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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.



If you think you would be able to help with the counting and banking on a Tuesday morning, please speak to Rod or one of the wardens.

Worship@5 – ‘Why should I thank God for the joys of life (however small)?’


Worship@5 on Sunday 15 October @ 5pm. Now being led by Rita Corke who will be talking on ‘Why should I thank God for the joys of life (however small)?’  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.

Huge Thank You from Sheila


A group of us went to North Yorkshire to support Shelia.

A huge thank you for those from St Mary’s who travelled up to N Yorkshire for my Licensing service.  It was lovely to see some familiar smiling faces in the congregation. Also thank you to so many of you who very kindly sent Andy and me cards.   It was a really special day, and my first Sunday although busy was amazing – 2 Harvest All Age services as well as a BCP HC.  In all over 200 adults and 65 children attended. Since then I’ve also been to a school Harvest thanksgiving, a Harvest lunch and I’ve already had two weddings booked for next year!   Thank you again for all the love and prayers you have sent.  And I wish you all well at St Mary Magdalene.”  Sheila

St Luke’s Day


Next Sunday, at our 10 o’clock service, we celebrate St Luke’s Day. Dr Peter Roe has organised the service and members of our congregation, connected with medical services, will take part. Do come.

Shoe Box Appeal


“I am thrilled to announce that we will be taking part in the Shoebox Appeal and we are really grateful to Martin and Ashton Banks who will organise this again this year. Martin and Ashton have brought in some shoe boxes for us to take and fill and they can be found on the pews near the children’s corner. There are leaflets which tell you how to fill your boxes at the back of church and they will be collected on 14th November. Your support for this appeal is very appreciated.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Organ Appeal


We are delighted to report that I have been able to move our organ pipe totalizer to indicate that £172,000 has been raised for our Father Willis Pipe Organ Appeal. We have also heard that we are being considered by two grant funding bodies. You can help us with the final push by attending our “Organ Appetisers” after the 10.00am service. The first begins on Sunday 22nd October.

Healing Services


Are you struggling with illness or caring for a friend or family member who is?  We begin a monthly series of Healing Services today, Sunday 8th October at 5.00pm and this will be an opportunity to bring your burdens to the Lord. The service is short, non-Eucharistic, prayerful and peaceful. Why not come and let the Holy Spirit minister to you?

Mothers’ Union Sunday


We are delighted that Nikki Sweatman is preaching today. Nikki is Mothers’ Union Provincial President and we look forward to her ministry among us.

Just a reminder – “Mothers’ Union is an international Christian membership charity that aims to demonstrate the Christian faith in action through the transformation of communities worldwide. The MU is working with people of all faiths and none in 83 countries to promote stable marriage, family life and the protection of children through praying, enabling and campaigning. They support families and communities both in the UK and around the world. Since 1876, when Mary Sumner first brought together parents in her own parish to build their confidence in bringing up their children in the Christian faith, Mothers’ Union has grown to over 4 million members worldwide.” – adapted from the MU website.

Harvest Festival


Last Sunday was Harvest Festival when we sang harvest hymns, enjoyed a beautifully decorated church and gave thanks to God for all His goodness towards us. Our young people were heavily involved in helping with the service – reading and leading the prayers. The theme of the service was “To Have and To Have Not” and the flower team decorated the church to reflect this. They worked with Ronnie King, our Christian Aid Rep, to illustrate the differences between our world and many third world countries. We thank the flower team and Ronnie for all the work they have done on this glorious but challenging display.


Our Buckfast Weekend Away


Ssome of us will have returned from Ripon where The Revd Shelia Murray has been licensed as Associate Priest for Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard in the Benefice of Ripon Cathedral. Shelia journeys on this next stage of her ministry with our love and prayers and we give thanks to God for all she achieved whilst she was with us.

One of Shelia’s innovations was the Parish Weekend Away.

This time, she secured Northgate House at Buckfast Abbey for us to enjoy and what a splendid time we had!

 Bishop Peter led the sessions for us and he, and his wife Jane, entered into the joyful spirit of the weekend completely.


MU & Wednesday Breakaway in October


“MU – Just A Bite” and Wednesday Breakaway 

  • Wednesday 4th October, 10.00am  Philippa Reid, well known artist locally, will give a Quilling Demonstration. Cost £3.00 on the day. Please sign the list at the back of church.
  • Sunday 8th October, at the 10am Holy Communion service, we will be joined by Nikki Sweatman the MU Provincial President.  She will be talking about MU work and projects.  Please join us for this special service. Refreshments afterwards.

Special Performance of Omega and Alpha


Saturday 7th October at 7.30pm at St Mary Magdalene. Omega and Alpha performed by Castle Cary Choir and the Extended St Cecilia Choir. Proceeds to the organ appeal and other charity funds.  Tickets are available from the Book Shop.

About “Omega and Alpha”

“Omega and Alpha”, written and composed by Martin Emslie, was premièred in Wells Cathedral in 2013 to great acclaim. The oratorio tells the story of the events leading up to the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection of Christ with the “Omega” referring to the death of Christ and the “Alpha” being the resurrection and birth of Christianity.

Since the première, it has attracted attention all over the world with performances currently being planned in a number of countries. A special performance of the work will be performed in Hull as part of the “City of Culture 2017” celebrations. The oratorio is currently being translated into German.

Martin was awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the London College of Music for the composition of the work and is delighted to be conducting the Castle Cary Choir (who sang at the première) and the Extended St Cecilia choir in this performance. The three soloists all come from Somerset and the performance will feature the accompaniment played on the Willis organ by Paul Hawkins ARCO.

The concert will raise funds for the appeal to raise money for the restoration of the Willis organ and for Masonic Charitable funds.  The performance is likely to finish about 9pm but there will be refreshments and a “meet and greet” with the performers after the concert has finished.