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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.

Pentecost Sunday Broadcast Sermon


Sunday 8th June is Pentecost Sunday and Archdeacon John Reed will be with us. During the service we will broadcast a sermon given by Rt. Revd Peter Hancock, the new Bishop of Bath and Wells. The Bishop is being installed at Wells Cathedral on 7th June.

Tickets can be obtained from the Cathedral Office.

Please pray for Bishop Peter and the Diocese.

Town Centre Chaplaincy


The Revd Steve Reed, has moved the Town Centre Chaplaincy to the Market House. This central position is an excellent base for the work to happen.

The Office is open and Steve would be glad to see you if you would like to pop in to give your encouragement. New chaplains are joining and the mission work is proceeding at a pace.

Praise the Lord!

Together Magazine


The June edition of Together Magazine is now available and we thank Nick Mort for completing this.

We are always looking for magazine contributions so if you feel like writing, send it to Richard at or Dennis at

Signature Events


Our social team have been working hard and the meal at China China was a great success. The food, company and ambience were really good and a very enjoyable evening was had. Thank you to all who came and gave our new social programme a great start.

The Social Team have decided to give the social events we organise a generic name. From now onwards we will call the social happenings “Signature Events” – so, the next Signature Event is the train and ferry trip to Topsham on Tuesday 1st July.  After that the Signature Events we are arranging include a church picnic in August at Kilve, ten pin bowling in September and afternoon tea in Mr Miles early in the new year.

The trips are open to everyone and all that is required is that you sign up at the back of church (hence the use of the term “A Signature Event“) and pay at the bookshop.

We look forward to your company.

Christian Aid Thank You


A big thank you from Ronnie and the team to all who were able to support this last week.

A grand total of £322.42 was raised, which was really super. A good day was had last Wednesday at our coffee shop event.

M& – Just a Bite


There will be no meeting in church this Wednesday 4th June as there is an outing to the Walled Gardens of Cannington. Please note that the meeting on the 2nd of July will be in the Vicarage at 2.00pm as the church will be occupied by the Diocese. It is important that we do not arrive before 1.45 pm as there is another  meeting before then. Our speakers Diane Bayliss & Margaret Austin will talk about their visit to Zambia.



We welcome Margaret Allen, Cheryl Birkett, John Porter, Pauline Manning and David Barnett on to the PCC and John Chester as Deanery Synod Representative.

Needles & Natter


An opportunity for anyone who likes to knit, crochet, embroider, work tapestry etc to come and bring their work, have a cup of tea or coffee and chat and bring any friends with you who make like to join us. Hopefully we can learn from each other and perhaps even try a new craft.

We will meet in the Coffee Shop once a month on the second Wednesday at 2pm for about an hour and a half, starting on Wednesday 12th February.

Contact Sheila if you want to know more.

Confirmation Service – 1st May 2014

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The Confirmation Service took place on Thursday at St James and it was a wonderful occasion. The Bishop of Taunton, the Rt Revd Peter Morris confirmed and preached. Please continue to pray for Valerie Gaskell, Anita Kingscott, Massen Kingscott, Sandra Parrott, Scarlett Atherton, Liam Atherton, Charlotte Dunford, Rosanna Smillie, Daniella Smith and Alexandrea Vickery.

Dining set


Dining table and chairs - comedor-169418-mFree to a good home –  6 place dining table and 4 chairs.

Donation to the organ fund.

Please telephone Ken Marshall on T 284949.

MU Next Meeting


On 7th May, 0ur guest speaker Angela Coakes will talk about her work with those who have suffered Post Abortion Stress.

Please remember to bring £8 if you would like to go on the guided tour of the Walled Gardens of Cannington and cream tea on 4th June. Transport will be arranged.

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GSW – St Margaret’s Hospice


The Great Somerset Walk is Somerset’s longest, organised walk which takes hikers through some of the most scenic landscapes in the heart of the county.

The walk follows a combination of foot and bridle paths and gives you the chance to design your own route. You can walk a shorter 3-4 mile section or challenge yourself with a longer hike – the choice is yours!

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