As you may have seen in the Somerset Gazette, Taunton Deane have pledged £3500 towards a webcam link and scape support for our peregrines. We will seek additional funding from other grant bodies, and when this is fully financed, we will go ahead. The tower will be inaccessible during the breeding season February to May, but outside these times, the peregrines are unlikely to be bothered by us. So we are holding a Tower Open Day this Bank Holiday Monday and funds raised will be split between the Organ Appeal and work which is still needed on the bell project.
A couple of “teas” to make you aware of. The first is a special afternoon tea in the Coffee Shop on Sunday 10th September at 3.30pm in aid of Dene Barton Hospital. We are holding this fundraising event as a “thank you” to the staff team for their help in enabling Val Oates to recover from the terrible car accident she and her husband Paul suffered. Please help us raise some funds and enjoy afternoon tea with us (I can guarantee it will be very good!). Tickets are on sale in the Book Shop and cost £8.00 per person and £15.00 per couple.
The second “tea” is the Welcome Tea. If you have begun coming to St Mary Magdalene in the last year (and several folks have) you are invited to a Welcome Tea in the Coffee Shop on 29th October at 3.30pm. We would love to tell you a bit more about the church and find out more about you.
“Our team of Churchwardens strive to do our very best for you and every one associated with St Mary Magdalene. Please never hesitate to speak to any one of us about any matter you wish – that’s what we’re here for and it is important to all three of us to get to know our congregation.”
SATURDAY 26th August at 7.30pm at St Mary Magdalene, Chamber Philharmonia Cologne Concert, Vivaldi, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Paganini and Boccherini. Tickets from Taunton Visitor Centre and at the door (cash sales only). Adults £16, Seniors £14, Students/Children £12.
Yesterday was very special. We said goodbye to Dennis and Susanne who are moving to Trull. We will miss them enormously but we sense God’s hand in this and they go with our love and prayers. We are so grateful to them for all they have done at St Mary Magdalene. Dennis came, nineteen years ago, to minister here and has served our church so faithfully. Folk have enjoyed Dennis’ preaching, teaching and presiding – we have learnt so much through his ministry. Dennis and I have worked extremely well together and I am grateful for his support and wisdom. Susanne’s contribution to St Mary Magdalene’s has been inspirational. Susanne worked with a team to design our wonderful sign boards, pioneered the development and maintenance of our excellent website and had the vision to inspire the successful Worship@5 service on the third Sunday of the month (yesterday!) We will miss them both so much. Many stayed afterwards to wish them both well and we enjoyed some fizz and a “thank you” cake.
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“I am delighted to report that 58 Giving envelopes have been returned. As I have said before, if you can increase your giving – wonderful. If you can’t this year, we understand. What we would like to see is as many envelopes returned as possible. Do take a brown envelope from the back of church if you have mislaid yours.”
Rod Corke, Vicar
“I am pleased to announce that the popular course Christianity Explored will be starting again soon. This will be on a Thursday evening this year, run for seven sessions and will be held in church. It is a great way to reignite your faith or catch up on what it really means to be a Christian. Next week, I will put out a sign-up form and a list of dates.”
Rod Corke, Vicar
We are very pleased with the success of Miles’ organ concert. Over 170 people came and £1000 was raised for the Father Willis’ at St John’s and St Mary Magdalene.
Our organ appeal is really motoring along and we are grateful to Rosemary Berry for the splendid organ pipe totalometer.
Tuesday 22nd August
All are welcome to join in the Mothers’ Union Diocesan Festival Service at St Paul’s church, Weston-super-Mare. The Bishop of Taunton, the Right Reverend Ruth Worsley, will preach and preside and this will be a joyful occasion. We can offer a lift to two people. Please ring 01823 276797 or speak to a Committee Member.
So what’s this about? Somerset Churches Trust provide funds for necessary repairs to churches. The aim is to have as many people as possible visiting participating churches. How does it work? First and foremost, it’s a fun event, based on people either cycling or walking around a local group of churches on 9th September. Each church visited will offer basic hospitality. Participants simply ask family and friends to sponsor them, either by a lump sum or an amount per church visited. Half the money raised can be returned to your own church. After a few years’ break, St Mary Magdalene is re-entering the event both by keeping the church open for Ride + Stride and hopefully, fielding our own Ride + Stride group. Interested? Pick up a leaflet at the back of church and shortly we will give details of the St Mary Magdalene Ride + Stride group. For more details please contact Valerie Gaskell.
Worship@5 on Sunday 20 August @ 5pm. Revd Dennis Cavaghan will be talking on ‘Is it right to save for tomorrow?’
Bring your friends to enjoy a friendly reception, accessible worship and a relevant message, all within a 45 minute service. Come early at 4.30 to have a drink and chat.
Friday saw the St John’s “Music at Lunchtime” series here at St Mary Magdalene. Our very own Musical Director, Miles Quick, gave a wonderful organ recital and it has been a pleasure to work with our sister church, St John the Evangelist, for this occasion.