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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.

Craft Fair

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The Craft Fair took place in St Mary’s on Saturday 30th May.  A wonderful spread of imaginative and creative goodies were on display for sale – food, jewellery, cards, toys, etc.  The coffee shop did a rip roaring trade and a raffle was held for various prizes.  A good day was had by all.  Many thanks to Debbie and her team.

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Trinity

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“Sunday 31st May is Trinity Sunday and our focus is—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The understanding of a Trinitarian God is challenging but also exciting and revealing. It is my hope and prayer that you will leave St Mary Magdalene’s today having moved forwards in your Christian journey.

The classic definition of the Trinity is: God exists as three persons but is one being, having a single divine nature. The members of the Trinity are co-equal and co-eternal, one in essence, nature, power, action and will.”

Rod

Further thoughts on this can be found on our Weekly Word page under ‘Reflections on Pentecost and Trinity’.

Pentecost with +Peter

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“Last week Sunday we enjoyed Pentecost with the Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Rt Revd Peter Hancock—and he enjoyed it too!  He has spoken warmly about the warmth of the welcome he received, the quality of the music and the joy of the “Pentecost rocket” with the children.

Dennis and Susanne have produced a photo montage of the Bishop hitching up his robes and sending the rocket into rapid assent followed by the “Holy Spirit” shower of bubbles. This will soon be uploaded onto the website.

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Many thanks and well done everyone for taking part in the Pentecost Languages event. It was excellent, well received and the Bishop appreciated it very much.”

Rod

Pentecost – They spoke in different languages

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A Pentecost Language Event – Sunday 24th May

They spoke in different languages.

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Hebrew & Greek ~ Richard Thomas; Latin ~ Peter Roe; Spanish ~ Barbara Beresford-Jones; Patois ~ Marlene Philips; German ~ Daphne Seddon; Africaans ~ Blythe Smook; Serbo-Croatian ~ Sasha Collard-Jenkins; Russian ~ Sarah Greene; Norwegian ~ Sylvia Becker; French ~ John Lee; Kiswahilie ~Nichola Johnson; and Malay & Tamil ~ Grace Mainstone

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English ~ our Young Readers group

Pentecost Sunday

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Our Pentecost Banner

On Sunday 24th May we celebrate Pentecost – a major festival when we remember the coming of the Holy Spirt to the disciples in Jerusalem.

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2

To help us celebrate Pentecost Sunday we are delighted to welcome Bishop Peter this morning to preach and preside. Bishop Peter has made such a positive impact on our Diocese since he arrived and we look forward to God’s message that he will bring to us. Do stay for coffee after the service and speak to Bishop Peter.

We are delighted to see the return of our beautiful Pentecost banner. The unusual word on it is written in Koine (Common or Biblical) Greek and is pnuma (pnuma) which means spirit or wind (pneumonia and pneumatic are English words which come from this root).

PCC Away Day

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The PCC had a really good Away Day at the Mill House in Tiverton last Saturday 16th May. The weather was bright and sunny and it is a place where you feel away from it all.

The PCC members worked hard on the beginnings of a five year plan for St Mary Magdalene.

They also agreed to donate £20,000 to the bell fund for a St Mary Magdalene bell. This means only the 9th and tenor bells are left to sponsor. In addition, the largest chime bell has been designated “The Somerset Bell” to represent all the people of Somerset and anyone who has anything to do with Somerset is being invited to chip in £2 or more to help fund it. We estimate we are about £72,000 short of the £300,000. This is an incredible achievement. We can begin to truly believe that soon our new bells will ring out.

Christian Aid Nepal Appeal

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“The total raised to date by St. Mary’s for the Christian Aid Appeal for Nepal is £1,000, in addition to a further contribution of £237 for the general funds of Christian Aid Week.

May I say a huge thank you to all those who contributed by way of donations and time. A good result of which we can be proud.”

Ronnie

Home Groups

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The Vicarage Home Group is studying “The Conversations with Jesus” a book by Ben’s brother Patrick Whitworth. They had a really good time on Wednesday evening and there is still space if you would like to join us when we meet again on Wednesday 3rd June. Just come along at 7.30pm – you will be most welcome,

AGAPE will next meet on Tuesday 26th May in the Upper Room and continue in its reading of the Letter to the Hebrews.

Craft Fair

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Saturday 30th May 10.00am – 2.00pm.

There will be the following stalls: cakes and preserves, jewellery, cards, craft and a sale table run by the MU. There will also be a raffle in church. Donations, cakes, preserves and/or raffle prizes can be brought into church early that morning.

Please contact Debbie Whittaker via the office if you are able to make any donations

MU Bric a Brac at Craft Fair

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MU Just A Bite is having a Bric a Brac stall at the Craft Fair on 30th May 10am to 2pm.

Donations, particularly jewellery, gratefully accepted.

Please mark clearly “for MU stall” and leave with Tim our Caretaker.

Do You Fancy a Restful Weekend Away with Friends?

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Join us on our church weekend away at Ammerdown on 19-21 June. We still have spaces available, forms are on the table at the back of church. Speak to Sheila if you wish to know more. If you have already booked for this weekend, please keep checking the pigeonholes for correspondence and information.

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Christian Aid

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Christian Aid reports, “Huge numbers of survivors are now homeless, sleeping outside and too frightened to return to their homes. They need clean water, food, shelter and medical care”. Should you wish to donate further, buckets are placed at the back of Church, marked “NEPAL”. Christian Aid Donation Envelopes can be returned by placing them in Christian Aid Week buckets, also at the back of Church.

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Christian Aid week has drawn to a close. Thank you to all who came to the Coffee Shop on Tuesday morning to meet Fiona. All profits from that day will be sent to Christen Aid. Ronnie King has worked very hard to bring Christian Aid to us and we thank him for all his hard work.