New to Church?
We understand it can be daunting if you’ve never been to church before – or if it’s been a while.
To make it easier, we hope that this page will give you some idea of what to expect if you come to a service.
Where is the Church building?
St. Mary Magdalene is in the centre of Taunton, Somerset, UK. She is located at the top of Hammet Street, and cannot be missed as her tower of 166 feet rises majestically for all to see, and her bells for all to hear. For a map, see our Find Us Page.
What happens when I get there?
As you arrive, a member of the congregation will greet you at the door and will be happy to point you in the right direction. We hope that you will feel warmly welcomed.
The service will normally follow a printed booklet and consists of singing hymns, Bible reading(s), some prayers and a sermon (about 12 minutes) that aims to explain and apply what the Bible says to our everyday lives. Communion services will give the opportunity for most people to receive the Bread and Wine (though there is no need to do so). There are gluten free wafers available.
Please sit wherever you like – there are not any reserved seats. The service is sound enhanced and there is a loop system.
After the 10.00am service there is a chance for a cuppa. Please feel free to stay around and enjoy tea, coffee or a cold drink and have a chat to other folk.
The services at 8.00am and 6.30pm are more traditional. The language used is from the Book of Common Prayer (1662 AD). There is no music at 8.00am and the service lasts about 40 minutes.
In January 2016 we started a new monthly service called Worship@5. Informal and contemporary it’s on the third Sunday of each month, starting at 5:00pm and lasting 45 minutes. Doors open at 4:30pm and coffee, tea and biscuits are served before.
Is there anything for my children?
Yes, we have a Junior Church we call Tekna and creche at the 10.00am service. The children start in the main service and there is a children’s spot for them before they leave for their own session; they return in time for a Blessing at the altar rail.
Will I be asked to give money?
We bring baskets around the pews during a hymn but there is no obligation to give. If you wish to do so and you are a tax payer then there are yellow Gift Aid envelopes for you to use.
What about the loo?
Should you need the ‘facilities’, toilets can be found beyond the front left (north east!) of the church, reached by passing behind the organ.
What’s being a Christian all about?
It’s a journey in fellowship with the Church in relationship with God through faith in his Son, Jesus Christ, who died that we might live.
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We hope this helps to explain something of what this church is like. Please do come along, we’d love to see you! If you are still nervous after reading this, please contact us and we will arrange for someone to meet you and show you around.