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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.

‘Just a Bite’ – Mothers’ Union


Meets in St Mary Magdalene Church on the first Wednesday of every month at 2.00pm and all are welcome. More details from Marlene Phillips.

(Please contact Rosemary Sage during June. and July.)



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On behalf of Diane and myself can we say a massive thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Foodbank at St. Mary Magdalene. Over the last two months alone we have donated over 10 kilograms of food which is very much needed now that the number of people is increasing every week at the URC Church. 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.

Hear this and more!


Lynn and Andrew Carter

If you missed their outstanding lunchtime performance in June, you can see Lynn and Andrew again together with Naomi Harvey Soprano, Stephen Crook Tenor and Mike Wager Piano, in a month’s time at our Midsummer Concert on Sunday 7th July at 7:00pm.

Music to include:

  • Puccini’s La Boheme; Che gelida manina; Si Mi chiamano Mimi; O soave fanciulla Chilcott
  • Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass

Here, however, is a taster of what you missed and of what you can hear if you come to the Midsummer Concert.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Lunchtime Concert


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Friday 7th June at 1:00pm

A lunchtime Concert given by husband and wife duo Andrew and Lynn Carter, piano and oboe.

Many of you will know that Andrew is one of our regular organists, and Lynn is a world class oboist.

A treat not to be missed!


Summer Stalls


Tombola was popular amongst the Summer Stalls on a sunny, Summer, Saturday.   

(Some people will do anything to get in a photo!)

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Weekly Word covers Pentecost


Every week St Mary’s Weekly Word looks into the Bible to find what God is saying to us today.  We find Bible passages to read and questions to ponder.

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We have just started a new series based around the theme of Pentecost.

For seven weeks (from Penecost Sunday to end of June) we will be looking at encouraging aspects of the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Weekly Word can be found under Quick Links on the Home Page.



As a welcoming church we need welcomers! Do you feel able to offer your help on a team – just once every six weeks? It would be lovely to have you. Thank you.

Please speak to Shirley Gurnham if you are interested.

Taunton Foodbank


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

There is a particular shortage of 1lb bags of sugar (as opposed to the normal 2lb bags).

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Thank you for your ongoing support.

Trinity Sunday


Sunday 26th May – Trinity Sunday— the day when we explore what it means to worship a Trinitarian God.

A classic definition of the Trinity is:

The Trinity defines God as three divine persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; “one God in three persons”. The three persons are distinct, yet are one “substance, essence or nature”.

A nature is what one is, while a person is who one is.

Join us as we explore this further.


A Very Special Weekend


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Last weekend was very special indeed.  Starting on Saturday 18th May, the PCC Away Day at the Mill House was encouraging. We basked in the sunshine in beautiful surroundings. In the afternoon, the PCC discussed updating the Coffee Shop area and several suggestions were put forward.


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At our 10:00am service on Sunday, Fr. Frank preached powerfully on “The Holy Spirit”. If you missed his sermon you can hear it again on our Sermons page.  He has now returned to The Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka taking with him our warm greetings.

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At 5.30pm Margaret Caddick and her hard working team produced a cream tea to greet Bishop Peter Price as he came to preach at the service held to commemorate the centenary of the Taunton & Somerset Music, Drama & Dance.  The worship which followed was rich and spiritually uplifting.  We pray for Peter and Dee that they adjust comfortably to a well earned retirement in June.


Highlights of these and other activities of this special weekend can be seen in our ‘Bumper Pentecost Weekend’ video!



Meets in St Mary Magdalene Church on the first Wednesday of every month at 2.00pm and all are welcome.

More details from Marlene Phillips (please contact Rosemary Sage during June and July).

Day of Pentecost


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Pentecost (Whit Sunday) is when we remember and celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem just as Jesus had promised.

It is a delight to see the Pentecost banner once more looking so splendid.

“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:1-4