Wren Academy Enfield update

Significant progress has been made in securing a September 2020 start for Wren Academy Enfield. However, opening at this time does depend on securing planning permission for the initial temporary buildings and then being granted a funding agreement by the Department for Education (DFE). Very shortly, a formal consultation exercise will be held in advance of submitting a planning application … Read More

Maundy Thursday 2019

High up on the southern facade of St Paul’s Cathedral is the statue of a phoenix rising from the ashes, a symbol of resurrection. Christopher Wren had it put there after it was recovered from the ashes of the cathedral destroyed by the Great Fire of London in September 1666. Underneath it the word ‘resurgam’ (‘I rise’), makes Wren’s rebuilding … Read More

Palm Sunday 2019

Palm Sunday

We began the Palm Sunday service by meeting in the Hall where we were each given palm leaves and palm crosses to carry, in procession, around the church to the West door and so into Church. This year we were joined by members of the Grand Priory of England and The Priory of Wales of The Order of The Knights … Read More

Latest update on our organ rebuild

2019 April 08 Organ Manuals ready to be fitted in

It’s been a long wait, but things are finally looking up! The Village Workshop have been busy over the past few months rebuilding our organ. The photo above shows the Organ Manuals ready to be fitted in place. We are reinstating the Choir (removed in the 1970s when the organ was refurbished) and adding a new stop – the Larigo! … Read More

Magazine April 2019

30, The Ridgeway Dear friends, We must congratulate the ladies on the choir, who have now been singing with us for a hundred years! In the Parish magazine of April 1919, our predecessors reported: “An innovation has been introduced into the services at S.Mary’s by the admission of ladies into the choir in place of boys, and we are very … Read More

Vicar’s Blog April 2019

Dear friends, We must congratulate the ladies on the choir, who have now been singing with us for a hundred years! In the Parish magazine of April 1919, our predecessors reported: “An innovation has been introduced into the services at S.Mary’s by the admission of ladies into the choir in place of boys, and we are very pleased to say … Read More

Sponsored Bible reading

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We read 7 books – Mark, Lamentations, Daniel, Joel, Ezra, Song of Songs and Revelation – which is a total of 75 chapters and asked people to read at least one chapter and find sponsors for doing it. We started at 10 o’clock and finished around 6:00pm. Coffee and tea were served in church throughout the day and included a … Read More

Parish Games Evening

Parish Games Evening

Following on from the success of the Games Evening at Launde Abbey last year we held a Parish Games Evening in the Hall. It was open to everyone and all ages, there were a variety of games to play and plenty of fun too. Money was also raised for Comic Relief. Here are a few photos of just some of … Read More

Transfiguration and Time Warps

One of last Christmas’ bestsellers was the posthumously published book of Professor Stephen Hawking’s final thoughts on various matters. Stephen Hawking was undoubtedly one of the greatest – and most famous – and most distinctive – of scientists of our age, and his books sell very well. How many people get through them is another matter – but I am … Read More

Handel’s Messiah

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Update 01/04/2019 We are delighted to announce that the grand total of monies raised by our #Messiah performance last month is £4439.65. Huge thanks to everyone involved. St Mary Magdalene’s Church presents Handel’s Messiah sung by the Enfield Choral Society St Mary Magdalene Church, in association with the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, is pleased to announce a very special charity … Read More

Baptism sermon

Hello! Well today is a very happy occasion! We have gathered to celebrate the baptism of a baby, with her parents, her grandparents, her Godparents and all her family and friends; and it’s a real delight for the Church to celebrate with you all! In baptism we aim to give children the best spiritual start in life that we can. … Read More

Magazine March 2109

Parish Games Evening

Dear Friends, It is the time of year again, but this time in a year that only comes around every six years, when we revise and reconstitute the Electoral Roll of the Parish. From what follows, dug up by Joy Heywood from the Parish Archives, you’ll see that this is the centenary of our Electoral Roll, which was introduced here … Read More

Vicar’s Blog March 2019

Dear Friends, It is the time of year again, but this time in a year that only comes around every six years, when we revise and reconstitute the Electoral Roll of the Parish. From what follows, dug up by Joy Heywood from the Parish Archives, you’ll see that this is the centenary of our Electoral Roll, which was introduced here … Read More

Jazz Evening in the Hall

2019 Jazz Evening

Old School Assembly played a selection of Jazz for us in a very special event. Jazz, dancing, wine and nibbles were all included in the price. It was a great evening! Formed from a group of friends looking to develop their musical skills, Old School Assembly have found their niche teaching and playing popular jazz and swing classics in schools … Read More

Why do people go to church?

Is it because it’s their Tradition, is it for the Eucharist? Is it the Music? Is it to hear the Word? Is it to learn more about God? Is it to worship God with the family of God? Is it the Sermon? Is it meeting together as the Body of Christ? Is it to give thanks and praise for Jesus … Read More

Vicar’s Blog February 2019

Dear Friends, As well as telling us how many days to next Sunday there are, or what date to write at the top of the page, our calendars remind us of which secular, religious or family festival is approaching. As we near someone’s birthday or wedding anniversary, we think of them, perhaps pray for them, at the very least we … Read More

Magazine February 2019

2019 Jazz Evening

Dear Friends, As well as telling us how many days to next Sunday there are, or what date to write at the top of the page, our calendars remind us of which secular, religious or family festival is approaching. As we near someone’s birthday or wedding anniversary, we think of them, perhaps pray for them, at the very least we … Read More

Vicar’s Blog January 2019

Dear friends, It has been another good Christmas, for which we welcomed congregations of our usual increased numbers for Crib and Carol Services, and had a wonderful orchestral carol concert with readings too. As always, feedback is useful in terms of what we do in future years, although I cannot see us changing our hugely popular and successful Christingle offerings … Read More

Magazine January 2019

2019 Parish Feast event

30, The Ridgeway Dear friends, It has been another good Christmas, for which we welcomed congregations of our usual increased numbers for Crib and Carol Services, and had a wonderful orchestral carol concert with readings too. As always, feedback is useful in terms of what we do in future years, although I cannot see us changing our hugely popular and … Read More

Christmas Eve 2018

What’s your favourite Christmas Carol? The Calypso Carol, the Cowboy Carol, the Donkey Carol perhaps? Or the old favourite, the Laundry Carol, ‘While Shepherds washed their socks by night’, which we all know and love. My favourite last year was the Gorilla Carol – do you know it?: ‘King Kong merrily on high’. Best sung on top of the empire … Read More