As announced, Sheila’s licensing is on Saturday 30th September in Ripon. We are considering a coach with overnight accommodation, if it is feasible (go up on Friday, stay overnight and come back after the service on Saturday). There is a sign up sheet at the back of church for you to express an interest.
OUR REGULAR ATTENDERS: If you have not yet received an ‘Our Giving’ envelope please collect one as you leave the church today. For those who have received one but have not yet returned the response form, it would be helpful if you would do so in the envelope provided as soon as possible. Thank you.
I hope you are enjoying the Beatitudes Exhibition. The art work is wonderfully executed and profound – a credit to the artist Jacqui Frost. The exhibition will continue here next week. We thank Derek, our Facilities Coordinator, for the work he has done to ensure the exhibition runs smoothly. The Mayor, Hazel Prior Sanky will visit the exhibition at 2pm on Tuesday. You are most welcome to join us for tea.
Concert in aid of the Organ Fund is on Sunday 30th July at 4 pm. (Pre-concert talk by Ed Goater at 3.30pm)
A joint concert of vocal & instrumental works with members of Taunton Choral Society and St Mary Magdalene Choir. Enjoyable choral works and solos for all – With strawberries and ‘fizz’ available!
Tickets free! Retiring collection in aid of St Mary’s Organ Fund.
A textile art display by Jacqaui Frost at St Mary Magdalene 24th July to 6th August, 9am-4pm. More information at www.cathedralexhibition.org.uk Afternoon cream teas will be available from the coffee shop Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
“I have just accepted the post of House for Duty Associate Priest at Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard in the Ripon Cathedral Benefice in the Diocese of Leeds. These are two lovely villages, each with about 900 residents and each has a Church of England Primary School. It’s a beautiful part of the country and we are looking forward to exploring more of Yorkshire, and attending a different cricket ground! The date of my Licensing is Saturday 30th September and it would be lovely if a few from St Mary’s were able to make the trip up, although I do realise it is a very long way (4.5-5 hours drive). I will keep you informed as things progress, in the meantime I shall continue to help out in various churches on the outskirts of Taunton, and it’s been lovely seeing some of you around and about the town.”
Revd Sheila Murray
We pray for God’s guidance and blessing on Sheila and her husband Andy as they make this big move to another part of the country and to new parishes. May they know His presence and strength with them. Amen
Don’t forget to sign up for the Last Hurrah next Sunday (Our Patronal Festival). We need help setting up the gazebos on Saturday afternoon at 2.30 pm. Please see Tim or Rita if you can help. Details for what you need to bring with you to the barbeque are in the church. Let us hope for lovely weather!
“Last week we hosted a special concert commissioned by The Brewhouse to celebrate their 40 year anniversary. It was broadcast on Thursday by Radio 3. It featured works by contemporary composer Eric Whitacre and we were particularly honoured that his new work “The Fall” was premiered. I would like to thank Derek and his team of volunteers for all their hard work to make this concert such a success. A recording of the concert can be found on BBC iPlayer.”
Rod Corke, Vicar
The ‘Last Hurrah’ Bar-B-Q on Sunday 23rd July from 12:30pm
¨ Don’t forget to sign up on the sheet at the back of church if you are coming
¨ Please indicate clearly if you are vegetarian
¨ Please bring a garden chair or blanket with you on the day
¨ Do you have a Gazebo we could borrow please?
¨ Have you a barbeque we could use?
¨ Please speak to Tim or let someone know if you are able to help erect gazebos.
TEAM MEMBERS needed for Worship@5. With Dennis & Susanne leaving at the end of August the team who run Worship@5 are in need of more members. Please consider if you would like to join and help with welcoming or hosting or singing or publicity etc. Please contact Rod or the Office (272441)
We are pleased to welcome today members of The Rifles and Light Infantry Association. We have extended an informal invitation to The Association to join us as they are bringing a new Book of Remembrance to be placed in the Soldier’s Corner. This will include the names of those who have died in service since the Second World War. Lt Col Ray Hall will present it to me for dedication. We welcome also this morning some distinguished guests, including the Lord Lieutenant, Deputy Lieutenant and our Mayor, who are here in their capacity as supporters of The Rifles and Light Infantry Association. The dedication will replace the children’s talk in this service. We invite everyone to stay for coffee afterwards but if you would like to hear the tune ‘Who would true valour see’ played on the carillon please go outside before you have your coffee. This is the tune which The Rifles and Light Infantry Association so generously sponsored for the Bell Appeal.