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Here’s what we get up to at St Mary’s. Activities, news, notices – lots to interest and inform. You can also take a look at the Today sheet (pdf) and selected articles from our Together magazine.

Wise Men on their Way

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The Wise Men have been spotted in the North (window)!  They will reach the Christ Child (Altar) by Epiphany on January 6th.

 

Fifth Candle of the Advent Wreath

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Advent Wreath – 5th Candle – Christ Candle

Halleujah!  Christ is born and we light our 5th candle of the Advent Wreath.

5th CANDLE – “CHRIST CANDLE” – The white candle reminds us that Jesus is the spotless lamb of God, sent to wash away our sins! His birth was for his death, his death was for our birth! “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!‘” (John 1:29)

4th CANDLE – THE ANGEL CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF LOVE

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St Mary’s Christmas Hours

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We wish you all a Happy Christmas.  Over the holiday period the Office and Church hours will be as follows:

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Fourth Candle of the Advent Wreath

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Advent Wreath – 4th Candle – The Angel Candle or Candle of Love

At St Mary’s we light a candle each Sunday during Advent (the four Sundays leading up to Christmas).

Each candle is symbolic.  On Sunday 23rd December we lit our fourth candle.

4th CANDLE – THE ANGEL CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF LOVE

The angles announced the good news of a Savior. God sent his only Son to earth to save us, because he loves us! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)

3rd CANDLE –  THE SHEPHERD CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF JOY

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Inviting Angel Doors

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So many folk have commented positively on the angel doors now they are lit. We used this to good affect on Thursday evening when it helps to attract tired shoppers in for refreshment.

We had another enjoyable evening and we will repeat this again on Thursday 20th (6.30pm till 8.30pm).

We need servers and listeners to man the Church and also need the gift of cakes.

If you are able to help please complete the signup sheet at the back of Church.

School Visitors

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Pupils from Taunton Academy in the Soldier’s Corner

This week we were delighted to have pupils from Taunton Academy visit us.  In all five groups came and they were accompanied by several teachers  Rod, the vicar, talks to them about various aspects of the church; this particular photo is taken in the Soldier’s Corner.

Third Candle of the Advent Wreath

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Advent Wreath – 3rd Candle – The Shepherd Candle or The Candle of Joy

At St Mary’s we light a candle each Sunday during Advent (the four Sundays leading up to Christmas).

Each candle is symbolic.  On Sunday 16th December we lit our third candle.

3rd CANDLE –  THE SHEPHERD CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF JOY

The angels sang a message of JOY! “…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (Luke 2:7-15)

2nd CANDLE – THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF PREPARATION

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Congratulations!

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CONGRATULATIONS to Josie Cresswell, a chorister since the age of 6, and latterly Head Chorister, who has won a place at the Birmingham Conservatoire to study singing from next September.

We wish her every success on her career path.

Thank You

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THANK YOU to all who donated chocolates for the TCT Christmas Event on December 20th. Anna has been absolutely amazed by the generosity of St Mary’s members – you gave another 600 individual chocolates OVER the 800 target!! Wow! Thank you so much

8:00am Communion & Friday Breakfast

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Have you ever thought about coming to the 8.00am Communion and breakfast on a Friday. Last week we had 12 folk come and it seems that this early morning start is proving ever more popular. We usually visit County Stores or Roots for breakfast (this is optional).

Second Candle of the Advent Wreath

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Advent Wreath – 2nd Candle – The Bethlehem Candle or The Candle of Preparation

At St Mary’s we light a candle each Sunday during Advent (the four Sundays leading up to Christmas).

Each candle is symbolic.  On Sunday 9th December we lit our second candle.

2nd CANDLE – THE BETHLEHEM CANDLE or THE CANDLE OF PREPARATION

God kept his promise of a Saviour who would be born in Bethlehem. Preparation means to “get ready”. Help us to be ready to welcome YOU, O GOD! “As is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: ‘A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation.‘ (Luke 3:4-6)

1st CANDLE – THE PROPHECY CANDLE or CANDLE OF HOPE

We can have hope because God is faithful and will keep the promises made to us. Our hope comes from God. “And again, Isaiah says, ‘The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him.’ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:12-13)