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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.

Fourth Sunday in Lent

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1-IMG_8940This Cross started with the bare remains of our Christmas Tree.

On the first Sunday of Lent the Purse of silver coins was added, the following week the Red Robe was added, and then the Crown of Thorns.

On this, the fourth Sunday of Lent, three Nails were added, two for his hands and one for his feet (John 20:25).

Mothering Sunday

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Holding hands - 381861_holding_handsWe celebrate Mothering Sunday – a day when we remember our mothers and our church as “mother” church. Mothering Sunday has its roots pre-Reformation connotations of Laetare Sunday, on which the Introit, the first prayer of the Mass, says: “Rejoice, O Jerusalem: and come together all you that love her … and be filled from the breasts of your consolation.” A lady called Constance Smith, who was a High Church Anglican, saw a reference to Jerusalem as the mother church in the BCP epistle set for the day.  She developed the “mothering theme“ in a booklet called “The Revival of Mothering Sunday” in 1920. In it she suggested reviving the old Laetare tradition of simnel cake and she also collected customs relating to celebrations of motherhood from all over the country. Things snowballed, fuelled by the feelings of so many mothers who had lost their sons in the First World War. By 1938 Mothering Sunday was celebrated in every parish church.

Today we will enjoy a Simnel cake at 8.00am and 10.00am. Thanks to Joan Jay and Caroline Lee for making the cakes. Thanks also to Clare Mort and her team for the bulbs. Don’t worry – the posies will return – we just thought we would be a bit different this year!

New Benefice

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New Licences for Sheila, Dennis and Jane

Our Vicar writes

“On the 18th February we became a legal benefice with St. John the Evangelist and this means we have a new ministry team. I am Incumbent of the new Benefice, Jane Eastell is Associate Vicar (with responsibility for St John’s parish), Dennis is Associate Priest and Sheila is Benefice Curate. Our three Readers, Daphne, Peter and Ronnie’s POT licences remain unchanged. The associate clergy – Dennis, Jane and Sheila – have received their new licences from the Archdeacon. I will be licensed as Vicar on 6th April at 6.30pm in a Eucharist presided by the Bishop of Taunton.

We hope this service will be a celebration of what God is doing here – building unity and oneness as it says in Ephesians 4.3-6:

“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Wanted

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Bookshelf - books-726243-mWe are looking for an oak bookcase approximately 4’x5’ for the vestry.

If you have one which you are not using, we would be most grateful to receive it.

Thank you.

Lent Talks

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During Lent, Revd Dennis Cavaghan is leading us in a series of Lent talks on an acrostic “CROSS”.

The sermon, Ash and Cross, on Ash Wednesday set the theme ‘CROSS’ for the following weekly talks.

Cross - 1184184_77005073C = Crucifixion

R = Rest

O = Obedience

S = Service

S = Salvation

We meet on Thursdays at 7:30 pm, beginning on the 13th March and continuing through to the 10th April.  There will be tea and coffee afterwards.

In addition to clicking the above links to hear the various talks, they will also be posted on our Sermons page.

Do come and journey with us through Lent.

Third Sunday in Lent

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1-IMG_8941This Cross started with the bare remains of our Christmas Tree.

On the first Sunday of Lent the Purse of silver coins was added, and the following week the Red Robe was added.

Now on the third Sunday there was hung up the Crown of Thorns that the soldiers also pushed onto his head (Matthew 27:29).

Our SAT (Social Activities Team)

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We are delighted in the response to the questionnaire about social activities. The Social Activities Team (SAT) have met to analyse the responses, take note of the suggestions and plan ahead.

The first provisional list includes a trip to China China in Station Road in May, a boat trip in June, a picnic at Kilve in August and ten pin bowling in September.

We have a committed and enthusiastic team but we would welcome new members to help us plan.

Please see Rod if you are interested.

Bell Fund

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Collages12We are delighted to report that the bell fund has been awarded a grant of £12,000 from the Bath & Wells Diocesan Association of Change Ringers.

Rosemary Tuhey is working very hard on the Heritage Lottery Grant application and hopefully this will be submitted in June .

We are making steady progress.

 

Mothering Sunday

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Mothering Sunday this year is on the 30th March.

Coffee and Simnel cake will be served after the 8.00am service.

Please do join us.

Music Quiz Answers

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Answers to the music quiz are also available at the back of church.

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Second Sunday in Lent

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1-IMG_8942This Cross started with the bare remains of our Christmas Tree.

Last week was added the Purse of 30 pieces of silver.

This week was brought to the Cross the Red Robe that the soldiers put about the shoulders of Jesus hailing him mockingly as King (Matthew 27:28).

Archbishop Barry’s Visit

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We were delighted to welcome The Most Reverend Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales and his wife, Hilary, last week.

The morning was such a happy occasion and a big “thank you” to all who worked so hard. A particular thanks to the choir and choristers who sang beautifully, Albert and Rosanna who read beautifully, the MU for lots of delicious Welsh cakes, the team who organised the “bring and share,” and to the ringers who rang 10 or our 12 bells for the service.

Archbishop Barry wrote this week to say:

“Thank you very much for your kind e-mail and for the photographs. It was a great joy being with you and thank you for all you did to make us feel so welcome. The parish lunch was a great affair and we enjoyed ourselves very much.”