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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.

Christianity Explored

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Beginning on 30th October we are planning to run a discipleship course called ‘Christianity Explored’  in the Upper room.

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This will be an exciting opportunity to refresh or renew your faith and this course covers all the basics.

It is too early to sign up for it yet but do note it in your diaries.

If you are interested and want to find out more why not have a chat with Rod?

Choir Break

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Today is the final Sunday before we enjoy a quiet time in Church during August. In August the choir take a well deserved break and the regular church groups and committees do not meet.

During this time a lot of planning is done as well as the completion of those tasks that get left when church life is more frenetic.

Bell Restoration Group

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Sadly Jeff Knipe, the leader of the Bell Restoration Group has had to step down through ill health but we are delighted that Rosemary Tuhey has agreed to take over this important role.

The current balance in the fund is an incredible £36,427.33 which is the fruit of much hard work.

The grant applications are proceeding.

Mulberry Picking at the Vicarage

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Over 500 years old, our listed mulberry tree at the Vicarage

Over 500 years old, our listed mulberry tree at the Vicarage

The mulberries are ready!

The first crop is ripe for picking and they are delicious. If you have not eaten a mulberry, do not miss this opportunity. They look and taste rather like a blackberry (but the flavour is unique and delicious).

Here is what to do: Come to the Vicarage on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday morning between 10.00 am and midday. Just tell the Office what you are doing. Wear old clothes/gloves. Mulberries bleed profusely (do not be put off by this!) and bring a container and fill it. If you can bring a small step ladder – it would help. Take them home and try them in a crumble, or with cream, or make mulberry jam. Enjoy.

The tree is listed and is over 500 years old.

Dick Acworth Says Thanks

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DICK ACWORTH thanks all who have signed his petition at www.IAgreeWithDick.org in relation to how people with mental health problems are being adversely affected through re-assessment with the Work Capability Assessment.

So far some 11500 people have signed, but he would love this to get to 15000 and then 100 000, so that a wider audience can be reached.

Do sign if you haven’t, and encourage your family and friends to do so as well. Many thanks.

Nik’s Farewell

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Thank you to all who have expressed how much they will miss Nik. A farewell tea and cake has been arranged for Saturday 10th August at 12.00 noon and everyone is welcome.

If you would like to contribute to a leaving gift please see the Church wardens or hand in a gift at the Church Office.

We have already advertised for a replacement but if you know anyone who would be interested in varied employment for 30 hours a week then contact the Parish Office.

Welcome Prince George

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We are all thrilled that Prince George, our future king, has arrived safely. Congratulations to his parents William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

 

Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton

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On Sunday 21st July, we welcome the Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton, who will preach and celebrate at the 10.00am service.

We are looking forward to his message to us which you will be able to hear on our Sermons page.

Bishop Peter will be delighted to speak with you after the service.

Farewell Nik

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It is with regret that the PCC have had to accept the resignation of our hard working and able caretaker, Nik. He will be leaving us on Saturday, 10th August. Nik to take up full time employment.

We wish him well and are planning a farewell for him at 12.00 noon on Saturday, 10th August to thank him for all he has done for us. We hope as many of you as possible will be able to come.

Nik and his family will remain members of our congregation, and he will continue on the PCC and be our Health and Safety Officer.

There will be a collection for Nik and if you would like to contribute, please either give it to one of the wardens or take it into the Parish Office.

Digital Organ Secured

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You will be pleased to hear that we have secured a temporary digital organ for use as back up and during the renovation of the Father Willis.

We have a problem with where to place it and the only solution seems to be on the right hand side, as you face the altar, between the choir stalls and the high altar.

Hopefully the access to St. Andrew’s chapel will not be affected.

New Sound System

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The PCC have also approved a new sound system for the church. The current one is failing fast.

Soon, new speakers will appear on the pillars and these are designed to blend into the stone work.

Hopefully this work will be completed in September.

Race for Life 2013

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Thank you!

“Diana Fletcher and I would like to thank all of you who supported us last Sunday, both with prayer and sponsorship.

Together with 2,400 women of all ages we completed the 5k course and Diana and I have raised in excess of £400 for Cancer research in memory of Paula.

A truly wonderful result.

Thank you.”

Jean Lee