Despite our own financial burdens of lighting, sound and now urgent replacement of the boiler our primary concern is for those outside our membership and people who are in desperate need.
Those who attended the recent Deanery Synod meeting were given three presentations.
- The first was by ‘Open Door’ (day care for those sleeping rough in Taunton – usually about 15 per night).
- The second was by ‘FoodBank’ (for those who are caught in the poverty trap who cannot afford food).
- And the third was by the ‘Taunton Town Chaplaincy (pastoral care in the work place).
All these three projects (and many others besides) all need our prayerful and financial support.
So it is just as well that we believe in the God who “owns the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10), and who can “supply all our needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippeans 4:19).
Today and every day let our focus and our faith be in the One who provides, rather than allowing ourselves to be daunted by the great need. That way we shall be able to channel His provision into needs both within and without St Mary’s.
Four local charities have been shortlisted for Lloyd’s Community Fund 2013. The two charities receiving the most votes will each be awarded £3,000.
For the charities involved – and to vote – call into Lloyds bank, or online at www.taunton.foodbank.org.uk.
You can vote for any of the four charities but we’d like it to be for the Foodbank, please.
Voting ends next Friday 1st November.
Diane and Derek
The boiler has broken beyond repair. When the PCC met this week concern was expressed that this situation needs to be resolved asap. We have three estimates for both an ordinary replacement and an eco-condenser boiler. The ordinary boiler would cost approximately £15000 and the eco condenser boiler £21000 (because a condenser boiler requires the fitting of a new flue). The eco condenser boiler is much cheaper to run and so we would achieve substantial savings; it is estimated that it would have paid for itself in approximately seven years. This is why the PCC have opted for this type of boiler. We have been quoted a time of at least two weeks for the parts to arrive and the work to begin. So, we need the “Dunkirk Spirit” and wrap up warmly. Please would you pray and respond appropriately to the appeal leaflet.
We are really pleased that, already, seven people have signed up to come to Christianity Explored which begins on October 30th at 7.30pm. Rita and Rod are co-leading it and it is an opportunity to go over the basics of our faith.
You don’t need to know anything about the Bible.
You won’t be asked to read or pray aloud, and you can ask any questions you want.
We begin with tea, cake and a chat. Do join us in the Upper Room!
Be assured that the Upper Room is on a different heating system and it will be warm. You will receive a warm welcome too!
Hayley Hunt is doing the Go Sober for October Challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
If you would like to donate, go to www.gosober.org.uk and donate on my page or you can see Hayley directly.
The amount raised so far is £2,123.39, generated from £130 of the original distribution of £220. Several of these projects are still ongoing, and money is yet to be received from holders of the remaining £90.
Very many thanks to all who have used their talents or have supported the venture with purchases and sponsorship.
We are in desperate need of more volunteers to help as Weekday Welcomers, to cover alternate Thursdays and Fridays. Our church will not be able to stay open in the afternoons unless we have more support, and that would be a great shame. If you feel you can help for just a few hours each month, please contact Sandra Jordan via the parish office.