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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.

Season of Lent


Following the Ash Wednesday service at our sister church, St John’s, we are now in the season of Lent. Originally this season was for baptism and confirmation candidates who would be baptised and confirmed on Easter Sunday. In church, the season is marked by the penitential colour purple, and the absence of flowers. The starkness of the church is in contrast to the dramatic celebratory display of Easter lilies on Easter Sunday.

Lent Talks


This year we have not organised Lent Talks but we have been invited by St John’s, Temple Methodist and the URC to join them in exploring Lent under the title “Holy Habits.” The sessions will be held on five Tuesdays at 2.30pm at the URC and 7.30pm at Temple. The first session is on 27th February. This course, which is based on Luke’s pen-picture of the early Church in Acts, identifies ten holy habits which should be characteristic of Christians and the Church. Again, may I commend to you the Lent readings on sale in the bookshop.

Great Malvern Priory – Update


GREAT MALVERN PRIORY – 24th June, Service of Collation

  • We are arranging for a coach to go to Great Malvern. It will leave St Mary Magdalene at 1.45pm (changed from 3.00pm) and 2.00pm from Hankridge, on the 24th June. Please could you indicate with a H or M which is your preferred pick up point.
  • We need to arrange this reasonably quickly as June is a busy month. The cost would be around £16/20pp depending on numbers.  We would appreciate if you could sign up ASAP if you would like a seat on the coach.
  • For catering purposes, please sign the sheet at the back of church if you are travelling to Great Malvern by car.

If you are going independently, then please sign the second sheet so we have an idea about the catering.

Organic Appetisers


ORGANIC APPETISERS after the 10.00am service at about 11.30am on …

  • Sunday 25th February 2018 – John Bodiley: the organ’s ability to sustain, pointing out the differences with other keyboard instruments. Le Banquet Celeste – Messiaen

Once again, a delicious appetiser will be served by our choral culinary experts. Please do stay for 15-20 minutes after the service to enjoy this musical and culinary feast!

Retiring Collection for the Organ Renovation Fund.

Bishops’ Lent Appeal 2018


Now in its second year, the Bishops’ Lent Appeal is becoming a key fixture in the life of the diocese.  Last year’s appeal raised over £16,000 to support refugees in Somerset and in Athens, Greece.  This year’s appeal is linked to the 40th Anniversary of the B&W link with 5 Anglican dioceses in Zambia particularly supporting Lay Ministry both here in Somerset and Zambia.  Our celebrations marking our own link with Lusaka is Sunday 15th July when we welcome back Father Charlie, Dean of Lusaka, who will be taking our morning service.  Full details of the Appeal are on the table at the back of the church giving details of how to donate, including Gift Aid envelopes which can be passed to a Churchwarden who will ensure all monies are forwarded to Bath and Wells. Information is also on their website: 

Women’s World Day of Prayer


Women’s World Day of Prayer, Friday 2nd March.

There is a service10.30am at Taunton Baptist Church and a shortened service here at St Mary’s 1.15pm to 1.45pm. We need people who will read short pieces. This is an enjoyable, informal service and the material will be provided beforehand. Please see Sasha Collard if you can help.

Healing Services


HEALING SERVICES are held on the second Sunday of the month. They are open to everyone and 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.


Christian Aid Rep


“We are still in need of a Christian Aid Rep. We are big supporters of Christian Aid and we do need someone to oversee this link. Is God calling you to do this? Please see Ronnie King for more details or me.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Lenten Reading


We now have a good selection of Lent Books in the Bookshop to help with your study over this period. There are more books arriving all the time so come and have a look.

Spring Activities at St Mary’s


Plans are beginning to form to organise the activities happening at St Mary Magdalene in the Spring.

  • On Saturday May 12th there will be a large food festival centred around and inside our church. This festival is called Eat Taunton and the church, churchyard and Hammett Street (closed to traffic) will be filled with food producers displaying their wares. We hope the church will buzz with activity and lots of people will visit us. Do note this date in your diary.
  • A little later, on July 21st we will hold the Magdalene Fayre. This is held every two years and is a great opportunity for people to get involved in church life. We have arranged a planning meeting on Saturday February 3rd at 10.00am in the Upper Room for those who are interested.

MU Wave of Prayer


“I was delighted to attend the Mothers’ Union Wave of Prayer afternoon led beautifully by Margaret Allen. We prayed for link Mothers’ Union groups all over the world.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Worhsip@5 – Relationships


On Sunday 18th February, Rita Corke will be talking about Relationships at Worship@5. As usual, this service will last 45 minutes and coffee to go is served at the beginning. We sing a mixture of new hymns and old favourites and worship the Lord with all our hearts. If you have never been to Worship@5, then why not come and see?