St Mary Magdalene

Our Vision

We believe God calls the church of St Mary Magdalene in the centre of Richmond, to be a lively and open-minded community for people of all ages:

  • Which maintains a place of worship to be an inspiration and a haven of peace.
  • Where everyone is welcome, whatever their situation, experience and questions, and are encouraged to be themselves
  • Where people are sustained and develop in all aspects of their lives in following Jesus of Nazareth.
  • Which serves the community in Richmond and in the wider world.

St Mary’s, part of the Richmond Team Ministry, is an open, inclusive and welcoming community of over 250 people. We offer a variety of ways of worshipping God and serving people.

A diverse group with all ages represented, we aim to encourage one another and be alive to our role in the wider world.

Children and families are involved wherever possible in our worship, but our different patterns of worship, and our strong musical tradition give space to people whatever their situation and wherever they come from.

Our Sunday morning Sung Eucharist at 9.30 am has a family room and groups for children up to 12 years. Coffee follows our 9.30 service on every Sunday, and every two weeks there is an After Coffee meeting with guest speakers or focusing on work within our Church community. There are lots of families with small children at our main service. At least once a month we have baptisms.

In addition on Sunday there is an 8.00 am said Prayer Book Communion, an 11.30 am Sung Matins and Communion (1st & 3rd Sundays) with occasional baptisms and, at 6.30 pm, Sung Evensong (or Holy Communion on 4th Sundays) – both Prayer Book based.

On the first Sunday of the month at 11.30 and the fourth Sunday at 9.30 the service includes an opportunity for healing with the laying on of hands.

During the week, we have a 10am Communion Service on Wednesdays, followed by coffee and the ABC (Adults with Babies and Children) meets for chat, coffee, songs, stories and brief prayers. There’s Morning Prayer at 8.30 am Tuesday to Saturday – a short (15 minute) service centred on a Bible reading and prayers for the coming day.

We aim to support one another through a variety of social events and parties as well as groups – the Christians at Work group; the Theology group; the Bible Reading group; the Poetry group; our annual Christianity Explored series and open meetings each autumn where distinguished speakers reflect on issues of faith today, e.g. Faith in the Forces; Faith in Business; Faith in the Media. Parish weekends and retreats are also part of our congregational and team life.

The annual Richmond May Fair, with over 100 stalls on Richmond Green and around the church, is the largest event of its kind in the Borough and was started more than 25 years ago at St Mary Magdalene.