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

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

Carol Service 2018

Who is your favourite composer? I hate being asked that question, because – and I’m sure the musicians here will agree with me – it depends what day of the week it is! So let’s refine the question – who are your favourite Christmas composers? Handel, Bach, perhaps. Or how about Cho-ho-hopin, Beet-ho-ho-hoven or even the great Russian Shosta-ko-ho-hovitch… Sounds … Read More

Christmas at St Mary Magdalene

2018 christmas services

Advent Carols December started with our candlelit Advent Carols Service to begin the new Church year, here are some of our church members lighting the candles before this service. Lunchtime Concert On Wednesday 12 December, at out Lunchtime Concert we were treated to a selection of Carols from the Cambridge Carol Book This year the Mayor of Enfield came to … Read More

Candlelit, Orchestral ‘Carols for All’

St Mary Magdalene

Come and sing your favourite Christmas Carols, accompanied by a professional orchestra! A not to be missed evening of familiar carols with seasonal readings. Mince pies and drinks afterwards are included in the ticket price. (£10)

Crib and Christingle Service 2

St Mary Magdalene

Christingle orange

The Crib and Christingle Service has proved so popular that we need to have two to accommodate all the visitors! This second service is from 4:30pm-5:30pm. A Christingle is a symbolic object used in the Advent services of many Christian denominations. Christingle means ‘Christ Light’ and is used to celebrate Jesus Christ as the “Light of the World”. Used primarily … Read More

Crib and Christingle Service 1

St Mary Magdalene

Christingle

The Crib and Christingle Service has proved so popular that we need to have two to accommodate all the visitors! This first service is from 3:00pm-4:00pm. A Christingle is a symbolic object used in the Advent services of many Christian denominations. Christingle means ‘Christ Light’ and is used to celebrate Jesus Christ as the “Light of the World”. Used primarily … Read More

Christmas at Springview

St Mary Magdalene

Springview

Our annual Christmas Carols with readings for the elderly in Springview Residential Care Home.

Nine Lessons and Carols

St Mary Magdalene

Nine Lessons and Carols

The traditional ‘Carol Service’ of Nine ‘Lessons’ or readings from the Bible with Anthems by the choir and well known carols for the congregation to sing. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus that is traditionally followed at Christmas. The Bishop of Truro, Edward White Benson, formalised a service … Read More

Christmas at St Mary Magdalene

Christmas 2017

Some Christmas highlights Carol Singing in Enfield Town Market Square, raising money for this year’s charity – Crisis. The Fellowship Christmas Lunch at The Enfield Golf Club Look who made it through the snow for today’s Toy Service ~ The Thief in the Night, 2 Peter 3:10 and John the Baptist, Mark 1:4!

Carol Service 2016

‘I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…’ And if the white runs out, I’ll move on to the red… And it seems I won’t be untypical – apparently alcohol consumption increases by 41% over the Christmas period. And yesterday’s papers were full of embarrassing photos of those who took it too far on the streets of London on Friday night. You’ve … Read More

Carol Service 2015

When we sing Christmas Carols at this time of year, we have that sense that we are casting our minds and hearts to a foreign place – and an ancient time. The Christmas birth, which we know falls sometime between 4BC and 6AD – whenever it was, it was a long time ago and in a place that is strange … Read More