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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.

Wedding Gift

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SIMON AND EMMA’S WEDDING: The Churchwardens will be happy to take cash contributions toward a “St Mary Magdalene”collective wedding gift for Simon and Emma. Please hand these to either Caroline, Derek or Valerie by Sunday 2nd August. A card will be available at the bookshop for donors to sign. Thank you.

Wedding Invitation!

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“Simon and Emma would love you to come to their wedding on Saturday August 8th at 1pm at St James’ Church and join them afterwards for tea and cake in St James’ Hall.  If you would like to provide a cake or buns for the tea party afterwards and join ‘The Great Wedding Bake Off’, please either email or ring Beth Rayner to let her know what you are providing or tell Rita. Three of the cakes will be chosen to be cut up as the ‘Wedding Cakes’ at the evening reception. Cakes can be brought to St James’ Hall in good time before the service. If you would like your cake to be entered into the ‘Bake Off’, please include your name and phone number when you deliver it.”

Rod

Yarn Bomb

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“As you can see when you pass the church railings we have been “yarn bombed” and the knitted pennants have decorated the church all week. Thank you to all who have helped knit and if you have not seen it already, do go to Bath Place where the yarn bombing has gone crazy!  I wondered if you saw the mirror installation that was displayed in the church yard allowing us to see this magnificent building from new angles.”

Rod

Sea Sunday

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“Today we celebrate Sea Sunday instead of on the 9th July.  It was transferred because of our highly successful Flower and Patronal Festivals.  A special welcome to The Revd Peter Ellis and his wife Judi. Peter is preaching today and representing The Mission To Seafearers. They have been staying with Ronnie and Gillian as Ronnie has worked for the Mission for many years himself. I have fond memories of the Mission to Seafarers having spent thirteen years working next to the Port of Felixstowe. Seafarer chaplains do vital work pastorally supporting seamen from countries all over the world and providing spiritual support and sustenance. Peter began his association with The Mission to Seafarers in 1968 when he was a student helper in Hamburg. From there Peter has worked in ports in Milford Haven, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Teesside. We look forward to God’s message given through Peter this morning.”

Rod

Patronal Festival Weekend

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“Last weekend was our Patronal Festival and we enjoyed the singing of the Chapel Choir of Lincoln College, Oxford. We delighted in welcoming our friends Bishop David and his wife Janice. David has written to me and said “It was a great privilege to be part of such a wonderful occasion in the life of St Mary Magdalene. It was obvious that your team had planned everything down to the finest detail and I cannot think of many parishes nowadays who can present worship in such an accomplished and inspiring way, which is a great tribute to you all.” I have written to Bishop David to thank him for his powerful ministry amongst us.”

Rod

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Help!

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HELP IS NEEDED for the concert on Saturday 22nd August.

If you are able to help with refreshments and/or putting the church back together again afterwards, please contact Kate via the office.

Many thanks.

Patronal Festival

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“On Sunday 19th July, we remember St Mary Magdalene our Patronal Saint. Mary Magdalene travelled with Jesus as one of his followers. She witnessed Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Within the four Gospels she is named at least 12 times, more than most of the apostles. She came from the town of Magdala which was a town on the western side of the Sea of Galilee. The Hebrew word “Magdala” means tall tower or fortress or elevated, great magnificence.

 We welcome The Rt Revd David Yeoman and his wife Janice to help us celebrate our Patronal Festival.

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At this service, we also see the launch of the music and arts festival Taunton Live and we are thrilled to have The Chapel Choir of Lincoln College, Oxford with us here this morning.  The choir sing under the direction of Brodwen Mills in the College’s beautiful 16th Century chapel. They have recently toured Poland and we are so glad they are with us. The Taunton Live Festival is organised by a team lead by Brian Cresswell – so look out for some high quality music being performed this week.”

Rod

Floral Magnificence!

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“Our beautiful church had a special “great magnificence” last week during the Flower Festival, “Celebration of Marriage.” The flowers, so skilfully arranged, spoke of God’s love to us and the depth of His provision for us within creation. The displays told the story of the significance of the sacrament of marriage to the Christian Faith. We owe an enormous debt to the hard working Flower Team under the leadership of Cheryl and Anne. Well done to all who helped make it such a memorable weekend from the superb concert on Thursday evening to the children decorating the wedding scarecrows on Sunday morning. We are grateful too for Susanne’s work to make a video of the festival (below). This will also be shown on Sunday via a laptop at the back of church during coffee and lunch.”

Rod

Yarn Bomb

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“HUGE THANKS to all those who have made woollen rectangles so we can yarn bomb our churchyard and special thanks to Bee Kay for making them into bunting for us. The railings have now been decorated; see our liturgical coloured decorations!

Sheila

 

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Ammerdown Photos

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Photographs of the Ammerdown Weekend are now available to view on the notice board above the table at the back of church.

If you would like to order copies please complete the form on the table.

Seafarers Sunday

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Next Sunday 26th July, the sea is our focus and we have a guest preacher from The Mission to Seafarers.

The Revd Peter Ellis will be with us with his wife Judi. Peter has had a varied ministerial career with the Mission and his last post up to 2011 was as senior chaplain in Hong Kong.