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 here:
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, email@example.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:
For Committee Contacts see the Contact page.
DONATIONS BY PRE-AUTHORIZED DEBIT (PAD)
Safe, easy way to make your offerings!
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:
FOR YOUR INFORMATION – February 12, 2017
The Parish Council Meeting WILL NOT be held this Thursday.
SPIRITUAL REFLECTION DISCUSSION GROUP
The Spiritual Reflection Discussion Group is meeting again on Friday mornings at 10:30 in the Church House. Please join us for informal discussions about interesting topics. This is not a Bible Study group. Each session focuses on a thought-provoking question relasted to our lives. No prior knowledge required. Everyone is welcome.
ANNUAL VESTRY REPORTS
If you are required to submit an annual report of rthe Annual Vestry meeting and have not done so, please submit it to Janet Guy now (like yesterday!) as she needs to get the reports finished in advance of the meeting later this month.
If you would like to serve on Parish Council (or you know someone who would be willing to serve) please see Pat Gasston. We would like to see some new people get involved in the workings of the church. It is not an onerous task – we meet ten times a year – and new members bring new ideas. If you have even considered it in passing, please talk to a current council member to find out more. WE NEED YOU!
COFFEE TIME – THANKS TO THOSE WHO SIGNED UP!!
After our plea last week for people to sign up to help with coffee time, we give thanks for those who answered the call. There are still MANY spaces left for those of you who didn’t get the chance. A reminder that the task has been divided into 3 sections and you are now asked to sign up for a portion of the task only. Of course, if you would like to sign up for all 3, please feel free!! A further reminder that as of Feb 1st. Pat will no longer be coming to church early and will not be setting up for coffee time. Our new priest, Blair Haggart, and his wife, Jerryann, arrive for the service on Feb 5th so we need to do someting to make sure this part of our parish life is organized. If you have other ideas how we might make this work, please feel free to pass along your ideas to Pat Gasston or Jan Nicol.
HEADS UP NOTICE:
ANNUAL VESTRY MEETING
The Annual Vestry Meeting for St Mary Magdalene Parish will be held after the morning service on Sunday, February 26th. Coffe and sandwiches will be available so no need to rush home for lunch. Stay for the meeting and add your voice to the business of the church. Your input is important.
NEW TO YOU FASHION SHOW AND TEA
Coming soon! St Mary Magdalene’s Hot Fashion Show, Tea and New to You Sale will take place on Thursday April 20th. So clean out those closets and donate your gently used clothing to the WA’s fun annual event. Clothes can be delivered to Church house or give MJ OR Pat a call to arrange delivery times or to have your items picked up. We will keep you posted about when tickets become available in late February. Watch for it! Tickets were a hot item last year!
READINGS FOR NEXT WEEK
Readings for next Sunday, the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, Feb 12th: Deuteronomy 30: 15-20; Psalm 119: 1-8; I Corinthians 3: 1-9; Matthew 5: 21-37
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