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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.

Use Your Talents




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Remember this Sunday that we are handing out £10 notes!. Yes, entirely free. The catch is, however, that when you hand it back in due course you will be adding more £10 notes to it, because you will have been supremely inventive in using the cash to make more cash. See the separate leaflet at back of church for more details.

“Vicar gives out £550, receives back nearly £10,000!” You may have seen the story in the national press earlier this year: Revd Richard Steel of St John’s, Kirkheaton made very effective use of the Parable of the Talents to generate funds for the renovation of his church. Their target is £448,000; our Father Willis organ needs under half that amount – £200,000 – and your ingenuity can help us to reach it. The Kirkheaton congregation built bird-boxes, decorated wooden trinket boxes and cord-pulls, made chocolate truffles, produced a recipe book, created original artworks and home-made cards, bought and sold on eBay, plus presumably many other ideas which the papers didn’t record, and there’s every reason to believe that our congregation is just as inventive. You undoubtedly have hidden and not-so-hidden talents, and we’d love you to put them to this very practical purpose.


Summer Stall – Toys & Tombola



This will be run by Tekna, and they are seeking donations of toys.

There will also be a Tombola. Thank you to everyone who donated bottles for the Tombola Stall on 1st June. It was a great success. Of course, more bottles will be needed for the 29th but they do not have to be expensive – any bottle will do. Donations should be put in the usual pews.

StMM Bellringers at Nynehead Court


On Saturday 22nd June, in support of the Bells of St Mary’s Bell Project, our  bellringers are going to be at Nynehead Court for a fun…, fun…, fund-raising time.  Cream teas, a raffle and all that Nynehead Court has to offer.

The Project plan is to melt down and recast all fifteen bells, to re-hang them in a lower chamber, and to replace the old carillon system.

The Project goal is to provide St Mary’s with a tuneful ring of bells on which the younger generation can learn to ring and a Carillon which will serve St Mary’s church and Taunton for many generations to come.

To learn more about this Project there is a leaflet available or go to our web site but in the meantime join us at Nynehead Court.  Bells start ringing at 2:30pm!

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Cancer Care


We are currently looking for volunteers for our service in your areas. Somerset Cancer Care provides support to those affected by cancer in your community through informal support groups. We are looking for volunteers who are 18 and over for the following – meet, greet and refreshment volunteers; listening volunteers; volunteer therapists. We have these roles in both Taunton and Minehead. All volunteers receive full training so do not have to have any experience. For more information they will need to contact Natalie Brady.

 Natalie Brady

Somerset Cancer Care Macmillan Area Co-ordinator





1-IMG_3242 - cropped-001_miniHere is one of the stunning floral displays produced by the gifted flower team of St Mary’s.

How fortunate we are!

‘Just a Bite’ – Mothers’ Union


Meets in St Mary Magdalene Church on the first Wednesday of every month at 2.00pm and all are welcome. More details from Marlene Phillips.

(Please contact Rosemary Sage during June. and July.)



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On behalf of Diane and myself can we say a massive thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Foodbank at St. Mary Magdalene. Over the last two months alone we have donated over 10 kilograms of food which is very much needed now that the number of people is increasing every week at the URC Church. 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.

Hear this and more!


Lynn and Andrew Carter

If you missed their outstanding lunchtime performance in June, you can see Lynn and Andrew again together with Naomi Harvey Soprano, Stephen Crook Tenor and Mike Wager Piano, in a month’s time at our Midsummer Concert on Sunday 7th July at 7:00pm.

Music to include:

  • Puccini’s La Boheme; Che gelida manina; Si Mi chiamano Mimi; O soave fanciulla Chilcott
  • Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass

Here, however, is a taster of what you missed and of what you can hear if you come to the Midsummer Concert.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Lunchtime Concert


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Friday 7th June at 1:00pm

A lunchtime Concert given by husband and wife duo Andrew and Lynn Carter, piano and oboe.

Many of you will know that Andrew is one of our regular organists, and Lynn is a world class oboist.

A treat not to be missed!


Summer Stalls


Tombola was popular amongst the Summer Stalls on a sunny, Summer, Saturday.   

(Some people will do anything to get in a photo!)

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Weekly Word covers Pentecost


Every week St Mary’s Weekly Word looks into the Bible to find what God is saying to us today.  We find Bible passages to read and questions to ponder.

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We have just started a new series based around the theme of Pentecost.

For seven weeks (from Penecost Sunday to end of June) we will be looking at encouraging aspects of the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Weekly Word can be found under Quick Links on the Home Page.



As a welcoming church we need welcomers! Do you feel able to offer your help on a team – just once every six weeks? It would be lovely to have you. Thank you.

Please speak to Shirley Gurnham if you are interested.