year, 2019-2020, is year A.

Other resources

The RSCM have a daily hymn and Sunday Services on their website

Would you like to listen to a Choral Evensong or Sunday Service? BBC Radio Three have daily Choral Evensong  and weekly Sunday Service broadcasts.

The whole New International Version of the Bible, read by David Suchet is available free to listen to at Bible Gateway who have many other versions, translations and study resources freely available.

Thank you for taking the time to visit us,
we look forward to seeing you in church.

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