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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.

Just a Bite


This coming week on Wednesday at 2.00pm we have the first MU “Just A Bite” meeting. This is a new venture, open to anyone, male or female, with refreshment provided.

At the first meeting, Rowena Merson, the Diocesan representative for the M.U., is coming to enthuse us. We hope these monthly meetings will be fun, interesting and an opportunity for good fellowship together.

Many thanks to Marlene Philips for all the hard work she has put in to this new venture.

Please come if you can.

Episcopal Visits


We are delighted that we are having several episcopal visits this term.

  • Bishop Peter (Bath and Wells) will be with us for Evensong at Pentecost and Bishop Peter (Taunton) will join us at 10.00am for our Patronal festival in July.
  • Bishop George, the former Bishop of Southwell (Nottingham), is coming on 17th March to help promote our Church Weekend Away at Glenfall House in June.
  • Bishop David from Wales, and a great supporter of this church, will be here on Easter Sunday morning.
And also our Archdeacon John Reed who will be with us on 10th February.
Much to look forward to.

Great British Railway Journeys


You may have wondered what has happened to the Taunton/St. Mary Magdalene’s episode in the new “Great Railway Journeys” series. I contacted the producer and have been told that our episode is part of the journey fromLondon Paddington to Newton Abbot. This begins to air on Monday 28th and as we are half way through Michael’s adventure, the current expectation is that it will be the episode broadcast on Wednesday 30th January at 6.30pm on BBC 2. But all could change!

Paul’s Farewell


On Sunday 13th January 2013, the congregation of St Mary’s said farewell to Paul, our Curate for 3 1/2 years before he goes off to be incumbent of the Parish of Water Orton, north-east of Birmingham.  The occasion was marked with gifts and a bring and share lunch.  It was a good time enjoyed by many.

“I have been so grateful and touched by the way you have marked important occasions in my life over the past three and a half years, including my two ordinations, first presiding at the Eucharist, and even my 40th birthday. I was overwhelmed by your generosity in my leaving gift and for the messages of goodwill received, together with the lunch provided on my final Sunday. The time I have spent with you has been a real earning process for me but more than that it has been a time when I have felt accepted and enjoyed the company of so many of you, and your generous hospitality. All good things have to come to an end but I will always have special memories of my time with you at St. Mary Magdalene’s.” Paul

Here is a video of some of the highlights

Fr Bob’s Parish, Kafue


In September 2012, a group from St Mary’s visited Zambia to join in the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the of the construction of The Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka. Here Fr Bob shows us his new Parish of Kafue and shares his future plans.


Thank you Paul


This is the final Sunday of Paul’s curacy at St Mary’s. He will be saying goodbye to us at each of the three services.

We thank him for all the ministry he has given here which has been so appreciated.

After the 10.00am service there will be coffee followed by a bring and share lunch.  at this time Paul will be presented with a gift from the parish.

Paul will begin his ministry at Water Orton on 11th  February when he will be inducted. There is a large group going up by coach to support him. If you would like to join us then you would be most welcome. Please see a Church Warden to book your place.

The Service of Institution begins at 7:00pm.  The coach will leave from outside the church at 3.15pm. The return journey will start at 9.00pm, so we should reach Taunton just before midnight. Please will anyone who may require help getting home at that time approach the Churchwardens, who will seek volunteers to offer lifts.

Coffee Shop Listeners


This Sunday (13th) we commission the Coffee Shop Listeners who will start their ministry immediately. Look out for them in the coffee shop and at the back of church on Sunday mornings.

If you feel you would welcome their company do chat with them.

This new initiative was first mooted at the PCC Away Day last year and we are thrilled to see it come to fruition.

Taunton Street Pastors


TAUNTON STREET PASTORS are starting a training course on Monday 14 January at 7.00 pm at North Street Church, Taunton.

There is more information at the back of Church.

Churchyard Parking


As many of you know, we were very disappointed to see the Churchyard grass so churned up after a recent wedding blessing. We are most grateful to John and Nik who have begun some remedial work. This incident has made us realise that we need a tighter management plan for this area and this will be debated at PCC on 15th January (PCC members please think about this particularly).

Please do not park in this special area unless you are on church business.

Thank You Sue


We are very pleased that Sue Goddard has taken over the role of Advertising Manager for the magazine from Steve Jenkins. Thank you Sue. We also thank Steve who has built up the advertising significantly and helped to contribute greatly to the updating of the magazine over a number of years.

5 Star Inspection Rating!


The Coffee Shop has been inspected by Taunton Deane Environmental Health Officers and we have received the maximum 5 stars in the health and hygiene rating. This is wonderful news and a tribute to the volunteers who work so hard to keep serving our church community. Checking the fridge temperature, training volunteers (thank you Shirley), keeping a log, and keeping the area clean and tidy (thank you Nick) have helped us achieve this.