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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.

Foodbank

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Since it was started the people at the Foodbank have collected and sorted over 12 tonnes of food to the value of £20,000.

Your very generous donations continue to be most welcome, and really fill a need at this difficult time.

Use Your Talents

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Many thanks to those who are busy raising money for the organ restoration.

There are still £10 notes available from Mick Polley.

Message from Bishop Peter, Bath and Wells

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“Dear Friends,

Saying goodbye is always difficult. Doing so now after 11 years as Bishop of Bath and Wells is doubly so. It has been a privilege and a joy to be among you and to seek to serve Christ together with you, Changing Lives, Changing Churches, Changing Communities.

Last Saturday the Farewell Service in the Cathedral, followed by the party on the Cathedral Green was a moving, joyous and life-giving occasion which Dee and I will never forget. The presence of so many in the Cathedral and on the Green was symptomatic of a warm and generous diocese. That generosity was more than amply demonstrated in the gifts of a wonderful cheque, and memorable picture of an occasion when I addressed the crowds at the Glastonbury Festival.

Thank you for all your kindness, affection and love, it means so much to us. And now, in words offered in the service ‘For all that has been, thanks’ and for all that is to come, ‘Yes’.

God bless, enrich, encourage and keep you in his love and care.”

Bishop Peter Price

www.IAgreeWithDick.org

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Dick Ackworth is asking you to visit www.IAgreeWithDick.org in relation to how people with mental health problems are being adversely affected through re-assessment with the Work Capability Assessment, in particular his son, Edward.

There is a copy of his letter to Iain Duncan-Smith and more information at the back of church.

Race for Life in Aid of Cancer Research

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On Sunday 14th July, Jean Lee and Diana Fletcher will be taking part in the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK.

As many of you are aware, Jean and John’s daughter-in-law, Paula, lost her fight against breast cancer in March this year and so both Jean and Diana will be taking part in her memory.

If you wish to sponsor them please see them at the back of church, but, most of all, please pray for them .

Thank you.

Walk for Life

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On the 8th July 2013, Harvey Lodge will be setting out on a solo expedition to walk the entire South West Coast Path – a distance of 630 miles. Starting at Minehead and finishing in Poole, he is aiming to complete the challenge within 8 weeks.

He is hoping to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK and WaterAid with your help.  The walk will entirely be self funded with all money raised going directly and evenly to the two charities.

‘Home for Good’ Challenge to Churches

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The Evangelical Alliance together with Care for the Family and the Churches Child Protection Advisory have been working together to respond to the huge challenge presented by increasing numbers of children coming into care.  The Home for Good initiative has been launched after extensive consultation with National Fostering and Adoption agencies and the government.

There is an information evening planned by Somerset County Council on Thurs July 11th at the Holiday Inn, Taunton at 7 pm. Krish Kandiah from the Home for Good campaign will be speaking.

It is right that the churches should be at the forefront of responding to this challenge. If one foster/adoptive family came from every church in the country then the existing short fall would easily be solved.

Please see the leaflet at the back of church for more details.

Midsummer Concert – 7 July at 7.30pm

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We are looking forward to the Midsummer Concert on Sunday 7th July at 7.30pm.

Music: will include Puccini’s La Bohème: Chegelida manina; Si. Mi chiamano Mimi; O soave fanciulla; Chilcott: A Little Jazz Mass; Granados: Andaluza. Singers: Naomi Harvey Soprano, Stephen Crook Tenor, Amy Carson Soprano, Josie Creswell Soprano, Musicians: Lynn Carter Oboe, Andrew Carter Piano and Organ, Mary Carson Violin, Ian Carson Piano, Mike Wager Piano, The Choir of St Mary Magdalene Church; Miles Quick Conductor.

Tickets £8 available in advance from the Bookshop, or at the door on the night.

Proceeds will go to the organ appeal.

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Lunchtime Concert – Soprano Josephine Cresswell

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FRIDAY 5th JULY LUNCHTIME CONCERT 1.00pm Josephine Cresswell (soprano) and John Young (piano), here at St Mary Magdalene.

Josie has been a chorister here since the age of 6, and head chorister for the last 5 years.

She continues her singing studies this September at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

There will be a retiring collection in aid of the organ renovation appeal.

St Mary’s Bells at Nynehead

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A very big thank you to everyone who supported the Cream Tea at Nynehead Court last Saturday. Your support was really appreciated.

The event raised nearly £400 for the Bell Fund.

Lighting in St Andrew’s Chapel

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“I am delighted to announce the completion of the lighting of St. Andrew’s Chapel. It makes a great difference to clergy leading the worship in the chapel that there is now directed light on to the altar. Also the spot lights no longer shine in our eyes. They are now pointed upwards to show up the art work and Christian symbols on the ceiling. In a few weeks, the spotlight bulbs will be replaced with energy efficient ones. We have noticed already a financial saving with the energy efficient lights in the main part of the church. St Andrew’s Chapel was formed 100 years ago last year – I am sure the founders would be delighted to see how attractive it looks and that it is still very well used for services and as a quiet spot for personal prayer.”

Rod

Use your Talents

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Last week a challenge was given to take a free £10 and use it to make a profit for the Organ Fund.

We have already heard of several enterprising projects and we look forward to the results. If you missed this, and would like to take part, do see Mick Polley.