Glory to God in the highest heaven

2020-12-27 SMM East Window detail

“Glory to God in the highest heaven”
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those he favours.”
Lk2:14. Amen.

2020-12-27 SMM East Window detailGosh, all that planning, shopping, wrapping of presents, not to mention the cooking and it is over so soon. I trust it was all you had hoped for under the circumstances. Using the first part of Luke’s description of the Shepherds’ encounter with the Heavenly host, we are left knowing that God in Jesus became one of us so that we might become like him, a child of God. Good news indeed.

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas!
May I speak in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

“He’s behind you.” Oh no he isn’t! Oh yes he is! The villan of the piece is always behind you. Here we are in the midst of what would have been Panto season, it’s Christmas Day and the only day off the performers would usually get.

Magazine December 2020

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Parish Magazine ~ December 2020 Due to the Coronavirus ‘Lockdown’ of March 2020 onwards, the Parish magazine is published mainly online and only a few copies printed for archival purposes. Our Curate, The Rev’d Maureen Lunn, have been writing by email to members of the congregation, and the content appears here. ASK: The Third Sunday before Advent – Remembrance Sunday … Read More

The Baptism of Christ 2020

Piero Della Francesca – Baptism of Christ The Baptism of Christ Matthew 3.13-17 Happy Christmas! You think it’s all over?! The Pantomime season may be over – oh no it’s not – oh yes it is… But Christmas is not. The eastern Churches have only just celebrated Christmas this week – on January 6th – and we still have four … Read More

Vicar’s Blog January 2020

Vicar’s Blog ~ January 2020 I hope you had a good Christmas and a happy new year. Thank you for all the cards we received. It was a good Christmas in Church too, attendances at the Christmas services were up, as was the generosity from congregations, and indeed so too was the amount of money we raised for external charities, … Read More

Nine Lessons and Carols 2019

Nine Lessons and Carols 2019 O Lord, grant that what we sing with our lips, we may believe in our hearts, and what we believe in our hearts, we may show forth in our lives. Amen. You have probably noticed that at this time of year there is a very perceptible crescendo of carol singing as we approach Christmas Day. … Read More

Vicar’s Blog December 2019

Vicar’s Blog ~ December 2019 Dear friends, What a wonderful production the Drama Group put on of Dorothy L Sayers two plays He that should come and Kings in Judea recently. Described by one member of the audience on the Friday night as ‘nativity plays for adults’ these were great dramas and explored the hidden depths and theological meanings behind … Read More

Magazine December 2019

Christmas Bazaar and Toy Service for magazine

Parish Magazine ~ December 2019 Dear friends, What a wonderful production the Drama Group put on of Dorothy L Sayers two plays He that should come and Kings in Judea recently. Described by one member of the audience on the Friday night as ‘nativity plays for adults’ these were great dramas and explored the hidden depths and theological meanings behind … Read More

Vicar’s Blog January 2019

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 … Read More

Christmas Toy Service

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Family Toy Service

Our Christmas Toy Service is an opportunity to give a wrapped gift (or gifts) to an Enfield child (or children) who might otherwise have no present to open on Christmas morning. We ask that you add a tag to the wrapped gift marked with whether the gift is suitable for a boy, girl or unisex and the age range it … Read More

Carol Service 2018

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 … Read More

Christmas at St Mary Magdalene

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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

Christmas Stars Concert

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Talented young singers join together for an evening of Christmas Seasonal music amid by the candlelit beauty of St Mary Magdalene’s Church. In aid of the charity Crisis. £15 Refreshments included.

Vicar’s Blog January 2018

Vicar’s Blog ~ January 2018 Dear Friends, Happy New Year! And Happy Christmas! Christmas is not over yet… Whether you have taken your decorations down or not, we continue to bask in the glow from the Christmas Crib throughout January, until we turn towards Lent after Candlemas. That said, we have had an excellent Christmas weekend at St Mary Magdalene’s, … Read More

Christmas Communion

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Christmas Day

Christmas morning we meet together to celebrate Jesus Christ’s miraculous birth with Holy Communion.

Christmas Eve ~ O Little Town of Bethlehem

Christmas Eve ~ O Little Town of BethlehemO little town of Bethlehem,   How still we see thee lie!Have you ever been to Bethlehem? On December 30th 1865, at the age of 30, the American Bishop Philips Brooks went there and wrote these words to his father:Last Sunday morning we attended service in the English church, and after an early dinner … Read More

Candlelit Midnight Communion Cancelled this year

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Christmas Eve

A candlelit service that heralds the beginning of Christmas In many Western Christian traditions (especially Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist and Roman Catholic), Midnight Mass is the first liturgy of Christmastide that is celebrated on the night of Christmas Eve, traditionally beginning at midnight when Christmas Eve gives way to Christmas Day. This popular Christmas custom is a jubilant celebration of the … Read More

Crib and Christingle Service 2 Cancelled this year

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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 Cancelled this year

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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

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Springview

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