This Sunday 10th February, we welcome our Archdeacon – The Venerable John Reed. John will preach and preside at the 10.00am service and we are looking forward to his ministry. I have now worked alongside John for over seven years and he has been a considerable source of support and encouragement to Rita and I.
Don’t forget to come to the Ash Wednesday Service , this Wednesday at 7.30pm. The imposition of ashes will be offered to those who would like to receive this ministry.
This marks the beginning of Lent.
This week saw the beginning of the MU’s “Just a Bite” sessions and we were pleased to welcome so many people. We intend to run the group once a month on the first Wednesday at 2.00pm and a programme of speakers has been arranged. We would be delighted to see more folk come along.
On Sunday 2nd February we celebtate Candlemas.
Candlemas is the remembrance of the time when Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem forty days after his birth to complete Mary’s ritual purification after childbirth, and to perform the redemption of the firstborn, in obedience to the Law of Moses (Leviticus 12, Exodus 13:12-15, etc.). St.Luke says that Joseph and Mary take the option provided for poor people (those who could not afford a lamb) (Leviticus 12:8), sacrificing “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” Leviticus 12:1-4 indicates that this event should take place forty days after birth for a male child, hence the Presentation is celebrated forty days after Christmas.
The pigs are coming to St. Mary Magdalene! The bronze pigs, were originally in the Town‘s pig market (Orchard Court). They have been restored and painted and they will be placed near the children’s corner to raise money for the church bells. Look out for them!
Volunteers are sought to act as Secretary to the Branch Representatives’ Council and Chairman of the Marketing and Communications Committee. Details are at the back of Church.
As there is no Magdalene Fayre this year we would like to have some stalls in the Churchward during the Spring and Summer. If you are interested in either helping to run a stall or providing something to stock any of the following, please let Nik know. Nik would set up and clear away on the day. Intended stalls, Books; Toys & Games; Puzzles; Gardenng; Bric a Brac; Cakes; Tekna Activities; Tombola; Flower Displays. If anyone can suggest any other type of stall please speak with Nik.
BABY HATS for Musgrove Park Hospital – Just a reminder, Musgrove are need of more baby bonnets so we are grateful to any of you who are able to knit some. There are patterns and wool available at the back of Church. We are also grateful for any 4ply or DK wool.
The latest edition is now available. If you have not already received the Diocesan Magazine please collect your free copy from the table opposite the Coffee Shop.
This coming week on Wednesday at 2.00pm we have the first MU “Just A Bite” meeting. This is a new venture, open to anyone, male or female, with refreshment provided.
At the first meeting, Rowena Merson, the Diocesan representative for the M.U., is coming to enthuse us. We hope these monthly meetings will be fun, interesting and an opportunity for good fellowship together.
Many thanks to Marlene Philips for all the hard work she has put in to this new venture.
Please come if you can.
We are delighted that we are having several episcopal visits this term.
- Bishop Peter (Bath and Wells) will be with us for Evensong at Pentecost and Bishop Peter (Taunton) will join us at 10.00am for our Patronal festival in July.
- Bishop George, the former Bishop of Southwell (Nottingham), is coming on 17th March to help promote our Church Weekend Away at Glenfall House in June.
- Bishop David from Wales, and a great supporter of this church, will be here on Easter Sunday morning.
You may have wondered what has happened to the Taunton/St. Mary Magdalene’s episode in the new “Great Railway Journeys” series. I contacted the producer and have been told that our episode is part of the journey fromLondon Paddington to Newton Abbot. This begins to air on Monday 28th and as we are half way through Michael’s adventure, the current expectation is that it will be the episode broadcast on Wednesday 30th January at 6.30pm on BBC 2. But all could change!