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
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Join up – It’s good for the soul.
The Courage to Sing Choir is for anyone who wants and loves to sing and have fun doing it. You don’t need to be able to read music, hold a tune or keep rhythm. The terrified and tone-deaf are welcome! There’s no audition and you won’t be put on the spot. You will find yourself in a group with people who, perhaps like you, have fears about singing or think they are no good at it. The emphasis is on fun, lifting our spirits and singing our hearts out, for the love of it! We will be singing Pop and Rock, also Gospel, Soul, World, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Folk Choir styles.
Additional benefits are improved health, an increase in self-confidence, and greater presence in all aspects of life.
Day: Thursday Evenings
Where: St James Church Hall, St James Street, Taunton, TA1 1JS
Dates: Start date for Spring Term April 18.
Contact: Lorrayn de Peyer
Who it is for: The Taunton choir is for anybody and everybody who loves to sing
Turn up and have a free taster to see if you like it.
Sunday 30th June at St John’s at 3.00pm
Miles Quick, our Director of Music, is giving an organ recital at St John’s Church.
Refreshments in the hall afterwards.