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News & Updates

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.

Worship in Wells Cathedral – A Year in a Day

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A special one off event in Wells Cathedral from 7am – 7pm on Saturday 31st January – come and take part in some or all of the worship, drop in from time to time during the day, more details from http://liturgysw.weebly.com/

One of the events is Come and sing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah’ (bring your own music). This starts at 2.30pm and the aim is for it to be sung as part of the Easter Eucharist celebration with the Bishop.   If you want to know more speak to Sheila Murray

 

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‘Talk’ Fundraiser for Bells of St Mary’s Project

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Tom Harris from Staplegrove tower has put together a most interesting and entertaining illustrated talk titled “A History of Bells and English Church Bell Ringing”. Tom is an experienced speaker and has produced a talk that is designed to have a wide public appeal and not just to be of interest to bell ringers. He is very willing to give the talk to, for example, social groups and society meetings. It lasts from 45 – 60 minutes.  Any donations are for the Bells of St Mary’s Project.

You are invited to come and hear Tom’s next talk on Wednesday 25th February at 7:30pm in Kingston St Mary Village Hall organised by The Kingston St Mary Historical Society.  You can use the Church car park (100 yds up lane on right) and the £5 includes a glass of wine!

If you interested in hosting Tom he can be contacted via staplegrove@bath-wells.org or on (01823) 451553.

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Christianity Explored Begins

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Christianity Explored begins next week and this is the final Sunday to put your name down to be involved. If you would like to find out more about Christianity – then this is the course for you.

It begins on Thursday in the Upper Room at 7.30pm. Please use the side door. See you there!

Together – Our Monthly Magazine

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The new edition of our monthly Together magazine is out now. Do pick up your copy.

If you use any of the services advertised, please mention you saw the information in our magazine. This will help us greatly.

We thank all involved in the editing, contributing, and distribution of Together.

Local Clergy Hustings

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“The local clergy are attempting to arrange a political hustings for the general Election on May 7th. Plans are not finalised but it is likely to be on a Sunday afternoon at Silver Street Baptist Church. I will chair and I am going on a course this week to discover tips on how to do this. Watch this space!”

Rod

Beginnings of Lent

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Do come to our Pancake and quiz evening on 17th February and also to the Ash Service at St Johns, 18th February at 7.30pm. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. This is a penitential season as we prepare for the celebration of Easter. Sheila and Shirley are organising a time of prayer and quiet reflection called Oasis on Wednesday evenings and more details will be available soon. I am sure there are many of us who would benefit from settlng aside a specific time to walk on our spiritual journey with the Lord.

Message Board Saga!

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The message board saga seems to be drawing to a conclusion with the difficulties we had last weekend being resolved. Once they are in place, we will have a short service of blessing after one of our Sunday services.

Thanks for Stamps!

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83746_stamps_2“Thank you for all the used stamps you have collected in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice. They are very grateful.

Do keep them coming.”

Heather Walker

Wanted – Volunteer Readers

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Volunteers are needed to read to residents in nursing and other residential homes. Advice is given on reading material other readers have found useful.

Please contact Martha Mair (Tel 01823 330095) or talk to Elizabeth Lane who reads at Chelston Gardens.

Sparkling Tea for all Couples

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The MU “Just A Bite” Committee invites couples to come to a Sparkling Tea at 3 pm at the Coffee shop on Sunday 8th February to launch Marriage week, 7th to 14th February, when there will be a display at church. Do you remember that magical time when you were courting? Marriage week is a massive aide memoire to the nation which says – “if you are fortunate enough to be in a marriage then you should look after it.”

If you can join us please sign the list at the back of church. Feel free to bring your Wedding photos albums.

For more information please talk to Margaret Allen/Marlène Phillips/Rosemary Sage.

‘Just a Bite’ MU Meeting

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A Happy New Year to you all from the committee. All are welcome to our next meeting on Wednesday 4th February at 2.30 pm when we will have our Wave of Prayer Service. Chris Mahony (MU Marketing ) is our speaker.

There will be a stall with Easter cards etc. Please bring something for the usual Bring & Buy table.

See MU information table in church for information about the General Meeting in Nottingham in June. Tickets at £8.50 go on sale on 26th January.

WW1 Research

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Both Ray Stokes research of the men listed on the First World War memorial together with Jennifer Hackney’s research on the four ringers who lost their lives during WW1 are available for viewing on the table near the bookshop.