WHO WE ARE
Ringing the Bell to Start the Service
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. Our services are founded in the Anglican tradition, based in the Iona Celtic style, but include elements from many other traditions, as well.
Those who worship with us come from a wide variety of places and backgrounds, but as we gather in one place together Sunday by Sunday, week by week, we are united by our common faith in Christ and in our desire to hear and to follow Christ’s way in the world. This means we strive to live into the Great Commandment, to love God and love all of our neighbours as ourselves.
Our church is located on the traditional lands of the Tsartlip First Nation of the Coast Salish Peoples. We give thanks for all who have gone before us and for the many blessings of this place.
Wherever you are on your faith journey, we invite you inside our doors! Based on our baptismal vow to “respect the dignity of every human being,” here at St. Mary Magdalene, we affirm diversity and embrace inclusiveness. We think we have something to offer you and we know we can learn something from you. Join us – let’s journey together!
HOW TO FIND US
A BRIEF HISTORY
In early 1897 construction of the Church was completed. The first service Evensong was held on April 4, 1897.
Bishop Perrin conducted the Consecration service the following year on April 17, 1898.
The Church today is the original, except for the installation of electrical lighting and heating. The Vestry was enlarged for additional storage and for staff changing. The old chimney has been taken down along with the original fireplace. The mantle was relocated to the rear of the Church where it now supports the original Altar Cross.
Warburton Pike, Explorer and Author, donated the land for Church. The original Rectory was the farmhouse of a Mr. Figg. It burned down in 1907 and was rebuilt by Canon Paddon and his sons. William Cain, of Galiano Island, made the oak furniture, revised the Reredos, carved the wall paneling. The present native oak prayer desk is his gift to the Church.
An early Church steeple Cross donated by Bud Bjornfelt and carved by Roy Ross, an Islander is now located on the ocean side of the church. “God and Ocean” are carved in Japanese characters on the Cross identifying the Church and its location adjacent to Active Pass in Miners Bay, Mayne Island, BC Canada.