At this time of the year we like to show our appreciation of all those church members who make visiting St Mary Magdalene’s during the week, a very special and spiritual experience. We are especially grateful to Cheryl who manages our Bookshop and Sandra who supervises the Magdalene Coffee Shop and also thank all our volunteers – we simply couldn’t run St Mary’s without you. A special mention of thanks goes also to our three Churchwardens, Marlene, Jean and Valerie, who have so many extra duties in the run up to Christmas.
Many thanks to everyone who attended our respective meetings throughout the year and joined us for the Advent service. We are very grateful for your support in any way. We wish you a Joyous Christmas and abundant health and prosperity in the year 2018.
Our tree decorated with Chrismons! Chrismons are Christmas decorations with Christian symbols on them. They help Christians to remember that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’s birthday. They are often used on Christmas Trees in Churches and Christians homes.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone for their contributions over the last few weeks. We are so grateful for your help. To see us over the Christmas period we still need …
- long life milk
- long life fruit juice,
- tinned vegetables
- rice pudding
- instant coffee
- instant mashed potato
- tinned cold meat
- tinned fruit
Thank you again.
Diane & Derek
The Signature Christmas meal at the Quantock Restaurant last Wednesday evening was a great success. The restaurant has been enlarged and modernised and we were well served and fed. Thanks go to Margaret Laver for organising this.
We are hoping to organise a Signature event to the Odeon Cinema to see the new film “Churchill” Starring Gary Oldfield, to be released on 12th January. We are likely to go on a Wednesday evening. At this stage, we would like to know an expression of interest (no commitment) so if you are interested please sign the sheet at the back of church. After Christmas, there will be a sign up sheet for definite bookings. We need to know approximate numbers to see if we can get a block booking discount.
The season of carol services has begun and already we have enjoyed the Trefoil Guild and Mothers’ Union services and there are several more to follow. I would like to make particular mention of the NSPCC carol concert at 6.30pm on Thursday 14th December. Not many tickets have been sold and this is such a good cause. Do come if you can.
Revd Rod Corke
Our Advent celebrations last weekend were enjoyed by folk of all ages. The Christingle Service attracted many of our Baptism families and the children enjoyed making the Christingles. I talked about our being reflectors of God’s light in our dark world. The From Darkness to Light Service went smoothly and the choir sang beautifully. It was amazing when Morwenna Crook sung her solo in the darkness and then the candles were lit flooding the church with a beautiful light.
Another memorable event this week were the two candlelight church tours. Someone wrote a review on line which said: “Wow….I went to a Candlelight tour of St Mary Magdalene Church last night, it was fabulous.” Thanks to Susan Whitehead who worked so hard on this project.
Rod Corke, Vicar
Thank you if you offered to distribute our Christmas leaflets.
These are now ready for you to collect from the back of church.
TAUNTON OPEN DOOR would like any blankets and clothing you are able to donate.
Well done to all who helped with the Christmas Craft Fayre – approximately £500 was raised.
CANDLELIGHT TOURS – Tuesday 5th (5pm) and Thursday 7th (7.30pm)
“Have you ever wondered what a candlelight tour of St Mary’s would be like? Following the success of last year’s tour we shall again lead a party around the church, bringing its history to life. We will finish with mince pies in the coffee shop. Why not come along to learn more about our beautiful building and bring a friend too.
We have thought for many years that the season of Advent was being lost among the commercialism of Christmas. To counter this, we moved the Christingle Service to the Church Family Service at the beginning of December and introduced “From Darkness to Light”. Both services, in very different ways, point to the great Advent cry of hope from the prophet, Isaiah:
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
and fulfilled in John’s Gospel:
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world.
Advent is a season of expectation – we eagerly anticipate and prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus, our new born King and hope that He will soon return in Glory. It is a penitential season too, where we consider also our sinful nature and how this separates us from a close relationship with God. So, we journey throughout the weeks of Advent from our own darkness into His glorious light.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the choir, choristers, organists, musicians and Miles Quick, our Musical Director, for all the hard work they have put into preparing for From Darkness to Light. If you have never been to this service, why not come tomorrow evening at 7.00pm? Don’t forget, too, that the very special Service of Lessons and Carols will happen on 17th December at 6.30pm.