Our thoughts and prayers are always with those families and children affected by wars and catastrophes around the world. There is always a need for loving care, comfort and practical support. Therefore, this week we would particularly like to spotlight, and give thanks to, the Mothers’ Union and the wide-ranging local, national and international Christian Charity work which they do. In particular, we highlight our own ‘Just a Bite’ Mothers’ Union which meets monthly, providing a local focus for Christian care and contributing to local church family life and wider national and international initiatives as needs arise. They offer a warm welcome to all who wish to join in and make a contribution to their important work.
The Mothers’ Union Prayer
Loving Lord, We thank you for your love so freely given to us all. We pray for families around the world. Bless the work of the Mothers’ Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life. Empowered through your spirit, May we be united in prayer and worship and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world. Amen
MU ‘Just a Bite’ meet on Wednesday 5th September for a Quiz and Fundraising event at 1.30 pm. All are welcome.
The Taunton branch of Amnesty International is holding a stall event near the Next shop on Fore Street, Taunton, from 10am until 2pm on Saturday 1st September 2018. This is part of Amnesty International’s campaign, ‘I, Brave’, which is raising awareness of and supporting the efforts of Human Rights activists across the world. Please come and meet us and find out more.
The church bells are due to be serviced this week. We are also informed that some preparatory work is to be done to the tower in anticipation of the considerable repairs which will be required within the next few years. During this time, please use the South door, on Magadalene Road.
All those visiting our church are welcome to make use of our written guide: “A Devotional Tour Of St Mary Magdalene Taunton” which gives a useful descriptive tour around the church and highlights places of interest. We were intrigued by the use of the word “Hagioscope”. This is not a word which we come across every day! An internet search eventually gave us a meaning in a dictionary of English dialect: “ a squint hole or peephole”. So there it is – a hagioscope within our church located at the east end of the outer North Aisle enabling a peep at the High Altar.
Where would we be without their help and assistance? There are so many volunteers that it is difficult to mention them individually but they rightly deserve recognition and a heartfelt thanks in our prayers. They put in long hours without reward and contribute greatly to the welcoming atmosphere which is such an important feature in our church. A read through our visitors book shows just how many people mention the warm friendly welcome to our immaculate church. The NHS web-site states that volunteering has a huge positive impact on people and communities. In particular, volunteering gives a sense of purpose and direction in life and is good for our health and well-being! We are sure our wonderful volunteers will echo this sentiment.
We also mention the St Mary Magdalene and St John’s PCC teams as they continue their hard work in preparing the Profile of our two churches as a first step along the road to the filling of our own vacancy and the ending of our interregnum.
This week sees the institution and installation of the Revd Fabian Wuyts as vicar of St James, Taunton on Tuesday 14th August at 7.00 pm by the Rt Revd Ruth Worsley, Bishop of Taunton and the Ven Simon Hill, Archdeacon of Taunton.
Please pray for The Revd Wuyts and his family and for all at St James at this important time.
Please note that every Monday, our church will be hosting a ‘Talking Café’ from 10.00am to 1.00pm, arranged by the Community Council for Somerset. The ‘Talking Café’ will provide information and advice on care and support. People can drop in to pick up information or chat with members of the CCS or a member of the Adult Social Team. This is a free service so please do call in if you have any care or support queries. You can find further information under events on our Facebook page.