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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.

2 Weekday Welcomers Needed

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2 weekday welcomers needed from end of September – to cover alternate Thursdays and Fridays.

Please contact Sandra Jordan via parish office.

 

Foodbank

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During the summer holidays we are supporting some families whose children usually get free school meals. We also pack parcels for the new Foodbank in Wellington.

Due to the demand we are in desperate need of tins of the following:

  • Peas, carrots sweet corn etc.
  • Fish – sardines or tuna
  • Meat – both meals e.g. hotdogs or spam or cornbeef, etc. Small tins are very useful.

These items go into every parcel.

Thank you for your support and be assured that these parcels are for emergencies only and are only given out with an approved referral on a limited time scale.

Please see the notice board at the back of church for more details.

Use your Talents

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At the Harvest Thanksgiving service on 6 October we hope to present a summary of progress so far on this organ fund-raising scheme; please will all participants let Mick Polley have details of what has been raised to date.

Cash can be handed at any time to him or another Churchwarden, or to the Parish Office.

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Christianity Explored

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It is now possible to put your name down at the back of Church for Christianity Explored . Christianity Explored is a course which goes through Christian basics. There will be lots of opportunities to ask any questions about the faith. No one will be made to feel embarrassed or asked to do something they could be uncomfortable with. Each evening will begin with tea and cake and the aim is that it will be informal and very relaxed.

The course lasts six weeks and begins on Wednesday 30th October at 7.30pm.

If you are able to bake a cake for a session and /or would be prepared to stay to help wash up, please add your name to a separate sign up sheet at the back.

“Ride & Stride” time is here!

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Time to get lubricating so everything runs smoothly…and that’s just you! It’s also time to get the bike running nicely as well, if you prefer two wheels to two feet. Yes, this is a quick reminder that “Ride & Stride” time is here again. 

The nationally designated day is Saturday, 14th September. So, on that day, the more who can be involved the merrier. Our local church will be open until dusk, and we hope visitors will pay us a call.

And, of course, there is still time for members of our own congregation to decide to take part. If two wheels or your own two feet don’t appeal, there is no reason why you shouldn’t saddle up and ride and stride out on horseback!

 The Friends website has all the details, but a quick reminder that the money which, as a participant, you raise – either as an entrance fee or by sponsorship – will be split between two good causes; one is of your own choosing, and the other is the grant fund from which the Friends support work in our churches.

Good luck!

 

Jam Jars

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Jean Lee is collecting jam jars in order to make and sell marmalade as part of the £10 challenge.

Please would you bring any you may to be able to spare and leave them in the North corner pews.

Thank you.

Harvest Festival

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Harvest Festival is fast approaching and the harvest lunch list is growing.

Don’t forget that the harvest service is a Holy Communion service and that there is no service in the evening.

“Come, ye thankful people come.”

 

Welcome Scott! Our New Director of Choristers

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Today the choir returns and we welcome them back.

The choristers are meeting again and Scott Morrison has been newly appointed to lead them. Scott grew up in Norwich, so you can imagine that we had much to talk about.

We are always looking for new choristers so do spread the word.

 

Reserve Organ

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Through a generous gift, we have the services of a reserve organ. We have been concerned for some time that Father Willis will let us down again. This would be really difficult if it was on Remembrance Sunday, for example, so an alternative organ will be in place as a stand by.

It will be situated next to the high altar rail. This is not ideal but there appears to be no alternative.

We have been granted a temporary faculty for 15 months (renewable).

 

New Informal Service

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There is a proposal to introduce a more informal service on one Sunday a month at 4.00pm, followed by a bring and share tea.

This is in the early stages of planning and will need to go, in the first instance, to Worship Committee.

If you would welcome this, or have any fresh ideas do speak to Rod or Sheila.

SOMERSET CREDIT UNION BOOSTED BY CHURCH CALL

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Somerset Savings and Loans, the credit union for the county, has seen a massive increase in business since the Archbishop of Canterbury declared that people should turn to credit unions for short term borrowing.

But, although the comments have been welcomed, the organisation says the credit union system can only work if savers as well as borrowers use the service.

Paul Urch, Treasurer of Somerset Savings and Loans said:

“We have seen demand soar since the Archbishop of Canterbury made his statement. His offer that the church would throw open the doors of church halls and buildings so that credit unions fully engage with communities is very helpful.”

“In Somerset we have identified a further £100,000 of potential loans since the Archbishop of Canterbury made his statement but the credit union movement cannot be seen as a the single answer to the problems of doorstep lenders and payday loans.”

“We must not lose sight of the true identity of credit unions as a financial co-operative operating for its members and providing an ethical savings opportunity for members funded by interest secured by sound and affordable lending to members.

“We need the support of the community, including local businesses and those who support the Archbishop of Canterbury in his statements. Savers are needed to help us expand our resource and to provide the financial strength for us to provide loans.”

There has been unprecedented interest in Somerset-based Somerset Savings and Loans in the last few weeks, coinciding with the statements by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Credit Union is a co-operative organisation where all money is invested locally, keeping money circulating within the local economy. At www.somersetsavingsandloans.org.uk people can join online and learn more about the loans, savings accounts and other credit union services. Or they can contact someone about their savings or borrowing needs on 01275 390649.

As a Credit Union Somerset Savings and Loans is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). It is also a member of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and Ombudsman schemes.

Christianity Explored

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We will also be preparing to launch Christianity Explored, our new basic Christianity course which begins on 30th October.

Look our for the new banner and display on the mission board.