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 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

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

Christmas Stars Concert

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2018 Christmas Stars concert

Talented young singers join together for an evening of Christmas Seasonal music amid by the candlelit beauty of St Mary Magdalene’s Church. All proceeds to the Alzheimers Society. Refreshments included.

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, as we always do, with … 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

O 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 took our horses and rode … Read More

Candlelit Midnight Communion

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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

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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

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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.

Carol Service 2017

I’m dreaming of a White Christmas… Prosecco, Champagne, Chablis, Chardonnay, sherry… Whether you are dreaming of a White Christmas or not, we certainly had a bit of a white-mare last week, with showstopping snow, and icy pavements. Snow had fallen, snow on snow – and ice underneath! And then came the rain…. Come rain or snow, it’s been tempting to … Read More

Nine Lessons and Carols

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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

The Festive Fair

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Festive Fair

Start the Festive Season with the St Mary Magdalene Festive Fair. Cakes, tombola, hand-made items, new and second-hand jewellery, mince pies, toiletries, a raffle and lots of other goodies to be had.

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!

Magazine December 2017

30 The Ridgeway, Dear Friends, Apparently, on Christmas Day the average Briton consumes 7000 calories, and over the Christmas period gains about 8 pounds in weight. This means that the average Briton gains the weight of a baby over the Christmas period. Over Christmas, we can consume, and gain, the mass of Jesus. At this time of year we colloquially … Read More

God’s Love Story!

Happy Christmas! I read recently that the great theologian, Karl Barth, was once asked to be a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago Divinity School; and at the end of a captivating closing lecture, the president of the seminary announced that Dr. Barth was not well and was quite tired, and though he thought that Dr Barth would like … Read More

Midnight Communion Christmas Eve

Christmas – Morrisons makes it… Have you seen that advert? It’s quite a bold claim really, but of course, we know what they mean. They mean that if you don’t shop in their supermarket, your Christmas will be diminished, incomplete, your Christmas puddings will go flat, the turkey no good and Christmas generally unmade, like Tracy Emin’s bed. Or am … Read More

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