Seven of us will be travelling to The Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka, Zambia soon (Sept 12th) and we are getting prepared. We would like to take educational supplies, e.g. pencils, crayons, pads of paper etc. for the school we helped to build in Chianda. If you feel able to contribute, please put your gifts of stationery in the box at the back of Church. Felt tip pens are not worth taking as the ink dries out. We are going to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the building of the cathedral.
Thank you to those who have responded to the 2p fund raise we call “The Copper Mountain “ at the back of Church. It has increased significantly in this past week. We are launching a competition today to guess the final amount. It will be 50p per try and the money will be added to the pot. Simply make your estimate and record it on the sheet. Then place your 50p in the top of the copper mountain. Be aware that there is a considerable amount of money inside the mountain and that will be made up of 1p, 5p,10p, 50p and £1 coins. All money will go to our mission work in Zambia and to support the Town Centre Chaplaincy. The prize will be a bouquet of flowers or a lovely box of chocolates for the person with the correct or nearest guess.
St. Mary Magdalene is a wonderful venue for a wedding and we have a committed team lead by Kate Hart and Margaret Laver who do sterling work to make every wedding run smoothly. If you know of any couple who are considering marriage, why not tell them to have a chat with the Revd Rod Corke. If you know of anyone who is in marital difficulties and would welcome professional help, do have a word with Rita Corke.
We are pleased today that our new lighting system has been completed and the work signed off. On Wednesday final adjustments were made. Following the review we are now hoping to light the statue of St.Mary Magdalene. Several people have mentioned to me the pair of whiter lights near the nave altar and asked why are they different? The reason is that this is a different kind of light which can be programmed to give a coloured flood. When we have concerts or plays in the Church, this system will be used to the full. What is particularly impressive about the lighting is how unobtrusive they are and the evenness of the lighting fall. The system is a significant improvement on what existed before; easier to control, cheaper to run and uses much less energy. Unfortunately the bill of approximately £90,000 will be challenging to find. If you feel you could give a gift towards this, it would be greatly welcomed and appreciated.
THE RIDE AND STRIDE is now just over a month away on 8th September 2012 and we need as many people as possible to get sponsored to help keep our churches and chapels at the centre of our communities. This year, as well as the locally organised routes we are running The Ten Towers route to which everyone from all over the County of Somerset (and beyond) is invited to take part. The route follows the beautiful Cheddar Valley from Wedmore to Brent Knoll. John Reed, The Archdeacon of Taunton and Tessa Munt, MP for Wells, will both be taking part.
If you want to know more about Ride and Stride 2012 you can visit their website – http://www.rideandstrideuk.org/ and there are details on how to get sponsor forms at the back of Church.
CHORISTERS AND CHOIR Next practices are on Friday 7th September. On Sunday 9th September at 6.30pm there will be a Songs of Praise – a chance to sing favourite hymns accompanied by organ and orchestra.
All are invited to come and sing or play (Grade IV and above).
Last weekend our caretaker, Nik, completed his 35 mile sponsored cycle ride over Exmoor for the St. Mary Bell Appeal. Even though he weather was terrible in Taunton it was cool but dry for ride.
Nik says “The ride was great fun and very well organised. The support and sponsorship from you all was really great. Thank you. I have a great love for the tower and bells and hope they can be rehung so they, the carillon and the clock chimes can ring out over Taunton for many years to come. PS Looking forward to next year’s event!”
We really admire Nik’s brave efforts and thank him for his commitment and dedication to our Church.
On Sunday 5th August a collection of older folks who cannot normally get to church were brought early to enjoy a lovely tea. They then joined the usual congregation in worship during the 6:30 pm Holy Communion service. By all accounts it was a great success, and may be repeated on a regular basis.
Please let the Parish Office know if you want to come the next time!
Our lighting project is almost finished. Most of the lights are now in place and the old system has been removed. The memorial in honour of Robert Gray has been specially lit.
The new system works differently too. Rather than switching on individual lights, the lights are programmed to setting buttons. This means that one button will be pressed for winter lighting another for the summer. If we need to light just the coffee area then another button is pressed and so on. Up to 40 settings can be pre-programmed. There are now two control boxes so the lights can be switched off in the tower area and near the Magdalene Centre. Clearly, the control boxes should not be touched unless you have authority to do so. Next week final adjustments and the programme setting will be completed.