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Started on the 23rd June 2013 the ‘Use your Talents’ to raise money for the  Organ Restoration Fund has been a resounding success.

£210 was given out with an amazing return of £3,843.62.  Put another way: 21 – £10 notes were given out and 384 – £10 notes (+ £3.62) were returned. 

Thanks to all who rose to the challenge and had fun while helping the fund!

Well done Mick and Di Polley for organising this!

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New Church Family Worship Booklets

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We are delighted to give out today the new Church Family Worship booklets. Not only has the booklet been given a fresh new look, the Baptism service has been included in it, so there is one less card to worry about.

Sheila has done a lot of work on this and we thank her for all her efforts.

Crib Scene

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This is the last Sunday that the crib scene will be on display.

We have received so many positive comments about the restoration of the figures.

Two New Initiatives – A Progress Report

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Last week we began to discuss two new  projects.   Here’s an update.

Social Activities

On Wednesday 29th January, the Social Team met and were brimming full of ideas to provide social activities for the congregation.  These ideas are being compiled and on the last Sunday in February and first Sunday of March we will be inviting members of the congregation to select the type of activities they may be interested in. We will then plan a varied programme for the rest of the year. Exciting!

Informal Worship

A group of us met on Tuesday 28th January to consider introducing a time when those who enjoy informal worship could lift praises to God. The group decided to meet again and we will be exploring and praying about the way God is leading us. If you would welcome a time of more informal worship, we would love to hear from you. Do see Rod.

A Visit to Zambia

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Dunster Parish are visiting Zambia and have invited any folk from St. Mary’s who may wish to join them. It is arranged for 24/25 of July to 12/13 August. This will enable teachers and children to be members of the group.  Dates out and return will be confirmed when those interested in booking a place indicate their preferred date. People can travel out early or return later if they wish to extend their stay.

Please speak to Rod if you are interested in going.

Helpers for Calway House

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We need more helpers at Calway House with our Sunday afternoon services.

They are held at 3pm on the 1st and 4th Sundays of the month, and help is needed collecting folk from their rooms and supporting them with finding the words for the hymns.

Please contact the office if you are able to assist.

3-Minute Retreat Link

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Would you like to try something different?

Do have a look at this website http://www.loyolapress.com and follow the 3-Minute Retreat link. It gives the opportunity to spend some quiet time in reflection or prayer.

Confirmation

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We are beginning to prepare for this year’s Confirmation Service which is on May 1st at St. James.

Confirmation classes for those wishing to be confirmed start on 12th March and run every Wednesday until 16th April, from 7.30pm -9.30pm.

If you would like to be confirmed and wish to join the classes please sign up at the back of church or contact the office.

Ronnie’s a Reader at St Mary’s

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Ronnie King – Newly Licensed Reader

On Sunday 26th January Ronnie King received his PTO Licence as Reader in the Diocese and we are delighted to formally welcome him.

Ronnie has been a reader for 50 years and is married to Gillian. He has come from an active rural ministry in the Wylye Valley team in the Diocese of Salisbury. During his working life Ronnie has worked for Christian Aid and Mission to Seamen in an executive officer capacity. Ronnie will be leading the first part of the service today.

We welcome him among us as we enjoy his Reader’s ministry. He joins Daphne and Peter who are also PTO Readers.

Music Quiz Winners

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We are pleased to announce that the Music Quiz raised £200 towards the Organ Renovation Fund!

Many congratulations to the winners and many thanks to Kate Hart for organising it.

Winners and answers below.

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Our Topsy Turvy Walk with Jesus

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Service:  10:00 am Holy Communion

Preacher:  Revd Sheila Murray

Readings:  1 Corinthians 1: 10-18 & Matthew 4:12-2

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Sheila reads to the children of Tekna about Mr Topsy Turvy’s upside down life but a topsy turvy walk with Jesus will make your life right side up!