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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.

A final blow-out!

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Pancake - food-1294707-mThere is just time for a final blow-out before tightening the belt. Shrove Tuesday is the day for pancakes and quiz in the church – come to feast and laugh. Lent begins the next day! It is traditionally a time for fasting and  penitence. Our church vestments will change to purple and flowers will be noticeable for their absence. Even the Gloria will not be said or sung at any Communion service. Bleak indeed!

However, variety is the spice of life. Doing without is good for self discipline, for our health, for our pocket and (if we are generous) for other people. Let’s welcome Lent on Ash Wednesday (5th  March) in a positive way. In the evening at 7.30pm there will be a Service of Communion together with the opportunity to receive the ash of burnt Palm Crosses on our foreheads. This solemn service sets the tone for the rest of Lent.

Palm Crosses

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Please let us have your palm crosses from last year so they may be burnt and the ashes used for Ash Wednesday.

Thank you.

Social Activities Form

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This week (and next) our newly formed social group have compiled a form which we invite you to return to us asap. The form lists various social activities the group have thought about arranging and we need to find out which ones are most popular so we can prioritise.

Also, the group is aware that the list is not exhaustive and that you may have some thoughts. Please put them down and we will add them to the list. If you tick a box, this does not commit you to going on that particular event. It will just help us in our planning.

We would like to thank Valerie for her work on producing the form.

Foodbank

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“Thank you for your magnificent response to the appeal for egg boxes. We have enough for the present.

Please note that we are unable to stock sugar as the warehouse is too damp.”

Diane Bayliss

Ideas & Helpers for StMM Fayre

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This coming Saturday (8th March) there is an important meeting in church at 10am. The Magdalene Fayre needs ideas and helpers. If you can offer either or both you are warmly invited to join this planning meeting. Just turn up and you will find other willing souls all wanting to work together. Our previous Caretaker, Nik Hirst, is not longer in Taunton and so cannot head up the Team.

Re-Licencing

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Re-licencing of Sheila, Dennis and Jane

The Archdeacon of Taunton, the Ven. John Reed, re-licences the Revds (from left to right) Sheila Murray, Dennis Cavaghan and Jane Eastell to the newly formed joint benefice of St Mary Magdalene and St John the Evangelist Taunton.

The short ceremony took place in St Andrew’s Chapel in St Mary’s on 18th February 2014.

Lenten Time

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Ash Wednesday is fast (no pun intended) approaching and so Lent will be upon us with services and talks.

  • Wednesday 5th March we will have a service of ‘ashing’ and Communion at 7.30pm.
  • Lent Course will begin on Thursday 13th March at 7.30pm and continue weekly until 10th April. (Details below)
  • Holy Week talks on the ‘Seven Last Words’ will run from 14th April, culminating with services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day.
LENT COURSE – with Dennis Cavaghan

There will be a service at 7.30pm.  the ash from burnt Palm Crosses will be applied to the foreheads of those who wish.  The sermon will set the theme ‘CROSS’ for the weekly meetings on Thursdays

13th March   Thursday 7.30pm    C – Crucifixion

20th March   Thursday 7.30pm    R – Rest

27th March   Thursday 7.30pm   O – Obedience

3rd April      Thursday 7.30pm    S – Service

10th April     Thursday 7.30pm    S – Salvation

This Course of talks will be accompanied by a handout each week containing the outline of the talk and some pointers for further thought and application.

Further details of the format and location (within St Mary’s) will be forthcoming soon.

Archbishop of Wales’ Visit

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The Archbishop of Wales, the Most Revd Barry Morgan, will be preaching and conducting the Parish Communion at 10am on Sunday 9th March. This is a great privilege for us and we hope as many as possible will attend that service. We are not aware that an Archbishop has ever graced our Altar and Pulpit before.

We aim to serve Welsh cakes after the service, and then to have a bring and share lunch. Do sign up on the list at the back of church.

Flower Album

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The Flower Team is keen to put together an album of their work.

If anyone has any photos of any of their displays they would love to receive copies.

Please liaise with the office. Many thanks.

‘Just a Bite’ Mothers’ Union Meetings

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‘JUST A BITE” MOTHERS’ UNION MEETINGS on the first Wednesday of each month at 2.00pm.

See our full programmes for 2014 below.

On Wednesday 5th March at 2pm Mother’s Union “Just a Bite’s” guest speaker will be Revd Julie Sims, MU Chaplin, and she will be talking about her work with people suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Bring and buy as usual. All welcome.

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The Foodbank

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“The Foodbank continues to grow and improve at the Warehouse and Distribution centre. We can now tell you that the good people of St. Mary’s have donated over 764 kilograms of food (just over three quarters of a ton). Thank you for your support to such a worthwhile cause.

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We now have a weekly donation of a tray of eggs, so would appreciate your empty egg boxes please, as paper bags don’t do the job too well!”

Derek Hicks and Diane Bayliss