Special Yearly Events At St Mary Magdalene's Church
A huge thank you goes out to all the wonderful folk who put so much time and effort in to bring us different types of services for us all to enjoy over the Christmas period, both in person and online. Also a huge thank you to those of you who took the time to come and join us in the church, or the churchyard, or online for these events.
Watch this space as the church considers how to mark the forthcoming big events in the Christian year: Lent & Easter. Please be patient as these events will be faced not only in the changing situation caused by Covid, but also without a vicar, as Paul leaves Tanworth for a new challenge down in Wooburn Green.
Ash Wednesday Eucharist
ASH WEDNESDAY 8pm
17th February 2021 - watch this space for news about a Covid-safe Ash Wednesday.
A communion service we usually share with St Mary's Wythall, where we receive the imposition of ashes on the forehead.
This service kicks off the season of Lent.
THE THURSDAY BEFORE EASTER SUNDAY
A Eucharist including the washing of feet, and followed by the stripping of the altars and vigil.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Sunday 20th December, 6pm
Nine Lessons & Carols 2020
Enjoy at home – the OOS will be distributed in advance so that you can join in with hymn singing and follow the readings. You can also download it here. Carefully created by Anne Ellis, the service will be led by Paul, members of our choir will be able to sing and all readings will be led by our wardens.
This service will premier on YouTube at 6pm on 20th December.
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Crib ‘N’ Carol
Crib n Carol, Christmas Eve 2pm, on Facebook & 3pm on YouTube
Enjoy at home – the OOSis available here to download so you can join in with the songs. Please also have a candle(s) to hand. This pre-recorded service is available on Facebook and will be available YouTube at a later point on 24th December. There will be the option to contribute to our two chosen charities this year, and this will be done virtually.
MIDNIGHT MASS, CHRISTMAS EVE 11:30pm, Churchyard outside the South Door
A Traditional First Mass of Christmas. Outdoor social distancing restrictions apply. The OOS will be distributed by email, and available here for download ahead of the service – please print it off and bring this with you, or read it off your phones/iPads, etc.
Wrap up warm and bring a torch for this special communion service.
Christmas Day, 9am, Facebook
Christmas Day 2020
The Stream Christmas Day - An online service broadcast from Facebook, 9am
CHRISTMAS DAY 10:30am, in Church
Christmas Day 2020
Christmas Day Service - At church (sign-up sheets in the church porch), 10:30am.
We will then move outside to sing a couple of carols together.