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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.

Celebration of HM QE’s 90th

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Queen - 348864-queen-elizabeth-ii-gettyHigham Choral Concert in celebration of the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth, Saturday 30th April 7.30pm St Mary Magdalene.  Tickets £7, to include refreshments, are available from the Bookshop and Margaret Allen.

This promises to be a splendid evening and the good news is that all proceeds are going to our Organ Fund. Tickets are available from the Bookshop (£7.00) and refreshments are included. It would be wonderful if we could show those singers, who are travelling from Kent to help us out, that we really appreciate their efforts. Why not invite a friend or neighbour? It would be a great way to show your support for our Queen and help us to raise badly needed funds.

See Margaret Allen for further details.

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APCM Outcome

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“Thank you to those who came to the APCM meeting last Sunday afternoon. The attendance was good although the Management Team are considering holding it next year directly after a shortened morning service so folk don’t have to make too many journeys. We elected four people to the PCC, Eileen Cockerham, Rachel Lee, Sandra Hall and Margaret Laver and said thank you to Nik Hirst, Annie Tomlinson and Kate Cresswell who retired this year. It is concerning that we do not have a third Church Warden to serve alongside Derek and Valerie. We feel this is because too much is expected of our Church Wardens and on Wednesday we held a Management Team meeting where there was discussion about this and ideas put forward. It is vital that  we support our two Church Wardens and that we do not place unnecessary burdens on them. We also thanked Caroline for her sterling service as retiring Church Warden. She remains in post until the Archdeacon’s Visitation which will be held on Wednesday 18th May 7.00pm at St Andrew’s Taunton.”

Revd Rod Corke

 

Magdalene Fayre

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The Magdalene Fayre is happening this year on Saturday 23rd July  (10.00 am to 2.00pm) and very soon we will have bright colourful posters designed by Angela displayed. We would welcome your help, donations, participation and fresh ideas.

Stuart Townend

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STUART TOWNEND CONCERT: Friday 22nd April 2016 at 7:30pm

Nearly all the tickets have now been sold.  All enquiries to be directed to the Booking Office at St Michael’s Church, Galmington 01823 332371 or email tauntonstuart@gmail.com

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Friendship Wednesday

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An invitation for adults to “Friendship Wednesday” every third Wednesday of the month starting on the 20th April from 2.15pm – 4.00pm in the Coffee Shop area.

AGM

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“This Sunday afternoon is particularly busy. At 2.30pm we hold our Annual Parochial Church Meeting where we reflect over the church year and elect the Church Wardens who serve for a three year term. Caroline Lee will be stepping down as Church Warden this year and we are enormously grateful for the work she has done to help St Mary’s be the warm and welcoming place it is. Officially Caroline’s term ends at the Archbishop’s visitation and so we will thank her formally after that.  Also, at 5pm we have our informal , 45 minute service called Worship @ 5.  Dennis will be leading us and the theme will be ‘Does Faith Depend on Facts or Feelings’.  Do come.”

Revd Rod Corke

Worship@5

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On Sunday 17th April, we have Worship@5 and the theme is “Does Faith depend on Facts or Feelings?”

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This service is proving very popular.  Don’t forget we start with refreshments and the service lasts 45 minutes.

There is a new video advertising Worship@5 on our website – do have a look.

Taunton Team Chaplaincy

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“This week I spoke to the Taunton Team Chaplaincy at their Annual General Meeting at St James. The chaplaincy is going very well and there now 27 volunteer chaplains serving shops and businesses in the Taunton area. On 1st June the Bishop of Taunton, The Rt Revd Ruth Worsley, will visit the chaplaincy and see the work for herself.  As a congregation, we support the chaplaincy work financially and practically.”

Revd Rod Corke

Welcome Tea

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Welcome Tea was a really good afternoon and we welcomed 17 new folk to St Mary Magdalene’s (seven people gave apologies).  The next tea will be in about nine months time.

Swimathon 2016

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Thanks to all of you, the St. Mary’s Angels have won the Milsted Langdon Challenge Cup for the first time entrant raising the most money. They will be presented with the trophy at the Annual Swimathon Presentation Evening to be held at Cheddon Fitzpaine Village Hall on 28th April.

Concerts at St Mary’s

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STUART TOWNEND CONCERT 22nd April and JAMES GALWAY CONCERT 29th April.  Kate Cresswell is looking for volunteers to sell refreshments at these two first class concerts.  If you are able to help please contact Kate or the Parish office.

JAMES GALWAY CONCERT 29TH April.  There are still some tickets for sale.  There are leaflets in the bookshop to say how they can be purchased.  If you respond quickly and you say you are a member of STMM you will get priority, or you could volunteer as follows.

Signature Events on the Tarka Line

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Signature Events: Our next trip is Wednesday 27th April.  An all day outing from Exmouth to Barnstaple on the beautiful Tarka Line.  This is a really lovely journey and not to be missed.  We will need volunteers to drive, leaving Taunton at 8.30am.   The train departs from Exmouth Station at 9.53am.  Cost of the train ticket is £10.10 plus a contribution towards your driver’s fuel (we suggest approximately £4).  As always, please “sign up” at the back of the church by Sunday 24th April. Further details from Margaret Allen.