Special Yearly Events At St Mary Magdalene's Church

Below is a reflection of our Pre-COVID pattern of annual events, and it is unlikely that any of these will appear in their previous form in 2020.

We are working on guidelines from the Government and from the Archbishops with regard to safely re-opening the church, and what this will mean for our special services coming up in the latter half of 2020, such as our Patronal Festival, Harvest, All Souls, Remembrance Day, and Christmas.

Please be patient with us as we consider the safest ways that we can mark these important events together.

Ash Wednesday Eucharist

ASH WEDNESDAY 8pm

A communion service we share with St Mary's Wythall, where we receive the imposition of ashes on the forehead.

This service kicks off the season of Lent.

Maundy Thursday

THE THURSDAY BEFORE EASTER SUNDAY

A Eucharist including the washing of feet, and followed by the stripping of the altars and vigil.

Good Friday

FRIDAY BEFORE EASTER SUNDAY 2pm

A Traditional Vigil service - An Hour At The Cross

Easter Sunrise Service

EASTER SUNDAY JUST BEFORE DAWN

We meet in the East-facing field behind the churchyard in the pre-dawn light to prepare to greet the sun as it rises over Umberslade Farm.

We share the First Eucharist of Easter together. The service also involves a renewal of our baptismal vows, and maybe even a baptism!

Following the service we congregate back at the vicarage for bacon or veggie sausage sandwiches and coffee/tea.

Patronal Festival

Celebrating our Patron Saint, Mary Magdalene

SUNDAY NEAREST THE FEAST OF MARY MAGDALENE (22nd July)

Following the service we have a shared picnic lunch which has grown in recent years to become a mini-summer festival with Pims, music and activities and games for the children.

Someone always bakes a special cake for this event!

Harvest Festival

A SUNDAY IN EARLY OCTOBER

With collection of food and produce for distribution through our network of contact such as the Food Bank, and Birmingham City Mission.

All Souls

WEEKDAY EVENING CLOSE TO NOVEMBER 1ST, 8pm

We gather to remember those who have been lost over the last year and in previous years. Families who attended Tanworth Church for the funerals or memorials of their loved-ones are invited back each year.

With gentle harp music, and a space for lighting candles for those we are remembering.

Remembrance Sunday

SUNDAY CLOSEST TO NOVEMBER 11th, 10:45am

A formal gathering of the village community with the uniformed organisations taking part.

2 minutes silence kept at 11am, with the sounding of the Last Post, and the names of all the fallen in both wars read out from the various memorials around the church.

Followed by a gathering at the village green War Memorial where wreaths are laid by the various community groups, and there are usually horses present with their purple poppies

Crib n Carol

CHRISTMAS EVE 2pm & 4pm

Our epic Crib n Carol service runs twice because of high numbers.

Children can dress up and take part in the nativity as the story builds.

Plenty of well-known Christmas Carols, with music from The River Band.

Our Uplifted Puppet Team presents a special number for us each year.

Plus you get to experience a different kind of puppet - our iconic mask-angels

MIDNIGHT MASS

CHRISTMAS EVE 11:30pm

A Traditional First Mass of Christmas, with full robed choir.

CHRISTMAS DAY

CHRISTMAS DAY 10:30am

An informal service for all the family.