At St Mary Magdalene we appreciate the rich tradition of liturgy of 2000 years of Christianity, and preaching and teaching from the Bible which is open, inclusive and generous. St Mary Magdalene is a place to share and explore difficult questions rather than easy answers. In worship we enjoy beautiful music, and the rich symbolism of traditional liturgy. We seek to give a warm welcome to all people, irrespective of race, age, gender, physical ability, way of life or sexual orientation. We are an inclusive church.
Our worship mostly follows traditional Anglican liturgical forms, using both official Prayer Books (the traditional Book of Common Prayer and the more contemporary language Book of Alternative Services). Our services are formal, but not stuffy. Sunday morning services are followed by coffee and treats as the community enjoys each other's company. We do not have a Sunday School, but children are always welcome. Some of our Special Services are particularly accessible to younger folk, and our Food for Souls and Bodies events are tailored for the young as well as the young at heart.
Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
Holy Communion using an older form of language. This service is shorter (about 45 minutes), quieter (from 10 to 25 people typically attend, but more during the pandemic), features a sermon, and does not have music.
Sunday at 11:00 a.m.
Holy Communion using a contemporary form of language. This service is about an hour. During the pandemic we do not have a choir and the congregation does not sing, but the service includes instrumental music and a soloist. This service is limited to 50 people during the pandemic, and is often full.
Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. -- suspended during the pandemic
In normal times we have this service in the side chapel, Holy Communion using an older form of language. This service is short (about 35 minutes), very quiet (from 5 to 10 people typically attend), features a homily (a short sermon), and does not have music.
Easter Sunday features a joyous and well attended service which includes a special story for the younger members of the congregation.
In August we offer a Jazz Mass in collaboration with the PEC Jazz Festival. The church is always packed for this service which combines our liturgy of Holy Communion with the freedom of Jazz improvisation.
On November 11th we offer an evening service of Remembrance Day Jazz Vespers. Each year with a different thematic focus, and featuring poetry, prose, dramatic reading, and Jazz music, this service provides a special and deeply moving conclusion to Remembrance Day.
On Christmas Eve we offer a special Family Service at 4:00 p.m. The format is relaxed, very child (of all ages) friendly, and no prior church experience is required to join in this celebration of the birth of Jesus. Then at 7:30 p.m. the Christmas Eve Candlelit Communion Service begins: a magical celebration with special music and a Christmas message.
Music Music Music
Music is a huge part of the life of St Mary Magdalene, so is is disappointing that our musical programme is suspended during the pandemic. We look forward to better times.
Our Musical Director, Michael Goodwin, is a gifted musician and choral leader who shares his gifts every Sunday morning. Michael has led many musical and choral ensembles and often directs concerts at the church. The acoustics of the church are exceptional, and we are pleased to share the experience with the community by hosting a variety of musical events.
The PEC Chamber Choir directed by Michael Goodwin offers concerts in the spring and late fall. From mid-June to the end of July local musicians are featured for Noon-concerts on Wednesdays. In July Music at Port Milford offers a series of concerts featuring internationally acclaimed musicians, and St Mary Magdalene is the host venue. Sunday afternoon concerts conclude the Music camp's sessions, allowing the students to showcase their accomplishments. In September St Mary Magdalene is the host site for The PEC Chamber Music Festival concerts.
St Mary Magdalene is blessed with a beautiful organ installed by Casavant Frères of Quebec in 1914 and expanded in 1974. Pictures of the organ and selected performances of music can be found by following this link.
We look forward to resuming these activities when the pandemic is over.
At St. Mary Magdalene we truly enjoy spending time together. We take every opportunity we can to socialize and are delighted to welcome others to join in the fun. We listen, we talk, we catch up, we get to know each other a little more. And what better way to do that than to gather around food? We have some great cooks in our Church and some even better eaters. Here is just a sampling of our regularly scheduled events:
- Men’s Prayer Breakfast – monthly gathering at a local restaurant. Visitors from other parishes and denominations most always attend. Held the last Friday each month at 8 a.m.
- Monthly potluck luncheons for our Magdalenas (our ladies group) where we eat, plan church activities and socialize. Visitors from other parishes and denominations attend. At noon in the Parish Hall the last Friday of most months.
- Coffee and treats after our Sunday services – almost everyone stays for munchies and conversation.
- Shrove Tuesday pancake supper complete with local maple syrup to mark the start of the Lenten season
- Strawberry Tea in June
- Christmas Tea in November