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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.

DCYC Needs Your Help


Are you free on Friday 26th July, if so, we would love your help to prepare the campsite ready for over 400 children and leaders to use for DCYC (Devon Christian Youth Camps) this year!

Lots of help is required from putting up tents to stocking up the kitchen to washing the toilets so any help is gratefully received!

Please arrive at the campsite anytime from 10am onwards, and bring a packed lunch, a cooked evening meal is provided!

Bookshop Volunteers Needed


Bookshop volunteers are urgently needed to cover the 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month (9.30am – 12.30 pm) from beginning of August; generally to replace several volunteers who have passed away or are no longer able to help.

The church cannot remain open during weekday afternoons if there are insufficient volunteers.

Please help if you possibly can – contact Di or Mick Polley.

Race for Life 2013

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Diana and Jean in Race for Life 2013

“What an amazing occasion. 2,400 women of all ages, dressed in pink, gathered in Vivary Park on Sunday 14th July in tremendous heat in order to run, walk, dance or skip for 5 kilometres. Thousands of pounds will be raised in sponsorship money for Breast cancer research. As many of you reading this will know, our daughter in law, Paula, lost her battle with breast cancer on 25th March this year, and Diana Fletcher and I ran (well we walked) and raised money in her memory.

The atmosphere in the park was wonderful with joy, sadness and hope mixing. So many supporters cheered us on our way and our thanks go to you all who have supported us in prayer and fundraising.”

Jean Lee

St Andrew’s Chapel

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Victorian stencilling on the walls of St Andrew’s Chapel

The uplighters in St Andrew’s Chapel have been fitted and the work is now complete.

With the uplighters now shinning on the colourful walls and ceiling, it is so much better, illuminating the Victorian stencilling and embellished ceiling that were hidden in shadows before.

Embellished ceiling in St Andrew's Chapel

Embellished ceiling in St Andrew’s Chapel



Since it was started the people at the Foodbank have collected and sorted over 12 tonnes of food to the value of £20,000.

Your very generous donations continue to be most welcome, and really fill a need at this difficult time.

Use Your Talents


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Many thanks to those who are busy raising money for the organ restoration.

There are still £10 notes available from Mick Polley.

Message from Bishop Peter, Bath and Wells


“Dear Friends,

Saying goodbye is always difficult. Doing so now after 11 years as Bishop of Bath and Wells is doubly so. It has been a privilege and a joy to be among you and to seek to serve Christ together with you, Changing Lives, Changing Churches, Changing Communities.

Last Saturday the Farewell Service in the Cathedral, followed by the party on the Cathedral Green was a moving, joyous and life-giving occasion which Dee and I will never forget. The presence of so many in the Cathedral and on the Green was symptomatic of a warm and generous diocese. That generosity was more than amply demonstrated in the gifts of a wonderful cheque, and memorable picture of an occasion when I addressed the crowds at the Glastonbury Festival.

Thank you for all your kindness, affection and love, it means so much to us. And now, in words offered in the service ‘For all that has been, thanks’ and for all that is to come, ‘Yes’.

God bless, enrich, encourage and keep you in his love and care.”

Bishop Peter Price

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Dick Ackworth is asking you to visit in relation to how people with mental health problems are being adversely affected through re-assessment with the Work Capability Assessment, in particular his son, Edward.

There is a copy of his letter to Iain Duncan-Smith and more information at the back of church.

Race for Life in Aid of Cancer Research


On Sunday 14th July, Jean Lee and Diana Fletcher will be taking part in the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK.

As many of you are aware, Jean and John’s daughter-in-law, Paula, lost her fight against breast cancer in March this year and so both Jean and Diana will be taking part in her memory.

If you wish to sponsor them please see them at the back of church, but, most of all, please pray for them .

Thank you.

Walk for Life


On the 8th July 2013, Harvey Lodge will be setting out on a solo expedition to walk the entire South West Coast Path – a distance of 630 miles. Starting at Minehead and finishing in Poole, he is aiming to complete the challenge within 8 weeks.

He is hoping to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK and WaterAid with your help.  The walk will entirely be self funded with all money raised going directly and evenly to the two charities.

‘Home for Good’ Challenge to Churches


The Evangelical Alliance together with Care for the Family and the Churches Child Protection Advisory have been working together to respond to the huge challenge presented by increasing numbers of children coming into care.  The Home for Good initiative has been launched after extensive consultation with National Fostering and Adoption agencies and the government.

There is an information evening planned by Somerset County Council on Thurs July 11th at the Holiday Inn, Taunton at 7 pm. Krish Kandiah from the Home for Good campaign will be speaking.

It is right that the churches should be at the forefront of responding to this challenge. If one foster/adoptive family came from every church in the country then the existing short fall would easily be solved.

Please see the leaflet at the back of church for more details.