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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.

Congrats Young Readers!


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.

Nativity Set Restored


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.


Happy Birthday Sheila!


birthday-cake-2-1200968-mCongratulations to Sheila who is celebrating a special birthday.

We really value her ministry with us.

Do stay for coffee after the 10.00am service and share a special cake.

New Wheelchair


We have a new wheelchair, kindly donated by John Sweeting.

Many thanks, John!



knitting-503843-mThe local independent trader business community in Taunton have adopted ‘The Bells of St. Mary’s’  as one of their charities for the year.  They are organising a Christmas tree trail to bring people into the local businesses, ending at St Mary’s in a giant knitted tree!  Monies raised will go the Bell Appeal.

Please can you help by knitting some leaves.

  • You just need to cast on 30 stitches on size 4 mm needles and knit (garter) 120 rows.
  • It measures 12 inches oblong.
  • Double knitting wool in any shade of green.

Nothing is wasted.  After Christmas the leaves will be sewn together to make blankets.

Please could you leave completed leaves in the bookshop.

Thank you.

Clothes Needed!


If you have any children’s or adult’s t-shirts, airtex shirts or wool/tweed skirts that you no longer need and would like to have recycled – please could you let Sheila have them, before 30th November. It doesn’t matter if they have a small hole in them, or if they have got marks on – but please make sure they are clean! Please don’t send any thin cotton items. If your clothes are in good condition but are no longer required by you perhaps you could donate them to one of the charity shops sending clothes out to the Philippines.


For Sale in Aid of Church Funds



Ladies bicycle in need of two new tyres and a service, but otherwise good to ride.

Please contact Daphne via Parish Office.


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40 inch Plasma Panasonic TV with digital tuner and stand available.

If anyone is interested and would like to make a donation to church funds please contact Angela Baker 01823 354881 or contact the Parish Office.


Welcome Fr Charley!


This Sunday 17th November, we extend a special welcome to Fr. Charley Thomas, Dean of Lusaka Cathedral who will be preaching.  Fr. Charley is here in the UK for the Clergy Conference in Swanwick in the last week in November. He has come early to be with us – and we are thrilled! Do talk with Charley over coffee this morning.


Shelterbox for the Philippine Disaster


We have all seen the dreadful disaster in the Philippines. Today and next week there are buckets at the back of Church for the relief fund. The money will go via Shelterbox who provide emergency tents (You may remember when we had one in Church). We have been approached also by the Pilipino Community in Taunton. They are sending blankets, towels, toiletries, small size clothes, and small size shoes themselves and asked if we could help provide items. Please bring them to church next week.

Thursday Late Night Shopping


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On Thursday evenings in December it is late night shopping in Taunton. We hope to open the church and invite folk in out of the cold – showing them some Christian love and care.

Would you like to help with this?

Please sign up at the back of church for the first evening on 5th December.

Boiler Update


Good News - questionnaire-3-1395674-mWe now have raised £15,500 towards the cost of the new boiler!

A big thanks to everyone. Not only will we be warm but we will have reduced our carbon footprint significantly and have reduced running costs.

Thank you to Angela, Caroline and Mick, our Church Wardens, who have worked very hard to sort this out quickly.

I would like to say that everyone has shown great forbearance. The Coffee Shop has kept going and we haven’t had to close the church. We were most blessed with a spell of mild weather.

Craft Stalls


On the morning of Saturday 30th November we shall be holding craft stalls in church for those who have made things for sale.

Tekna will also be offering Christmas craft activities for children in the church at the same time.

If you would like to have space to sell your goods in order to raise money for the Organ Fund please contact Sheila or Mick Polley.