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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.

MU 140th Anniversary Celebratory Service



On Tuesday 23 August, we celebrated the Mothers’ Union 140th Anniversary with a splendid service here at St Mary’s. Some 170 members from all over Bath and Wells attended the service which began with a picnic in the church grounds and a procession through the town. Thank you to all who helped and all who joined us to make such a memorable occasion. Particular thanks to Margaret Hendy MU Diocesan President and the Trustees, Ann Hall, local Deanery Leader and Rowena Merson, Taunton Archdeaconry leader; to our flower ladies, our organist Miles, Ruth the violinist, our sacristan team, Tim our caretaker, our Rev Rod Corke, Rev Judith Abbott MU Chaplain and finally to those who stayed on after the celebration to help clear up.



Tower Tour & Bell Ringing on Bank Holiday Monday


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Come take in the magnificent views from the top of our tower. This will be our last tower tour until the new bells are hung.

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Bell ringing is a great tradition – you are welcome to have a go on our bell ringing simulator. It’s free and suitable for all ages.

Mulberry Picking Times



The ancient mulberry tree is bearing a fine crop in the vicarage garden and you are invited to come and pick.

There is no need to ask permission.  The mulberry picking times for this week are:-

  • Monday from 11.00am
  • Tuesday between 9am and 1pm
  • Wednesday between 11am and 2pm
  • Friday 2pm-5pm

Just come through the white gate armed with a picking basket and old clothes as mulberries do stain terribly. If you have never tasted a mulberry then you are in for a treat. They have a unique flavour somewhere between a blackberry and a raspberry. They are considered to be the queen of soft fruit. Picking is easy – no prickles and the taste is amazing. Try to pick the black ripe ones. This may be the last opportunity to enjoy mulberries at the vicarage so do come.

Christianity Explored Course


Have you ever thought if you would like to learn more about your faith? Have you considered what being a Christian really means? This October, there is an opportunity to take part in the seven week Christianity Explored Course that our Vicar, Rod Corke, will be leading. Church members who have taken part before have enjoyed the experience which is informal (although you will not be put in any embarrassing situation). The sign up sheet and table promoting Christianity Explored will appear soon.

Trip to Michael Farley’s Organ Workshop


TRIP TO MICHAEL FARLEY’S ORGAN WORKSHOP in Colaton Raleigh (near Sidmouth) Wednesday 24th August

This firm is one of the possible Organ Builders we are looking at with a view to renovating Father Willis.  Michael Farley has kindly offered us a tour of his workshop (where he is currently building an organ for Malta!) and some of the nearby instruments he has recently renovated.  This would be a day out in some beautiful places – we would visit the churches and organs of (tbc) Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth, and enjoy a pub lunch.  Lifts could be provided if needed  If anyone would like to join us for this visit please sign the sheet at the back of the church (for further details please see Miles Quick).

MU Diocesan Festival Service


On Tuesday 23 August, we will be hosting the Diocesan Mother’s Union Service of Celebration. The Revd Judith Abbot will preside and folk will come from all over the county to praise God together.  It is open to all, and there will be activities for young children. The afternoon begins at 1.00pm with a picnic in the church grounds followed by the service at 2.30pm.



Chamber Philharmonia Cologne – Saturday 20 August!


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Saturday 20th August at 7:30 pm.
Works by Vivaldi, Mozart and Paganini.
Tickets available at Taunton Visitor Centre, Market House, Fore Street, Tel. 01823 340470.
Tickets at the door (cash sales only) one hour prior to the concert.


Worship@5 – Why does God allow Suffering?



Tomorrow, Sunday 21 August, is our Worship@5 and it’s dealing with the challenging subject of “Why Does God Allow Suffering?” with the musical company of Rosie on flute and Mary on violin, plus a chorus by my musical hero Brian Doerksen from the Vineyard movement, not to mention a chorus with the intriguing title of ‘10,000 reasons’ and a couple of powerful mainstream hymns.

This service is short (45mins) , begins with coffee and is informal in style. Why not give it a try and bring a friend or neighbour along?

Chaplaincy Vacancy


The latest volunteer chaplain will begin work at Tesco’s shortly. Taunton is one of the most developed places in the UK for the ministry of urban chaplaincy. Currently we have a vacancy for a chaplain to work in a nursing/ care home environment. Could God be calling you?

Magdalene Fayre £££


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We can now give you the final figures for the Magdalene Fayre. After all expenses have been taken off and additional donations received the total stands at a wonderful £2111.96 (this includes the Coffee Shop takings for the morning of £231.50). The money goes towards our church’s mission and a major part of that is the £3000 we give towards the Taunton Town Chaplaincy. The short fall is made up from general funds but if you would like to help us give to the important work in our town please feel free to do so.

MU Diocesan Festival Service


We are hosting the MU Diocesan Festival Service on 23rd August and you are most welcome to come come along. It begins in the churchyard at 1.00pm with a picnic. The service is at 2.30pm.  We are celebrating 140 years since the Mother’s Union was founded.  Our Vicar, Rod Corke will be preaching.  It is open to all.