The Peregrine Day we held recently was most successful. Over a hundred visitors came throughout the day to support the project. I am pleased to say that the live feed from the tower is now being broadcast to the television screen on the north side of the church.
Happy Easter to you all!
Easter is the bedrock of the Christian faith. The resurrection of Jesus, witnessed by St Mary Magdalene first, then the other disciples and finally by over 500 people at one time, was the way God chose to rescue his people. We are today’s witnesses to His love for us. This is why we shout today, “Alleluia, He is risen.”
If you would like to donate an Easter Lily in memory of a loved one please could you put this in an envelope and hand to a church wardens or the parish office by Thursday morning (29th March) at the latest. Please ensure that, if you wish to add your loved one’s name to the list, you print their name clearly on the front of the envelope.
The clocks have now changed and we dare to hope that Spring is on the way.
Our Holy week reflections will be led this week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings by Preb Chris Marshall, who was Rector at St Andrew’s church Wiveliscombe. Do come and listen to his words in preparation for Good Friday and Easter Day. The talks start at 7.00pm.
On Maundy Thursday evening there will be a communion service followed by the stripping of the altar and quiet time to reflect. If you do not already have an Easter leaflet, do pick one up from the back of the church and details of all the services can be found there.
The Revd Stephen Mares is the preacher on Good Friday morning and after the service we shall be joining with our friends from St James’ to walk in a procession of witness to the Market House in the centre of town. The reflections on the last hour on the cross on Good Friday afternoon will be led by Revd Martin Wratten.
Easter is such a joyful time, made all the better by joining in the pain and suffering in Holy Week. May this Holy Week and Easter be a blessed time for you all.
Holy Week and Easter Services
Yesterday saw the Peregrine Open Day and we look forward to following the pair as they try to raise a family. Binoculars and telescopes should be trained on the tower and cameras will record the activity of the peregrines which will then be broadcast to the TV set up in the North corner of the church. As the peregrines have been observed mating we really hope to see a family there later in the Spring.
The glorious sight of a church beautifully decorated with lilies will greet everyone on Easter Morning as we celebrate the wonderful news of Jesus, our risen Lord. If you have flowers in your garden and you are able to bring a few that morning they will be used to decorate the Easter cross which is always a moving sight. Thank you to all who donated lilies in memory of loved ones and and big thank you to the flower team for such dedicated work.
The peregrine falcons were observed mating last Sunday afternoon which is exciting! They have been observed within the crown of the tower but, as yet, have not ventured into the nesting box.
Do come along to the Peregrine Open Day on Saturday 24th March between 10am and 4pm.
- 10.00 – 16.00 – Launch of the live screen in the church
- 10.30 – Official launch live screen
- 11.00 – Talk by peregrine expert Ed Drewitt
- 11.30 – Talk by Michael Leigh-Mallory – ‘An Introduction to the Taunton Peregrines’
This will be an opportunity to hear more about these wonderful birds and the TV cameras will broadcast for the first time in the north aisle.
It is hoped that from 24th March, the TV will show a live feed every day.
If you would like to donate an Easter Lily in memory of a loved one please could you put this in an envelope and hand to either the church wardens or to the parish office.
Please make sure that, if you wish to add your loved one’s name to the list, you print their name clearly on the front of the envelope.
Cheryl Birkett & Team
We were delighted that so many of you came to the Mothering Sunday service last week. The next family communion will be on my last Sunday, 27th May.
We would like to thank the Tekna team who made over 200 poses and fridge magnets to give away as gifts, and Sue Palmer who made a delicious simnel cake for us all to enjoy.
Don’t forget to come to our reflections in Holy Week. These are being led by Preb Chris Marshall who was Rector at St Andrew’s Wiveliscombe and we look forward to Chris’ ministry amongst us. The Revd Stephen Mares is our preacher on Good Friday morning and we will be joining our friends at St James’ after the service and then walking in a procession of witness to the Market House in the centre of town. If you have any flowers in your garden and are able to bring them on Easter Sunday morning to decorate the Easter cross, it would be very much appreciated.
Every morning and evening, prayers are said at St Mary’s. We are looking for folk who will commit to leading morning prayer during the interregnum. This is not a difficult task and a prayer is the beating heart of church life – we need this witness to continue. If you would like to consider doing this, please speak to Valerie Gaskill ASAP.