We are delighted the Vineyard Church now owns a vast premises at the back of Bailhache Solicitor’s. This will be turned into a Christian Compassion Centre over the coming years. We wish them well in this exciting venture.
Service: 10:00am Holy Communion
Preacher: Revd Rod Corke
Readings: Genesis 28:10-22, Revelation 5:1-10, John 1:43-51
Our Healing Service together with the Laying on of Hands on Sunday 14th January, 2018 at 5.00.pm. This service is open to everyone and will include hymns, a reading and prayers for healing in mind and body, with the Laying on of Hands for those who wish it. The Healing Grace of God is open to all, as it was in the beginning and is now.
Healing Services will continue monthly on the second Sunday of the month.
“I hope that your Christmas holidays went as you planned and that time spent with family and friends was rewarding in some way. For those of you who spent a quiet Christmas. I hope your reflections and quiet times brought you joy too. In the end we are never alone as Jesus revealed that God is with us always. We were so blessed here to have so many Concerts and Carol Services to help us prepare and celebrate the birth of Christ. A highlight was ‘From Darkness to Light’, thank you Miles and all collaborators. Thank you too to our bell ringers for the quarter peal of Grandsire Caters rung for our Carol Service and to mark the centenary of the death of William Fudge, a St Mary’s ringer who was killed in the First World War.
Let us now turn towards 2018 and be open and ready for what God has in store for us. Here at St Mary Magdalene Church, we remember our mission statement ‘To know Christ better and make Him better known’. This coming term looks as busy and challenging as usual in the life of our beautiful church and local community. We look forward to continuing our Benefice partnership with our sister church St John the Evangelist. Please note that we shall worship at St John’s church for the 10am service on the 21st January as it is their Patronal Festival. We also look forward to working with other groups in the Town. One project which will be of interest to most of you is the Eat Taunton Food Festival on Saturday 12th May. More details later.”
Marlene Phillips, Church Warden
Good news! The money has been raised and permissions given for a camera feed from the peregrine’s scrape into the pews in the North Aisle. If the peregrines breed in February we are now ready to capture all that happens. Michael Leigh Mallory, who has led this community project, has collected a lot of scientific data about our birds. For example, we know that when the temperature drops, the birds feed locally and at night. In the summertime, they were feeding over The Levels.
Good news! After many months delay, Vineyard Church has purchased the former nightclub at the back of Bailhache Solicitors to convert into their Compassion Centre. Vineyard will be our new next door neighbours and it is wonderful that another church with such a caring and missional heart will be so close. Their worship centre will continue to be at Castle School.
Service: 10:00am Family Communion, Epiphany Sunday
Preacher: Revd Rod Corke
Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12
The tower contains 15 bells cast in 2016 by John Taylor and Co of Loughborough. 13 are hung for full circle ringing by the bell ringers, with the remaining two providing extra notes for the musical chime (aka the carillon). The latter strikes the hour and quarters and plays tunes at 9, 12, 3 and 6 each day. The heaviest bell weighs 27.5cwt and has a note of D.
The bellringers are aged from 10 to over 80 and ring on Sundays from 0915 to 1000. We practise on Wednesday evenings at 1930. (Enter by the side door on the North side, which is open between 1930 and 1940). We are always very pleased to welcome visitors and enquiries from anybody wanting to learn to ring.
If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Jean Hall, the Tower Secretary, on 01823 443151.