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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.

Worship@5 – How can I be assured that God will help me when I need Him most?

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Worship@5 will next take place on Sunday of 21st May.  Rod will lead and speak on the theme ” How can I be assured that God will help me when I need Him most?”  Doors will open as usual at 4.30pm so that you may come and bring a friend for a cuppa and chat.  The 45 minute service will follow at 5pm.  the worship will be informal and the subject matter relevant.  Do give it a go.

 

Wednesday Breakaway

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Next Wednesday Breakaway meeting will take placed on 7th June with the heading, “Unleash your artistic side” and come and have a go at fabric weaving.  Create a unique piece of art with us at 9.30am in the children’s corner.  Stay for tea and cake afterwards.  All welcome.  Advance notice: 4th October at 10.30am we welcome Philippa Reid.  An accomplished artist who exhibited work in St Mary Magdalene’s last Summer.  She has agreed to run a quilling workshop for us.  Numbers will be limited so look out for the sign up sheet in church next month.

Church Weekend Away at Buckfast Abbey

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CHURCH WEEKEND AWAY 22-24 SEPTEMBER 2017 AT BUCKFAST ABBEY

Leaflets for our weekend away are available at the back of church. Bishop Peter and his wife Jane are joining us and it will be a great time of fellowship, relaxation and deepening our faith.  Up to 37 people have already signed up so please do come and join us, we would love to see you there.

St John’s News

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St John’s News

  • Sunday 4th June—the licensing of Revd Julia French by the Archdeacon of Taunton at 4pm during Sung Evensong. This service will be followed by Benediction and preceded by tea and cake.

Time Capsule at the Somerset Heritage Centre

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“On Wednesday, a group of us visited the Somerset Heritage Centre to witness the wrapping of all that is going in our time capsule.  We were very impressed and very soon we will be putting the capsule in the tower ceiling where it will remain until 2217.  We hope to organise a Signature trip to the centre so more folk can look around as soon as possible.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

There’s always time for a cuppa.

A sampling of the items chosen to go in the Time Capsule.

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Can you Spare an Hour?

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On Saturday 13th May we will be holding a Display and Collection in our Churchyard for Christian Aid’s Appeal for the families and especially the children, starving in East Africa.  From 10am to 3pm, I need a few people who could spare an hour to hold a collecting bucket as the town’s folk pass through our Churchyard.  I have the buckets, I just need you if you feel able to stand around for an hour. My contact details are in TOGETHER.”

Ronnie

No Parking

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Please note that there will be NO PARKING in the churchyard on Saturday 13th May.

If you are working in the church as a volunteer, please keep your car park receipt for a refund.

 

Busy Sunday @ St Mary’s

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Last Sunday was a very busy time at St Mary’s.  At our 10 o’clock service we welcomed some special visitors from Lusaka in Zambia.  Catherine Mwanza, Stella Mataka and Beatrice Mkokweza are all members of The Mother’s Union who were visiting MU branches in Somerset. Thanks go to our Mother’s Union members for looking after them.  After the 10.00am service we held our Annual Parish Church Meeting with election of officials and debate on a possible designation of our church as an urban Minster. Then finally, at our Worship@5 service, we were treated to Marcus Paul as guest preacher, along with the presentation of certificates to the winners of the schools’ Carillon Competition.  Well done to all!

Our MU Lusaka visitors in full song

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Benefice News

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Two pieces of benefice news. Firstly, our friends from St John’s will be joining us for the Ascension Day Service on Thursday 25th May at St Mary Magdalene. Do put this date in your diary. On  Sunday 4th June the Revd Julia French will be licenced to the Benefice during the evensong service at 4 pm at St John’s.  Julia will continue her work as hospital chaplain and her parish ministry will be mostly at St John’s. Please pray for Julia and this important time in her ministerial journey.

Church Weekend Away at Buckfast Abbey

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“The Church Weekend Away at Buckfast Abbey 22nd – 24th September is being planned and I have spoken this week with Bishop Peter. We have agreed the theme, “Snakes and Ladders.” As a fun thing to do, we will enjoy games of snakes and ladders together, so, if you are coming and have a set in the loft, do bring it along. There are still spaces on the weekend and, if you would like to come, there are leaflets  at the back of church. If you are new to St Mary’s , a church weekend away is a good opportunity to get to know folks.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

APCM Today

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After the 10.00am service today, at 11.45am we will be holding our Annual Parish Church Meeting and we do hope you can stay. After the elections of the Church Wardens and PCC members we will have a discussion about whether we accept Taunton Deane’s invitation to invite the Bishop of Bath and Wells to decide whether we move to being designated an urban minister. There will be a five minute speeches for and against, a full discussion and a straw poll at the end. The final decision will be made by the new PCC. We would like as many voices to be heard as possible. Margaret has worked very hard to produce the annual report and copies are available today. We would like to thank her so much for all her hard work. The booklet details most of the activities that happen at St Mary Magdalene’s and it is amazing to consider how much mission activity occurs.