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The Parish church of St Mary Magdalene dates back to the 13th Century and has been a place of worship for over 800 years.
The Tower and spire date from the 15th Century. However on 27 February 2008, the church spire was badly damaged by an earthquake. The top 30 feet (9.1 m) of it had to be rebuilt, the work was completed in 2009.
The church has recently undergone its biggest refurbishment since Victorian times, creating a beautiful space for our community to come together in worship and prayer.
St Mary Magdalene Church
Waltham Church hosts regular worship and Holy Communion services, an All-Age Messy Church, a Café Church, a Parent/carer baby and toddler group, art group, home groups, Cinema Nights and other one-off events – all of which sadly are on hold in order to keep our congregations safe, especially the elderly and vulnerable.
We have recently gone online with the other Ironstone churches for Zoom worship and telephone services, pre-recorded services, and Youtube videos. We even managed 3 outdoor socially distanced services when the weather was a bit warm. You would be most welcome to join in with what we are doing as a church. We are always open to suggestions about what we could do to help build faith and community.
The church building is open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Sundays from around 930am until around 1pm
There is a box in church to support the work of Storehouse - the Melton Foodbank – please give what tins/packet food you can.
We are part of a group of 7 churches called the Ironstone Villages Family of Churches and you can find out what is happening across all the churches here:
If you would like to receive the monthly email copy of our Newsletter (the Yellow Pages) then please just ask.
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October Cafe Church will be meeting at 3pm on Sunday 9th October in Waltham church (that is the second Sunday in the month rather than the usual first one).
There will be songs, discussion and crafts on the week's theme as well as freshly brewed coffee, tea and of course delicious cake.
We do hope that you can join us.
Chris & Mike
Latest News 23/10/22
We hope this finds you well.
Friday 4th November - sees the return of Film Night @ Waltham Church - our first film of the year will be The Railway Children Return (2022) the sequel to the 1970 film. Entry and refreshments by donation. Children accompanied by an adult are very welcome. Doors open at 7pm and the film will start at 730pm prompt. Feel free to bring a cushion and a blanket to enhance your comfort.
We now have WiFi in the church. That means that from 1 November we will now also be able to take donations electronically in the church.
Community Cafe is in church every Wednesday from 10am until 1130am at the same time as Little Gems the parent/carer and baby/toddler group.
Sunday 6th November it's Cafe Church at 3pm.
We will have songs, crafts and discussion on the theme of "I am the Good Shepherd". Teas, coffee and delicious cake will be served at the beginning. Do join us if you can.
Additionally on Tuesdays 1-3pm there is Creative Cafe in church where you can take whatever craft or art project that you want to work on or just turn up.
This coming Tuesday 25th October in the evening there is our fortnightly Craft Club from 730pm until 9pm.
If you want any more information about any of these please contact us.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Mike & Chris
Period of Mourning
As we bid our faithful Queen a sad farewell during this period of mourning, here’s a brief update on what will be happening in Waltham Church over the next few days.
The Book of Condolence will be available in church if you wish to sign until Tuesday 20th at 7pm. The church will be open every day during the day.
Friday 16th September at 7.30pm the church bells will ring a quarter peel half muffled in memory of the Queen.
Sunday 18 September at 10.30am - A Special Commemoration Service on the death of Queen Elizabeth II – all are welcome.
Sunday 18th September at 8pm the National Minutes Silence will be observed by a few of us in the church – please be in church by 7.55pm - all are welcome to join us.
8am on Tuesday morning 20th September the Union flag will return to full mast.
7pm on Tuesday evening the Book of Condolence will close.
Coming up... on Sunday 11th September - Café Church will be back at 3pm with a Harvest Thanksgiving Special.
Also, watch this space for news on film nights in the Autumn.
Every Wednesday at 9am there is a short service of Prayer for Healing and Wholeness.
There is a Parents/Carers, Babies and Toddlers group (Little Gems) which meets every Wednesday at 10.00am in the church.
We have a school service in church each term, and the church joins the school for Open the Bible Worship each week, and a termly Messy fiesta in school.
Meet Our Rector - Reverend Canon John Barr
We moved to Waltham-on-the-Wolds in April 2017 from Great Malvern in Worcestershire, just by the famous hills.
Then on 23 May 2017 I became Rector of the Ironstone Villages - a family of seven churches - at the same time as my wife Mary became Vicar in the Melton Mowbray Team.
As Rector, I am delighted to be able to become involved with the school which I look at every day from the other side of the Melton Road!
I live at the Vicarage on Melton Road with my wife Mary, and you will often see me out walking with our dog Benji. You can contact me on 01664 464265.
They have lived in Waltham for 24 years.
They can be contacted on 01664 464802 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Furry Friends (and others!) Attend a Special Service at Waltham Church
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June Notices and Events
Message from Mike and Chris
We wanted to let you know of all the exciting things happening in Waltham church this week as part of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations, including this Sunday's special Jubilee/Pentecost Café Church at 3pm!
Wednesday starts at 9am with a short service of Prayers for healing & wholeness - with Holy Communion.
Wednesday from 10 am until 4pm it's Community Café - freshly brewed coffee, tea and yummy cake - Little Gems our parent/carer and baby/toddler group also meets then 10-1130 - and a chance to look at the Community Bunting made by the school, the Scout Group, pre-school, Waltham Hall, Little Gems, and people living in the village - it looks amazing - there will also be some Jubilee memorabilia displays from village groups and some special Jubilee flower displays in the church windows.
You can also visit the church Thursday, Friday or Saturday 11am-4pm to see the displays and refreshments will be available.
Sunday 5th June is Pentecost Sunday - the birthday of the Christian Church - so we will be holding a special Jubilee/Pentecost Café Church 3pm- we will be having tea/coffee/cake & sausage rolls and singing some hymns accompanied by the organ, with crafts and a special Jubilee Quiz.
As a lasting tribute to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee we have constructed and planted a Jubilee garden in the churchyard which will be officially opened by the Mayor of Melton at Sunday's Café church.
All the above is absolutely free of charge, but we would appreciate donations towards the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
We do hope that you can join us for any of the above.
Finally... if you are planning to come to Café Church on Sunday it would help us to plan catering if you could let us know you are coming. If you enjoy baking and would like to make some sausage rolls for Sunday please let us know.😊
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Mike & Chris
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July Events and Notices
Message from Chris and Mike
Before we all depart for a well earned summer break here's an update on what to expect in the coming months..
Community Café will continue to meet every Wednesday 10am until 11.30am - with teas, freshly brewed coffee and amazing cakes from Eaton Pantry. Little Gems will also meet at this time.
Tuesday August 2nd sees the return of the weekly Creative Café - Tuesday afternoons 1pm - 3pm and ...
on Sunday 7th August in Waltham Church at 3pm there will be a Pet service and Pet blessing - come and celebrate your pets past and present and give thanks for the part they play in our lives... It is always fun - In the past we've had cats, dogs, insects, guinea pigs, ferrets, tortoises, even a hedgehog! We are still waiting for a horse!
September - Sunday 11 September - Café Church is back at 3pm with a Harvest Thanksgiving Special.
And finally ... watch this space for news on film nights in the Autumn.
Remember if you need to talk to someone or need prayer for someone or something (including yourself) we are always there - just message or email us.
Have a great summer and see you soon.
Chris & Mike
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