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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.



The spring edition of Manna, the free, quarterly Diocesan magazine is available now.

This latest edition of Manna features both lay and ordained people, talking about what it means to have a Christian calling .

Just a Bite


‘JUST A BITE’ – MOTHERS’ UNION meets in St Mary Magdalene Church on the first Wednesday of every month at 2.00pm and everyone is welcome. On Wednesday, 1st May there is a talk on Action & Outreach and Finances by Eileen Heath, Bath & Wells Mothers’ Union followed by a cup of tea.

More details from Marlene Phillips.

Laying on of Hands


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“On our return from Gibraltar, I received a lovely letter commending our Easter Services and particularly thanking us for the ministry of “Laying on of Hands” team, who offer to pray with folk at every service in the St. Andrew’s Chapel. So many people have found going for additional prayer so helpful throughout the years and I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who pray for others in this way.  If you are worried or troubled, do consider going for prayer after you have received communion.”

Rod Corke

The Church APCM


The Church APCM is held on Sunday 28th April at 4.00pm. Tea will be served from 3.30pm. We will be discussing reducing the size of the PCC, reviewing the annual report, hearing a little more about our link with the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Zambia and electing PCC members.

If you have been on the electoral roll of St Mary Magdalene for at least six months and you feel called to stand for the PCC, please find two sponsors and put your name forward at the back of Church.

We thank our Electoral Roll Officer, Fred Sage, for all his hard work producing the new roll – a copy has been pinned to the church notice board. Your name needs to be on the list for you to be able to vote at the APCM.

Welcome Tea


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We have lots of new folk in church – which is great news! Praise the Lord! If you are new, do come to the Welcome Tea at the vicarage on 19th May 2013 at 3.00pm.

Rita and I, and Jack the dog, would love to get to know you better.

2012 Annual Report and Accounts


The 2012 Annual Report and Accounts are available at the back of Church. Nomination Forms for Churchwardens and the PCC are also there.

The Annual Parish and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting is on Sunday 28th April at 4.00pm.

Tea will be served from 3.30pm.

TCT Representative for St Mary’s


We are looking for someone to represent St. Mary Magdalene’s at the TCT (Taunton Christians Together) meetings. (About 4 per year).

If you are interested in doing this please speak to Rod or one of the wardens.

Easter Heave


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Have you ever wondered where the expression ‘Heave Ho’ comes from?  It stems from the Easter Heave which is the lifting of a small person seated on a chair into the air by several strong people.  It represents Christ being raised from the dead.

From Birth through Death to Resurrection


A journey from Christmas (birth of Jesus) through to Easter (re-birth of Jesus) began with our Christmas tree in all its glory only to be shorn of its branches and made into a rood cross and then finally clothed in flowers.

See the journey in video with commentary by Dennis Cavaghan.


Our Christmas tree signifying the birth of Jesus.

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Through Lent we added the symbols of Jesus’ suffering.

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Stripped and naked representing the death of Jesus.

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On Easter Day our ladies added the flowers of new life.

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Adorned with flowers representing the resurrection of Jesus and new life for all.

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Paschal Candle lit on Easter morning representing Christ alive in our midst. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!  Halleujah!!


Electoral Roll


Monday 8th April  is the last day that you can enrol on the renewed Electoral Roll for St Mary’s Church.

This membership is open to all who live in the parish or who attend worship regularly. It enables you to vote at the annual meeting. The form is available at the back of church.

This year a completely new Electoral Roll will need to be prepared which means that, even if your name has previously been on the Electoral Roll, you will need to fill out an application form if you wish your name to appear on the new Roll.

There are application forms available at the back of Church or alternatively you can download and print off the pdf below.

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Church Weekend Away


Don’t forget to book now for our Parish Weekend Away: Friday 14th June until Sunday 16th.  Our speaker, Bishop George, spoke powerfully and amusingly at the 10am three Sundays ago.

Please speak to one of the clergy or a churchwarden if you want to know more. This will be an unique opportunity to build friendships, deepen your faith and have a lovely break.

Do see the display at the back of church.

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Spring and Summer Stalls


We are arranging a number of stalls during the spring and summer, the first of which will be books, puzzles and tombola on the 11th May.

We would like donations of puzzles and prizes for the tombola and also, for future stalls, we will be looking for toys, bric a brac, handbags and accessories, and more prizes for future tombolas.

Please leave anything you may have in the box provided.