“Wow! what an incredible result! The total donated by you is £2,169 including the Gift Aid scheme. We have been told through the media that it takes only £20 to save a child’s life, so that means you have saved the life of 100 little ones who would have died in their mother’s arms. What a fantastic Mothering Sunday Gift from St. Mary’s. The mothers of these children are unable to say thank you so on their behalf, and that of Christian Aid, please allow me to say thank you most sincerely for your Christian concern for these our neighbours.”
You will be pleased to hear that we are working together with St James to employ a youth worker for 8 hours per week. The youth worker will help lead Voice PC and be available for our Church Family Worship. The job will be advertised shortly but if you know of anyone who might be interested, I am happy to talk with them and give more detail.
“Last week, at Worship@ 5, Matthew Jeanes gave a superb talk on Forgiving and Forgetting (his seagull illustration being particularly memorable!). His talk can be heard on our website and I commend it to you.
Next month will be a bit different. Marcus Paul (former Deputy Head at Queens and author of the recently published book: “The Evil Men Do”) will be speaking on, “What do our bells say when they ring out and what should they say?”
Rod Corke, Vicar
Lent Talks by Professor Roger Trigg, University of Oxford. Theme: Should this still be a Christian society?
After a week’s break , Roger Trigg will deliver his fourth Lent talk on Wednesday 7.30pm in the church on Wednesday 5th April on “Must all religions be treated equally?” These talks have been really enjoyed and if you have not come, it is not too late. Each talk is on a different topic.
The Meeting for the election of churchwardens and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in church at 11.30am on Sunday 30th April. We will be looking to elect three churchwardens, five members of the Parochial Church Council and four members of Deanery Synod. (Please see the informative letter at the back of church from Stephen Grimshaw, the Lay Chair, Taunton Deanery, regarding membership of Deanery Synod). Nomination forms are at the back of church.
“Taunton Foodbank would lilke to thank you very much for your continuing support which is still greatly needed. In the last 4 months we have given out 62% more food compared with last year and are responding to more than 40 referrals a week. This may be due to the rolling out of Universal Credit but we are considering whether to open more than twice a week.”
Diane Bayliss & Derek Hicks
What a wonderful bell launch we had last Sunday! The service in the afternoon was well attended as we welcomed our special guests: Deputy Lieutenant, Lt Col Mike Motum, the Mayor of Taunton Deane, Cllr Vivienne Stock-Williams, Mr Christopher Mew, President of The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, Bishop Peter and Archdeacon Simon. Bishop Peter dedicated the bells and then Simon Adams, a director from John Taylor’s Foundry, handed the bell rope to Rosemary Tuhey, our Tower Captain. The bells rang out!
We also dedicated the WW1 memorial bell in the soldiers’ corner and the Time Capsule. The choir sang beautifully and bell themed hymns added to the occasion. An unforgettable day – thank you to all who helped organise it.
WORSHIP@5 on Sunday 26th March, will be led by Dennis Cavaghan. Pastor Matthew Jeanes of Canon Street Christian Centre will be our speaker, and his theme will be “Does forgiving mean forgetting?” St Mary’s doors will open at 4.30pm for a cuppa, and the 45 minute service will start at 5pm. Do come and bring a friend.
“A National Appeal for Urgent Action”
“There are 20 million who are currently dying of starvation. Hunger on a massive scale is looming across East Africa. If we don’t act now it will get much worse. With this in mind the PCC has decided to hold a “Bucket Collection” after the morning and evening services today. This Appeal will go to Christian Aid’s “East Africa Appeal” and cheques should be made out to “Christian Aid”.
If you are a Tax Payer please could you place your donation in the Yellow Envelope to be found in the pew. Please mark it “Christian Aid” and that will enable us to claim under the Gift Aid scheme, resulting in us receiving a further 25% to your giving. Buckets will be available after the service to receive your envelopes.
Professor Roger Trigg’s first talk on Science and Religion was warmly received on Wednesday. The next talk “Should religion play a part in public life?” will be on Tuesday and we have moved the venue to the church rather than the Upper Room. Each talk is on a separate theme so if you missed the first, please feel free to come. You will be made most welcome.
CHURCH WEEKEND AWAY 22-24 SEPTEMBER 2017 AT BUCKFAST ABBEY – Leaflets for our weekend away are available on the table near the pigeon holes in church. Bishop Peter and his wife Jane are joining us and it will be a great time of fellowship, relaxation and deepening our faith. Places are limited so do book soon.