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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.

Office Chaos


Chaos has reigned in The Office this week as the main computer has stubbornly refused to boot up. As this computer is less than a year old, this is a particularly sorrowful state of affairs. This does mean that we may be slow replying to emails and if you sent an email and haven’t had a reply – please resend. Please hold Margaret and Kate in your prayers. They work so hard to keep this busy parish running smoothly.

VJ Day 70 Commemoration



Last weekend was very special as we held a service to commemorate VJ Day. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant, our friend , Dr Bob Dunning, the Mayor Marcia Hill and her Consort, Julian were our special guests.  See more pictures below together with a podcast of our Vicar, Rod Corke’s sermon titled “Forgive and Forget?”.


Our New Youth Leader


We are delighted to announce that Claire Sykes has been appointed as our new Youth Leader. She will lead Voice in the Autumn and Spring terms. Claire is a committed Christian and has a lot of experience working with young people. Claire is Emma Corke’s younger sister. The fun begins with pizza on Friday 2nd September at 8.00 pm.  We will be supported by Anthony Stevens who is the new leader of Taunton Youth for Christ. Please pray for this work.

MU’s Celebration of Mary Sumner


Last week a group of us spent a lovely afternoon eating cake, drinking tea and drawing the Church. Drawing teaches you to look and it is amazing what you see when you do.  There was a brief talk about Mary Sumner who founded the MU – what a lady! A very enjoyable time was had and we thank the members of the MU for organising it.

Notice Board Management


“I haven’t received any offers to manage the churchyard notice board. This is not a difficult or demanding task and it would be a great help if someone would take charge. It would include putting up event posters and Christian posters throughout the year. Do see me if this is something you could do.”


Consecration of Ruth Worsley


Please pray for Ruth Worsley as she prepares to become the new Bishop of Taunton. She will be consecrated in a service at St Paul’s Cathedral at 11.00 on 29 September and a group from St Mary’s are planning to attend.

If you would like to go, please see the Vicar.

Home Groups


AGAPE HOME GROUP ~ There is a break during August, restarting on 1st September.

ROD AND RITA’S HOME GROUP ~ Next meets on 23rd September.

THE AVENUE GROUP ~ Here are our dates for the Autumn: 15th and 29th September; 13th and 27th October; 10th and 24th November; 8th December.  Usual time, usual place!

Service of Healing and Wholeness


A Healing and Wholeness communion service is taking place on the last Sunday of August (30th) at 6.30pm. If you would like to be prayed for especially do come. Life can be very tough sometimes and we do need to take our troubles to the Lord in prayer. He is the great healer of body and soul.

If you would like more details please have a word with Ronnie King, Ben Whitworth or our Vicar, Rod Corke.

We would love you to come.

Commemorating 70th Anniversary of VJ Day


At our 10.00am on Sunday 16th we will be commemorating the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, which marked the end of hostilities following the Second World War.

We are honoured to welcome our civic guests led by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Dr Bob Dunning and the Mayor of Taunton Deane,  Councillor Marcia Hill and her Consort, Julian. We also welcome representatives from the Royal British Legion and the Burma Star Association together with all our friends who have served in the armed forces. All are welcome and we invite everyone to stay for coffee after the service.

A little after noon on 15th August,1945, Emperor Hirohito’s announcement of Japan’s acceptance of the terms of the Potsdam Declaration was broadcast to the Japanese people over the radio. The war was over.

Great celebrations began over the world and this iconic photograph by Victor Jorgenson summed up the feelings of relief and rejoicing.

VJ iconic Victor Jorgenson Picture1

The formal declaration was signed on board the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on 2nd September.

The theme for our service is: “Forgive and Forget?”

Simon and Emma Corke


Thank you for all your good wishes and prayers for our son Simon as he married Emma at St James last weekend.  It was a very special, moving and worshipful occasion and we enjoyed a wonderful day’s weather. Simon and Emma are on honeymoon in Cuba.

New Initiatives


There are several new initiatives buzzing around St Mary’s at the moment:-

~ the possibility of a 5 o’clock Sunday evening contemporary service

~ a healing and wholeness service which is being held for the first time on August 30th at 6.30pm,

~ and a new group called Wednesday Breakaway hope to meet in Church on the first Wednesday of the month at 9.30am. This group is aimed at parents who may like to come for support and  fellowship after children have been taken to school. It will meet in the Children’s Corner.

More details of these new ventures will follow soon. It is exciting when we see God’s Holy Spirit on the move.

Signature Events


The picnic at Kilve has been rearranged for Sunday 23rd August.  The cost of the cream tea is £2.  Please sign the new list at the back of church if you are able to join us.

Our September outing is to the Willows and Wetlands Centre in Stoke St Gregory.  We are having our own guided tour, followed by tea and cake (or cream tea if you prefer!) in the Lemon Tree Restaurant which is also on site.  Cost per person for the tour is £3 with tea and cake extra.  Please sign up for this event on the sheet at the back of the church.  Can you also let us know if you’d like a lift and please pay your £3 to the bookshop.