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Parish Information

Saint Mary Magdalene
Archdeaconry: The Bay North
District: Port Elizabeth City
Telephone: 041 481 8686

Postal Address:
PO Box 17048

Street Address:
St Oswald Crescent
West End
Port Elizabeth

Archdeacon and Rector: The Venerable Nicolette Nelleen Leonard
Retired: The Revd Jacob Andrew Plaatjies
Self supporting - Permission to officiate: The Revd Charles van der Westhuizen
Self supporting Priest - Permission to officiate: The Revd Eddie Smith
Parish Secretary: Cindy Brower

Service Times:
8.00 am
9.15 am

Worship Style:

It could largely be said that the Church as it is today owes its existence to the upheavals which resulted from the mass removals of formerly settled communities. Its origins, however, pre-date this and are the work of the Sisters of the Community of the Resurrection who carried out the pastoral work amongst the people of Windvogel, which at the time would have been the extreme northern tip of Port Elizabeth. The naming of the parish is owed to Sister Mariya CR. The Revd Bryan Bartleet, then Rector of St Peter's, South End, ministered with the Sisters in the area. As the congregation grew the use of the Machiu Primary School was obtained for Sunday services and they were given chapelry status. In 1973 the congregation had grown so large that services had to be held in the West End Community Centre and building of the present church began the following year. The Revd Bryan Bartleet became the Priest-in-Charge and, as he believed that to be relevant the church must serve the greater community the complex was, and still is, used for this purpose with Adult Literacy classes and an Educare Centre being two of the most notable works. The parish declared this year, "A year of prayer for our parish and our families".

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