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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.

Wednesday Breakaway

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The next WEDNESDAY BREAKAWAY meeting is on 3rd February when we shall be going to Mr Miles for tea/coffee and cake.

Meet in the church at the usual time.

Chaplaincy Volunteering at MPH

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Chaplaincy Volunteering at Musgrove Park Hospital 

Every day of the week volunteer Chaplains help to meet the spiritual needs of our patients.  On weekdays our volunteers visit patients on the wards, on Saturday mornings they assist with administration and on Sundays take Communion to the patient’s bedside or assist at the Chapel Service Our next training course begins in early February.

For further information about each of these roles contact the Chaplains on 01823 342515.

‘Healing for All’ Service

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Healing is important to us at St Mary Magdalene, both physical and spiritual. Our laying on of hands team are very dedicated and prayerful people. In addition to their work we have arranged for another healing service at 3 o’clock on Sunday 31st January. This will be a time when we will invite the Holy Spirit to work among us. We are experimenting with these services and this will be without communion. Do come.

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Signature Event Success

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On Wednesday evening, we enjoyed the Signature event – an Indian meal at the Bayleaf Restaurant in East Reach. It was a splendid evening, with good food and good company.

Signature events are open to all and are a great way of getting to know folk better.

The next Signature event is a Beetle Drive and wine and cheese evening. Details to follow.

5 O’Clock Service

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Last week we held our 5 O’Clock Worship for the first time. The months of planning paid off and the service went smoothly. We really sensed God’s Holy Spirit with us as Dennis talked about how we can fit God into our busy lives. He suggested we try to start the day with God – just a simple prayer perhaps or short reading from the Bible. It is amazing what a difference this can make to our lives. Over 50 people came and a good proportion of these were folk from the community. We are all looking forward to the next 5 O’Clock Worship on the third Sunday of the month, which is the 21st February, and the intriguing title is: “What do you do when life gives you lemons?” Do come.

Lent Talks

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“During Lent, we will be holding a series of talks beginning  Wednesday 17th February, 7.30pm in the Upper Room. Sheila and I will be leading them.  The focus will be on our understanding of Holy Communion. We will be using the Pilgrim support material which has been produced recently by the Church of England. We really do hope you will be able to join us.”

Revd Rod Corke

Thank you!

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Thank you for all the offers re Concert on 30th January, we now have sufficient servers!

Upcoming Magdalene Fayre

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“We need to begin to plan for the Magdalene Fayre which will happen on 23rd July this year. If you would like to take part, please come to a meeting in the Upper Room on Saturday 23rd January at 10:30am. We are looking for new ideas, so come prepared! Working together on the Magdalene Fayre is great fun and a good opportunity to get to know people better.”

Revd Rod Corke

Building Works

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St Mary Magdalene is an expensive building to maintain. The good news is that the second lighting panel by the flower preparation area has been fixed allowing the lights to be switched on as you enter the church by the side door. However, the glass doors in the tower area appear to have a mind of their own at the moment. Damage has been caused to the aluminium panel at the bottom of the left-hand door as you enter the church and this will be a costly repair. There is also a problem with the font cover – the pulley system that makes the cover go up and down needs repair and we are struggling to find out how to access this piece of mechanism. When we do we will have to pay for scaffolding for the engineer to fix it. Until that happens, our font will be out of use.

5 O’Clock Service

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Our first 5 O’Clock worship service took place on Sunday 17th January.  Excitingly it was attended by well over 50 people, and they all hugely enjoyed the experience.  The theme was “Too busy to find time?” and it was illustrated by filling a bowl with a candle (God!), rocks, grit and water.  If the wrong order was used they could not fit in, but like life, if the priorities were dealt with first then everything else would fit in too.  As Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God …”  Many said they would come to the next one.

Our next service will take place on Sunday 21st February.  Three quarters of an hour starting at 5pm.  The theme will be “What do you do when life gives you lemons?”  Once again the service will be led by Dennis Cavaghan.  Come early for a chat and a cuppa.

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“Signature Event Indian Evening”

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LAST CHANCE to Sign up for theSIGNATURE EVENT INDIAN EVENING” at the Bayleaf Restaurant, 112 East Reach on Wednesday 20th January at 7pm.  £15 Buffet (eat as much as you like).

There is a sign up sheet at the back of church.  Please pay at the bookshop.