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Michael Portillo’s “Great Railway Journeys”

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We have been approached by the BBC to be featured in the new series of Michael Portillo’s “Great Railway Journeys.” If you have watched the previous series, you will know that Michael travels around the country on the railways following the Victorian travel writer, Bradshaw’s Guide. Although St. Mary Magdalene is not mentioned by name, Bradshaw does mention a church built in the time of Henry V11 and the Robert Graves memorial. The filming will take place on Tuesday 22nd May.

Annual Parish Church Meeting

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Last Sunday afternoon we held the Annual Parish Church meeting and 47 people attended.

The new PCC was elected and Margaret Laver and Diana Fletcher became new members. Nigel Birkett was elected as a Deanery Synod Representative. Mick Polley will join Angela Bayliss and Shirley Farrington as Church Wardens. We give thanks to all who volunteer to ensure St. Mary Magdalene church has good governance.

Please would PCC and Church Wardens note that we will give thanks to God for the appointments on the second Sunday in May. Please try to come on that day so we can pray for you.

Current Projects

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1-StMM and rainbow - Straightened & cropped

St Mary’s is a magnificent  medieval church in the centre of Taunton, but such a building is in constant need of maintenance and restoration.  Fortunately the external fabric is in a good state of repair, but two projects are now upon us.

  • Bells Project
  • Organ Project

Flower Team

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Led by Cheryl Birkett, the Flower Team Organiser, the flower arranging team endeavour to have fresh flowers in church for every service during the year (excepting Lent and Advent).

They are responsible for providing arrangements for all the special events of the year for example, Easter, Harvest and Christmas.

As well as this they provide a service to wedding couples, working with them in the choice of colour and design for their floral displays.

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Weddings, Baptisms, Funerals

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In addition to our church services, we can also help, prepare and support you through your life’s events with our pastoral services including Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals.

We are pleased to be able to support the people of our town and beyond as they journey through some of the happiest and saddest times of their lives.

Weddings

Baptisms

Funerals

New to Church?

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We understand it can be daunting if you’ve never been to church before – or if it’s been a while.

To make it easier, we hope that this page will give you some idea of what to expect if you come to a service.

Where is the Church building?

St. Mary Magdalene is in the centre of Taunton, Somerset, UK. She is located at the top of Hammet Street, and cannot be missed as her tower of 166 feet rises majestically for all to see, and her bells for all to hear. For a map, see our Find Us Page.

What happens when I get there?

As you arrive, a member of the congregation will greet you at the door and will be happy to point you in the right direction. We hope that you will feel warmly welcomed.

The service will normally follow a printed booklet and consists of singing hymns, Bible reading(s), some prayers and a sermon (about 12 minutes) that aims to explain and apply what the Bible says to our everyday lives. Communion services will give the opportunity for most people to receive the Bread and Wine (though there is no need to do so).  There are gluten free wafers available.

Please sit wherever you like – there are not any reserved seats. The service is sound enhanced and there is a loop system.

After the 10.00am service there is a chance for a cuppa. Please feel free to stay around and enjoy tea, coffee or a cold drink and have a chat to other folk.

The services at 8.00am and 6.30pm are more traditional. The language used is from the Book of Common Prayer (1662 AD). There is no music at 8.00am and the service lasts about 40 minutes.

In January 2016 we started a new monthly service called Worship@5.  Informal and contemporary it’s on the third Sunday of each month, starting at 5:00pm and lasting 45 minutes.  Doors open at 4:30pm and coffee, tea and biscuits are served before.

Is there anything for my children?

Yes, we have a Junior Church we call Tekna and creche at the 10.00am service. The children start in the main service and there is a children’s spot for them before they leave for their own session; they return in time for a Blessing at the altar rail.

Will I be asked to give money?

We bring baskets around the pews during a hymn but there is no obligation to give. If you wish to do so and you are a tax payer then there are yellow Gift Aid envelopes for you to use.

What about the loo?

Should you need the ‘facilities’, toilets can be found beyond the front left (north east!) of the church, reached by passing behind the organ.

What’s being a Christian all about?

It’s a journey in fellowship with the Church in relationship with God through faith in his Son, Jesus Christ, who died that we might live.

If you’d like to know more, why not have a look at the following sites. We’ve not made them, but you might find the content helpful.

We hope this helps to explain something of what this church is like. Please do come along, we’d love to see you! If you are still nervous after reading this, please contact us and we will arrange for someone to meet you and show you around.

Interested in joining a Home Group?

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At this moment in time, we have several home groups. These have been formed over a period of years and offer a wide variety of experiences. They meet on differing days and times and with varying degrees of regularity. They all give a mixture of learning and fellowship. Some are more experience based and others more factual, but none are threatening. Their numbers vary too, but all are open to welcome newcomers.

For more details, contact the Parish Office (01823 272441).