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.
WEEKLY SERVERS LIST
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 in the Church House.
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:
To see when the next Spiritual Reflections will occur, check the Events pages.
RIDE TO CHURCH
If you require a ride to church on Sunday morning or know of someone who does, please contact Pat Gasston (250-539-5519, firstname.lastname@example.org) 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:
For Committee Contacts see the Contact page.
DONATIONS BY PRE-AUTHORIZED DEBIT (PAD)
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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.
Mayneliner back issue articles
Men’s Breakfast Tradition
A tradition is rooted in the repetition of an event that people enjoy. Families develop traditions over time especially in relation to a special meal.
A tradition enjoyed by many of the men on Mayne is the monthly Men’s Breakfast which is held on the second Friday of each month in Church House. This tradition was initiated over twenty five years ago by Larry Greig, the rector of St. Mary Magdelene. He proposed starting a breakfast get-together for the men of the island. Larry had been a cook in the army and knew that to be successful the breakfast had to taste good and be simple to prepare. We have maintained that simple formula and enjoy welcoming the men with hot coffee at 8:00 AM and breakfast is served precisely at 8:30-ish. Whether you are a long time resident of Mayne, or here for a visit come and join us for laughter, a story or two and a great breakfast made by your friends.
The Altar Guild is the liturgical partner of the Priest. As one Altar Guild manual puts it, “We are the ones chosen to prepare for the meeting of the people with our God.” (Working Manual for Altar Guilds, Dorothy Diggs)
The purposes of Altar Guild are:
Members of the altar guild are grateful servants: servants of God, servants of God’s people, servants of the liturgy, and servants of the worship space.
We care for the objects used in worship and we handle them carefully and respectfully, because these objects have been dedicated in prayer for use in worship for the glory of God.
We also care for the sanctuary of the church. The work of the Altar Guild is to ensure that our sanctuary reflects the holiness and the joy that we all create together in our worship.
The Altar Guild is not a social group. We don’t have pot-lucks, we seldom have meetings. We are not involved in the business of the church. We don’t take votes or make momentous decisions. Most of what we do is invisible to the congregation, and is meant to be that way. The work we do facilitates and enhances our worship and particularly the Eucharist and should never distract from it.
The rewards of serving on the Altar Guild
The members of the Altar Guild are part of an unbroken tradition reaching back to the faithful women who provided for Jesus during his lifetime. (Mark 15: 40-41; Matthew 27:55). We follow our patron saint, Martha, partly because of her practical life of active service, yet also because she was among the first to recognize Jesus as the Messiah (John 11:7-29).
Joining the Altar Guild means learning many fascinating aspects of Church tradition, including the esoteric names for all the various vessels, vestments, linens and paraments we use in worship.
Most importantly, serving on the Altar Guild is a spiritual exercise. Caring for the Altar is a way to act out our relationship with God. It is quiet, prayerful work.
How to join the Altar Guild
While Altar Guilds can trace their roots to the women who cared for Jesus, at various times in the history of the Anglican Church Altar Guilds have been composed exclusively of men or exclusively of women. Today, anyone can be a member of the Altar Guild. Anyone, men or women, young or old, may have a vocation for Altar Guild service.
You don’t have to have any experience to join the Altar Guild. Your training will consist of hands-on instruction from experienced Altar Guild members.
If you are interested in exploring Altar Guild service, please contact Pat Gasston, by speaking to her at church.
(adapted from St. Philips Episcopal Church, Nashville)
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”
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
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