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8am, most weeks – Holy Communion. Geddington: A shorter quiet reflective service of Holy communion with readings and prayer, occasionally including a short homily. Perfect to find that little bit of peace.

9.45am, most 1st Sundays – Morning Prayer. Geddington: This service is usually led by our Lay Worship Leaders and offers the entire community the opportunity to reflect and worship God through different expressions. It will usually look to teach more precisely about a given issue of faith or morality and is often slightly shorter than other main services.

sung9.45am, 2nd and 3rd Sundays – Sung Eucharist. Geddington: Lasting about an hour and a quarter, this is our main service on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month and is one of our most popular. The sharing of communion is the weekly event around which all Christians gather. Joining millions of Christians worldwide who will also be sharing the Eucharist on this day, this service is a sumptuous feast of deep and spiritual celebration, otherwise referred to as Mass, Holy Communion or Lord’s Supper. It includes hymns, readings, a sermon, a choir, Altar servers, well structured liturgy and a Sunday School. It is suitable for everyone no matter where they may be on the journey of faith. All are welcome at God’s Altar!

9.45am, 4th Sundays – Family Eucharist. Geddington: This is our main service on the 4th Sunday of the month and is the most popular. It is similar to our Sung Eucharist except the language used is more all-age friendly. Joining millions of Christians worldwide who will also be sharing the Eucharist on this day, this service is a sumptuous spiritual feast for everyone. It includes hymns, readings, a sermon, a choir, Altar servers, well structured liturgy and a Sunday School. It also often has a guitar and piano to accompany the music. Young Families are especially welcome. This service does not look to dumb-down what we offer, but simply offer it in a way that helps people of all ages feel warmed and embraced. The Sunday School join the rest of the congregation half-way through, when they become fully involved in this foretaste of the heavenly banquet. All are welcome at God’s Altar!

11.15am, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sundays – Family Eucharist. Weekley:familyw This is our main service on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month at Weekley. Joining millions of Christians worldwide who will also be sharing the Eucharist on this day, this service is a sumptuous spiritual feast for everyone. An engaging and spiritual celebration otherwise referred to as Mass, Holy Communion or Lord’s Supper. It includes hymns, readings, a sermon and well structured liturgy. Young Families are especially welcome.

11.15am, 4th Sundays – Morning Prayer. Weekley: This service is usually led by our Lay Worship Leaders and offers the entire community the opportunity to reflect and worship God through different expressions. It will usually look to teach more precisely about a given issue of faith or morality and is often slightly shorter than other main services.

9.45am or 11.15am, 5th Sundays – Joint Benefice Service. Location Alternates between the two churches of Geddington and Weekley: This service takes place on the 5th Sunday and alternates between St Mary Magdalene, Geddington and St Mary the Virgin, Weekley. It offers both churches the opportunity to come together in support of one another and is a visible example of the unity we are called to in the wider Christian Church, of which we are called to be a part. This service may be a Holy Eucharist or a Morning Prayer service, and it may celebrate a special festival if it falls on a feast day.

3.30pm, 1st Sundays – Worship for AllDSC01295. Geddington: ‘Worship for All’ services, are specially designed for young families and take the form of stories, craft and songs. These are an ideal way for families to begin exploring church in an easy to engage format and enjoy entering into the church community, before making the bigger step into a main service at one of our churches.

5.30pm, Quarterly – Aspire Service. Geddington: Aspire services are Aspire baloonsalternative, multi-media, contemporary services designed to deepen engagement through symbolic and sacramental engagement. These services are predominantly designed and led by our very talented group of youngsters for the entire congregation. All ages are welcome – in fact many of our older members comment on how helpful this slightly different expression of traditional church has been for their faith.

church 025 (2)5.30pm, 2nd Sunday – Evensong. Geddington: Every 2nd Sunday of the month, St Mary Magdalene, Geddington offers a variety of evening worship. These include Taize Night Prayer, Compline, Lucernarium (Blessing of the Light) and Sacramental Healing Services. These services enhance the spiritual diet of the parish and offer people of all preferences an opportunity to deepen their prayer-life and worship in ways that are deeply spiritually enriching – some are deeply symbolic and contemplative.

 5.30pm, 3rd Sunday – Traditional BCP Evensong. Geddington:  Every 3rd Sunday of the month, St Mary Magdalene, Geddington offers a traditional BCP Evensong. It includes all the beauty and inspiration of the traditional language together with a full choir and beautiful music. Much of this service is sung. There is something deeply arresting about the ability of this ancient service to achieve personal spiritual renewal.

Weekday service descriptions

Morning Prayer
Tuesday 9am. St. Mary the Virgin – WeeklyHW030
Wednesday to Friday 9am. St Mary Magdalene – Geddington. A short morning offering of prayer and reflection, when we pray for the Parish, its people and local, national and international concerns. All are Welcome. Should the Vicar be otherwise engaged, please feel free to pray in his absence. The Common Worship Prayer Books books are available in the Lady Chapel for your convenience.

Thursday – 9.30am – Silent Meditation praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. – Geddington: Following on from Morning Prayer, we spend some time in silence praying in from of the Blessed Sacrament. This is a time of meditation when we are able to allow God to reach our innermost being.

Evening Prayer
Tuesday to Friday 5pm. St Mary Magdalene – Geddington. A short evening offering of prayer and reflection. All are Welcome. Should the Vicar be otherwise engaged, please feel free to pray in his absence. The Common Worship Prayer Books books are available in the Lady Chapel for your convenience.

Friday – 12.00 p.m – Midday EucharistGeddington. A short, quiet and reflective service of Communion.

Special Services and Events

We have a number of special services and events on over the year so please keep a close watch on this page:

Traditional BCP Evensong.

This service includes all the beauty and inspiration of the traditional language together with a full choir and beautiful music. Much of this service is sung. There is something deeply arresting about the ability of this ancient service to achieve spiritual renewal and instil a sense of personal peace.

Taizé Night Prayer

This style of service is inspired by the Taizé community, a monastic order based in France, drawing brothers from all continents and different religious traditions who are devoted to peace, justice and reconciliation. The community of brothers, which welcomes visiting pilgrims, gather together three times a day, seven days a week to pray, meditate and chant together. The music and practices of the Taize community have become famous throughout the world and are used by Christian churches of many different traditions.

Two or three times a year, a Taizé-style service takes place early on a Sunday evening at St Mary Magdalene Geddington, which includes chanted prayers and psalms, a period of silence for meditation and a bible reading – set in a gentle candlelit and intimate environment, usually in the Chancel (the area around the high altar). There is no sermon. The style of prayer practiced at Taizé is for anyone from any tradition needing to find God’s peace. The services generally last around 50 minutes.

Compline

Compline means “night prayer” and comes from the Latin word meaning ‘completion’ (completorium). It is a service of quietness and prayerful reflection to round off the day’s events. Compline is held from time to time, generally early on a Sunday evening and is sometimes combined with a Taize style service (see below). Those present generally leave church in silence and often comment on how deep and uplifting the simplicity of this service is.

Healing Service

An occasional service with hymns, prayers and readings focussing on renewal and healing, when all those attending receive the laying on of hands and anointing with sacred holy oils. Healing Services take place three or four times a year and are held early on a Sunday evening at Geddington church in the Chancel.

Aspire Services

Aspire services are alternative, multi-media, contemporary services designed to deepen engagement through symbolic and sacramental engagement. These services are predominantly designed and led by our very talented group of youngsters for the entire congregation. All ages are welcome – in fact many of our older members comment on how helpful this slightly different expression of traditional church has been for their faith. Our Aspire services happen at various times during the year and are advertised in advance on our notice sheets, web site, and Facebook page. The Youth Group help to plan, organize and lead the events which are aimed at a broad demographic and take the form of deep symbolic, sacramental, contemporary and multi-media styles. They have had a deep spiritual impact on all who attend.