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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.

8 O’Clock Communions

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We are delighted that the clergy team from Milverton and our other friends have agreed to help keep the 8 o’clock communion on Friday mornings going during the interregnum.  This is very good news.

Cleaner Required

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CLEANER REQUIRED Mon – Fri 1.30 – 3.00pm and the first Saturday of the month 8.30am-2.30pm.

Please contact a warden or the Parish Office if you are interested.

Pentecost Sunday

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Today is Pentecost, a major feast in the church, when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem.  From the earliest times, this has been a holy day and the church has come to regard Pentecost as the day the first church was born.  Traditionally, white robes were worn at Pentecost and that’s how its other name Whitsun or White Sunday became a name used in the church calendar.

We are honoured to host the Civic Service for Taunton Deane and welcome and pray for our new Mayor, Councillor Catherine Herbert.  We welcome the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and other distinguished guests.  It is appropriate this weekend for the service to conclude with one verse of the national anthem.  We wish Harry and Megan our best wishes as they begin married life together.

Worship@5 – ‘Church – Time to Celebrate?’

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At our last Worship@5 service, we enjoyed the West Somerset Brass Band leading our Worship@5. They were very accomplished and professional and played very well. We hope they will make a return visit. Worship@5 is becoming increasingly popular and we are so pleased to see this.

On Sunday 20th May, Rod and Rita will be leading on the topic ‘Church – Time to Celebrate?’.

Bring your friends to enjoy a friendly reception, accessible worship and a relevant message, all within a 45 minute service. We begin with coffee served from 4.30pm and the service lasts 45 minutes.  Do come early to have a drink and a chat.

Peregrine Update

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(Photo courtesy The Taunton Peregrine Project)

The news this week regarding our Peregrine falcons, Bullet and Bulletina, is that they are now incubating two eggs. Michael Leigh Mallory, is thrilled with this and the pictures on the TV screen in the North aisle have been wonderful to watch. Nevertheless, this clutch of eggs is rather late and not due to hatch until Thursday June 7th.  Michael has warned that, despite our birds’ best efforts the eggs maybe infertile. We shall see. It does bode well for next year, however.

(Photo courtesy The Taunton Peregrine Project)

(Photo courtesy The Taunton Peregrine Project)

 

“Eat Taunton”

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EAT TAUNTON food and drink festival takes place both in and around our Church, in Church Square and Hammett Street on Saturday 12th May, between 10am and 5pm.  It will be a very special day for the community that surrounds St Mary Magdalene.   The theme for the Festival is Healthy Eating and Local Produce and will include stalls and activities within the church, in the church grounds and down Hammett Street. We are expecting thousands of visitors.  Do feel you can come and join in the fun. There will be cooking demonstrations and a celebration of local produce.

For safety reasons Hammett Street, Church Square and Whirligig car park will be closed to all traffic from 9.30am to 5pm.  Access to the Church will therefore be on foot (or by Mobility Scooter).   For any further information please contact Jean (Hall).  Hope you all enjoy the day.

Tea & Coffee & Rumwell Flapjack!

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Rod has asked for tea and coffee with Rumwell flapjack after the 8 a.m. service on 27th May, Trinity Sunday, to give him a chance to say goodbye to you all. Please make a special effort to stay for a few moments on this important occasion.

Knitters

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I have just taken all the knitted hats and bootees to the hospital and they tell me they need more hats than bootees at the moment.  I have put a collection of wool in the Bookshop blue box for anyone needing some.  Thank you.”

Jackie

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – As a Church, we obtain and process a variety of personal information. Due to a change in regulation, the way we now obtain and store this information is changing.  On 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force and will mean a few changes to the way we obtain, store and delete personal data. To ensure we comply, all those handling personal information will be contacted this week and will be asked to answer a small number of questions. This will help us to understand the landscape of our personal information and will help identify any actions we need to take to ensure compliance with the forthcoming Regulation.  If you receive an email asking such questions, please respond by the required deadline. An earlier response will help us move more quickly with this work. Thank you.

“Talking Cafe”

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We are pleased to report that another new initiative has had a promising start. On Monday mornings, 10am –1pm, an advice team comes into our coffee shop for informal chats about issues ranging from health to finance, This is called “Talking Café”.  This is run by Somerset Community Connect. If you want some information – here is the place to start.

 

COACHES TO GREAT MALVERN PRIORY

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COACHES TO GREAT MALVERN PRIORY 24th June  There two coaches, Coach A and Coach B.  Please check to see which coach you are on. The cost is £18 per person.  Please pay at the bookshop or Parish Office.  Cheques to be made payable to St Mary Magdalene PCC.  The coach will leave St Mary’s at 1.45pm and Hankridge (behind Sainsburys) at 2.00pm.  If you are travelling by car please sign the other sheet at the back of church so they will know how many are coming.  Great Malvern is off Junction 7 of the M5 motorway and takes approximately one hour 50 minutes by car.

Farewell Collection for Rod

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If you would like to contribute towards a farewell gift for Rod, whose last Sunday with us will be 27th May, donations can be left in the Parish Office, or with any of the churchwardens. Thank you.