What’s on

Regular services

Thursday – 11.30am Communion in the Lady Chapel

Ideal for those who find it hard to keep standing and sitting throughout a normal service, this is a service without hymns and followed by our Lunch Club.

Sunday – 8am Said Communion

Short service of Communion quiet and meditative without hymns.

Sunday – 10am Sung Eucharist

With hymns, choir, incense, and Sermon this is a traditional service for all the family.

Sunday – Messy Church

4pm — 6pm, second Sunday in every month

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Messy Church Logo Copyright The Bible Reading Fellowship © 2018

Imagine – one night a month where no one has to make supper! Instead everyone gets to enjoy making a craft, playing a game, learning about the God who loves us, and enjoying a meal together! Messy Church is a fresh new way of experiencing church. It’s creating, worshipping and sharing a meal together. It’s for all ages. It’s fun. It’s family friendly. It happens when you arrive – the doors open at 4:00 pm but you come as you are able. Typical programme:

  • 4:00 p.m. Welcome. You may arrive anytime through the evening. You are never ‘late’ for Messy Church.
  • 4:15 p.m. Crafts and Activities for all ages and interests.
  • 5:00 p.m. Bible story and prayer with music and/or drama
  • 5:15 p.m Meal (provided)

Sunday – 6.30pm — 7.30pm Julian Contemplative Prayer Group First Sunday in the month

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Image ©  The Julian Meetings

Julian meeting are for people of all denominations — or none — who wish to join with others in contemplative silent prayer in the Christian tradition. A brief reading and / or piece of music leads into half an hour of silent prayer, followed by another reading and more silent prayer. The whole meeting lasts around an hour, and is followed by tea and coffee.

What we do is perhaps best expressed on the Julian prayer card:

Relax your body and quieten your mind.
Be open to God in the silence.
God is with you — here, now.
Do not strive or be anxious.
Be silent, be still and let God reach you.
Let God love you.

Sunday – 8.30pm — 9.00pm Sung Compline Third Sunday in the month

complineCome experience sung night prayer (compline) by candlelight.  A beautiful and contemplative way to end your weekend!

Please enter the Church by the wooden door on the right of the Magdalen Centre, on Sir Thomas White’s Road.

Sunday – 6.30pm — 7.30pm Occupy Adoration Fourth Sunday in the month

In this short, contemplative service of prayer, we spend an hour in the presence of Jesus. We begin and end the hour with short spoken prayers, and sometimes music, but for most of the service we pray together in silence.
Please enter the Church by the wooden door on the right of the Magdalen Centre, on Sir Thomas White’s Road.

About the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

In our Eucharist services that take place earlier in the day (at 8am and 10am), our Priest follows the example of Jesus, and gives thanks for our bread and wine, blesses it, and distributes it to the congregation. We do this because on the night before He died, Christ said “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22.19). Following His words, we believe that Jesus is present in the bread and wine at our Communion services.

After the Eucharist service, a piece of bread (known as the Blessed Sacrament) is kept back, to display at the Adoration service later in the day. This bread becomes the focus for our thoughts, prayers and love: our adoration. People sometimes ask “what would you do, if you came face to face with Jesus today?”, and in these services we believe that Christ is truly with us, and so the atmosphere of this service is one of humble reverence and self-giving love.

The whole Adoration service lasts an hour, to remind us of the night before the Crucifixion, when Jesus found his friends sleeping; and said to them “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour?” (Matthew 26.40).

During the rest of the week, the Blessed Sacrament is kept in a cabinet in the Lady Chapel in the Church, and a lamp that hangs from the ceiling is lit to let people know that it is there, so that they can pray in the presence of the Lord.

What would you pray, if you met with Jesus today?

Sunday – 6.30pm — 7.15pm Choral Evensong Fifth Sunday in the month

Sung Evensong according to the Book of Common Prayer, with the choirs of St Mary Magdalen and the choir of St Nicolas, Nuneaton.


Community groups

Tuesdays 1.30pm — 3.30pm Knit for Peace

An opportunity to meet, socialise and change the world (a little) at the same time. In a relaxed and social environment we chat and knit clothing and blankets, which are then given to Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Our group is made up of a diversity of ages, some come to church some don’t. We are also all at different standards in our ability to knit so don’t worry if you drop a stitch someone is on hand to pick it up again or to help you find your place on a pattern.

Tuesdays 7.15pm — 9.15pm Chapelfields Community Choir

chapelfields-community-choir-logoIf you are interested in singing, passionate about choral music performed well and want to make some new friends in the community then this choir is the place for you! No experience required, just a desire to make some music with a fun and diverse group of singers. We rehearse for just under an hour, stop for a glass of wine (or two) and then rehearse for another 30 minutes or so. At the end of rehearsal, we head to a pub for drinks and a time to get to know each other.

Wednesdays 1.30pm — 3pm Jolly Tots

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Do you sometimes feel isolated? Do you want to get your child used to playing with others? A safe place for children to play and socialise and for carers to meet with their peers over refreshments. Space to play, toys, singing, craft, baby changing facilities, quality refreshments. Email priest@stmarymagdalen.plus.com or call 02476 673138 to register an interest in attending or for more information.

Thursdays 11.30am — 1.30pm Luncheon Club

luncheon-club-wide-shot-smallerThe club was formed on 25th April 1974 to provide aged like-minded parishioners a meeting point for a meal, chat and a Communion service. Transport was provided and the total cost was 15p. Although we don’t provide transport nowadays and the cost has risen to £2, the club is still going strong. We meet every Thursday and the Communion service commences at 11.30am for those who wish to attend, followed a little after 12 noon by the meal. The average attendance is 26 including the helpers in the kitchen and usually everyone has departed by 1.30pm.

If you would like to join this social occasion and have the ability to make your way to the church, contact us for further details, out phone number and address are at the bottom of this page.


Concerts

Friday 1st June 2018, 19:30 Purcell and Couperin at St. Mary Magdalen

Sacred vocal music from the Baroque Era, celebrating the 350th anniversary of the birth of François Couperin, together with his close contemporary, the great English composer Henry Purcell.

Programme to include:

  • Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres – Couperin
  • Regina caeli – Couperin
  • Salve Regina – Couperin
  • Domine salvum fac regem – Couperin
  • Jehovah quam multi sunt hostes mei – Purcell
  • Paratum cor meum – John Blow
  • Salvator mundi – John Blow
  • O God, thou art my God – Purcell

Charpentier Ensemble (one per part vocal group with continuo)

Directed by Alexander Norman

Penelope Appleyard and Angela Hicks, soprano
Megan Bennett, alto,
Adrian Green, tenor
Alexander Norman and Pete Griffiths, bass

Tim Campain and Alexander Norman, continuo

Tickets: £10 (adults), £5 (students), £3 (under 18s)
Refreshments provided

Saturday 7th July 2018, 19:30 Chapelfields Community Choir Benefit Concert

With special guests Torkard Ensemble! Watch this space for more information.

May-September 2018  Summer Organ Recitals

Summer Organ Recitals will run from 7pm — 8pm, followed by refreshments. Compline by Candlelight will start in the Lady Chapel at 8.30pm, for those who wish to stay. More details to follow, later in the year!

Dates:

  • 19:00 Sunday 20th May
  • 19:00 Sunday 17th June
  • 19:00 Sunday 15th July
  • 19:00 Sunday 19th August
  • 19:00 Sunday 16th September

Other events

Saturday 5th May 2018, 10:30–16:00 Centenary Festival at Coventry Cathedral


From the archive: Centenary events (27–29 October 2017)

This month, St Mary Magdalen Church is celebrating its centenary with a number of special events.

On Friday 27th October the church will be open to the public with an archive exhibition, flower displays and refreshments. On Saturday 28th October there will be a Service of Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel at 10am following which the church will be open again until 2.30pm. On Sunday 29th October a Centenary Eucharist will be held at 10am where the guest preacher will be the Very Rev’d John Witcombe, the Dean of Coventry Cathedral. Finally, at 6.30pm there will be a Service of Choral Evensong.

Some readers of this page may remember the old “Tin Tabernacle” which stood in Sir Thomas White’s Road next to St Mary Magdalen Church until the early 1960s. Before the “new” church was built in 1934, that tin building served as the church for seventeen years. It was bought from Spon End where it was used as St Thomas’ mission church, and the first services in the “District Church of St Mary Magdalen”, as it became, took place on Sunday 28th October 1917. See our history page for more details.

Our Organist and Director of Music, Tim Campain, said “We look forward to welcoming anyone wishing to celebrate with us, either by coming to one of the services or just coming to have a look round our beautiful church. You will be made very welcome, and we would particularly like to hear from anyone who may have particular memories of the Tin Tabernacle itself”.

Friday 27th October

  • The Church will be open all day with an exhibition from our archives on display

Saturday 28th October

  • 10.00 Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
  • The Church will be open from 10.30–14.30 with an exhibition from our archives on display

Sunday 29th October

  • 10.00 Centenary Eucharist with Very Rev’d John Witcombe preaching
  • 11.30 Bring and share lunch (following the 10am service)
  • 18.30 Choral Evensong with the choir of St Nicolas, Nuneaton

 

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