We have a regular pattern of worship at St Mary Magdalene and all are welcome to worship at any of the services.
On Sundays there are usually two services in the morning. Occasionally there are joint services with other churches, for example every six weeks or so we join with our Sister Church, St. Laurence, Pittington. (Sometimes this means the service will be at 9.30am or at a different time altogether!)
See 'Services and Events' for more details.
Regular Sunday services are:
8.00am Holy Communion (using the Book of Common Prayer)
This is a quiet, reflective service in traditional language. There are no hymns. There is usually the same sermon later at the 10.30am service. Around 25 people, normally aged 25+, attend this service each week.
10.30am Parish Communion (using Common Worship)
This is our main service of the week, and uses the Church of England’s contemporary range of services. There is plenty of music, ranging in style from modern worship songs to well loved hymns, sometimes played on the organ and sometimes on the piano. At major festivals the choir will often sing too.
Christians of any denomination who are used to receiving communion in their own churches are very welcome to do so here.
There is a sermon, which will usually last no more than 10-15 minutes. Around 85 people, of all ages, attend this service, and there are usually children’s groups for part of the time.
Messy Church (usually the first Sunday of the month between 3pm-5pm)
A time for families to come together in an informal way. This begins with a time of bible related crafts in the parish hall, followed by a short service in church with songs, a bible story and prayers. Everyone then returns to the parish hall to share food together. Suitable for all families.
During the week, times of worship include:
Morning Prayer (Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 9.15am)
We use the Church of England Daily Prayer service (you can use it at home too by visiting the Daily Prayer website). Between 3 and 8 people usually attend these short (20 minute) services.
Holy Communion (Wednesdays at 10.00am)
This is a simple, contemporary communion service, usually with three hymns and a brief short talk. Around 25 people, mostly adults, attend regularly. Some people come just to this, others stay on afterwards for a coffee at Café Church.
Café Church in the Parish Hall on Wednesdays. Drop in anytime between 9.30am and 11.30am.
We also hold Services of Holy Communion for older and disabled people in residential and private homes and acts of collective worship in our local schools.