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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.

Lent Talks and Holy Week

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This week we heard that our new Archdeacon, Simon Hill will be leading our reflective times on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week.  We are also planning a series of Lent talks by Professor Roger Trigg, on interesting, contemporary themes. Roger has written widely and will undoubtedly bring us new insights into how Christianity interfaces with modern life. More details will follow about this.

Healing Service

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Tomorrow evening, our next Healing Service together with the Laying on of Hands, will be held  at 5.00.pm.  All those wishing to receive the Healing Ministry by way of prayers and/or the Laying on of Hands are welcome. Do please extend this invitation to all those known to you who need to seek God’s healing grace at this time.

Christian Aid Annual Book Sale

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Saturday 18th February 10.00am –12.00noon Taunton Baptist Church Hall.

Please place all books in the crates provided at the back of the Church from Friday 10th February and throughout the following week.  The books will be taken to the Baptist Church on the evening of Friday 17th when they will be sorted by volunteers between 4.00pm and 8.00pm. Volunteers will also help with the Sale on Saturday morning.

PCC Meeting

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Minster Status
You may be aware that as a result of receiving a letter from Taunton Deane, the PCC commissioned a report on the implications of Minster status possibly being granted to our church by Bishop Peter.  The report was carefully prepared and it was thoroughly discussed by PCC members. The recommendation was to inform, answer questions, and pray about this proposal with the congregation over the coming months. A “Frequently Asked Questions” sheet about minster status will be prepared and a prayer and discussion day set aside to enable PCC members to hear comments and opinions. Other outside bodies, such as the Deanery Pastoral Committee and our patrons, will be invited to comment too. The PCC will then consider the proposal again in the light of what is said.

Coffee Shop Enlargement
Another important issue discussed was the enlargement of the coffee shop. This includes a larger seating area, a new lobby allowing an entrance through the north door and an expanded kitchen. New quality chairs and tables will be sourced. The PCC agreed that the next stage would to get the project costed, take counsel from the DAC and continue to consult our church architect.

Church Wardens’ Workload
One of the goals of this PCC has been to find ways to reduce the workload of our church wardens. It is proposed that three permanent deputy church wardens will be created to deputise for the church wardens when they cannot be at St Mary’s. These would continue to be supported by our team of church wardens’ assistants.

Facilities Coordinator

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The position of Facilities Coordinator, who will have a primary role in managing the concerts and special services we have at St Mary’s, has been filled.

On Thursday, we held an interview and we are pleased to report that Derek Hicks has been appointed. He will begin his post after stepping down as church warden in May and it will be reviewed in the New Year.

Weekday Welcomers Thank You Tea

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On Thursday, a ‘thank you’ gathering was held for our Weekday Welcomers’.  There was also a meeting of the Sunday Welcome Team on the same afternoon. Those who commit themselves to welcoming visitors to
St Mary’s do a splendid job and we are very grateful for the time and effort that is given so freely.

Worship@5

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On Sunday we have our first Worship@5 for 2017 and Dennis will be leading us. The title is an intriguing one – “Is Cleanliness Really Next To Godliness?” How do we get close to God? By washing? How do we get a clean conscience? Only God can cleanse us deep down inside.

Do come and explore with us.

 

Prayer Meetings

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At the beginning of a new year, it is right to put all we are doing to God in prayer and to listen for his voice. So, last Thursday, a team of folk set up St Mary’s for two specific times of prayer, focusing on our relationship with outside organisations and the events /services we hold in church. We were delighted that over 30 folk came and helped us put prayer at the heart of all we do.

Compass Carers

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Compass Carers provide a free service to unpaid carers providing information on how to access care services and respite care.  Information is also given about other services and benefits to which they may be entitled as well as emotional support and details of carers’ support groups and training courses.  For more information  tel 01823 255911 or email us: info@compassdisability.org.uk.

Accession Service

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Our Queen has been unwell over Christmas but is now improving. This year marks the 63rd anniversary of her accession to the throne and to mark the occasion we will enjoy Choral Evensong on Sunday 5th February at 6.30pm. We are honoured that Dr Daniel Newman will return to preach for us.

W@5 – Is cleanliness really next to Godliness?

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How do we get close to God? By washing? How do we get a clean conscience? Only God can cleanse us deep down inside. Come and find out how. We start at 5:00pm but the doors are open from 4:30 for a chat and a cuppa.

Christmas Time

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There is so much to report. The crib service was wonderful fun, the children and adults hearing a retelling of the nativity story and experiencing Jesus as “The Light of the World. “ The First Communion of Christmas was special this year with “The First Noel” being played on the carillon at the end of the service. The angel doors were opened and this heavenly music drifted into the church. It was a magical moment when the Holy Spirit felt close to us. Bethlehem was the theme of the 8.00am and 10.00am services on Christmas morning and the children brought their presents to show us. On New Year’s Day this year, we were invited to join our friends at St John the Evangelist for their Patronal Service. We enjoyed a great fellowship and we had a worshipful morning praising God together. St John’s will be joining with us in the summer when we celebrate our Patronal Festival.

Revd Jane Eastell would like to thank everyone at St Mary Magdalene who came and supported the Patronal Festival Benefice service on Sunday 1st January 2017.  This was a wonderful start to the new year and we now look forward to sharing with you in July!