Have you heard the story about the three kids who were bragging one day about how good their fathers were – in their respective professions?

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St Mary Magdalene is an inclusive, open Christian community. Being the only church on Mayne Island, we welcome and celebrate people from all traditions, styles and practices.

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It is our hope that as soon as you arrive you will feel the warm welcome of this parish community. Here are few things about which you might be curious:

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Each week, many people joyfully take on roles to assist in the liturgy of the worship service.  These roles include Lay Liturgical Assistant, Readers, Prayers of the People and Usher.  The rota of those roles is found here:

Lay participation roster changes September 2016


At St Mary Magdalene, we meet most Fridays throughout the year at 10:30 am to 11:30 am to discuss a wide variety of spiritual topics. (Please see the “events” tab on this website for the calendar postings of Spiritual Reflections).  It is a discussion where there is no expectation that anyone has the “correct” answer; rather, we share and open ourselves to new ways of thinking about these topics.

People from all faith traditions and from no faith tradition are invited and we often have quite a lovely cross-section of the island community. Discussions have included such topics as ethics, death and views on life after death, forgiveness, hope, justice, mercy, wisdom and many more. Each week a different topic is chosen and we launch into our experience and thoughts about that particular one.

There is no need to prepare for these discussion sessions, and as it is a drop-in format, there is no commitment to attending for a specific number of times– come as you are able and interested!

Look here for a few of our recent Spiritual Reflections, to get an idea of the types of things we discuss:

Ethics and Morality   Forgiveness   What Do You Believe?

To see when the next Spiritual Reflections will occur, check the Events pages.


If you require a ride to church on Sunday morning or know of someone who does, please contact Pat Gasston (250-539-5519, patgasston@gmail.com) who will make arrangements for transportation.


The roles and responsibilities of our rector (priest), our wardens, Parish Council and its committees and our various other teams of volunteers are set out in the following document:

Roles and Responsibilities, w Safe Church risk assessment SMM 2015

For Committee Contacts see the Contact page.


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If you wish to make donations by Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) to St Mary Magdalene Church, Mayne Island, the Form to use is available here in Word format: PAD_Agreemt SMM

The forms can be handed to Mary Jane Tiller Weeks or to a church warden – see the Contact page.


Meeting minutes attached here:

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting, June 16th. 2016.

Minutes for Parish Council May 2016.

Church Minutes April 14th 2016 Meeting.


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FOR YOUR INFORMATION – October 22, 2017

SPIRITUAL REFLECTION DISCUSSION GROUP The Spiritual Reflection Discussion Group this meet again this coming Friday, October 27th, at 10:30 a.m. in the Church House. Please join us for informal discussions about interesting topics. This is not a Bible Study group. Each session is led by a different member of the group, which is composed of members of the parish as well as members of the community, and focuses on a thought-provoking topic related to our lives. No prior knowledge required. Everyone is welcome.

FALL HARVEST SUPPER Get your tickets for the Fall Harvest Supper coming this week. This delicious dinner of perogies and other Ukrainian delicacies will be held on Friday, October 27th in the Church House. Two seatings – 5:00 and 6:30. Tickets are a bargain at only $15.00 Don’t miss out on this great event. Oh, and if you haven’t offered to bake a pumpkin or apple pie for the event and would like to do so, please see MJ.

LAY PARTICIPATION TODAY: The following people have provided lay assistance for the service today: Liturgical Assistant – Jim Moore; Prayers of the People – David Bergmark; Lay Readers – George Koomos and John Crocker; Usher – Pat Gasston

PRAYER LIST Please remember the following people in your prayers this week: Larry and Lee Alman, Wanda Forward, Lee Robertson, Ben Robertson, Naidea Betker, Laura Thornson, William Steele, Rob Willingham, Justin Trasolini, and Tyler Fiddler.

ADVANCE NOTICE: ALTERNATE SERVICES: Starting the first week in November, there is a mid-week Eucharist Service each Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. The first one will be on November 1st. The service will be from the Book of Alternative Services. Also, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday there will be a short Morning Prayer Service at 8:00 a.m. for those who wish to join Blair in prayer to start the day.

NEW LAY PARTICIPATION ROSTER The roster for Lay Participation for November and December is being developed and will be posted next Sunday. We are pleased that we will have three new readers in this rotation. If you would like to volunteer to read scripture, usher or lead Prayers of the People, please see Blair or Jan Nicol. If your name is regularly on the roster and you know that you are going to be away during one or both of these months (especially over Christmas) could you please let Jan Nicol know before hand? It would facilitate fewer changes once the roster is developed

COFFEE TIME There are still lots of spaces for you to sign up to help with coffee time. A reminder that the task has been divided into three sections and you are now invited to sign up for a portion of the task only. Mary Crumblehulme has kindly offered to set up the coffee before the service every Sunday, so now we are looking for people to either provide something for the snack table or clean up at the end. Please lend a hand in this important part of our ministry.

CHURCH E-MAIL ADDRESS If you wish to contact the office by e-mail, our new address is smmchurchhouse@hotmail.com.

FLOWERS FOR THE SANCTUARY If you would like to donate flowers to be placed in the sanctuary in memory of a loved one, please see Pat Gasston or any other member of the Altar Guild to have your name placed on the calendar for your chosen date. Also, next month Pat will be circulating a sign-up list for people who would like to donate money for poinsettias for the sanctuary over Christmas.

THOUGHTS TO PONDER THIS WEEK Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light. Helen Keller In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until we become enslaved by it. – Robert Hunlein It requires less character to discover the faults of others, than to tolerate them. – J. Petit Senn

READINGS FOR NEXT WEEK: Readings for next Sunday, the twenty first Sunday of Pentecost, October 29th: Deuteronomy 34: 1 – 12; Psalm 90: 1 – 6, 13 – 17; 1 Thessalonians 2: 1 – 8; Matthew 21: 33 – 46





Sunday, February 12th, 2017, Holy Eucharist

Text: Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 119:1-8, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, St. Matthew 5:21-27

 Prayer…O Lord, uphold me that I might uplift thee…And may the words of my mouth, and the meditations of all our hearts, be now and always acceptable in your sight…Oh Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer…Amen…


Have you heard the story about the three kids who were bragging one day about how good their fathers were – in their respective professions?…They were going on and on…One kid started out by saying, “my dad’s a lawyer – and he can talk for a good half an hour on any topic in the court room that you can give him…He’s a real whiz at what he does”…The next one pipes up and says, ‘oh that’s nothing – my dad’s a teacher –he can stand up in front of a class room and go on for forty minutes on a given topic”…Finally the last kid gets up and say’s I’ve got you all beat… He says, “my dad’s a minister …he can get up on Sunday, in front of the whole congregation and go on for an hour on any subject and say nothing at all”

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Sermon 2016 08 21 Healing on Sabbath, Rules



In 1971, an obscure rock group had a song that hit the top 10 for a few weeks. It was called “Signs”. The chorus was:

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?

The song was all about the rules we impose on the world and on each other- whether you have to have a shirt and tie to be served, who can park where, what the fines would be for littering; yield signs, stop signs, all kinds of signs telling us what’s acceptable and what isn’t; what the rules are. This week’s Gospel is about keeping rules- and about when it’s right not to keep them.

Why do we have rules? I think they’re usually put in place either for a good reason-(like driving on the correct side of the road, and like not allowing children to play with matches), or they’re put in place to control others and maintain a position of power (like having rules about which drinking fountain a person could drink from, or limiting voting rights to just men, or earlier, to just men who owned land). You may recall the time when the law said that margarine had to be left uncoloured (so it was the original colour of margarine: white, not yellow, like butter). The dairy industry pushed for that law to protect their market. Read more

Sermon 2016 08 14 Cloud of Witnesses

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For those of you who have winced each time I’ve used a sports analogy to make a point, you may want to head over to Church House, now. But, as you heard in our reading from Hebrews this morning, the Epistle, itself, uses a sports analogy, so I feel I am on good ground to go there this morning. Incidentally, I won’t be mentioning a particular professional team, so Pat, you can relax. (The last time I mentioned her favourite team, they lost terribly). I’m not sure what that says about my preaching, but in the interests of parish unity, I won’t go there.

There weren’t a lot of believers in the early Church- they were outnumbered by all those around them, but they knew that they were surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses to faith and they felt uplifted by that fact.

In some ways, I think, there’s nothing more intimate and personal than faith. But I wonder if it isn’t also true that in some ways we believe because others believed before us? I’ve spoken before about the Anglican three-legged stool: scripture, tradition and reason. As you’ll recall, the second leg of the stool is tradition, which means the understanding and faith of all the great minds who’ve gone before us- the great cloud of witnesses. Their faith helps to form our faith, often in ways of which we may only be dimly aware. Read more