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WW1 Memorial Bell

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We are pleased to see that the World War One memorial bell from the old ringing set has been cleaned and mounted on a beautiful wooden frame made by the craftsmen at Taylors. This will continue to remind us of the sacrifice made by young men in our parish during this dreadful time. Do find a moment to view the bell and casing and say a prayer. It reminds us too that next Sunday we have two celebration services. In the morning, at 10.00am, we will be commissioning and dedicating the new carillon. Then at 2.30pm the Bishop of Bath and Wells, Rt Revd Peter Hancock, will lead a special service to dedicate the 15 new bells in the tower and give thanks to God for such a wonderful provision. The bell team have worked so hard; please come and show your support for all their efforts. Let the bells ring out!

 

FAQs Minster Proposal

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If you did not pick up one of the FAQ sheets about the Minster proposal, please take one from the back of church. The consultation process will continue at the APCM on Sunday 30th April when we will debate the fors and againsts. The PCC will take note of the comments made  and will make a final decision whether to proceed or not at their next meeting. Urban Minster status is in the gift of the Bishop.

 

Chaplaincy Volunteers Course

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Chaplaincy Volunteers course Musgrove Park Hospital Thursday mornings beginning in March. Some places are taken but there is room for more.  Potential volunteers may gain an understanding of the roles by shadowing our existing team. Contact us on 01823 342515 or chaplains@tst.nhs.uk for a preliminary chat.  We need: Sunday helpers from 10am to care for patients coming to the weekly service once a month, chaplains to cover ministry on wards from 8am and assist in the 10.30am service once a month and people for our weekday ward visiting and administration teams. Applications may be made through the volunteers page on the hospitals website.

Lent Talks

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Our Lent talks begin on Wednesday 8th March. Professor Roger Trigg, University of Oxford, will be speaking about Christianity in contemporary culture on the theme ‘Should this still be a Christian society?’ 7:30pm – 9:00pm in the Upper Room.   The four talks cover the following topics:-

  1. Wednesday 8th March: Does Science undermine religion?
  2. Tuesday 14th March: Should Religion play a part in public life?
  3. Wednesday 22nd March: How far should a religious conscience be respected?
  4. Wednesday 5th April: Must all religions be treated equally?

First Sunday in Lent

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Today is the first Sunday in Lent. The season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday and we joined together with St John’s for a special Eucharist. We are pleased to report that the service was well supported by folk from both churches. Don’t forget that our bookshop carries a number of books which can help you draw close to God at this time.

Minster Status

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“Following a request from Taunton Deane Borough Council, a  consultation process was initiated by the PCC regarding the possibility of asking our Bishop if he would grant St Mary Magdalene minster status.  Inside this sheet there is a paper which contains ten frequently asked questions and answers about this issue. A summary of the steering group’s executive report can be found at the back of church and on the legal notice board. If you have any comments or queries, please do not hesitate to discuss them with Nigel Birkett, who chaired the group, or  me. The proposal has been taken to clergy chapter for comment and will be discussed at the Deanery Pastoral Committee next week. Please pray that we may have wisdom on this matter.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

 

Rebecca from Chianda

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Some while ago, we helped a young girl call Rebecca who lived in Chianda in Zambia. Rebecca had fallen into a fire when she was a little girl and her face had been badly scarred. We contributed to a fund set up for her and she received extensive plastic surgery. She is now a teenager and her face has much improved.  There is a recent photo of her at the back of church. The surgeons hope that they can make it even better once she has fully grown (if it is Rebecca’s wish to go through additional surgery). On Rebecca’s behalf, thanks to all who contributed towards the work that has happened so far.

 

Refugee Family

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Charis, the charity we help form in order to bring over  a refugee family from Syria is on track to do this very soon. We await final approval from the Home Office but the accommodation is now sorted. Sarah, John, Richard and Margaret have been involved with the management of the process along with others form Vineyard and Creech St Michael Baptist. Please pray that all will go smoothly.

 

Wednesday Breakaway Programme

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Wednesday Breakaway will meet on the following dates at 9.30am in the children’s corner:-

  • 8th March: An introduction to cross stitch
  • 5th April: Easter Craft – making Easter egg dream catchers and decorating clay.

Everyone welcome!

Worship@5 – Does Forgiving Mean Forgetting?

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We are very pleased to have Pastor Matthew Jeanes of Canon Street Christian Centre speaking on “Does forgiving mean forgetting?”

Forgiveness is central to the Christian faith and Jesus commands it.  Although it can sometimes seem an impossibility, it is in reality an incredible opportunity for us to find freedom and experience the power of God.

Join us on Sunday 26th March.  We start at 5pm but the doors are open from 4:30pm for a cuppa and a chat.

‘Olivet to Calvary’ at St George’s Church, Wilton

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On Saturday 1st April at 7.30p.m. at St George’s Church, Wilton, the West Somerset Singers will be performing their Spring Concert.  The main piece will be ‘Olivet to Calvary’ which is a very moving, meditative work, recalling simply and reverently the scenes which mark the last few days of Jesus’s life on earth. It will be an excellent beginning to your Easter reflections. Tickets £10 on the door.  Do come if you can.