We, at St. Mary Magdalene, are a community of volunteers. Individually, our people work with many outside organisations, but we also work together as a group:
For seniors specifically
- Each spring we host a seniors’ service and luncheon at the Salvation Army facility for residents of County nursing homes. This is a combined effort with clergy and members of the other two Anglican parishes working with us. Attendance is upwards of 100.
- At Christmastime, we bring refreshments and carol singing to the residences.
- A group of singers called Joyful Noise sings songs from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s during sing-along “Pub Nights” at several nursing homes and on occasion in retirement residences.
- We have an associate priest and a deacon who conduct monthly Eucharist services in the homes. They also visit hospital patients and older shut-ins.
- Our congregation participates in the Meals-on-Wheels program sponsored by the Prince Edward Community Care for Seniors. In April, volunteers deliver hot meals four times weekly to seniors and shut-ins.
For our community in general
- Annually, we provide and serve a “Loaves and Fishes” luncheon at the Salvation Army facility. Most local churches take their turn to provide food and fellowship for those who want it.
- The first Sunday of each month is “Food Bank Sunday” when food items and money are received during the service and donated to the Picton Food Bank.
- April is Meals-on-Wheels month for our church. Meals are picked up and delivered to seniors and shut-ins.
- Several members of our parish provide leadership and support to Picton’s Recreational Outreach Centre (The ROC), which caters to young people, especially those who are disadvantaged. This year, we donated food and money to the ROC summer camp and also sponsored eight youngsters who could not otherwise have attended.
- Each July, a lunch is provided for the children attending The ROC summer camp.
- Donations are also given to Camp Hyanto, the Diocesan youth camp and we also have sponsored attendance by members of our congregation.
- In July and August, Thursday through Saturday, we host an Open Doors program which gives visitors the opportunity to tour the church. Members of the congregation greet visitors, act as guides and answer questions about our church.
- Monetary donations are given to various local charities.
For orphans in Haiti
- Congregation members participate in and contribute heavily to the “500 Club” which collects funds on behalf of the orphanage of La Fondation des Foyers Angèle.
As well, we offer our facilities to others:
- Our grand piano and organ are used by conservatory level music students, two of whom have gone on to University to study music at McGill and Ottawa.
- We also provide space for music lessons.
- College art classes and various local groups and charities use our large, bright parish hall.
- Two painting groups, whose works are often on display in both the parish hall and the church, meet here weekly.
- Our Church and parish hall are used by other County Anglican churches for funerals and receptions when their facilities cannot accommodate larger numbers.
- Organizers of The County Kids Read program use a portion of the basement to sort books for distribution. Our members donate books and money to help.
At St. Mary Magdalene’s we work on issues of social justice issues locally, nationally and internationally. We encourage and help direct our parishioners’ skills, talents and financial contributions, so that we can make a difference to those in need. We also organize resources to support emergency relief activities.
St. Mary Magdalene’s supports the ROC (Recreation Outreach Centre).
Our parish works with this local youth organization to enhance the healthy development of children and youth in body, mind & spirit by promoting physical activity, the creative arts and positive lifestyle choices.
Recently we have sponsored 10 children to attend Camp ROC Summer Sports & Arts Camp.
We Believe in Youth!