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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.

The Cross

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This Cross started with the bare remains of our Christmas Tree.

It now carries the bag of coins, the red robe, the crown of thorns, the three nails for his hands and feet, the dice and the spear.

Good Friday Devotional Concert

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The main work this year will be The Crucifixion by John Stainer. This work is a powerful and heartfelt meditation on Jesus’s death on the cross and the events immediately leading up to it. It will be sung by the choir of St Mary Magdalene’s and friends, with two distinguished local soloists. There will also be readings and instrumental meditations, with hymns for everyone to join in. The event will last about an hour. Admission is free. Please come!

Free Admission

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Holy Week Talks

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The Holy Week talks this year will be led by the Revd Ben Whitworth and will run in the evenings from Monday 30th March, (Mon, Tues, Wed 7:00 for half an hour) culminating with Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day.

Easter Lilies in Memory

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Lily - 338794_bouquetYou are invited once again to remember your loved ones with a Lily for Easter.

We ask for a donation of £3 towards the cost; please put the money in an enveloped clearly marked with the name of the person’s name, and hand it in to the office or to a church warden.

Children and Communion

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We are considering the possibility of children receiving communion before confirmation.

If you are interested in exploring this with us, then come to the Vicarage on Tuesday 28th April at 7.30pm and tell us what you think.

Young Readers’ Success

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Young Readers’ Success

Some very good news. We have known for sometime that, under Margaret Roe’s tutoring, our Young Reader’s Group are reading superbly well in church – we are all proud of them. Now they have had external recognition. On Monday 9th March, at the Taunton Festival of the Arts – Drama section, our young readers were entered for the Bible Reading classes. All gained high marks with Merit and Commendations with one young reader winning the St James’ cup and also gaining a Distinction in the Prepared Reading Class.  Well done all!

An ‘Oasis’ during Lent

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oasis-1-54281-mIn the busyness of your life are you looking for a bit of space during Lent, for an opportunity to come and be still with God? Then join us at OASIS on Tuesdays at 7-8pm in the Upper Room.  The evening will start with a few words from scripture to reflect on, there will be some quiet music, and a time to pray, to listen to God and just to be. OASIS will meet on Tuesdays: February 24th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.

For more information please speak to Revd Sheila Murray or Shirley Farrington.

Friday Nights at St Mary’s

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Have you ever visited St Mary Magdalene’s on a Friday night?  Speech training, chorister, choir and occasionally Voice all happen.  There is a buzz about the church and a real sense that the Holy Spirit is with us.  Worshipping God is not boring—it is an exciting privilege.

Election Hustings

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“The planning for the election Hustings at Taunton Baptist Church on 26th April has moved on a pace. All six candidates will be present, it will begin at 2.30 pm and last approximately 90 minutes. Soon you will be invited to submit questions on a range of topics. Do put this date in your diary – Taunton Deane is a marginal constituency. This week I met with Rt. Hon. Steve Webb, Minister for Pensions, at the vicarage and we discussed universal credit and its effect on the poorest folk in our community.”

Rod

Easter Cards Distribution

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The Easter cards have been printed and are ready for distribution. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to deliver these. Please would you collect the cards from the back of church. will be in church soon for distribution. We are grateful to Roy and Mary Sims for organising this. The design is bright and eye catching and this year we have adopted a postcard style so the cards can be but through the doors easily.

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Mothering Sunday

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Mothering Sunday is when we think about our mums and our mother church. No one is absolutely certain exactly how the name of Mothering Sunday began.

However, one theory is that the celebration could have been adopted from a Roman Spring festival celebrating Cybele, their Mother Goddess. As Christianity spread, this date was adopted by Christians.

The epistle in the Book of Common Prayer for this Sunday refers to the heavenly Jerusalem as “the Mother of all us all”, and this may have prompted the customs we still see today.

It is known that on this date, about four hundred years ago, people made a point of visiting their nearest big church (the Mother Church). The church in which each person was baptised. People who visited their mother church would say they had gone “a mothering.”

Those ‘in service’ at the local Manor House, were only allowed one day to visit their family each year. This was usually on Mothering Sunday. For some this could be a significant journey since their mother may have lived some distance away, indeed another town from the Manor where they were put in to service. Often the housekeeper or cook would allow the maids to bake a cake to take home for their mother. Sometimes a gift of eggs; or flowers from the garden (or was allowed. So the traditions of Mothering Sunday began which we continue today.

Chaplaincy Success!

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A piece of good news is the success of the Taunton Town Chaplaincy. At their AGM on Tuesday evening we were told that the Trust is financially stable and there are 30 volunteer chaplains. They are not only ministering in the workplace, (Anna Burt, from St Mary Magdalene is chaplain at Matalan) but are now a presence on the streets, patrolling around Taunton, speaking to shoppers and shop workers for an hour and a half each day. They wear their chaplain’s jackets and shirts and are becoming a familiar and welcome sight on our streets. Do read about their work in this month’s Manna.