There is so much to report since Christmas day. The crib service was wonderful fun, the children and adults hearing a retelling of the nativity story and experiencing Jesus as “The Light of the World. “ The First Communion of Christmas was special this year with “The First Noel” being played on the carillon at the end of the service. The angel doors were opened and this heavenly music drifted into the church. It was a magical moment when the Holy Spirit felt close to us. Bethlehem was the theme of the 8.00am and 10.00am services on Christmas morning and the children brought their presents to show us. On New Year’s Day this year, we were invited to join our friends at St John the Evangelist for their Patronal Service. We enjoyed a great fellowship and we had a worshipful morning praising God together. St John’s will be joining with us in the summer when we celebrate our Patronal Festival.
Revd Jane Eastellwould like to thank everyone at St Mary Magdalene who came and supported the Patronal Festival Benefice service on Sunday 1st January 2017. This was a wonderful start to the new year and we now look forward to sharing with you in July!
Over the last two months, our coffee shop has been exceptionally busy and has a wonderful community atmosphere. Plans are afoot to extend the area and open the north door and these will be discussed at the PCC on 17th January. This is an important meeting and so I would like to encourage as many PCC members to attend as possible. The agenda and papers will arrive shortly.
The vicarage building is beginning. We have met the builder and he is beginning to disconnect the existing services. Then the demolition of the Glebe House will begin. We have been told that the project will be complete by September.
Date for your Diary! Our next Prayer Meeting is 12th January. There are two sessions: one from 2-3pm and one from 7-8pm. The first half hour of each session will be silent prayer at prayer stations/tables set up around the church, and the second half hour (2.30pm and 7.30pm) there will also be open prayer in the Chapel for those who wish. We shall be focusing our prayers on some of the connections we have with outside organisations as well as events/services in church. We do hope you will be able to join us at one or other of these sessions. Please speak to Diana Fletcher, Jean Lee or Sheila if you want further information.
Our next Healing Service, together with the Laying on of Hands will be held at 5.00.pm on Sunday 29th January. All those wishing to receive the Healing Ministry by way of prayers and/or the Laying on of Hands are welcome. Do please extend this invitation to all those known to you who need to seek God’s healing grace at this time.
ACCESSION SERVICE February 5th. Choral Evensong thanksgiving for the 65 years of service that Her Majesty has given to the Country and the Church. Let us fill St. Mary’s to show Taunton’s appreciation. We are privileged to welcome Rev. Dr. Daniel Newman to lead and preach at this service.
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