cofe-version-2Welcome to St Mary Magdalen Church – we are the church with the blue roof in Chapelfields, Coventry.

We are an Anglican congregation in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England in the Diocese of Coventry with a heart for social justice. We are “liberal” and “inclusive”, recognising that everyone is made in God’s image. Accordingly, we welcome all into our midst,  irrespective of their age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, nationality, physical or mental abilities, culture, background or their present or past situations.

Please see our safeguarding page to learn about our policies, or to find out how to report an issue.

A response to the recent Pastoral Statement from the House of Bishops

You may have heard that the House of Bishops recently released a ‘pastoral statement’ on civil partnerships which has been much ridiculed in the press. At St Mary Magdalen Church, we would like to reaffirm our commitment to the vision of Inclusive Church, of which we are a member. We believe we are all made in the image of the God of Love and are equally loved and valued unconditionally. We recognise the fundamental right of all couples to be affirmed and supported in whatever form of relationship they choose – whether they are gay, straight, civilly partnered or married according to Law.

Because of the Church of England’s official policy, we are not legally permitted to conduct civil partnerships or same-sex weddings at St Mary Magdalen, but when members of our community choose to change the status of their relationships in these ways, we want to celebrate with them – if they wish, in church. As a church, we will not refuse anyone who wishes to publicly acknowledge and affirm their love and commitment to another person.

We believe that the current teaching of the Church of England on sex and marriage is inadequate and harmful. We hope and pray for a time when the church will acknowledge the glorious variety of God’s creation and develop a more life-affirming doctrine of sex and relationships. The process of change in the Church of England is slow, but at St Mary Magdalen Church, we are advocating for and working for that change.

If you’d like to read works by Christians who disagree with the House of Bishops, we’d recommend Jeffrey John’s book Permanent, Faithful, Stable (on homosexuality) and Rowan Williams’ essay ‘The body’s grace’ (on sexuality in general).

The Vicar is happy to talk about these matters – please feel free to get in touch with him!

What’s on

Regular services

Monday Teapot

10.30am — noon, 1st Monday of every month


Come and join us for a cuppa, cake and a chance to meet others and chat. We have a short (optional) service with well known hymns.

We meet on the first Monday of the month at 10:30.

Everyone is welcome, including those with memory issues, mental health and physical difficulties. Carers are welcome also!

Thursday – 11.30am Communion in the Lady Chapel

Ideal for those who find it hard to keep standing and sitting throughout a normal service, this is a service without hymns and followed by our Lunch Club.

Sunday – 8am Said Communion

Short service of Communion quiet and meditative without hymns.

Sunday – 10am Sung Eucharist

With hymns, choir, incense, and Sermon this is a traditional service for all the family.

First Sunday in the month – 6.30pm — 7.30pm Julian Contemplative Prayer Group

Image ©  The Julian Meetings

Julian meeting are for people of all denominations — or none — who wish to join with others in contemplative silent prayer in the Christian tradition. A brief reading and / or piece of music leads into half an hour of silent prayer, followed by another reading and more silent prayer. The whole meeting lasts around an hour, and is followed by tea and coffee.

What we do is perhaps best expressed on the Julian prayer card:

Relax your body and quieten your mind.
Be open to God in the silence.
God is with you — here, now.
Do not strive or be anxious.
Be silent, be still and let God reach you.
Let God love you.

Second Sunday in the month – 6.30pm — 7.30pm Adoration

In this contemplative service, we spend an hour praying the Rosary. The Rosary focuses our hearts and minds on Jesus by saying a sequence of traditional prayers (including the Lord’s Prayer and the Hail Mary) whilst contemplating events from the Gospels. Most people use a set of beads to help them pray the Rosary, but if you don’t have these we can lend you some!

Please enter the Church by the wooden door on the right of the Magdalen Centre, on Sir Thomas White’s Road.

Third Sunday in the month – 7.30pm — 8.15pm Adoration

In this short, contemplative service of prayer, we spend an hour in the presence of Jesus. We begin and end the hour with short spoken prayers, and sometimes music, but for most of the service we pray together in silence.

Please enter the Church by the wooden door on the right of the Magdalen Centre, on Sir Thomas White’s Road.

Third Sunday in the month – 8.30pm — 9.00pm Sung Compline

complineCome experience sung night prayer (compline) by candlelight.  A beautiful and contemplative way to end your weekend!

Please enter the Church by the wooden door on the right of the Magdalen Centre, on Sir Thomas White’s Road.

Sunday – 6.30pm — 7.30pm Refuge Fourth Sunday in the month


noun: refuge ‘a place or situation providing safety or shelter’

Refuge blends contemporary worship music with a reflective and contemplative atmosphere at Mary Mags church. We’re exploring an adventure in faith that is attracting young people, the older members of our community and everyone in between. Refuge includes singing and maybe a short talk or a chance to respond through creative activities. There’s always great coffee and cookies from 6.15pm, with the event starting at 6.30pm and ending about 7.30pm. All welcome. Explore a new way to worship.

Major festivals – Messy Church

Messy Church Logo Copyright The Bible Reading Fellowship © 2018

Imagine – one night where no one has to make supper! Instead everyone gets to enjoy making a craft, playing a game, learning about the God who loves us, and enjoying a meal together! Messy Church is a fresh new way of experiencing church. It’s creating, worshipping and sharing a meal together. It’s for all ages. It’s fun. It’s family friendly. It happens when you arrive – come as you are able.

This is our 2020 schedule:

  • 10th April (Good Friday) starting at 10:00am — celebrating Easter
  • 11th October starting at 4pm — celebrating Harvest Festival
  • 13th December starting at 4pm — celebrating Christmas

Typical programme:

  • 4:00 p.m. Welcome. You may arrive anytime through the evening. You are never ‘late’ for Messy Church.
  • 4:15 p.m. Crafts and Activities for all ages and interests.
  • 5:00 p.m. Bible story and prayer with music and/or drama
  • 5:15 p.m Meal (provided)

Fifth Sunday in the month – 6.30pm — 7.30pm Adoration

In this short, contemplative service of prayer, we spend an hour in the presence of Jesus. We begin and end the hour with short spoken prayers, and sometimes music, but for most of the service we pray together in silence.

Please enter the Church by the wooden door on the right of the Magdalen Centre, on Sir Thomas White’s Road.

About Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

In our Eucharist services that take place earlier in the day (at 8am and 10am), our Priest follows the example of Jesus, and gives thanks for our bread and wine, blesses it, and distributes it to the congregation. We do this because on the night before He died, Christ said “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22.19). Following His words, we believe that Jesus is present in the bread and wine at our Communion services.

After the Eucharist service, a piece of bread (known as the Blessed Sacrament) is kept back, to display at the Adoration service later in the day. This bread becomes the focus for our thoughts, prayers and love: our adoration. People sometimes ask “what would you do, if you came face to face with Jesus today?”, and in these services we believe that Christ is truly with us, and so the atmosphere of this service is one of humble reverence and self-giving love.

The whole Adoration service lasts an hour, to remind us of the night before the Crucifixion, when Jesus found his friends sleeping; and said to them “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour?” (Matthew 26.40).

During the rest of the week, the Blessed Sacrament is kept in a cabinet in the Lady Chapel in the Church, and a lamp that hangs from the ceiling is lit to let people know that it is there, so that they can pray in the presence of the Lord.

What would you pray, if you met with Jesus today?

Community groups

Mondays 36th/51st Coventry Scout Group

5.30pm — 6.30pm Beaver Scouts, 7pm — 8.30pm Cub Scouts

City of Coventry - ScoutsScouts take part in activities as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and zorbing. As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.

Every year Scouts helps 450,000 young people in the UK enjoy new adventures; to experience the outdoors; interact with others, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Tuesdays 1.30pm — 3.30pm Knit for Peace

knit-for-peaceAn opportunity to meet, socialise and change the world (a little) at the same time. In a relaxed and social environment we chat and knit clothing and blankets, which are then given to Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Our group is made up of a diversity of ages, some come to church some don’t. We are also all at different standards in our ability to knit so don’t worry if you drop a stitch someone is on hand to pick it up again or to help you find your place on a pattern.

Tuesdays 7.15pm — 9.15pm Chapelfields Community Choir

chapelfields-community-choir-logoIf you are interested in singing, passionate about choral music performed well and want to make some new friends in the community then this choir is the place for you! No experience required, just a desire to make some music with a fun and diverse group of singers. We rehearse for just under an hour, stop for a glass of wine (or two) and then rehearse for another 30 minutes or so. At the end of rehearsal, we head to a pub for drinks and a time to get to know each other.

Wednesdays 1.30pm — 3pm Jolly Tots


Do you sometimes feel isolated? Do you want to get your child used to playing with others? A safe place for children to play and socialise and for carers to meet with their peers over refreshments. Space to play, toys, singing, craft, baby changing facilities, quality refreshments. Email priest@stmarymagdalen.plus.com or call 024 7667 2976 to register an interest in attending or for more information.

Thursdays 11.30am — 1.30pm Luncheon Club

luncheon-club-wide-shot-smallerThe club was formed on 25th April 1974 to provide aged like-minded parishioners a meeting point for a meal, chat and a Communion service. Transport was provided and the total cost was 15p. Although we don’t provide transport nowadays and the cost has risen to £2, the club is still going strong. We meet every Thursday and the Communion service commences at 11.30am for those who wish to attend, followed a little after 12 noon by the meal. The average attendance is 26 including the helpers in the kitchen and usually everyone has departed by 1.30pm.

If you would like to join this social occasion and have the ability to make your way to the church, contact us for further details, out phone number and address are at the bottom of this page.


Watch this space!

Other events

revLent Course: Difference: The Power of Faith in a Connected World

Starts Wednesday 4 March (for five weeks) 7.30-9.00pm!

Difference is a 5-session course that explores what it means to follow Jesus in the face of conflict and see transformation through everyday encounters.

Tea, Coffee & Cake available from 6.00pm. Optional Short Act of Worship (to which everyone is welcome) at 6.45pm

Alpha Course: explore Christianity

Next course starting 29th January!

alpha-question-mark-420-x-300St Mary Magdalen Church (you know, the one with the blue roof) is planning an Alpha course that is open to anyone and everyone! If you are at all curious or want to explore bigger questions about life, come and join us!

What: Alpha is for anyone curious about the Christian faith, encouraging conversation in an open and friendly environment. We’ll gather each week for some food and to watch a short film, leaving plenty of time for conversation. No question or point of view is off limits!

When: Alpha starts on January 29th. It will run for 8 weeks (missing out Ash Wednesday on 26th February). Please note that this course runs twice a year, in the Autumn and Spring, and requires a minimum of 5 people to run. We may cancel courses that are under-subscribed.

Cost: Free

How do I join: Head over to our Eventbrite page and grab yourself a ticket!

I have a questionPlease send a quick email to priest@stmarymagdalen.plus.com and we’ll get back to you.

I’m new

It can be daunting to step into a Church for the first time, and we try to make visitors as welcome and comfortable as possible. This page is intended to answer some common questions about St Mary Magdalen’s, but if your question isn’t answered here, please do get in touch with us — our contact details are at the bottom of the page.

Will I be welcome?

Everyone is welcome at St Mary Magdalen and members of our Church come from all walks of life. As of June 2017, St Mary Magdalen is an official Inclusive Church parish. The Inclusive Church statement of belief is:

includive_church_logoWe believe in inclusive Church – a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate. We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity, or sexuality. We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.

Who should I contact about safeguarding concerns?

Our parish Safeguarding Officer is Mrs Wendy Nugent. If you have any concerns about safeguarding in the church, please contact either Mrs Nugent (024 7667 9700,  nugent116@googlemail.com) or the Vicar, Reverend Dwayne Engh (024 7667 2976, priest@stmarymadalen.plus.com).

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team has a 24-hour phone service: 024 7652 1345, and you can find out more about safeguarding arrangement throughout the Diocese on the Diocesan Safeguarding pages.

St Mary Magdalen has adopted promoting-a-safer-church as its safeguarding policy.

What will happen when I come to a service?

Magdalen Centre

You will come in to the Church through the Magdalen Centre (the modern entrance on Sir Thomas White’s Road) and a welcomer will be there to greet you. They will give you a service sheet and anything else you need to follow the service. When you take a seat in the Church, there will be a hymn book for you in the back of the chair in front of you — there are some large print hymn books in some seats. Braille copies of the service sheets are available and can be provided by the welcomer. If you have never been to Church before, or you are not sure about following the service, just tell the welcomer and they will find a friendly person that you can sit next to who will show you the ropes.

Is the church accessible?

We are all created in the image of God and on occasions we all need assistance to accessing worship. Here are a few things we are trying to do to help:

Disability access entry to our church is on a flat level. All our chairs move so you can sit where you want to with your family and friends. We have new full and dedicated disability toilet facilities.

Hearing assistance if you use a hearing aid switch it to the T switch to gain a clearer sound of the service.

Sight assistance all our orders of service are available in large print. We have large print copies of our main hymn book in the seats and braille copies of the service sheets are available.

Food allergies wheat free communion bread is available, please speak to the Rev’d Dwayne to indicate you have an intolerance. Our kitchen is used by outside groups so we can not be fully confident that food prepared does not contain allergens such as nuts or seeds or has not come into contact with traces of allergens such as nuts or seeds.

Can I come to church if I am not a Christian?

Yes, definitely! You will be welcome at St Mary Magdalen whether you have been a Christian for many years, or you have never stepped into a Church before.

What should I wear?

There is no dress code at St Mary Magdalen and no need to wear “Sunday best”, just wear whatever you feel most comfortable in.

Will I be asked to do anything during the services?

No, if you are new to St Mary Magdalen you will not be called on or asked to do anything.

Can I sit anywhere in the Church or are there reserved seats?

Feel free to sit anywhere in the wooden chairs in the main part of the Church. Towards the back of the Church, near the altar, there are some wooden pews which are for the choir and clergy.

Can I leave part-way through if I feel uncomfortable?

If you feel uncomfortable you can leave at any time.

Will I be expected to give any money?

No. We do take a collection during our main Sunday services, but if you are just visiting or trying us out then feel free to give as much or as little as you want, or nothing at all. The money collected during the services goes towards the day to day running costs of our church, mission work in the community and the parish share which pays for Church of England clergy and staff in the Coventry area.

Who can take communion at St Mary Magdalen?

Anyone who takes communion in their own church is welcome to take communion at St Mary Magdalen. If you do not wish to receive communion, you are welcome to come to the altar and receive a blessing.

Can I bring children to a service?

We have child changing facilities, a microwave to heat food and toys if they need distracting. We are used to children running around but also have the service being relayed into another room if you become uncomfortable and need to give them space to fidget and scream.

Can I park at St Mary Magdalen?

The Church is located in a residential area, and there is very limited parking at the Church itself. However, it is usually possible to park in the surrounding streets, but please be mindful of our neighbours. There is a map at the bottom of the page.

How do I get to St Mary Magdalen by public transport?

The Church is close to bus stops on Craven Street (services 1, 40 and 45), Queensland Avenue (services 6, 6A, 6S, 18, 19, 47 and 53) and Hearsall Common (services 1, 11, 11U, 40, 45). Network West Midlands have a journey planner that can help you find the quickest route to the Church. The Church postcode is CV5 8DR, and there is a map at the bottom of this page.

How do I organise a christening (baptism), wedding or funeral?

Please see our services for your family pages.

How do I get in touch with someone at the Church?

We would love to hear from you! Our contact details can be found at the bottom of the page.