The historic parish church of St Mary Magdalene has been a place of worship in the centre of Richmond for over 800 years. Whilst significantly altered over time, the church continues to be of great architectural and historical significance. Above all the church continues to play an important part in the religious and social lives of the people of Richmond. Being at the heart of Richmond, we try to have the church doors wide open as much as we can. People are welcome to come in to visit the church, to sit a while, to reflect or to light in candle in prayer.
In our time, we believe God calls the Church of St Mary Magdalene to be an open, inclusive and welcoming community for people for everyone. This is reflected in our worship, which offers different patterns and language styles. We value the tradition of the Book of Common Prayer and use this at the 8am Communion Service on Sunday morning as well as at 6.30pm Choral Evensong. At other times, modern language is used, such as at the 9.30am Sung Eucharist on Sundays. Each congregation is a community in its own right, but all are connected by this place and our shared love for God and God’s people. Children and families are involved wherever possible in our worship. Our strong musical tradition give space to people whatever their situation and wherever they come from.
Regular lectures and talks help us to have a faith that is not afraid to ask questions and explore how faith relates to all aspects of our life.
Taking care of God’s creation is an important part of our vision. Each one of us takes on responsibility for the world around us. As a church community we will take on the care of the grounds around the church and, with support from Richmond Council, hope to make it more attractive to wildlife and human beings alike.