Worship at St. Mary Magdalene’s
From 30th July 2017, until the conservation work inside the church is finished, services will be held in the Outer Vestry. This is below the chancel, at the extreme east end of the church (nearest to the footbridge). Access is down the flight of steps outside the church. The Sunday Mass will be at 9.30 as usual, and will retain our distinctive style, while being necessarily simpler.
Our usual Sunday worship is the Parish Mass at 9.30am. Our Children’s Church go out to their activities in the Old Vestries during the opening hymn and then return at the Peace. On occasions we have a Family Mass for which the children stay in church and take part in leading the service. We sing the Gregory Murray Folk Mass with both modern and traditional hymns from a variety of sources, and while our style is definitely Anglo-Catholic, with a dignified ceremonial, we aim for our worship to be both relaxed and easy for newcomers to come to terms with. We try to worship God in the beauty of holiness and in the language of our people.
During the week, Evening Prayer is said on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.30pm, and Morning Prayer on Mondays at 8.30 and Wednesday to Friday at 8.15. Weekday Mass are on Wednesdays at 9am, and there is a School Mass at 9am on Thursdays. St.Mary Magdalene’s Primary School normally worship in church every Tuesday in term time at 9am.
An annual feature of worship at St. Mary Magdalene’s is the High Mass on All Souls’ Day, where we are joined by the St.Mary Magdalene Music Society, with their Orchestra and Choir, together with the boys of Sussex House School Choir, in the liturgical performance of a French 19th century Requiem Mass. This tradition goes back more than 30 years, to when Maurice Durufle was associated with the church.