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Welcome

A very warm welcome to the website of St Mary Magdalene, Geddington and St Mary the Virgin, Weekley.539588_144047722421724_1741801719_n

I am so pleased that you have decided to view our website.

At St Mary Magdalene, Geddington and St Mary the Virgin, Weekley, we offer a wide-range of services and social events every week to accommodate all ages and preferences, so keep an eye on updates to find out more.

We are a well ordered liturgical Church of England church, and as such we conduct authentic Anglican worship according to modern and ancient tradition. We take seriously our call to be both Catholic and reformed and strive to conduct ourselves in ways that promote unity, inclusiveness and faithfulness. As such our priests and servers wear robes to unite us with Christian tradition past, present and future as well as with the other major denominations. They also act as an aid to help raise our spiritual imaginations towards heaven.

We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable, or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing new-borns and excited toddlers.

We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti or can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing,’ just woke up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been in church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps.

We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, ‘work too hard,’ don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, who got religion shoved down their throat as kids, or whose parents wouldn’t allow them to talk about God at all. We welcome those who have got lost on their walk and just wandered in, tourists, seekers, doubters, bleeding hearts… and you!

May God bless you richly as you explore this website and then bless us richly by adding you to our number.

Fr Rob

It may be that you don’t believe in God: nonetheless, HE believes in YOU!

A little more info…

Much more than worship

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Most people encounter church through our worship – the services that we offer each week. This is sometimes referred to as the liturgy. engaging in the Church’s liturgy is one of the most important elements of the Christian life, because it is when individuals come together into community in order to encounter Jesus through the tradition and teachings of the Church, to think about Christ’s goodness and how it calls us to change so that we may live more in tune with that goodness. The church in Geddington has been meeting in this way for over a thousand years. Today we continue to build on that tradition.

We continue to operate an open catholic style of worship that is ecumenically inviting and engaging to all ages. In our congregation we have many people who are new to Church and love the richness of the services, as well as many who have joined us from Catholic, Methodist and Baptist churches. We continue the tradition where incense is used four times a year in the main service to help us heighten our spiritual focus on the really important festivals of the local church; these are Midnight Mass (Christmas Eve), The Easter Vigil (Easter Eve), the Feast of St Mary Magdalene and the Requiem Mass to commemorate the Death of Eleanor of Castile (6th Dec by Royal Edict). The rest of the time what we do is ordered and recognisably church, whilst being gentle, inviting, informative and engaging.

Each week, we come together to give thanks to God for his many blessings – even life itself – and offer our lives in his service. A person cannot encounter Jesus properly on their own, else we simply manipulate him into something that is comfortable and easy to us – in other words, we make him in our own image. Christ comforts, but he also challenges. We need to be with others to hear that challenge. So Christians attend church regularly, even if it feels inconvenient or challenges our priorities. Being a Christian calls us to place church high up our agenda.

Being a Christian is not always easy – it is a life-long journey. But it is in perseverance that we move closer to God and overtime become more aware of him guiding us, walking alongside us, and ultimately bringing us into his risen and eternal life.

But our life together involves far more than just liturgy and worship. There are numerous other occasions when you might cross the Church’s path: the daily morning cafe, coffee mornings, Noah’s Ark toddler group, care in the community, being visited by a church member, fêtes, events, youth and children’s work, study and fellowship groups, baptisms, confirmations, weddings, funerals and many other situations. Just to hear a kind word or to receive an act of kindness is to receive a blessing from God as he passes his goodness down through his people, the Church.

Why not take a look at some of our church videos of people who have been unsure about church, but whose experiences with us have then been considered a real blessing… to us at least!

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