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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.

Post-Christmas Hours & Services

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After Christmas Services & Hours

  • There will be services here on Sunday 27th December at 8.00 am and 10.00 am.  There will be no service of Evensong in the evening.
  • The Church will be closed after Christmas until the New Year.  It will reopen on Saturday 2nd January.
  • 8, 10 and 6:30 services resume on Sunday 3rd January.

New Year Service Changes

  • There will be no service of Evensong on the 24th January as there is a Christian Unity Service at Creech St Michael Baptist Church.
  • There will, however, be an Evensong, instead of Holy Communion, on Sunday 7th February. This will be the Accession Service.

Merry Christmas!

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“And so it has arrived! Christmas Day is here and we rejoice and celebrate. The Advent season has been wonderful at St Mary’s beginning with the From Darkness to Light service where the Light of Christ was brought into the church in a special and dramatic way, through a Christingle, many carol services, the arrival of the Christmas Tree, the amazing Service of Lessons and Carols last Sunday, the crib service … and now Christmas arrives during the First Service of Christmas at midnight. May the peace of Christmas arrive in your hearts today. If you are visiting us, and so many of you do at this special time of year, then a special welcome. We are so glad you have come.”

Rev Rod Corke

Christmas Services

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Do come to our other Christmas Services throughout the festive season. A leaflet has been produced with the times and dates. May I make a special mention of the 4.00pm Christmas Eve Crib service.

 Lots of families come and the children are invited to dress up in nativity costume ( we can even cope with the odd Superman!). This is a very lovely and enjoyable service on a special night of the year.

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Thank You Church Wardens!

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“I would like to thank the Church Wardens who have worked quietly but exceedingly effectively behind the scenes to help everything run smoothly. There is so much to do at this time of year.”

Rev Rod Corke

Christian Aid Fund Raising

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We are delighted that money has been placed in the Christian Aid buckets over the Advent season and there will be an opportunity to give to support the refugee crisis at the crib service and at the midnight service. The good news is that over £19,000 has been raised in Somerset for the emergency appeal in response to the refugee crisis. Christian Aid made a special note of the £1,058 we raised for the Nepal Earthquake appeal in their recent publicity and quoted Ronnie King, our Christian Aid Rep, saying: ”It is almost impossible to image the fears and desperation earthquakes create…. The crisis features less on our television screens now but those affected remain in our prayers.”

New 5 O’Clock Service at St Mary’s

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Publicity will be given out at our Christmas Services for our new 5 O’Clock service which begins on 17th January. We are very excited about this venture which hopes to attract those wanting to take a first step into Church and would welcome a informal service which lasts 45 minutes. Please pray for this venture and if you have been given a special “five” biscuit – enjoy!

Stuart Townend at St Mary’s!

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I am delighted to announce today that prolific modern hymn writer Stuart Townend will be giving a concert at St Mary Magdalene’s on Friday 22nd April. Stuart has written several hymns we sing including “In Christ Alone”, “Vagabonds” “The Lords My Shepherd (I will trust in you always), “How Deep the Father’s Love” and “The Power of the Cross.” Tickets will be available soon. Do put this date in your diary

Our Service of Lessons & Carols

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On Sunday 20th December, we welcome the fourth Sunday of Advent– the day we light the pink candle on the Advent ring and consider how God blessed Mary in the nativity story. This evening we will have one of the Church highlights of the year – our Service of Lessons and Carols. This year’s theme is light, the choir and choristers have been working very hard on the music under the direction of Miles and we look forward with much anticipation. Afterwards, do stay for mince pies and Sandra’s mulled wine. Christmas Day edges closer. We must prepare ourselves to worship the New Born King.

Search on for Bookshop Manager

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OUR BOOKSHOP IS LOOKING FOR A NEW MANAGER.

If you are keen, please email the office (stmarys.taunton@btinternet.com) for the job description.

Deadline for applications, which should be sent to the Office, is 31st December 2015.

Refugee Crisis in Europe

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As we approach the winter weeks ahead the need to feed and clothe the homeless Refugees from Syria and beyond increases daily with more and more arriving on foot to the make-do camps.

With this in mind there will be Retiring Collections for Christian Aid after the Nativity Service and the Midnight Communion Service on Christmas Eve.

Syrian Refugees in Taunton Deane

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There were two developments relating to the Syrian Refugees:-

  • Firstly, Stephen Jenkins and Nicola Johnson attended a meeting at Temple Methodist designed to prepare for receiving two refugees in Taunton Deane in April. Hopefully, as a church we can play a part in this.
  • Secondly, a steering group met to consider the feasibility of providing for a self supporting refugee family at a later date.

This would be organised across churches with Creech Baptist, St Mary Magdalene and another large church fronting it. This was the first meeting and the proposal is in an embryonic stage. Nevertheless, there was much good will and no shortage of ideas and enthusiasm. The refugee family under this second scheme would probably be from the Syrian Christian Community who are suffering terribly at the moment. I will report more in the New Year. Please remember you can help support Syrian refugees through Christian Aid. Collecting buckets are available in the Coffee Shop area.