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Bookshop Up and Running

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THE BOOKSHOP is now fully operational. Thank you for your patience while it was closed last week.

Do come and see the selection of Mothering Sunday and Easter Cards available.

Lent Talks, Verses & Leaflets

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TALKS

Our Lent Course started on Wednesday, 17th February at 7.30pm, and continue through to the 16th March.  Do come and join us, even if you cannot come to every one.

VERSES

Traditionally Lent is a time when people give up something for 40 days. But is that what it is all about? I like to think of it more of a time for us to examine where we are in our spiritual lives. To wonder how we have grown in our faith over the last year. Many of us struggle to remember Bible verses. One thing you could try doing during Lent is each week to write a verse that you like, or find helpful, on a small piece of paper, perhaps half A5 i.e. half the size of the Today Sheet. Then take this and roll it up into a tube and tie it together with a piece of ribbon or wool. Keep it with you. And then each morning, noon and night, take it out and read it, along with its Bible reference, and by the end of the week, hopefully you will have learnt that verse. And then find another verse for the next week and so on. You could learn six new verses between now and Easter! Give it a try!

EASTER LEAFLETS

Would you like to get some gentle exercise early on in Lent? If so, we desperately need some more people to help deliver our Easter leaflets to houses in our parish. We wish to thank Roy Sims for all his help, as twice a year he spends time organising over two thousand of these leaflets into roads for us. But they are no use sitting here in church. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of church with the roads that we still need to cover. This is a wonderful way you can be involved in Mission. As you push a leaflet through a letterbox, you can silently say a prayer for the occupant. Do help if you can. Just a half hour or so will make a huge difference!

Upcoming at St Mary’s

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There is much to look forward to at St Mary’s.

  • On 21st February The Right Reverend Ruth Worsley, Bishop of Taunton, will preach and preside at St Mary Magdalene. We hope this service will be a celebration and our choir and choristers will lead us in worship. Please put this in your new diary. Ruth is a delight to meet.
  • Stuart Townend’s concert is planned in April. Stuart is one of our leading hymn writers. He wrote the new version of the Lord is my Shepherd – And I will trust in you alone, How deep the Father’s Love for Us and many others. We are working with Christians from Galmington church and we will give further details at a later date. Please pray for this exciting venture.
  • The Venerable John Reed, our much loved Archdeacon is to retire on 30th June 2016. Before he does this he will lead three Lenten talks in Holy Week and preside and preach on Easter Sunday morning. We are thrilled that he has accepted our invitation to journey through Easter with us. St Mary Magdalene has been chosen by John as the place he wishes to have his final Diocesan service on his last day. We are very honoured.

Ash Wednesday Live at Lambeth Palace on Facebook

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The Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting folk to view the Ash Wednesday service at Lambeth Palace live on Facebook.  Tune in if you can.

“Next week you can watch some of our Ash Wednesday service at Lambeth Palace live here on Facebook. It’s going to be an intimate service in the 800-year-old Lambeth Palace Chapel, attended by my staff and members of the Community of St Anselm, the young international Christian community who live and pray here. I’d love you to join us live on Facebook.

We’ll be broadcasting the first part of the service – including my homily on the beginning of Lent. We’re going to be following the traditional liturgy from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

To watch just visit my Facebook page from 12:25 UK time next Wednesday, 10 February. (If you miss the broadcast you can watch the video on the page afterwards.) Please leave a comment below to let us know you’ll be joining us, then you’ll receive a notification when we are live.

I really hope you can join us for this new way of sharing our life of prayer and worship here at Lambeth Palace – on the first day of Lent, when as Christians we begin to make new space in ourselves for the hope of Jesus Christ.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury

Accession Choral Evensong

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This evening we have a wonderful Choral Evensong celebrating the Accession to the throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We are delighted to welcome the Revd Dr Daniel Newman as our preacher – he is Assistant Curate at St John’s Weymouth.

Snow Drop Open Days

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SNOW DROP OPEN DAYS in aid of the Bells Appeal.

Anita & Tom Harris invite all to their 10th Annual Snowdrop Open Garden at Higher Yarde Farm, Staplegrove TA2 6SW on 12th & 13th February 10:30am to 3:30pm.  Refreshments available.

More details at the back of church.

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‘Healing for All’ Service

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Last Sunday we had our second Healing for All service which was led by Ben and Ronnie.  Comments received after the service were most encouraging, and Ben’s sermon can be heard on the website. About 30 people attended, and quite a few who came were from other churches in the town, which is good news.

Lent Talks, Verses & Leaflets

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TALKS

Lent starts this week with our joint benefice Ash Wednesday Service at St Johns. This is an opportunity for us to meet and worship together on this special day. Our Lent Course will be starting the Wednesday, 17th February at 7.30pm. The first one will be held in the Coffee Shop area. Do come and join us, even if you cannot come to every one.

VERSES

Traditionally Lent is a time when people give up something for 40 days. But is that what it is all about? I like to think of it more of a time for us to examine where we are in our spiritual lives. To wonder how we have grown in our faith over the last year. Many of us struggle to remember Bible verses. One thing you could try doing during Lent is each week to write a verse that you like, or find helpful, on a small piece of paper, perhaps half A5 i.e. half the size of the Today Sheet. Then take this and roll it up into a tube and tie it together with a piece of ribbon or wool. Keep it with you. And then each morning, noon and night, take it out and read it, along with its Bible reference, and by the end of the week, hopefully you will have learnt that verse. And then find another verse for the next week and so on. You could learn six new verses between now and Easter! Give it a try!

EASTER LEAFLETS

Would you like to get some gentle exercise early on in Lent? If so, we desperately need some more people to help deliver our Easter leaflets to houses in our parish. We wish to thank Roy Sims for all his help, as twice a year he spends time organising over two thousand of these leaflets into roads for us. But they are no use sitting here in church. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of church with the roads that we still need to cover. This is a wonderful way you can be involved in Mission. As you push a leaflet through a letterbox, you can silently say a prayer for the occupant. Do help if you can. Just a half hour or so will make a huge difference!

Lent Call for Prayer

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Do please use this list from the Diocese as part of your prayers each day as requested by our Bishops.

Lent Prayer Diary
Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sat

10th

11th

12th

13th

Feb

Feb

Feb

Feb

Pray for us all to enter more fully into our life of discipleship

Pray for an increase in vocations to ordained ministry in Axbridge Deanery

Pray for an increase in vocations for Children’s and Families’ workers

Pray for an increase in vocations to ordained ministry in Bath Deanery

St Mary’s Bookshop

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“We should like to apologise for any disruption caused to our customers next week during the re-ordering of the bookshop. The shop will be closed on Tuesday 9th to Thursday the 11th and will reopen on Friday 12th February. We hope to see many of you in the bookshop over the weeks leading up to Easter either to buy your Lenten reading or your Easter cards and gifts.”

Cheryl Birkett