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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.



We were delighted that so many of you came to Worship @ 5 last Sunday evening. Dennis talked on the difficult and challenging subject of bullying and how, as Christians, we should respond.  We were urged to:

  • Fight it … confront and stand your ground
  • Flee from it … getaway from it
  • Endure it .. with God’s help and without feeling guilty and responsible

The next Worship@5 Service is on 17th July and Dennis will be speaking on “How do I help my neighbour?” Do come.  Doors open at 4.30pm and the service lasts 45 minutes.


St Mary’s on Facebook


Have you seen our new Facebook link on the website?  This important link can be used to help publicise our events and to provide a forum for comment.  Why not try it out for yourself?

Foundry Bell Casting



On Thursday 23 June, the first party from St Mary Magdalene went to The John Taylor Bellfoundry in Loughborough to see the first bells of our new ring cast. Included in the casting was the Somerset Bell.  Our Vicar, Rod Corke, travelled there and back with our new Mayor of Taunton Deane, Vivienne Stock-Williams.  The trip exceeded all expectations – a wonderful and historic day! We are especially grateful to all the staff at the foundry who gave of their time and we are thankful for their guidance and wealth of information shared.  Photos used with the permission of John Taylor & Co, The Bellfoundry, Loughborough.

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Charis Public Meeting


“On the evening of Wednesday 22 June, we hosted the second Charis public meeting to report on progress with offering a vulnerable Syrian family safe haven in Taunton. We were delighted that approximately 50 people came. We heard some shocking statistics:

  • 61 million displaced refugees worldwide
  • 11 million from Syria
  • 6 million Syrians living outside Syria.

Syrians are not economic migrants. Most want peace to fall upon their country and to go home. Our government is right to support temporary housing in refugee camps. However, some are too vulnerable for this and they need to be resettled here and in other developed countries. Britain has pledged to take 20,000 and Charis is church sponsorship to help in this challenging process. Charis has applied for charitable status and once this is received we can have informal and formal conversations with the Home Office. Taunton Deane is about to receive the second family – the first family has integrated very well so far. Accommodation remains the biggest difficulty. In North London, an orthodox and liberal synagogue have buried their differences and are working together with a local mosque to bring over a family using the same community support approach Charis is using. Many of the Jewish people involved descend from refugees given sanctuary here during the 1930’s and remain exceeding grateful for the welcome they received when they needed it most.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Christian Books in our Book Shop



Have you seen the Christian books in our bookshop?  Through a partnership with Aslan Books we can now offer the latest titles and a wide range of Bibles and Prayer books.  Other Christian books can be ordered and the delivery is fast and efficient.  Why not take time to browse?

Choristers Concert


On Friday our choristers and reading group held their summer concert. We heard songs from, “Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo” which is a delightful retelling of the Bible story and other musical renditions. Our reading group gave us Shakespeare, Jane Austen, G K Chesterton to name just a few of the items. Well done to all involved and thanks to Miles Quick and Margaret Roe for their enthusiasm and dedication to our young people.

Organ Appeal


We do need to repair our Father Willis Organ. When the weather conditions are right, and under the direction of a skilled organist, it can sound amazing. Sadly, when it is dry for a prolonged period, Father Willis seizes up and no amount of musical skill can rescue the situation. The problem is worsening—the leathers are particularly worn. We now have over £130,000 in the restoration fund but this is likely to be only just over half way to the final target. Every penny and pound counts, so why not sponsor a pipe today?

Concert Success



Last Sunday afternoon, we enjoyed a very special concert called “Rejoice The Lord is King” in celebration of our Queen’s 90th birthday. It was a wonderful occasion—the music was a delight, the royal birthday cake delicious and over £700 was raised for our organ appeal. Father Willis is most grateful! I would like to thank the soloists, our church choir, Taunton Choral Society and especially our musical director , Miles Quick, for a splendid and enjoyable musical extravaganza.

Worship@5 – ‘How Do We Withstand Bullying?’


bully-655660_960_720-pixabay-croppedThe next Worship@5 Service is dealing with the difficult subject of bullying.

Remember, this is informal worshipful and only 45mins long.  Doors open at 4:30pm with coffee and biscuits.  Service starts at 5pm on Sunday 19th June.

Why not come along?

Referendum Decision


“I do urge you to vote in the referendum decision. Matthew Jeanes, pastor at Canon Street, Pentecostal Church, has written a blog exploring the thought, “What Would Jesus Do?” It is an interesting contribution to the debate (search: unicycle contemplations EU). “

Rod Corke, Vicar

‘Rejoice the Lord is King!’



On Sunday 12th June,  we are marking the official 90th birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.  All our services will include special prayers and, at 4pm we have a special birthday concert called “Rejoice The Lord is King!” followed by refreshments.  This will be an opportunity to give God thanks for the Queen’s long reign.  Queen Elizabeth’s strong faith has sustained her throughout the years as our sovereign and it is our delight and privilege to celebrate with her today.  Any donations given will go towards the fund for repairing the Father Willis organ.

Taunton Churches Unite


This week leaders from the Taunton Churches went a way together for a B1 24 hour retreat.  We worshipped together and prayed for one another and for Taunton.  Doing this brings the kind of unity Paul describes in Ephesians 4:

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.