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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.

Confirmation and Communion

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We were delighted that Ruth, Morwenna, Ashton, Elle, Ginny and Basil were confirmed on Thursday night by Bishop Ruth. It was a special occasion with a full church and a sense of God’s Holy Spirit truly blessing us. Today will be the first communion for those confirmed – another special, spiritual moment to savour. Please continue to pray for them.

Recently, Jane Tibbs from the Diocese came to talk about children taking communion before confirmation. This is now common practice in the Diocese and encouraged by the Bishops. It brings back the real meaning of confirmation which is making a public commitment to Christ and confirming the Baptism promises made on your behalf by parents and Godparents. However, if you disagree with this practice, please tell me or any other member of the PCC so we can make sure your objections are heard at the meeting.

A Celebration & Farewell Service for Shirley

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A Celebration & Farewell Service will be held here in church for Shirley Mason on November 7th at 12.00, followed by a Remembrance Party at Queens College. Dress code – colourful.

All welcome, but an idea of numbers would be appreciated. (Please let Kate know via the office).

Any donations may be made in Shirley’s name to your own charity. If you would like, bring a photo to the Remembrance Party to add to the photo board.

Wednesday Break Away

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“Fancy a breather? A new social group has started at St Mary’s. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 9.30am in the children’s corner to take part in a variety of activities over tea and cake.

Here is what we have to look forward to over the next couple of months:

  • Wed November 4th – Card Making
  • Wed December 2nd – Joint Advent Service with Mothers Union Group at 10am

So, if you have done the school run, have some spare time in the working week or just like chatting over cake, come and join us. You will be very welcome!”

Sasha Collard and Sandra Daw

Home Groups

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 Agape will not meet officially on 3rd Nov though informally those who wish will gather as usual. The next plenary session will be 17th Nov at 2.15pm in the Upper Room; we will continue with Hebrews 11.

 Rod and Rita’s Home Group will next meet on 4th November

 John Lee’s Home Group will next meet on 16th November

 Kirkmead Home Group next meets on 27th October then 23rd November 7pm

2016 Calendars

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The bell ringers have published a very attractive calendar to raise money for the Bell Fund. It has room to make notes and is made up of photographs taken by ringers and members of the congregation. There are only a few left. They are £5 each and are available in the bookshop.

Help Needed for Concerts

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Please contact Kate via the office (01823 272441) if you are able to help with refreshments for events on:-

  • 21st November 7.30pm(Male Voice Choir)
  • 29th November 3pm (Music on the Quantocks, Stile Antico)
  • 6th December 3pm (Somerset County Orchestra)
  • 17th December 6.30pm(NSPCC Carols by Candlelight).

Initiatives at St John’s

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There are two new initiatives happening at St John’s.

Night Light

Between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on the third Friday of the month St John’s will be open, candles will be lit and Gregorian chants placed and a quiet atmosphere created to be still and sense God’s Holy Spirit. Folk can pop in and out of this pool of spiritual refreshment and all are welcome.

Evensong

On 1st November and continuing monthly on the first Sunday, St. John’s is offering evensong at 4.00pm. As this is our Communion Sunday, it will give folk a choice in the Benefice. Again, all who come along will be welcomed.

Please pray for these new ventures.

Somerset Sight Volunteers

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Somerset Sight is urgently seeking volunteers for their visiting service in Taunton.

There are further details at the back of church.

Confirmation Prayer

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We pray for our confirmation candidates, Ashton Pope, Ruth Hancock, Morwenna Crook, Elle Virgin, Virginia Spencer and Basil Kingscott as they take this important step in their faith journeys this week.

New Town Chaplain

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On 1st November our Town Chaplain, Steven Reed will step down from his post. We are really grateful to him for developing this project and making chaplaincy to the shops and businesses in our town so central. Today we can announce that Adrian Prior-Sankey will take over from Steve and be officially commissioned by Ven John Reed at the Business Carol Service in December at St James’ Church.

Bells Project

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We are delighted to announce that an anonymous loan has been offered to bridge the gap in the funding for the St Mary’s Bell project. This means, whilst the fundraising and grant seeking will continue, we can give the project the go-ahead. This is wonderful news, and our bellringing fundraising team have worked very hard to achieve it. Congratulations to them. Miles updated the PCC on the project to repair our Father Willis organ. Amongst the ideas offered will be sponsorship of the organ pipes. There are over 2000 pipes in this magnificent instrument. Watch this space for more news about this.

Dennis’ Major Historical Work

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“We also celebrate the completion of a major historical work by Dennis. He has finished his book  “Through the Eyes of the Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene – 1300 Years of Christian Witness Through the Churches in Taunton.” This a superbly written and researched history of our church. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to buy a copy but the book can be loaned  from  the Bookshop for three weeks. Dennis’ popular “St Mary Magdalene Church Guide Book” and his “The Towering Influence” short history book are both on sale. Dennis pesented a copy to me to keep at the Vicarage for all those who will follow as Vicar. The book tells me I am the 43rd vicar.”

Rod