“We need to begin to plan for the Magdalene Fayre which will happen on 23rd July this year. If you would like to take part, please come to a meeting in the Upper Room on Saturday 23rd January at 10:30am. We are looking for new ideas, so come prepared! Working together on the Magdalene Fayre is great fun and a good opportunity to get to know people better.”
St Mary Magdalene is an expensive building to maintain. The good news is that the second lighting panel by the flower preparation area has been fixed allowing the lights to be switched on as you enter the church by the side door. However, the glass doors in the tower area appear to have a mind of their own at the moment. Damage has been caused to the aluminium panel at the bottom of the left-hand door as you enter the church and this will be a costly repair. There is also a problem with the font cover – the pulley system that makes the cover go up and down needs repair and we are struggling to find out how to access this piece of mechanism. When we do we will have to pay for scaffolding for the engineer to fix it. Until that happens, our font will be out of use.
Our first 5 O’Clock worship service took place on Sunday 17th January. Excitingly it was attended by well over 50 people, and they all hugely enjoyed the experience. The theme was “Too busy to find time?” and it was illustrated by filling a bowl with a candle (God!), rocks, grit and water. If the wrong order was used they could not fit in, but like life, if the priorities were dealt with first then everything else would fit in too. As Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God …” Many said they would come to the next one.
Our next service will take place on Sunday 21st February. Three quarters of an hour starting at 5pm. The theme will be “What do you do when life gives you lemons?” Once again the service will be led by Dennis Cavaghan. Come early for a chat and a cuppa.
Every day of the week volunteer Chaplains help to meet the spiritual needs of our patients. On weekdays our volunteers visit patients on the wards, on Saturday mornings they assist with administration and on Sundays take Communion to the patient’s bedside or assist at the Chapel Service .
Our next training course begins in early February.
For further information about each of these roles contact the Chaplains on 01823 342515.
“If are coming to the 5 O’Clock service this Sunday 17th January, then we are really glad you have found us. A small committed team, under the guidance of Dennis and Susanne, have worked very hard to make this service happen. We hope that you will feel refreshed and that the short service will set you up spiritually for your busy week. We’ve planned to hold the service every third Sunday and the next one will be on the 21st February and the theme is: ‘What do you do when life gives you lemons?’
I was delighted to receive a postcard from Bishop Peter wishing us well with the service. We are in his prayers.”
FREE TICKETS are offered for the Concert on 30th January if you are able to help with the Refreshments. “Music on the Quantocks” are promoting the European Chamber Orchestra with international soloist Tamsin Little (violin).
Help will be needed from 6.15pm.
Please let Kate Creswell know via the office if you are able to help.