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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.

Peregrin Open Day


Yesterday saw the Peregrine Open Day and we look forward to following the pair as they try to raise a family.   Binoculars and telescopes should be trained on the tower and cameras will record the activity of the peregrines which will then be broadcast to the TV set up in the North corner of the church. As the peregrines have been observed mating we really hope to see a family there later in the Spring.

Easter Flowers


The glorious sight of a church beautifully decorated with lilies will greet everyone on Easter Morning as we celebrate the wonderful news of Jesus, our risen Lord. If you have flowers in your garden and you are able to bring a few that morning they will be used to decorate the Easter cross which is always a moving sight. Thank you to all who donated lilies in memory of loved ones and and big thank you to the flower team for such dedicated work.

Peregrine Open Day


Bullet and Bulletina

The peregrine falcons were observed mating last Sunday afternoon which is exciting!  They have been observed within the crown of the tower but, as yet, have not ventured into the nesting box.

Do come along to the Peregrine Open Day on Saturday 24th March between 10am and 4pm.

  • 10.00 – 16.00 – Launch of the live screen in the church
  • 10.30               – Official launch live screen
  • 11.00                – Talk by peregrine expert Ed Drewitt
  • 11.30                – Talk by Michael Leigh-Mallory – ‘An Introduction to the Taunton Peregrines’

This will be an opportunity to hear more about these wonderful birds and the TV cameras will broadcast for the first time in the north aisle.

It is hoped that from 24th March, the TV will show a live feed every day.

Easter Lily


If you would like to donate an Easter Lily  in memory of a loved one please could you put this in an envelope and hand to either the church wardens or to the parish office.

Please make sure that, if you wish to add your loved one’s name to the list, you print their name clearly on the front of the envelope.

Cheryl Birkett & Team


Love from Tekna


We were delighted that so many of you came to the Mothering Sunday service last week.  The next family communion will be on my last Sunday, 27th May.

We would like to thank the Tekna team who made over 200 poses and fridge magnets to give away as gifts, and  Sue Palmer who made a delicious simnel cake for us all to enjoy.

Holy Week Activities


Don’t forget to come to our reflections in Holy Week. These are being led by Preb Chris Marshall who was Rector at St Andrew’s Wiveliscombe and we look forward to Chris’ ministry amongst us. The Revd Stephen Mares is our preacher on Good Friday morning and we will be joining our friends at St James’ after the service and then walking in a procession of witness to the Market House in the centre of town. If you have any flowers in your garden and are able to bring them on Easter Sunday morning to decorate the Easter cross, it would be very much appreciated.

Morning and Evening Prayers


Every morning and evening, prayers are said at St Mary’s. We are looking for folk who will commit to leading morning prayer during the interregnum. This is not a difficult task and a prayer is the beating heart of church life – we need this witness to continue. If you would like to consider doing this, please speak to Valerie Gaskill ASAP.

Bishops’ Lent Appeal 2018


Now in its second year, the Bishops’ Lent Appeal is becoming a key fixture in the life of the diocese.  Last year’s appeal raised over £16,000 to support refugees in Somerset and in Athens, Greece.  This year’s appeal is linked to the 40th Anniversary of the B&W link with 5 Anglican dioceses in Zambia particularly supporting Lay Ministry both here in Somerset and Zambia.  Our celebrations marking our own link with Lusaka is Sunday 15th July when we welcome back Father Charlie, Dean of Lusaka, who will be taking our morning service.  Full details of the Appeal are on the table at the back of the church giving details of how to donate, including Gift Aid envelopes which can be passed to a Churchwarden who will ensure all monies are forwarded to Bath and Wells. Information is also on their website: 

Healing Services


HEALING SERVICES are held on the second Sunday of the month. They are open to everyone and include hymns, a reading and prayers for healing in mind and body, with the Laying on of Hands for those who wish it. The Healing Grace of God is open to all.


Worship@5 – Reconciliation


Sunday 18th March @ 5pm. Jean Lee with be talking on ‘Reconciliation’. Doors open at 4.30pm for a chat and a cuppa.

Interregnum Preparation


As we prepare for the interregnum, there are three positions we need to fill.

Firstly we need a new Christian Aid Rep who will help us to consider supporting aid work in Third World countries.

Secondly, we need a co-editor for the parish magazine ‘Together’-these are the skills required:-
–  Basic understanding of word processing, particularly pasting and copying material from one document to another.
–  Familiarity of using email and including attachments.
–  Knowing how to store and organise material on (your own) computer.
–  Email, telephone and face to face communication skills – (to be able to chase up material and clarify/correct material) without causing upset).

Thirdly, it would be very useful to have a third person to join Liz and Nick in VoicePC on a Friday evening 7.45pm to 9.00pm .
–  A sense of fun and an enjoyment of being with young people in a Christian environment are the only qualifications.
–  Possibly this could be a once a fortnight commitment in term time.
–  No teaching or planning will be expected.

Is God calling you to help in any of these three areas? Do see me ASAP

Christian Aid


“I will be the Mayor’s Chaplain in May and as this clashes with Christian Aid Week, is there any person or group who would be interested in taking on this worthwhile task? In the past 4 years St Mary’s has raised £5,500. To find out more, without commitment, do contact me.”

Ronnie King