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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.

Worship@5 – “Why bother with church?


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.


Parish Weekend at Buckfast Abbey


“The parish weekend at Buckfast Abbey (September 22nd), is fast approaching and I have heard from Bishop Peter who is looking forward to it greatly. One of the fun activities we will do is play “Snakes and ladders” – “Snakes and Ladders” is our working theme. If you have a set, do dig it out from the cupboard and bring it along. If not, don’t worry!

Buckfast Abbey is a beautiful place and the accommodation is excellent. However, to keep costs down, we will need to use the large room as a multipurpose centre. This will mean some table moving between sessions. If you are coming and could help with this, Valerie or Diana Fletcher would be glad to hear.”


Harvest Theme


Harvest is approaching and we will celebrate on 1st October with a Family Communion Service. The theme will be “To Have and To Have Not” and our flower team, working with Ronnie King and others, are preparing to decorate our church to illustrate this. There will be a shared lunch to follow so why not sign up today?

New Vicarage


The Glebe House has been demolished and the footings and drainage secured. The builder is hopeful that he will start the brick work this coming week. A completion date has been given for December but it is unlikely that Rita and I will move in before the early months of the New Year.

Our Signature Events


Signature events are all about folk getting together and enjoying being part of the church community. Each event is different and all you need to go is “your signature” on a sheet at the back of church. The next happening is a talk in the upper room by Ken Atherton with the intriguing title ‘ Ten places you will never visit’.   This is followed in November by a barn dance and the details are found inside.

Our Regular Attenders


If you have not yet received an ‘Our Giving’ envelope please collect one as you leave the church today. For those who have received one but have not yet returned the response form, it would be helpful if you would do so in the envelope provided as soon as possible. Thank you.

Christianity Explored Course


Sometimes we may feel we would like to go over a basic understanding about what it means to be a Christian. This year, Valerie and Rod will be jointly hosting Christianity Explored. This is a seven week course and those who have taken part previously have really enjoyed it. If you would like to be confirmed or baptised or both, this course counts as a preparation course.  If you’d like to come along we’d be delighted.

Already several people have signed up and we are very pleased. It is a really good way of renewing your understanding of the Christian faith in a friendly, non threatening environment. There are several more spaces left so why not sign up today?  The dates are as follows:

  •  Thursday 28th September – Good News (Rod)
  •  Thursday 5th October – Identity (Valerie)
  •  Thursday 12th October – The Cross (Valerie)
  •  Thursday 19th October – Sin (Rod)
  • Thursday 26th October – Resurrection (Rod)
  • Thursday 2nd November – Grace (Valerie)
  • Thursday 9th November – Come and Die (Rod)

Mosaic & Quilling


The Children’s Corner

Wednesday Breakaway

  • 6th September 9.30am- Decorating with mosaic tiles

Wednesday Breakaway & MU ‘Just A Bite’

  • 4th October, 10.00am – Quilling workshop with Philippa Reid. There will be a small charge of £3 to cover materials. Please sign the list at the back of church.

Peregrine Scrape Box


Thanks to wildlife expert, Michael Leigh-Mallory, the peregrine scrape box is now made and will be fitted next weekend. This will enable any offspring from the peregrines next year to be tagged. We have had a donation towards the cost of a web cam from Somerset Ornithological Society for which we are most grateful.

Thank You for Yemen


Last week we held an emergency appeal on behalf of those suffering in the Yemen. The money will be chanelled through Christian Aid who have workers on the ground there. I am please to report that around £450 was given – thank you for responding so generously.