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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.

North Street Church Vacancy


North Street Church is looking for a Church Administrator, there is a job description at the back of church if you are interested.

For more information contact Christ Beattie


Christmas Craft Fayre


On Saturday 25th November a Craft Fayre is being held in Church. We would be grateful for any cakes and preserves to sell.  These can be brought into Church on Friday 24th or Saturday morning.  Please come and support this event.



Sunday 26th November at about 11.30 am

Following the successful and tasty launch last month, Andrew Carter will be presenting this month’s Organic Appetiser after the morning service on Sunday 26th Nov.  Again a delicious appetiser will be served by our choral culinary experts, and Andrew will

demonstrate the famous Father Willis Great Reeds (Posaune and Clarion) in some stirring Spanish music.  Please do stay for 15-20 minutes after the service to enjoy this musical and culinary feast!  Retiring Collection for the Organ Renovation Fund.

New Cross


I am pleased to say that, hopefully, we will soon have a new cross over the pulpit.

This will be made by Mr Harris, a local blacksmith.

The suggested design (it has to go to PCC for final approval) has been inspired by a necklace that Daphne Seddon wears. We plan to have it made in brass and steel.

From Darkness to Light 2017


St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton, will again be offering this service for Advent Sunday – this year on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 7.00 pm (please note 30 mins earlier than last year), starting by candlelight.  We hope to bring in many people from all around to enjoy the advent atmosphere and hear moving music and readings to prepare for the Christmas season.  There will be interesting and stimulating new music (including a new setting of People look East by John Bodiley) as well as classic advent carols for singers and instruments;  also a rousing Advent address by the Archdeacon of Taunton, and seasonal refreshments.  Please invite friends!

Worship@5 – ‘Can I change?’


On Sunday 19th November, Marcus Paul (retired Deputy Head of Queen’s College) will be our guest speaker on his theme – ‘Can I change?’ pm Sunday 19th November.

The music at this service will be led by our Choristers and other young people as the climax of the Young People’s Music Afternoon being held in church that day.

Bring your friends to enjoy a friendly reception, accessible worship and a relevant message, all within a 45 minute service. Doors open at 4:30, so you can come early to have a drink and chat.

Shoebox Appeal


Lots of shoeboxes have been prepared to be sent away to children in need.

Please note that the deadline is next week and boxes that arrive after this, cannot be sent.

We are delighted to support this project and we thank all who have filled boxes and decorated them so well.




At our morning service last Sunday, Adrian Prior Sankey preached God’s word to veterans, cadets, serving servicemen and women and our congregation who came to pay their respects. After the service, we walked up to Vivary Park, held a two minute silence and the remembrance continues. Wear your poppy with pride. We thank, and are indeed grateful to, the Flower Team for all their hard work.


Confirmation & Christianity Explored


Last weekend, Zara McClery, Rayn Smith, Marlene Craig, Henry Collard-Jenkins and Kirsty Holmes were confirmed at the cathedral with over 70 other candidates. Kirsty and Marlene were also baptised. Our Bishops, Peter and Ruth confirmed together and it was a deeply moving and wonderful occasion. Zara, Rayn, Kirsty and Marlene had been attending our Christianity Explored course which draws to a close this coming week. We have all enjoyed it very much and the group have been very supportive of one another. We hope to run another course next year.

Temporary Cros


At the moment, the cross above the pulpit is temporary.

We are hoping to commission a metal cross shaped to symbolise both the suffering and resurrection,.

We have  agreed the design and are now looking for a metal smith to forge it.


Women’s World Day of Prayer Rep


Women’s World Day of Prayer – Would you like to be a representative of St Mary Magdalene church on the local committee of the WWDP?  Please contact Marlène for more details.”