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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.

Second Sunday Before Lent

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“Today is the Second Sunday Before Lent. Lent  begins on 1st March when we will be joining with our fellow Christians at St John’s for the Ash Wednesday Benefice Service (7.30pm). During this service, the priests will place an ash cross on those who wish to be marked. The ash cross symbolises our need to bring our sins to the cross where Jesus has dealt with it once and for all. The ash is made from a mixture of the previous year’s palm crosses and olive oil.

Once Lent begins, we will look forward to Prof Roger Trigg’s talks on issues in contemporary Christianity. You’ll find the dates and times inside this issue of Today. Don’t forget to visit our bookshop and pick up some Lenten reading. I will be taking some personal reflective reading on my retreat this coming week at St Mary and Martha’s, Sheldon.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Wednesday Breakaway

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Wednesday Breakaway will meet on the following dates at 9.30am in the children’s corner:

  • 8th March, Nicole leads a death cafe giving guidance on how to make plans for your final wishes.
  • 5th April, Easter Craft – making Easter egg dream catchers and decorating clay.

Everyone welcome!

Benefice News

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Benefice News: St John’s is open Mondays from 12 noon to 2pm for quiet prayer and reflection whilst on Wednesdays there is a group Lectio Divinafrom 12.30pm to 1pm.  Everyone is very welcome – please join us for as long or as little as you want.

Test Ringing of the New Bells

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Excitement gripped the church last Thursday for the first test ringing of the new bells and what a wonderful sound we heard!  Using the webcam we were able to see the ringers in the ringing chamber and the bells swinging. It was a marvellous sight. All went well. There will be no regular ringing, however, until the Dedication Service, on Sunday, 19th March, when the Bishop of Bath and Wells and Deputy Lieutenant will be coming. We have been planning this and we have decided to dedicate the carillon during the morning service and the ringing bells in the afternoon so that the whole day can be a time of celebration.

A group of very happy bellringers!

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MU ‘Just a Bite’ Exercises

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This week our MU, Just a Bite met and enjoyed a fitness session based around  exercises you can do sitting down. It looked great fun.

The MU always welcomes new members.

Accession Service

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Accession Service on Sunday 5th February at 6.30pm

Choral Evensong thanksgiving for the 65 years of service that Her Majesty has given to the Country and the Church.

Let us fill St. Mary’s to show Taunton’s appreciation.

We are privileged to welcome Rev. Dr. Daniel Newman to lead and preach at this service.

New Bells

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“I have been asked several times when we will hear our new bells. The work is drawing to completion and there will be some test ringing soon, but the carillon and bells will not be in action until the Service of Dedication on 19th March when Bishop Peter and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant will be in attendance. The service begins at 2.30pm so please mark this important day in the life of St Mary’s in your diaries.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Taunton Minster?

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“Last week we announced the possibility of becoming Taunton Minister and I said a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) sheet was being produced. If there is a question you would like answered, then simply drop me an email and I will endeavour to include it in the document.  There will be an afternoon of prayer on Saturday 25th February and we will continue to pray to determine if this  is the right way forward for our church.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Wednesday Breakaway – February to April

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Wednesday Breakaway will meet on the following dates at 9.30am in the children’s corner:-

  • 1st February, get ready for Valentine’s Day by making deco patch hearts with glue and tissue paper.
  • 8th March, Nicole leads a death cafe giving guidance on how to make plans for your final wishes.
  • 5th April, Easter Craft – making Easter egg dream catchers and decorating clay.

Everyone welcome!

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.