What’s on

Regular services

alzheimers-puzzleMonday – Dementia-friendly service

1.30pm — 3pm, 4th Monday of every month

A short, dementia-friendly church service followed by coffee and cafes and conversation. All are welcome, regardless of denomination or creed.

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.

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

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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.

Second Sunday in the month – Messy Church

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Messy Church Logo Copyright The Bible Reading Fellowship © 2018

Imagine – one night 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 – come as you are able.

This is our 2019 / 2010 schedule:

  • 13th January starting at 4pm;
  • 10th February starting at 4pm;
  • 10th March starting at 4pm;
  • 19th April (Good Friday) starting at 10:00am — celebrating Easter
  • 13th October starting at 4:00pm — celebrating Harvest
  • 8th December starting at 4:00pm — celebrating Christmas
  • 12th January starting at 4:00pm
  • 9th February starting at 4:00pm
  • 8th March starting at 4:00pm
  • 10th April (Good Friday) starting at 10:00am — celebrating Easter

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)

Second Sunday in the month – 6.30pm — 7.30pm Adoration

From May — August, when we don’t have Messy Church, we have a short service of Adoration. In this 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.

Third Sunday in the month – 7.30pm — 8.15pm Adoration

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.

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

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 Refuge Fourth Sunday in the month

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noun: refuge ‘a place or situation providing safety or shelter’

Refuge blends contemporary worship music with a reflective and contemplative atmosphere at Mary Mags church. We’re exploring an adventure in faith that is attracting young people, the older members of our community and everyone in between. Refuge includes singing and maybe a short talk or a chance to respond through creative activities. There’s always great coffee and cookies from 6.15pm, with the event starting at 6.30pm and ending about 7.30pm. All welcome. Explore a new way to worship.

Fifth Sunday in the month – 6.30pm — 7.30pm Adoration

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 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?


Community groups

Mondays 36th/51st Coventry Scout Group

5.30pm — 6.30pm Beaver Scouts, 7pm — 8.30pm Cub Scouts

City of Coventry - ScoutsScouts take part in activities as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and zorbing. As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.

Every year Scouts helps 450,000 young people in the UK enjoy new adventures; to experience the outdoors; interact with others, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Tuesdays 1.30pm — 3.30pm Knit for Peace

knit-for-peaceAn 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 024 7667 2976 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

Watch this space!


Other events

Thursdays 7.15pm — 9pm Alpha @St Mary Mags

Next course starting October 10th 2019!

alpha-question-mark-420-x-300St Mary Magdalen Church (you know, the one with the blue roof) is planning an Alpha course that is open to anyone and everyone! If you are at all curious or want to explore bigger questions about life, come and join us!

What: Alpha is for anyone curious about the Christian faith, encouraging conversation in an open and friendly environment. We’ll gather each week for some food and to watch a short film, leaving plenty of time for conversation. No question or point of view is off limits!

When: Alpha starts on Thursday 21st February from 7.15-9.00pm. It will run for 8 weeks. (We are also planning a longer session on Saturday 23rd March).

Cost: Free

How do I join: There is no sign-up or anything, but please send a quick email to priest@stmarymagdalen.plus.com (just so we have a rough idea of numbers and have enough food for everyone).