St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church began as a venture in faith in the late ’50s. A group of Episcopalians in Margate sought the sponsorship of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida and Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Fort Lauderdale to become a mission church. The first service was held on May 19, 1960, in a home. Construction of the first church building was completed in 1962 in Margate and was the parish home until the current structure was begun in 1974. In 1975, the parish celebrated Easter Mass in its brand new sanctuary and the building was officially dedicated on May 11, 1975.
In planning and constructing this new place of worship, parishioners incorporated many of the natural materials of the area into the sanctuary itself. The altar, which is surely one of the most beautiful and unusual in Florida, is a single piece of Coral rock excavated from the building site of the church. Weighing more than three tons and representing the rock on which the Christian church was built, its presence in our place of worship symbolizes our heritage of faith, our respect for God’s natural materials, and the challenge to build strong traditions for the future.