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Weekly Word covers Pentecost

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Every week St Mary’s Weekly Word looks into the Bible to find what God is saying to us today.  We find Bible passages to read and questions to ponder.

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We have just started a new series based around the theme of Pentecost.

For seven weeks (from Penecost Sunday to end of June) we will be looking at encouraging aspects of the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Weekly Word can be found under Quick Links on the Home Page.

Welcomers

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As a welcoming church we need welcomers! Do you feel able to offer your help on a team – just once every six weeks? It would be lovely to have you. Thank you.

Please speak to Shirley Gurnham if you are interested.

Geoff & Jan Hay

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Tim Bowery

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Margaret Laver

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Derek Hicks

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Miles Quick

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Revd Rod Corke

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Bells Project

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Bells and Carillon

Bells and Carillon

Ever since the tower was rebuilt in 1862 with the bells hung at the very top, they have been difficult to handle due to the amount of tower movement and long ropes.  They have also became too far out of tune to be successfully retuned.

A project was therefore launched in June 2012 to recast all 15 bells, hang them lower in the tower and replace the broken musical chime (aka The Carillon). In March 2016, a contract was signed with John Taylor’s bell founders of Loughborough to carry out the work and the funds were raised.  The new bells were cast in May and will be installed in December 2016 with an official opening ceremony in March 2017.

St Mary’s will once again have a tuneful ring of bells on which the younger generation can learn to ring and a musical chime that will serve St Mary’s church and Taunton for many generations to come.

To learn more about this project, there is a leaflet available or go to our web site www.bellsofstmarys.org.uk.

Taunton Foodbank

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Your very generous donations continue to be most welcome, and really fill a need at this difficult time.

There is a particular shortage of 1lb bags of sugar (as opposed to the normal 2lb bags).

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Thank you for your ongoing support.

LIghting Project

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In 2004 St Mary’s had an interior face lift. The interior was completely redecorated and the lighting system was replaced. Unfortunately 8 years later we have had to replace all the Nave lighting.

The lighting clusters in the Nave

The lighting clusters in the Nave

This new system is infinitely better and more discreet. It is far cheaper to run and more friendly to the environment. it was designed and fitted by Enlightened Lighting of Bath. The total cost was in the region of £85,000. we are now preparing to replace the lighting in St Andrew’s chapel with similar fitments.

One of the old lighting clusters

One of the old lighting clusters