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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.

Dedication of Book of Remembrance Service

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On Sunday 16th July, we will be joined by members of the Rifles and Light Infantry Association who are bringing a new Book of Remembrance to be dedicated. The Lord Lieutenant, Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Mayor will be joining us too in an unofficial capacity. Some seats will be reserved.

Worship@5 – How do I let go of regrets?

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WORSHIP@5 next takes place on Sunday 16th July at 5pm  Dennis will be speaking to the question ‘How do I let go of regrets?”  Do come and join in this short but lively service.  Who knows what God may have to say to you.  Door open at 4.30pm for a drink and chat.

Bowls Anyone?

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Wednesday 26th July SIGNATURE EVENT

Time has almost run out to sign up for the Bowling Evening at Taunton Bowls Club on Wednesday 26th July. Cost just £7 each to include 1 hour’s bowling (and coaching) and a buffet supper.  Don’t miss out!  Sign up now or come and speak to either Margaret Allen or Valerie Gaskell.  If you’ve already signed up, please pay your £7 to either Margaret or Valerie by Sunday 23rd July.

Eric Whitacre in Concert with the BBC Singers

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The Brewhouse are putting on a concert at St. Mary’s by the BBC singers conducted by Eric Whitacre for Radio 3.  The concert is on Tuesday July 11th starting at 7pm to 9pm.. Tickets can be obtained from the Brewhouse Theatre.  The concert will go out on Radio 3 the following Thursday.

Tickets from £12     Box Office: 01823 283244     Website: www.thebrewhouse.net

Stewardship Sunday

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“Today our focus is on stewardship, as we seek to address a significant financial shortfall projected for this financial year. Good Christian stewardship is about how we respond prayerfully and sacrificially to God’s generosity towards us. As well as considering our financial giving, stewardship is about how we use our time and talents for our Lord. Later in the year, we will be conducting a ‘time and talents’ survey, giving people opportunities to help with the smooth running of the church. We have produced a leaflet called “G.I.F.T. – Growing in Faith Together” which details a summary of our current finances and sets the need out clearly. We are God’s people in this beautiful church and all our resources come from our congregation who generously and freely provide. We are very grateful for this but we need to listen to God’s word and prayerfully consider the fresh challenge that is set before us today.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Flowers’ Volunteer

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I am looking for a volunteer to do Chapel flowers in July.  It is a simple task requiring flowers and perhaps some foliage put in the vases provided.  If you are able to help please contact Anne Chidgey.  Thank You.”

Anne Chidgey

Patronal Festival & Last Hurrah

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“The long days have reminded us of our Patronal Festival on Sunday 23rd July and the Last Hurrah in the garden afterwards.  There is a planning meeting at 3.30pm on Thursday, 6th July – and, as I said last week, it would be a real encouragement to Rita and I if you could come along and help.”

Rod

Bowls Anyone?

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Wednesday 26th July SIGNATURE EVENT

Ever wanted to try your hand at Bowls? A splendid evening is planned at Taunton Bowling Club which is in Vivary Park.  We have an hour on the indoor rink (with coaching) followed by a buffet supper.  Please arrive at the Club (park in Fons George car park) around 6.50pm so we can be ready to start playing bowls at 7pm.  The buffet supper will be from 8pm.  They have their own bar with very reasonably priced drinks and if the weather is fine, we can spill out onto their outside green.

Do come along – sign up on the sheet at the back of the church. Cost just £7 each.

Any questions?  Speak to Margaret Allen or Valerie.

Bullet and Bulletina

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The peregrines continue to cause interest. This week a  pigeon roosted on the same ledge as Bullet. For a few minutes they looked like the best of friends and then …!  Many thanks to Chris Hooper for these stunning photos.

I spy with my two eyes something beginning with …

P … Pigeon! Roosting on my ledge!

For a few minutes we looked like the best of friends and then …! What can I say? T’was not to be!  C’est la vie!

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Healing Service

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Last week’s Healing Service was very spirit filled and we are planning to introduce this service monthly on the second Sunday of the month from September onwards.

Worship@5 – How does God repay the years the locusts have eaten?

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WORSHIP@5 takes take place tomorrow, Sunday 18th June.  Dennis will be tackling the theme “How does God repay the years the locusts have eaten?”  Come and hear the practical ways in which God can do this in our lives.  Doors open at 4.30pm and the 45 minute service starts at 5pm.

Buckfast Abbey Parish Weekend Away

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What a splendid place Buckfast Abbey is for a parish weekend. Our weekend, led by Bishop Peter, is 22nd-24th September and there are still a few places left. Why not come along and join in the fun? See Diana, Valerie or Rod for further details.