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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.

Holy Cross Day in Lusaka

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“I sent Dean Charley Thomas an email wishing him well and telling him that we prayed for the Cathedral at Lusaka especially on Holy Cross Day (last Thursday). Charley will be with us in July next year for some special celebrations relating to the Diocesan link with the Anglican Church in Zambia.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Coming soon … Organic Appetisers!

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Organic Appetisers … in brief

After the 10.00am Service and a short pause for coffee …

  • A delicious canapé will be served, individually crafted from organic local ingredients by the multi-talented culinary experts from our choir.
  • A general description will be given of an aspect of Father Willis, explained and demonstrated by one of our resident organists.
  • A short piece will be played which particularly emphasises this feature of what Mozart called ‘the King of Instruments’.

There will be a retiring collection in aid of the Organ Fund.

Organic Appetisers … in full (by Miles Quick)

To feast at your table in heaven…

This familiar and lovely phrase comes from the Eucharistic Prayer.  Food is mentioned many times in the bible – perhaps because we are all highly experienced eaters and so it connects powerfully with us as an image.  One such image is the feast which awaits us in heaven.  We can get a slight but memorable foretaste of the Heavenly Feast in many ways, both related and unrelated to food.  The recent tea party in thanksgiving for the care Val Oates received at Dene Barton Hospital was one such event.  This is also the high aim of…

Father Willis’s Organic Appetisers

The first of these Appetisers (primarily intended for our own congregation, though the wider world is welcome) will be held on Sunday 22nd October after the 10 am service, at about 11.30 am, after a short pause for coffee etc.  Those interested will gather in the choir stalls to allow a closer experience of the organ than usual, and the appetiser will last 15-20 minutes – incorporating three elements:

  1. A delicious canapé will be served, individually crafted from organic local ingredients by the multi-talented culinary experts from our choir.
  2. A general description will be given of an aspect of Father Willis, explained and demonstrated by one of our resident organists.
  3. A short piece will be played which particularly emphasises this feature of what Mozart called ‘the King of Instruments’.

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Dene Barton Tea Thank You

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Last weekend, the afternoon tea in aid of Dene Barton hospital proved a great success and a large amount was raised. It was a delight to support and encourage Paul and Val Oates.

Time and Talents

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St Mary’s has a very dedicated group of volunteers involved in all aspects of church life according to their availability and interests, but we always appreciate more help.  We are also looking for new ideas.  If you think there’s an area where you can help us why not pick up one of our ‘Time and Talents’ leaflets and let us know what you can offer.  It would really help us if you would complete the reply slip and place it in the box at the back of the church.

Missing Glasses

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HAVE YOU SEEN a pair of glasses in a soft, white, draw-string pouch?  They were last seen on top of the sound control box at the west end of church.  If you know their current whereabouts please speak to Margaret Austin or any of the wardens.

MU & Wednesday Breakaway in October

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“MU – Just A Bite” and Wednesday Breakaway 

  • Wednesday 4th October, 10.00am  Philippa Reid, well known artist locally, will give a Quilling Demonstration. Cost £3.00 on the day. Please sign the list at the back of church.
  • Sunday 8th October, at the 10am Holy Communion service, we will be joined by Nikki Sweatman the MU Provincial President.  She will be talking about MU work and projects.  Please join us for this special service. Refreshments afterwards.

Christianity Explored

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Dates: Thursday 28th September – Thursday 9th November  Time: 7.30pm

Where: St Andrew’s Chapel

How? By signing up on the sheet at the back of the church! If you can’t make the meeting every week, just come along when you can.

Don’t delay – sign up TODAY!

Foodbank – Soups Needed

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“We are really short of soups in the Foodbank warehouse so we would appreciate your help with soup run for a month. If you have a tin of ‘in date’ soup or could buy a tin, we would be so grateful.”

Diane and Derek

Special Performance of Omega and Alpha

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Saturday 7th October at 7.30pm at St Mary Magdalene. Omega and Alpha performed by Castle Cary Choir and the Extended St Cecilia Choir. Proceeds to the organ appeal and other charity funds.  Tickets are available from the Book Shop.

About “Omega and Alpha”

“Omega and Alpha”, written and composed by Martin Emslie, was premièred in Wells Cathedral in 2013 to great acclaim. The oratorio tells the story of the events leading up to the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection of Christ with the “Omega” referring to the death of Christ and the “Alpha” being the resurrection and birth of Christianity.

Since the première, it has attracted attention all over the world with performances currently being planned in a number of countries. A special performance of the work will be performed in Hull as part of the “City of Culture 2017” celebrations. The oratorio is currently being translated into German.

Martin was awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the London College of Music for the composition of the work and is delighted to be conducting the Castle Cary Choir (who sang at the première) and the Extended St Cecilia choir in this performance. The three soloists all come from Somerset and the performance will feature the accompaniment played on the Willis organ by Paul Hawkins ARCO.

The concert will raise funds for the appeal to raise money for the restoration of the Willis organ and for Masonic Charitable funds.  The performance is likely to finish about 9pm but there will be refreshments and a “meet and greet” with the performers after the concert has finished.

Welcome Tea

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There are lots of folk who are new to St Mary’s and we are delighted you have joined us so we can worship God together and serve our local community.

There is a special Welcome Tea for us all to enjoy on Sunday 29th October at 3.30pm.

There is no need to RSVP – just come! It will be an opportunity to learn more about the church.

The churchwardens and I would like to see as many folk there as possible so we can get to know you better.

 

Worship@5 – “Why bother with church?

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WORSHIP@5  on Sunday 17th September ‘WHY BOTHER WITH CHURCH?’ 

Boring, old-fashioned or just the ticket! Revd Rod Corke will talk on “Why bother with church?”

Bring your friends to enjoy a friendly reception,  accessible worship and a relevant message, all within a 45 minute service.  Come early at 4.30 to have a drink and chat.