I think there are two very different values that Jesus is holding in holy tension: first, keeping the Sabbath- to be renewed and re-energized – and second, remembering that it’s not about the rule, it’s about loving God and loving your neighbour as yourself.

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About Us

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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New Here

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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Syrian Refugee Picnic Gallery


Click here to view photos from the Syrian Refugee Picnic.

(Photos kindly provided by Tom Hobley)

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Spiritual Journey

Lots of useful information available here!


If you wish to join the Prayer Chain please click here


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.


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:

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

Minutes for Parish Council May 2016.

Church Minutes April 14th 2016 Meeting.


Parish Life Committee


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FOR YOUR INFORMATION – October 2nd, 2016


For those of you who were not in church this past Sunday, Pat Gasston announced that the Bishop has appointed the Reverend Greg Lynn as our Interim Priest unitl at least January 2017.  Greg has been with us for the past several weeks and we are delighted that he will be leading us in worship and working with us during this time of transition.  We are most grateful for Greg’s leadership.  Please join us for coffee to express our thanks to Greg for agreeing to make the trip over to Mayne Island during his time of ministry with us.


The Spiritual Reflection Discussion Group will meet again on Friday morning, October 7th at 10:30 a.m. in the Church House. The group is exploring how we might continue our conversations around thought provoking questions. Eric has offered to provide all the material he developed over the past two years to get us started. Please join us to add your suggestions regarding how we might move forward. Everyone is welcome.


After consultation with the Wardens, the decision was made to have people sign up to volunteer for Readings and Ushering on Sunday mornings. If you sign up for one of these tasks, please do not commit yourself to any other task for the service that morning. Also, please be advised that you are responsible for finding your own replacement should you be unavailable that Sunday. The office will no longer assign these tasks nor find replacements. The tasks of serving as Liturgical Assistant and presenting the Prayers of the People will still be assigned according to the rotation schedule.


To ensure a supply of baking for coffee time on Sunday morning, we are asking those of you who like to bake to consider donating some of your baking to keep in the freezer to be thawed for coffee time. Perhaps when you are baking you might bake an extra loaf or dozen cookies or ??? Just wrap them in foil, mark the date and place it in the freezer. There will also be a supply of packaged cookies for coffee time as well.


It has been observed that people are reluctant to sign up for looking after the coffee time because they do not bake. We are asking that you sign up to set out the coffee things and clean up only. Baking and/or packaged cookies will be available to set out with the coffee. Our fellowship time during coffee is going to be especially important during the coming months of transition when we have an interim priest presiding in our parish.



Our Annual Harvest Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19th. This year the main entrée is going to be roast beef! Tickets are only $15,00 for an amazing meal. Mark your calendars.


If you can contribute a pie for the Harvest Dinner (whatever kind you want to bake!), please let MJ Tiller know. We need 10 pies altogether. Could you bake one?


Readings for next Sunday, the twenty-first Sunday of Pentecost, October 9, 2016: Jeremiah 29: 1- 71; Psalm 66; 1- 12 Timothy 2: 3- 15; Luke 17: 11 – 19

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

sermon 2016 08 07 Leap of Faith


This past weekend I presided at a wedding at which the mother of the groom told me that although she had grown up in a South American- and very Catholic- country, and she had gone to a Catholic school, at 15 years of age, she had turned away from the church because her teachers told her it was a sin to question. That true faith required that the believer never waivered, never wondered, never questioned.

My eldest son had a similar experience, here in Canada. When, at age 8, he began to ask questions of his Sunday School teachers, he was told to “take it on faith”. He understood that phrase to mean, “don’t ask”. Take it on faith.

Today’s passage from the Letter to the Hebrews begins with a discourse that speaks to the implied question: “What is faith?” And the writer says, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”.

Like so many of our common phrases, it may trip off the tongue, but when we stop to try to explain it to ourselves or to someone else, I often find it more complex and layered than it first sounds. Read more