St Mary’s

BELL RINGING SUSPENDED

We are sorry to announce that all ringing at St Mary Magdalene has been suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This follows the decision of the Church of England to suspend all church services until further notice.

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Sermon: Second Sunday before Lent, 16 February 2020, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Reading Matthew 6.25-34Preacher Revd Alan Sykes Pretty obviously the subject of today’s gospel reading is worry. Jesus mentions the word ‘worry’ six times in 10 verses. And be warned: I’m going to be using the word ’worry’ far more than … Continue reading

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Sermon: Baptism of Christ, 12 January 2020, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Readings Acts 10.34-43; Matthew 3.13-17Preacher Revd Alan Sykes Last week we went to stay with my brother. He lives miles from anywhere in the depths of the Herefordshire countryside. That’s the way he likes it. We always go there – … Continue reading

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Let the bells ring out

The message of bells was heard clearly across Richmond this autumn and winter at a number of special seasonal events. The first of these was a magical evening titled ‘Upon a Ring of Bells’ which was a celebration of bells … Continue reading

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Sermon: Second Sunday before Advent, 17 November 2019, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Readings 2 Thessalonians 3.6-13 & Luke 21.5-19Preacher Revd Alan Sykes Pondering that passage from Paul’s 2nd Letter to the Thessalonians – our first reading – I was reminded of the Canadian clinical psychologist Dr Jordan Peterson. In the last few … Continue reading

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Talk: War and Peace in the Holy Land, Sunday 29 September 2019

A very brief overview of the Arab Israeli conflict Talk by: Major General Sir Michael Carleton-Smith, CBE, DL I think an anonymous quote explains a lot of the attitude of the Israeli Hawks.    ‘If the Arabs put their weapons down, … Continue reading

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Sermon: Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, 15 September 2019, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Reading Luke 15.1-10 Preacher Revd Alan Sykes Everyone loves a party – or so they say. But, as with anything involving human beings, things are rarely that simple. Parties can be difficult if you’re on the shy side of the … Continue reading

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Sermon: 80 years since the outbreak of WW2, 1 September 2019, St Mary Magdalene, morning

Preacher Sir Michael Carleton-Smith In November last year we remembered the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War, the war to end all wars. But eighty years ago today on Sunday 1st September 1939 the Germans … Continue reading

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Sermon: Tenth Sunday after Trinity, 25 August 2019, St Mary Magdalene, evening

Reading 2 Corinthians 9Preacher Revd Alan Sykes To get full value from this evening’s reading we need to bear in mind one of the major aspects of early Church history, namely that there was major dissension in the Church between … Continue reading

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Peal of bells for 800th anniversary

The sound of bells was an uplifting feature of the 800th anniversary celebrations at St Mary Magdalene. Local ringers rang the eight bells before the Re-dedication Service on July 21 to greet members of the packed congregation and to formally … Continue reading

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