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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.

Friendship Wednesday Invitation

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An invitation for adults to Friendship Wednesday every third Wednesday of the month starting on the 20th April from 2.15 to 4.00 pm in the coffee shop area.

Join us for an afternoon of chat and board games.

Thank you Readers!

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This year is the 150th anniversary of Readers’ ministry and we are planning to marry this with a Reader’s Sunday Service on the Sunday after Ascension.

Our Readers, Peter, Ronnie and Daphne, all work very hard in our parish and we thank them for all they do.

Easter Services

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Holy Week

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Archdeacon John Reed will be leading us in a time of reflection/meditation on Monday to Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm. This will be a special time and you are warmly invited to come. Each talk lasts half an hour.

This leads us to Maundy Thursday when we are privileged to have another significant visitor – Dr Ziggy Rogoff. Ziggy is a Messianic Jew and a missionary working with Jews for Jesus. He will be coming to talk to us at 6.15pm – 7.00pm about the Passover Meal (coffee and biscuits provided). He will then preach at our Maundy Thursday Service.

Then there will be the vigil which follows the service until 9.30pm. This is a time to just sit quietly with God, either in the main church where the lights will have been dimmed, and the altar will have been stripped or in the St Andrew Chapel. It would be very encouraging to see more people staying this year.

Good Friday

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  • The Revd Dr Susan Durber is the new minister at Taunton URC in Paul Street and she will lead us in our 10.30 Morning Service on Good Friday – the Revd Rod Corke will be preaching.
  • After the service there is the walk to St James and then processing through the Town as an act of witness.
  • In the afternoon at 2.00pm we will be remembering Jesus’ crucifixion with ‘An Hour at the Cross’ led  by Revd Ben Whitworth.
  • Then in the evening, starting at 7.30pm, our Good Friday Devotional Concert, a sequence of meditative music with the Choir of St Mary Magdalene, string orchestra and other instruments centred around the short Passiontide cantata Wondrous Cross by Alan Bullard. This is a  powerful work of words and music and very appropriate for Good Friday evening.

Special Easter Dawn

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Something very special is happening at dawn on Easter Sunday morning (6.30am). We are holding an outdoor communion service at Kings Hall School. This will last about 30 minutes or so, and will be followed by bacon butties.   If you would like to join us for this joyful service, do sign the sheet at the back of church. Do bring your own hot drink, and if you can’t stand for 30 minutes bring a folding chair.

Father Willis Launch Concert

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We were delighted to the response to the launch of “A Note for a Note” organ pipe appeal concert held last Saturday. The music was superb and Andrew Fearn’s talk about the Father Willis informed us greatly. It is now possible to sponsor an organ pipe and  full details are contained in a leaflet at the back of church.  The organ appeal has taken off and we all look forward to the day when we can hear Father Willis without his whistles and coughs.

Drama Festival Successess

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  • March 10/11 – Bible Reading and Prose Reading Classes.

The Reading Group gained 2 distinctions , 5 commended , a medal and the St James’ Cup. See the April Magazine for a full report.

In Memory

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Lily - 338794_bouquetEASTER LILLIES IN MEMORY

You are invited once again to remember your loved ones with a Lily for Easter. We ask for a donation of £3 towards the cost.

Please put the money in an envelope clearly marked with the name to be remembered and hand it to the Parish Office or to a churchwarden.

Easter Day Flowers

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EASTER DAY 10.00am service

Please bring flowers to church so we can decorate the Easter Cross.

Thank you.

A Bed for the Night

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Can anyone offer a Bed for the night for our guest speaker, Dr Zigmund Rogoff, who is preaching at the Maundy Thursday service?

If so, please contact either Margaret or Valerie in the Parish Office on 01823 272441 or email: stmarys.taunton@btinternet.com