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Last Sunday at St Mary’s

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Last week we were delighted that Bishop Ruth and her husband, Howard, worshipped with us.

They were very pleased with the welcome they received and wanted me to pass on to all at St Mary Magdalene how friendly they found folk.  Bishop Ruth will be back again soon and we will look forward to her ministry every time she comes.

DSCN8112_mini-strThe second 5 o’clock service was also very successful and is becoming established as part of our worship pattern.  Dennis gave us pointers as to how to cope when life deals us “lemons”.

Next month, I will be leading  the 5 o’clock service for the first time and I’m going to be considering how we can be assured of God’s guidance.  Remember: coffee before the service and it lasts only 45 minutes.

Why not give it a try and invite some friends along too?

Friday Night Buzz at St Mary’s

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Friday nights really buzz here at St Mary Magdalene.  It begins with Margaret Roe helping a group of young people to have confidence with public speaking.  From there, Miles leads choristers and is clear that a lot of fun is had singing praises to God.  John and Jenny Bodily support this work and extend it by encouraging instrument playing.  The evening finishes for the young people with Voice led by Clare Sykes and Anthony Stevens.  Last week our youngsters watched a film called “God Almighty” which made them laugh and think.

Lent Course

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“Sheila began our Lent course on the Eucharist and I had the pleasure of leading last week when we were considering breaking the bread and what the word remembrance means to Christians. We are meeting in the Coffee Shop and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. Each week’s session is self-contained and so it is possible to come along even if you have not attended the first two. This course will lead us into Holy Week when John Reed, our retiring Archdeacon, will be leading three reflections as we turn to focus on the cross. Each reflection will last half an hour and will begin at 7pm.”

Revd Rod Corke

MU Board Game Afternoon

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We are delighted that we have such an active Mother’s Union.  Fresh from supporting the development of the parents group “Breakout”, they have turned their attention to the problem of loneliness within our society.  They are planning to organise a board game afternoon once a month to encourage people to get together and enjoy each other’s company.

As soon as we have more details, we will publicise this new venture.

Posies by Tekna

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bouquet-4-1405761On Friday 4th March at 6.30pm Tekna will be making posies for Mothering Sunday.  Donations of flowers, greenery and any help on the evening would be appreciated.  Please leave any donations in Church on Friday.

We usually make around 200, as we give to all the ladies at the 8.00am, 10.00am and 6.30pm Services.

Thank you.

5 O’Clock Service – ‘Guidance and Reassurance’

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“Next month, on March 20, I will be leading  the 5 o’clock service for the first time and I’m going to be considering how we can be assured of God’s guidance.  Remember: coffee before the service and it lasts only 45 minutes.  Why not give it a try and invite some friends along too?”

Revd Rod Corke

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Stuart Townend in Concert at St Mary’s

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“I am so impressed by the efforts being made by the team organising the Stuart Townend concert.  We are partnering with St Michael’s Church in Galmington and tickets are available from their Church Office and our Bookshop.  We are expecting to have a full attendance and we are installing temporary screens which will help with the restricted view.  Stuart Townend is a major modern hymn writer and his work is known for being spiritually and lyrically creative.  Hymns like “In Christ alone” and “The Lord’s my Shepherd (I will trust in him always)” will certainly stand the test of time.  So don’t miss out.  Make sure you get your tickets very soon.”

Revd Rod Corke

The concert is on Friday 22nd April at 7.30pm.  Tickets £12 and available from 01823 332371, St Michael’s,  Galmington.  Enquiries to tauntonstuart@gmail.com.  Booking office open from February 23rd Tuesday to Friday www.stuarttownend.co.uk  Townend Diary

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StMM’s Bells Foundry Visits

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St Mary Magdalene Bells: The Taylor’s Foundry visit on 25th August is now full.  However, you may add your name to the reserve list or there are two other trips available, 23rd June when the Somerset Bell, the largest of all the bells, 26cwt, is being cast, or 4th August when the 2nd 4th, Sharp 5th and 9th are being cast. The tour of the Foundry is free, but there will be the cost of transport.

Taylors is in Loughborough so it will be a day trip.

Please contact Valerie on email: vjgaskell@gmail.com or sign the sheet at the back of church. The closing date is 26th February.