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The following is a provisional update (dated 24th November) subject to confirmation of the government's post lockdown rules, including an announcement of which Tier we will be in.

Provided public worship can resume, services at St Mary Magdalene will recommence on Sunday 6th December with 11.15am Morning Prayer. You must maintain social distance of 2 metres and wear a face covering, unless you are exempt.

Weekday online worship continues unchanged:
Night Prayer at 8pm Sunday - Thursday (on Facebook www.facebook.com/greathampdenchurch/live )
Morning Prayers 8am Monday - Friday (on Facebook www.facebook.com/greathampdenchurch/live )


Please see the list below for all our special services and events for Advent and Christmas. Many of our services this year can only take place online, but please do watch and sing along as we bring you the Christmas spirit across the internet! Subject to government restrictions changing, we may be allowed to resume our services in December (this page will be updated as and when restrictions change). Please note, all our services are live streamed on Facebook Live page. Don't forget, you can watch us on 'catch-up' through our Facebook videos page.

Sundays 29th November, 6th, 13th and 20th December
6:00pm: 'Longing for Light' Advent reflections (online only, see separate notice)

Saturday 19th December
4:00pm: Prestwood & Great Hampden Community Carol service (online only)

Sunday 20th December
11.15am: Christingle Service 

Friday 25th December (Christmas Day)
11.15am Christmas Family Holy Communion 


During Advent, please join our 'Longing for Light' Advent reflections online. Each Sunday evening at 6pm, for about 20 minutes: prayers, music and readings to reflect on our longing for light, ending with a short Compline.

Sunday 29th November: 'Light of hope'
Sunday 6th December: 'Light of Promise'
Sunday 13th December: 'Light of Challenge'
Suday 20th December: 'Light of Calling'

Do join us on Facebook Live or our online worship page as we journey together through a rather different Advent this year. These reflections will replace our usual Sunday Evening online Compline.


Thank you to everyone who supported our APCM and Vestry Meeting on 15th November 2020. We are delighted to announce that Val Gristwood has agreed to continue as church warden for this coming year. We really appreciate all the people on our PCC and ask that you will support them in prayer as they seek God’s will for this church and worshipping community.

Second Lockdown: 5th November to 2nd December

As of this evening (Saturday 31st October) it seems clear that public worship in churches will be suspended from 5th November onwards. Our 11.15am services will therefore cease. It will take a few days for us to reorganise our schedule, but please bear in mind that our regular pattern of online worship at 9.30am will continue. Our arrangements for Remembrance Sunday (8th November) in particular will be drastically changed.

Keep an eye on this page of the website which will be updated in due course.

Our Patronal Festival Online Worship

Thank you to all who contributed to the Online Worship to celebrate our Patronal festival for St Mary Magdalene. You can watch the video here—the bells were calling us to worship for about ten minutes before the service began at 9.30am, so you might want to skip though that after you've got the flavour of them!

You can also watch the sermon, preached by the Reverend Hannah Cartwright, Assistant Curate, St Mary and St Nicholas, Littlemore, and hear Nigel's prayers from Great Hampden church.

And lastly here is the opening and closing music, with thanks to the Hampden Consort.

Join us for 11.15 Morning Prayer

Join us for BCP Morning Prayer at 11.15am, in a short spoken service that will last up to half an hour.

  • Please enter through the South Porch (churchyard side).
  • There is clear guidance on entering the church to help you clean your hands and follow our hygiene and sanitation procedure.
  • You must wear a facemask unless you are exempt on medical grounds.
  • Please exit through the North Door (drive side).

The church is laid out to allow safe entry and exit and maintain social distancing throughout the service.

You can download and read the Risk Assessment.

Don't forget you can join us for Online Worship and Sunday most weekdays here.

2020 Vision

We have launched the fundraising appeal for our 2020 Vision project as we approach our 800th Anniversary next year. This is an exciting opportunity to preserve our church's heritage whilst making it feel much warmer, lighter and more comfortable for us all. Our plans are still developing. We need you to get involved by praying for our vision, supporting us in fundraising, and working alongside the dedicated team who are delivering the vision for our church as a place of meeting between God and his people. To find out more pick up a leaflet or look online at www.greathampden.org.uk/2020. To get involved please speak to one of the clergy, Tony, Val or Roger.


This parish is committed to the safeguarding, care and nurture of the children and people of all ages in our church community. The parish Safeguarding Policy can be seen here. Our Safeguarding Officer is Val Gristwood.