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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.

Paul’s Farewell


On Sunday 13th January 2013, the congregation of St Mary’s said farewell to Paul, our Curate for 3 1/2 years before he goes off to be incumbent of the Parish of Water Orton, north-east of Birmingham.  The occasion was marked with gifts and a bring and share lunch.  It was a good time enjoyed by many.

“I have been so grateful and touched by the way you have marked important occasions in my life over the past three and a half years, including my two ordinations, first presiding at the Eucharist, and even my 40th birthday. I was overwhelmed by your generosity in my leaving gift and for the messages of goodwill received, together with the lunch provided on my final Sunday. The time I have spent with you has been a real earning process for me but more than that it has been a time when I have felt accepted and enjoyed the company of so many of you, and your generous hospitality. All good things have to come to an end but I will always have special memories of my time with you at St. Mary Magdalene’s.” Paul

Here is a video of some of the highlights

Fr Bob’s Parish, Kafue


In September 2012, a group from St Mary’s visited Zambia to join in the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the of the construction of The Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka. Here Fr Bob shows us his new Parish of Kafue and shares his future plans.


Thank you Paul


This is the final Sunday of Paul’s curacy at St Mary’s. He will be saying goodbye to us at each of the three services.

We thank him for all the ministry he has given here which has been so appreciated.

After the 10.00am service there will be coffee followed by a bring and share lunch.  at this time Paul will be presented with a gift from the parish.

Paul will begin his ministry at Water Orton on 11th  February when he will be inducted. There is a large group going up by coach to support him. If you would like to join us then you would be most welcome. Please see a Church Warden to book your place.

The Service of Institution begins at 7:00pm.  The coach will leave from outside the church at 3.15pm. The return journey will start at 9.00pm, so we should reach Taunton just before midnight. Please will anyone who may require help getting home at that time approach the Churchwardens, who will seek volunteers to offer lifts.

Coffee Shop Listeners


This Sunday (13th) we commission the Coffee Shop Listeners who will start their ministry immediately. Look out for them in the coffee shop and at the back of church on Sunday mornings.

If you feel you would welcome their company do chat with them.

This new initiative was first mooted at the PCC Away Day last year and we are thrilled to see it come to fruition.

Taunton Street Pastors


TAUNTON STREET PASTORS are starting a training course on Monday 14 January at 7.00 pm at North Street Church, Taunton.

There is more information at the back of Church.

Churchyard Parking


As many of you know, we were very disappointed to see the Churchyard grass so churned up after a recent wedding blessing. We are most grateful to John and Nik who have begun some remedial work. This incident has made us realise that we need a tighter management plan for this area and this will be debated at PCC on 15th January (PCC members please think about this particularly).

Please do not park in this special area unless you are on church business.

Thank You Sue


We are very pleased that Sue Goddard has taken over the role of Advertising Manager for the magazine from Steve Jenkins. Thank you Sue. We also thank Steve who has built up the advertising significantly and helped to contribute greatly to the updating of the magazine over a number of years.

5 Star Inspection Rating!


The Coffee Shop has been inspected by Taunton Deane Environmental Health Officers and we have received the maximum 5 stars in the health and hygiene rating. This is wonderful news and a tribute to the volunteers who work so hard to keep serving our church community. Checking the fridge temperature, training volunteers (thank you Shirley), keeping a log, and keeping the area clean and tidy (thank you Nick) have helped us achieve this.



Sunday 6th January is Epiphany – a major feast day in the Church calendar.

Epiphany celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. Christians commemorate principally the visitation of the Biblical Magi to the Baby Jesus, and thus Jesus’ physical manifestation to the Gentiles.

Today the Magi (probably from Persia and followers of an ancient belief system called Zoroastrianism) are better known as the Three Wise Men or Three Kings (although Matthew’s Gospel doesn’t mention how many of them there were).

Paul’s Final Service


Sunday 13th January is Paul’s final service before he takes up his first living at Water Alton in the Birmingham Diocese. If you would like to stay for the bring and share meal afterwards, this is the last opportunity to sign up. If you wish to contribute to a leaving present, please see the Church Wardens.

There is still room on the coach for the trip to Water Orton on 11th February.  If you have already requested a seat please give your £19 as soon as possible to one of the Churchwardens.  This is not refundable except in the event of cancellation by the coach company.  If there are more participants than expected, we shall give a pro rata refund.  Details of the trip will appear in due course.

Please sign Paul’s farewell card at the back of the church after the service, or at the Bookshop during the week.

Vacancy – Assistant Director of Music


We are extremely grateful to Brian Cresswell who is directing the choristers at the moment . This is temporary cover and we are seeking a permanent replacement for Ros. The leads we have had have all run dry and we are asking if anyone knows of a person we can approach to take on the role of Assistant Director of Music.

The choristers practice for one hour on a Friday evening and sing at the Church Family Services and at Festival times.

This is a paid part-time post.