God’s welcome for all to discover the peace and joy of knowing him is our cue for inviting you to our Christmas services. Join with us, sing the carols we all know and explore afresh the wonder of God’s greatest gift.
We’d love to see you.
www.whychristmas.com is one of the largest Christmas information sites on the web and answers your Christmas questions! It was launched in November 2000 by James Cooper, a Christmas loving web designer from the U.K. He says, “I’d always loved Christmas (yes, I’m a very big kid!) and had wondered about the ‘whys’ of Christmas; such as why do we have Santa/Father Christmas, why we have Christmas Trees and send Christmas Cards to each other?!”
Why don’t you see what James has created and have some fun too at WhyChristmas?com.
Fill your freezer for Christmas – Margaret Allen is still taking orders for Desserts.
There is a list at the back of Church.
Contact Margaret Allen 442629
Two members of the Young Readers Group have taken part in the Bible Reading class of the festival.
Sophie West and Rosanna Smillie both received high marks and worthy praise. Rosanna achieved the distinction of winning the St James’ Cup (as she did last year).
Congratulations to them both.
There is something extra special this year. Barbara Berisford Jones has painstakingly restored our nativity set. As a result of her hard work, we now have the most beautiful and precious set. We are really grateful to Barbara for her skill and effort. You will see them repainted and repaired and the set will be blessed and set aside for the special purpose of leading us into the power of the nativity story. The figures will be placed in the crib at the crib service on Christmas Eve at 4.00pm. This service is a highlight in our church year when families come from all over Taunton and beyond to celebrate on this special night. Do come.
This Thursday, 5th December, we have our first outreach to shoppers doing their Christmas shopping.
If you would like to be involved, sign up at the back of church and come along at 6.30 pm.
United Press are running a poem competition– free to enter and the prize is £250 for church funds. The closing date is January 31st 2014, and you may enter up to three poems, with a religious theme. Full details are in the Parish Office, if anyone is interested.
Do you have experience in retail, industry or in the military? Could you be a Chaplain to local businesses or organisation?
We have vacancies for volunteer chaplains for this rewarding daytime ministry, training and support provided. Have a look at our web site www.tauntonteamchaplaincy.org and email us from there. Or call Steven Reed on 07581 424420
We are looking for more volunteers to help deliver leaflets to people in the parish for Christmas and at Easter time to tell them about our special services.
There are several vacant areas covering between approximately 45 to 120 households each.
If you would like to volunteer or require further information, please contact Roy or Mary Sims on Taunton 282030.
To all current volunteers, ‘a very big thank you.’
Miles Quick, music director at St Mary Magdalene, Taunton demonstrates how swiftly and smoothly the 1882 Father Willis organ can move from a ‘roar’ to a ‘whisper’.
He also explains what needs to be done to ensure that this historic organ remains a reliable and versatile accompanying and solo instrument for many years to come.
A Quiz for all music lovers – CASH PRIZES for the first 3 correct entries of £60; £40 and £20.
Entry forms are £1 and can be obtained on Sunday 17th November onwards from choir members, the Bookshop or after the 10 00 am or 6 30 Service.
Post completed entries into the box at the back of the Bookshop.
The Quiz closes on Sunday 19th January and prizes will be awarded after the 10 00 am Service on Sunday 26th January.
Famous snow artist designs St Mary’s Christmas cards
Snow artist Simon Beck has kindly donated two special designs for this year’s Christmas cards in aid of the Bells of St Mary’s: one of St Mary’s tower and one of a star.
Simon, an experienced mountain climber and a keen bellringer himself, has lived in France for the last 10 years where he spends a lot of time designing patterns and then stamping them out in the snow, a task that can take him over 9 hours to complete. Some of his designs are a big as 3 football fields together!
It all starts with a mathematical pattern that he designs, followed by 2 hours of measuring in the snow. After that he literally stamps the design – something akin to a crop circle – out in the snow.
After finishing the work he then photographs it and puts the end result on Facebook. But Nature has her own programme and so it can happen that after a hard day’s work Simon returns in the morning to photograph his effort, only to find it covered up by a fresh layer of snow. Philosophically he has described this as a fresh opportunity to come up with something new….