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Thank You and Farewell … Rod, Rita & Jack


Dear Friends,

Welcome to St Mary Magdalene Church in the heart of Taunton. We have several visitors with us today for my last Sunday as incumbent of the benefice of St Mary Magdalene and St John the Evangelist.  I am pleased that the congregation from St John’s has joined us for the 10 o’clock service this morning. I am so glad that you have been able to come. It means a great deal to us both.

Today is Trinity Sunday and here is a reminder of the classic definition about the nature of God: God is one but three coeternal consubstantial persons – the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit – as “one God in three Divine Persons”. It also marks the beginning of Ordinary Time which lasts until Advent Sunday.

Last week, I went through several “final times” as my time here draws to an end. One of the most special was the final Voice PC that I took. For the last 20 minutes, I led the young people out onto the church roof and there, with the sunlight slowly fading, we enjoyed communion together. It was most memorable and special.  I am really pleased and grateful that Nick Jerrett, Liz Sykes and Maureen Arnold will be continuing with our young people.

Rita and I are disappointed that we will not be here to see whether Bullet and Bulletina’s eggs hatch (expected on 7th June). We have had many visitors come into the church to view the live CCTV footage.  The two young birds have taken it in turns to incubate and have worked extremely hard at their task.

Rita and I have been very touched by the cards and gifts we have received as well as lots of good wishes. We will miss you all. Our new address is freely available from the office, if you wish to have it.

Our church is ready and prepared for interregnum and I have no doubt that folk will work very hard to continue sharing the light of Jesus with the people of Taunton.  Rita and I will leave Taunton on Tuesday evening, and stay, with Jack, in a Travelodge in Cheltenham, ready to receive the removal van at the Priory Vicarage on Wednesday morning. We are most fortunate to have had a lot of help in the moving process and our new vicarage has been cleaned and is ready.  We look forward to greeting you all on 24th June for the Collation. We really hope that will be a happy and worshipful occasion.

On behalf of Rita and myself, may I thank you for the love and support you have given us over the last 12 years – you have been amazing!

Every blessing to you all,
Rod, Rita and Jack


Rod & Rita’s Last Sunday


“Next week is Trinity Sunday and my final service as incumbent here.  Do come because Rita and I would love to say goodbye to you.  You have been very special to us and we have so many fond memories.  It will be very special to worship God together and celebrate all He has done and will continue to do.  There will be refreshments after both the 8 o’clock and 10 o’clock services.  There will be no Evensong on that evening.  Rita and I will be moving on Wednesday, 30th May to Great Malvern and I have left a copy of our new  address in the office.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Card and Collection


The card for Rod and Rita is available at the back of church for everyone to sign.  Also, if you would like to contribute towards a farewell gift for Rod, whose last Sunday is next week, donations can be left in the Parish Office, or with any of the Churchwardens.



There two coaches, Coach A and Coach B.  Please check to see which coach you are on. The cost is £18 per person.  Please speak to Margaret Laver in the Parish Office if you would like to join one of the coaches as a seat has now become available.

B&B’s Eggs


Our peregrines, Bullet and Bulletina have continued to incubate their two eggs, taking it in turns.  Remember that 7th June is predicted as the hatching day.


“Eat Taunton” Update


In the Somerset Gazette this week, there is a double page spread of photographs from the Eat Taunton Festival that took place last Saturday.  We were very impressed with the organisation and hope that an opportunity to repeat the Festival next year will be forthcoming.  So many people came into St Mary Magdalene Church who had never been inside before and Rita and I had some deeply moving and spiritual conversations with the folk we met.

8 O’Clock Communions


We are delighted that the clergy team from Milverton and our other friends have agreed to help keep the 8 o’clock communion on Friday mornings going during the interregnum.  This is very good news.

Cleaner Required


CLEANER REQUIRED Mon – Fri 1.30 – 3.00pm and the first Saturday of the month 8.30am-2.30pm.

Please contact a warden or the Parish Office if you are interested.