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Annie’s Ride

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Last weekend Annie and Gypsy, the horse, came to church for a Blessing. Annie is on her ride now, visiting all the church towers in the area and ringing the bells. During the week she visited 17 churches. There have been a few hiccups on the way but on the whole it has been a lot of fun. Follow her progress on http://blog.appealforabell.com There is a daily update and lots of photos.  On Monday she will be on the road again
heading towards Langford Budvillie for a 9.00 am ring. Please pray that the ride will be a great success and that Annie and Gypsy will be kept safe.

John O’Groats to Land’s End!

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John Porter is going on an adventure and hoping to raise money for God’s work at St Mary Magdalene. In early September he is going to cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End. Hopefully if all goes well this should take 12 days at 40 miles per day. What a journey! John deserves our full support.

If you would like to sponsor John, please sign the sheet at the back of church.

Shakespeare in the Vicarage

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Tickets for Shakespeare in the Vicarage Garden are still available.

  • Comedy of Errors is being performed at 7.30pm on Friday 15th August and Saturday 16th August.
  • Macbeth is the performance at 2.30pm on Saturday.

To book tickets, go to the online Box Office at: http://gbtheatrecompany.com/taunton.html

Prices £15.00 to £18.00. What a treat!

Help with Refreshments

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Help is needed with refreshments on the 15th and 16th August with Shakespeare in the Vicarage Garden and also on the 30th August as we welcome the Cologne Chamber Orchestra for their annual concert here.

The former is being promoted by Music on the Quantocks but we are serving the usual refreshments.

Please contact Kate Cresswell via the office if you are able to help on of these dates. They promise to be really enjoyable performances.

Washing Machine

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Are you changing your washing machine and is your old one still working?

If so, please contact the Parish Office.

7 Ages – Infant

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 The Reading:  John 3:1-15 

“… unless one is born anew,” (v. 3) RSV

In the play ‘As you like it’ Shakespeare wrote: “All the world’s a stage”.  And the players are men and women whose acts are “seven ages”.  The first is that of an Infant.

Over the next weeks we will consider the seven stages or ages of being a follower of Christ.  The first involves our birth into the Faith.  As Jesus said to Nicodemus, “unless one is born anew (or, from above) one cannot see the kingdom of God” (v.3).

It has wisely been said that God has no grandchildren.  Each one of us has to become a child of God.  This decision may have been made for us when we were tiny, but has been subsequently confirmed by ourselves at a later date, or it may have happened later in life.  But whenever it happens it needs to have happened.

We don’t have to be able to remember our birth.  Who does?  But we need to know that we have been born and are alive!  We are not born Christians, we become Christians.  The word of God (that is, his ‘seed’) enters into us and by the Holy Spirit causes us to be born again.

Not all of us have had a conversion experience.  No matter.  That is not the same as new birth.  Conversion happens when we are brought up short and turn away from our old life.  Those brought up in the faith may have no need to do that.  But new birth is essential for all.  Sadly even religious and knowledgeable Nicodemus didn’t understand it.

As infants in Christ we will then need nurturing.  We cannot sustain ourselves; we are weak and vulnerable.  Christian fellowship (the Church) and those who will mother/father us are essential to our spiritual survival.  We need encouragement and protection.

Thank you Lord that you protect your infant children.  Strengthen and feed me, O Lord, that I may grow up to serve you.  Amen. 

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1  What do infants require?

    1 Peter 2:2

2   Some who have been Christians a while are still infants.

    Hebrews 5:11-14

Let the Journey Begin – Good Luck Annie!

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Tomorrow at 10.00am we will enjoy Church Family Service and our theme will be “journeys”. We will be looking particularly at Abraham’s wanderings and the way God guided him.

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The theme of “journeys” will lead us to welcoming Gypsy and her rider Annie. Gypsy and Annie will arrive outside at the end of the service to be blessed. So what is this all about? In order to raise money for The Bells of St. Mary’s, Annie will begin a 150 mile journey today that takes her to no less than 50 local churches over the next three and a half weeks. She will then ring the bells at each of the towers. Today she will travel to Holy Trinity, then on to Orchard Portman followed by Stoke St Mary. Sadly, Annie’s own horse, 25 year old Mieke, was recently injured and cannot now be ridden. Her prayers were answered when, believe it or not, through Facebook, a truly kind and generous lady who lives in Cornwall, read of her plight, and, before she knew it, Gypsy, a 14 year old skewbald mare, was thundering to her rescue to save the Ride for the Bells of St Mary’s! Such generosity from a complete stranger, someone who knows nothing of bells, let alone ringing them, but is prepared to lend Gypsy to take the place of Mieke. Annie hopes to raise enough money for the Taunton Branch of the Bath and Wells Association of Change Ringers to donate a very large bell to The Bells of St. Mary’s.

For further details visit www.appealforabell.com which has the route and will run an interactive map during the Ride and a Blog to record progress.

Mulberry Picking at The Vicarage

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Don’t forget to pick the mulberries while they are in such good condition. They are ripe and there is an abundant crop. Do come this week from Tuesday – Friday, in the morning, and report first to the parish office. Bring a container, a small step ladder, wear old clothes. If you would prefer blackberries, there is a good crop on the wall that borders Canon Street car park. These can be picked from the car park and are available at any time.

Bath & Wells Appeal for Annie’s Ride

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Annie’s Ride starts on Sunday August 3rd, after a blessing from our Vicar, Rod!

Support Annie and Gypsy together with Oscar and Jo as they take to the hills and the levels to raise funds to restore the bells of St Mary’s.

For further details visit www.appealforabell.com which has the route and will run an interactive map during the Ride and a Blog to record progress.

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MU – Just a Bite

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From September, meetings will be at 2.30pm in the coffee shop area.  There is no meeting in August.

Signature Event – Picnic at Kilve

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Our next trip is Sunday 10th August when we shall have a picnic at Kilve from 1pm. Cream teas will be served from 3pm (there will be a charge of £3 per tea) followed by a service at St Mary the Virgin at 4.30pm.

Please sign on the sheet at the back of church and pay £3 to the bookshop if you would like a cream team.