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News & Updates

Here’s what we get up to at St Mary’s. Activities, news, notices – lots to interest and inform. You can also take a look at the Today sheet (pdf) and selected articles from our Together magazine.

Worship@5 – ‘Can I change?’


On Sunday 19th November, Marcus Paul (retired Deputy Head of Queen’s College) will be our guest speaker on his theme – ‘Can I change?’ pm Sunday 19th November.

The music at this service will be led by our Choristers and other young people as the climax of the Young People’s Music Afternoon being held in church that day.

Bring your friends to enjoy a friendly reception, accessible worship and a relevant message, all within a 45 minute service. Doors open at 4:30, so you can come early to have a drink and chat.

Shoebox Appeal


Lots of shoeboxes have been prepared to be sent away to children in need.

Please note that the deadline is next week and boxes that arrive after this, cannot be sent.

We are delighted to support this project and we thank all who have filled boxes and decorated them so well.




At our morning service last Sunday, Adrian Prior Sankey preached God’s word to veterans, cadets, serving servicemen and women and our congregation who came to pay their respects. After the service, we walked up to Vivary Park, held a two minute silence and the remembrance continues. Wear your poppy with pride. We thank, and are indeed grateful to, the Flower Team for all their hard work.


Craft Fayre


On Saturday 25th November a Craft Fayre is being held in Church. We would be grateful for any cakes and preserves to sell.  These can be brought into Church on Friday 24th or Saturday morning.  Please come and support this event.



Volunteers for Christmas Leaflets


Thank you to those of you who have volunteered to help deliver Christmas leaflets around the parish. These will soon be ready. However, there are still about four roads we need to cover.

If you feel able to help, please add your name to the list at the back of church.


Confirmation & Christianity Explored


Last weekend, Zara McClery, Rayn Smith, Marlene Craig, Henry Collard-Jenkins and Kirsty Holmes were confirmed at the cathedral with over 70 other candidates. Kirsty and Marlene were also baptised. Our Bishops, Peter and Ruth confirmed together and it was a deeply moving and wonderful occasion. Zara, Rayn, Kirsty and Marlene had been attending our Christianity Explored course which draws to a close this coming week. We have all enjoyed it very much and the group have been very supportive of one another. We hope to run another course next year.

From Darkness to Light 2017


St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton, will again be offering this service for Advent Sunday – this year on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 7.00 pm (please note 30 mins earlier than last year), starting by candlelight.  We hope to bring in many people from all around to enjoy the advent atmosphere and hear moving music and readings to prepare for the Christmas season.  There will be interesting and stimulating new music (including a new setting of People look East by John Bodiley) as well as classic advent carols for singers and instruments;  also a rousing Advent address by the Archdeacon of Taunton, and seasonal refreshments.  Please invite friends!



If you are able to supply any of these we would be so grateful.

Diane & Derek

Advent Reading



You are invited to come to the bookshop to find your reading for the Advent season. We have a good selection of books along with Advent candles and calendars.

Blankets Needed


TAUNTON OPEN DOOR would like any blankets and clothing you are able to donate.

Temporary Cros


At the moment, the cross above the pulpit is temporary.

We are hoping to commission a metal cross shaped to symbolise both the suffering and resurrection,.

We have  agreed the design and are now looking for a metal smith to forge it.