Sometimes we may feel we would like to go over a basic understanding about what it means to be a Christian. This year, Valerie and Rod will be jointly hosting Christianity Explored. This is a seven week course and those who have taken part previously have really enjoyed it. If you would like to be confirmed or baptised or both, this course counts as a preparation course. If you’d like to come along we’d be delighted.
Already several people have signed up and we are very pleased. It is a really good way of renewing your understanding of the Christian faith in a friendly, non threatening environment. There are several more spaces left so why not sign up today? The dates are as follows:
- Thursday 28th September – Good News (Rod)
- Thursday 5th October – Identity (Valerie)
- Thursday 12th October – The Cross (Valerie)
- Thursday 19th October – Sin (Rod)
- Thursday 26th October – Resurrection (Rod)
- Thursday 2nd November – Grace (Valerie)
- Thursday 9th November – Come and Die (Rod)
- 6th September 9.30am- Decorating with mosaic tiles
Wednesday Breakaway & MU ‘Just A Bite’
- 4th October, 10.00am – Quilling workshop with Philippa Reid. There will be a small charge of £3 to cover materials. Please sign the list at the back of church.
Thanks to wildlife expert, Michael Leigh-Mallory, the peregrine scrape box is now made and will be fitted next weekend. This will enable any offspring from the peregrines next year to be tagged. We have had a donation towards the cost of a web cam from Somerset Ornithological Society for which we are most grateful.
Last week we held an emergency appeal on behalf of those suffering in the Yemen. The money will be chanelled through Christian Aid who have workers on the ground there. I am please to report that around £450 was given – thank you for responding so generously.
In the next two weeks we will be releasing two important documents with the Today Sheet. The first will be the PCC’s Mission Action Plan (MAP) for the year. This details all we are trying to achieve. The week after, we have worked on a Time and Talents booklet inviting you to consider what skills and interests you may be able to offer for the Lord’s work at St Mary Magdalene. If you miss either leaflet, there will be spares placed at the back of church.
Next Sunday, at 3.30pm, we have a special afternoon tea to give thanks to the staff at Dene Barton Hospital who looked after Val Oates so well following a dreadful car accident. All monies raised will go towards Dene Barton. Tickets are available at the bookshop.
There are lots of folk who are new to St Mary’s and we are delighted you have joined us so we can worship God together and serve our local community. There is a special Welcome Tea for us all to enjoy on Sunday 29th October at 3.30pm. There is no need to RSVP – just come! It will be an opportunity to learn more about the church.
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 Bells Project.
We remember those millions of people on the earth who go to bed hungry. Yesterday, our special focus was the sermon following some shocking footage shown on the BCC this week. 14.40 million people in Yemen have no access to basic sanitation and clean water and the UN have declared the situation a humanitarian catastrophe. The world has simply turned a “blind eye” to what is going on and those who live there have suffered terribly. Ronnie and his team had Christian Aid buckets at the back of Church and we thank all those who contributed.
“Dennis and Susanne’s farewell services last week went well, with over 50 people coming to the Worship@5 to wish them well. There are some super pictures on our website to view, Dennis is booked to return for The Accession Service in February next year – Benda Duggan is organising this. Susanne will continue to work in the office one day a week to update our website.”
Rod Corke, Vicar
“We would like to thank all the congregations of St Mary’s for their wonderful reception and send-off last Sunday. The cake & fizz, the cards, the enormous cheque and the heart-felt sentiments were all gratefully received and will be treasured in the days to come. Especial thanks to Rod for his support throughout this process of ‘moving on’. We will never forget you all, and ask that you will pray for us as we settle into the life and ministry of the churches of Trull and Angersleigh.”
Dennis & Susanne
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.”