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Our Service of Lessons & Carols

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On Sunday 20th December, we welcome the fourth Sunday of Advent– the day we light the pink candle on the Advent ring and consider how God blessed Mary in the nativity story. This evening we will have one of the Church highlights of the year – our Service of Lessons and Carols. This year’s theme is light, the choir and choristers have been working very hard on the music under the direction of Miles and we look forward with much anticipation. Afterwards, do stay for mince pies and Sandra’s mulled wine. Christmas Day edges closer. We must prepare ourselves to worship the New Born King.

Search on for Bookshop Manager

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OUR BOOKSHOP IS LOOKING FOR A NEW MANAGER.

If you are keen, please email the office (stmarys.taunton@btinternet.com) for the job description.

Deadline for applications, which should be sent to the Office, is 31st December 2015.

Refugee Crisis in Europe

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As we approach the winter weeks ahead the need to feed and clothe the homeless Refugees from Syria and beyond increases daily with more and more arriving on foot to the make-do camps.

With this in mind there will be Retiring Collections for Christian Aid after the Nativity Service and the Midnight Communion Service on Christmas Eve.

Syrian Refugees in Taunton Deane

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There were two developments relating to the Syrian Refugees:-

  • Firstly, Stephen Jenkins and Nicola Johnson attended a meeting at Temple Methodist designed to prepare for receiving two refugees in Taunton Deane in April. Hopefully, as a church we can play a part in this.
  • Secondly, a steering group met to consider the feasibility of providing for a self supporting refugee family at a later date.

This would be organised across churches with Creech Baptist, St Mary Magdalene and another large church fronting it. This was the first meeting and the proposal is in an embryonic stage. Nevertheless, there was much good will and no shortage of ideas and enthusiasm. The refugee family under this second scheme would probably be from the Syrian Christian Community who are suffering terribly at the moment. I will report more in the New Year. Please remember you can help support Syrian refugees through Christian Aid. Collecting buckets are available in the Coffee Shop area.

Open Door

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Sainsbury’s in town is the drop off point for all shoe boxes full of gifts for the homeless for Christmas. These can also be taken to Open Door weekdays 9-4. The deadline is 23rd December. They would also love to receive any knitted hats, scarves or gloves of any size, colour and style. Also blankets or sleeping bag liners or, if you sew, mini wash bags are really useful. Again Sainsbury’s in town have kindly agreed to be a drop off point- all day every day. We are also open weekdays 9-4 so you can drop them straight to us. NO DEADLINE- it is going to be cold throughout winter!

Parking!

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Car parking - trouble-parking-963565-mBecause of the damage that is being caused by vehicles to the path in the churchyard, please could you try to park in Canon Street car park.

If you show your receipt, the car park fee will be reimbursed to you from the coffee shop.

New ‘5 O’Clock’ Service

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THE “5 O’CLOCK” service is a brand new initiative which will take place monthly starting on Sunday 17th January (3rd Sunday of each month) at St Mary’s. The church will be open for hot drinks and biscuits from 4.30pm. and the contemporary service will begin at 5pm and last for 45 minutes.

This is a great opportunity to invite friends who have been chary of church or who have found timings awkward.

All are welcome but try not to come alone! (Evensong will take place as usual at 6.30pm).

Flyer Launch A4 - 5 O'Clock Worship @5 - New Service

Slippery When Wet!

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slippery-when-wet-1549497Currently, tape prevents folk from using the path on the North side of the church. This is because the path becomes very slippery when wet due to algae growing on the stone. Our new architect has suggested a high pressure, high tempura system to kill the algae and make the path safe. This will happen as soon as possible. Within the next eight weeks, we expect the main church path that runs between Church Square and Canon Street car park to be repaired. When this happens , the churchyard will need to be closed for up to three days. We will give you plenty of warning about this.

Church Break-In

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Unfortunately, the church was broken into on Wednesday morning at approximately 7.15 am. The alarm was triggered but nothing was taken. Unfortunately, the glass repair will be costly as we have £500 excess on the insurance policy. Our glass doors are not working well either and you need to use the automatic buttons if possible. One door needs a new glass plate but this has to be specially made and is expensive.

Used Postage Stamps

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83746_stamps_2Heather (Walker) continues to collect these in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice.

Please leave any used stamps in the pigeon hole at the back of church. Many thanks.

Help with Refreshments

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HELP WITH REFRESHMENTS NEEDED:

30th January 2016-Music on the Quantocks are promoting the European Chamber Orchestra with international soloist Tamsin Little (violin). This will be an evening concert, with help needed from 6.15pm.

Please let Kate know via the office if you are able to help

Treasurer needed for St Johns

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Our sister church, St Johns, need a volunteer treasurer.

If you feel you could help with this important task, please see Rod