An Anglo-Catholic Church
From the time of its foundation in 1886, worship at St Mary Magdalene's has been firmly in the catholic tradition of Anglicanism, after the example of the pioneering priests and people of the Anglo-Catholic movement in the UK (often called Tractarianism, or the Oxford Movement), whose mission and ministry was often centred on areas characterised by poverty and marginalisation.
In the catholic tradition, a commitment to serve the poor and reverent worship go hand in hand. And so our worship, offered sincerely and reverently, gives prominence to the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist, while in our daily lives we seek to find Christ in the stranger and the persecuted, and to share the love of God with them.
St Mary Magdalene’s is an open, welcoming and inclusive Christian community.
We support Affirming Catholicism, a progressive movement for inclusive catholic faith and practice in the Anglican Church, drawing inspiration and hope from the Catholic tradition, confident that it will bear the gifts of the past into the future.