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Legacies to St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden

A gift in your will can be an expression of gratitiude and thanksgiving towards God, and is a vital part of keeping St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden alive and securing its future. Here at St Mary Magdalene we try to use income from legacies to support our common life, improve our facilities and preserve our mediaeval church. Throughout November both churches in the benefice will be sharing information about how you can support your church through your will. Look our for the bookmarks and leaflets that will give you more information. November is also Will Aid month, when lots of solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic will. Instead, they invite clients to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid. Find out more at www.willaid.org.uk.

Suggested Wording for your Will

"I give ___ % of my residuary estate OR I give the sum of £___ free of all taxes to the Parochial Church Council of St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden in the Diocese of Oxford for its general purposes, and I declare that the receipt of an officer of the Parochial Church Council shall be sufficient discharge to my executors and trustees."

Christmas Lunch in Great Missenden

Each Christmas Day there is a lunch followed by entertainment and carols at Great Missenden Baptist church for people who would normally be on their own.
If anyone is able to be involved this year, we will need :-
Helpers on Christmas Eve from 2 pm – 4 pm approx. preparing vegetables, setting up and decorating tables.
Helpers on Christmas Day from around 12.15 pm until about 3.30 pm. Jobs include giving out labels for guests and their coats, welcome team, table hosts, servers, waiters, and kitchen assistants, washing up, loading dishwasher etc. This is done on a rota basis, and the helpers normally sit and eat with the guests.
We also value help in clearing up at the end when the helpers are tired.
So far this year, we are still looking for a Cook, and kitchen assistants. They would need to be at the Church earlier on Christmas morning.
We usually cook for about 65 people including helpers.
If anyone would like to help in ANY capacity, please get in touch with MAry Spooner through the Church Office.
Although it is very early, you might consider whether you have any neighbours who might be on their own, and who would enjoy sharing the day with us. If they have serious mobility problems, they would need a carer to come with them. (It is a long walk up the drive, even to get into the church Hall !)
Donations are of course welcome.
If someone feels that this is the sort of event they would like to help organise, and oversee on the day, please let us know!

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.