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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.

Mothering Sunday

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Currently, we are journeying through Lent, and Holy Week and Easter are fast approaching. Next week is the fourth Sunday of Lent and this is Mothering Sunday. We will have a family communion service together and hopefully enjoy simnel cake and flower posies. Do come.

Families Mission Hub

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This week we had a positive meeting with the Taunton Deane Heritage Officer about the extension of the Coffee Shop and the possible conversion of the vicarage garage to a mission hub for families, children and young people. We still have a way to go, with permissions to seek and funds to raise. The money spent in the Coffee Shop is now being directed to our Tower Appeal and so the more the Coffee Shop is used, the quicker the work will be done. Sandra Hall and her team work so hard and we are very grateful to them for all they do.

Rod’s Collation at Great Malvern Priory

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“Rita and I are delighted that so many of you are coming to Great Malvern Priory for my collation on the 24th June at 6 pm. If you haven’t signed up yet and would like to come please find the sheets at the back of church. The coach will pick up at St Mary Magdalene at 1.45pm and at Hankridge (behind Sainsburys) at 2pm. The cost will be £20 or under. If you are proposing to travel in your own car it would be helpful if you would sign the second sheet so the Priory can work out the numbers they will be catering for. I have been asked several times why I am being ‘collated’ and what that word means. Every parish has patrons. Our patrons are the Church Patronage Trust.  The patrons usually attend the interviews and it is their role to present the chosen candidate to the Bishop to be instituted and installed. At Great Malvern Priory, patrons were local landed gentry. A while back they sold the right to present the new vicar to the Bishop of Worcester. Clearly, the Bishop cannot present me and receive me as the new incumbent and so instead I am collated, instituted and installed. Isn’t the Church of England wonderful?”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Voice PC

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“I am delighted to report that our young people who attend Voice PC are really having a lot of fun and fellowship together. The group is mixed ages and they all attend different schools. Some attend St James’s Church and others sing with our choristers. There are so many of us up there on a Friday night that it is getting a bit squashed! To relieve things a little bit we have purchased a new flipchart and a spotlight has been fitted so we can see clearly. Nick Jarrett has joined us on the team and we are really pleased that he is with us.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

MAP

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A while back, we distributed the church’s current Mission Action Plan (MAP) which details what we hope to achieve during the year. The Mission Committee reviewed this recently and we agreed that we have met approximately 80% of our targets. This is very good news. This year the Annual Parish Church Meeting (APCM) will be held on 29th April. The new PCC will be elected. Is God calling you to stand?

Great Malvern Priory – Update

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GREAT MALVERN PRIORY – 24th June, Service of Collation

  • We are arranging for a coach to go to Great Malvern. It will leave St Mary Magdalene at 1.45pm (changed from 3.00pm) and 2.00pm from Hankridge, on the 24th June. Please could you indicate with a H or M which is your preferred pick up point.
  • We need to arrange this reasonably quickly as June is a busy month. The cost would be around £16/20pp depending on numbers.  We would appreciate if you could sign up ASAP if you would like a seat on the coach.
  • For catering purposes, please sign the sheet at the back of church if you are travelling to Great Malvern by car.

If you are going independently, then please sign the second sheet so we have an idea about the catering.

Organic Appetisers

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ORGANIC APPETISERS after the 10.00am service at about 11.30am on …

  • Sunday 25th February 2018 – John Bodiley: the organ’s ability to sustain, pointing out the differences with other keyboard instruments. Le Banquet Celeste – Messiaen

Once again, a delicious appetiser will be served by our choral culinary experts. Please do stay for 15-20 minutes after the service to enjoy this musical and culinary feast!

Retiring Collection for the Organ Renovation Fund.

Women’s World Day of Prayer

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Women’s World Day of Prayer, Friday 2nd March.

There is a service10.30am at Taunton Baptist Church and a shortened service here at St Mary’s 1.15pm to 1.45pm. We need people who will read short pieces. This is an enjoyable, informal service and the material will be provided beforehand. Please see Sasha Collard if you can help.

Christian Aid Rep

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“We are still in need of a Christian Aid Rep. We are big supporters of Christian Aid and we do need someone to oversee this link. Is God calling you to do this? Please see Ronnie King for more details or me.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Lent Talks

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This year we have not organised Lent Talks but we have been invited by St John’s, Temple Methodist and the URC to join them in exploring Lent under the title “Holy Habits.” The sessions will be held on five Tuesdays at 2.30pm at the URC and 7.30pm at Temple. The first session is on 27th February. This course, which is based on Luke’s pen-picture of the early Church in Acts, identifies ten holy habits which should be characteristic of Christians and the Church. Again, may I commend to you the Lent readings on sale in the bookshop.

MU Wave of Prayer

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“I was delighted to attend the Mothers’ Union Wave of Prayer afternoon led beautifully by Margaret Allen. We prayed for link Mothers’ Union groups all over the world.”

Rod Corke, Vicar