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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.

Worship@5 Suggestions

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w5-suggested-topics-slips-gimp-2-001Thank you for all your thoughtful input.  We hope to address some of them as the months go by.  The themes will be announced well in advance.  If you have more suggested topics please leave them in Dennis’ pigeon hole at the back of church.

Amici Choir

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Amici’s next concert is on Saturday 19th November at 7:30 p.m. and will be presented in the church of St. Mary Magdalene, Taunton.

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St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music and musicians, and St. Cecilia’s Day is November 22nd. That date also happens to be Benjamin Britten’s birthday. The programme comprises two major works, ‘Hail! Bright Cecilia’ by Purcell, and ‘St. Nicolas’ by Britten.  Britten was particularly enthusiastic about Purcell’s music and all of this interweaving of dates and musical affinities has resulted in what promises to be an interesting and enjoyable evening of music.

‘St. Nicolas’ tells the story of the legendary life of St. Nicolas, Bishop of Myra, Lycia.  The text was written by Eric Crozier, and Britten’s setting of the story opened the very first Aldburgh Festival in 1948.  One of the sections describes the Saint’s miraculous resurrection of two boys who have been murdered by the local butcher, and whose pickled meat is being served up to travellers!  (Sounds very Sweeny Todd, doesn’t it?)

A fine line up of soloists has been engaged for this evening, including tenor Thomas Elwin and well-known local soprano Lorna Anderson. An added attraction is a guest appearance by Crispian Steele-Perkins, the country’s foremost baroque trumpeter (think ‘Antiques Roadshow’ theme…!).

Tickets are available from Taunton Tourist Information Centre and through the Amici website – www.amicichoir.org.uk.

New Year’s Day Services

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“On 1st January, New Year’s Day, there will be no service here at St Mary’s at 10.00 am (The 8.00am and 6.30pm services are unaffected). We have been invited to our sister church, St John’s. Our bell ringers will be ringing hand bells to welcome us, I will preach and Jane will preside. There will be refreshments after the service.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Coats and Blankets Needed

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blankets-knitted-1121496_960_720-pxdy-blankets-freeWith the arrival of the colder weather, Open Door is in need of coats and blankets.

If you have any you can spare, please bring them to church for collection. Thank you.

 

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence: A Global Moment

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A Global Moment of Prayer – 25 November @ St Mary’s @ 12 noon

Gender-based violence affects all societies around the world, and no country or culture is immune from it. Globally one in three women will be directly affected by some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime.

This 16 Days, we invite you to take part in a global show of solidarity to shine a light on gender-based violence, and to call for an end to this. 

On 25th November, the first of 16 Days of Activism 2016, Mothers’ Union members and others will gather around the world at midday local time, to pray for an end to gender-based violence, and for those affected by this. As a global act, we are asking those gathered to light a candle, in memory of those affected, and to symbolise hope for a world where violence against women and girls no longer exists.

Charis Charity Meeting

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We are delighted that Charis, the charity we have helped form to bring over a Syrian refugee family in need, are holding a special public meeting with Bishop Ruth to hear the latest exciting news. This will be held at Creech Baptist Church (Note the change of venue) on Friday 11th at 7.30pm. We have been overwhelmed with generous offers of love and support already. If you come, you will be made most welcome. Please continue to pray for the dreadful situations in Mosul and Aleppo.

New Year’s Day Services

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This year’s calendar means that Christmas Day falls on a Sunday. It is known as “a vicar’s Christmas” because we miss a day of services. The other consequence is that Low Sunday (The Sunday after Christmas) is on New Year’s Day, 1st January 2017. Our 10.00am congregation have been invited to St John’s for a joint benefice service, where Jane Eastall will preside and I will preach.  Do come. This day is also St John’s patronal festival. There will not, therefore, be a service here at 10.00am on the 1st January but St Mary’s will hold communion services at 8.00 am (BCP) and 6.30pm (CW) on that day. Similarly, St Johns will close and join us for our Patronal Festival service in July.

Remembrance

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Remembrance is fast approaching and, this year, the Blessing of the Field of Remembrance at the church war memorial, will be on Friday 11th November at 10.00am. The minute’s silence will follow at 11.00am at the market cross in the town centre. On Remembrance Sunday, Bishop Ruth will be preaching. The service begins, as usual, at 9.30am.

Amici Choir – Hail! Bright Cecilia

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Of St. Cecilia and Pickled Boys

Amici’s next concert is on Saturday 19th November at 7:30 p.m. and will be presented in the church of St. Mary Magdalene, Taunton.

St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music and musicians, and St. Cecilia’s Day is November 22nd. That date also happens to be Benjamin Britten’s birthday. The programme comprises two major works, ‘Hail! Bright Cecilia’ by Purcell, and ‘St. Nicolas’ by Britten.  Britten was particularly enthusiastic about Purcell’s music and all of this interweaving of dates and musical affinities has resulted in what promises to be an interesting and enjoyable evening of music.

‘St. Nicolas’ tells the story of the legendary life of St. Nicolas, Bishop of Myra, Lycia.  The text was written by Eric Crozier, and Britten’s setting of the story opened the very first Aldburgh Festival in 1948.  One of the sections describes the Saint’s miraculous resurrection of two boys who have been murdered by the local butcher, and whose pickled meat is being served up to travellers!  (Sounds very Sweeny Todd, doesn’t it?)

A fine line up of soloists has been engaged for this evening, including tenor Thomas Elwin and well-known local soprano Lorna Anderson. An added attraction is a guest appearance by Crispian Steele-Perkins, the country’s foremost baroque trumpeter (think ‘Antiques Roadshow’ theme…!).

Tickets are available from Taunton Tourist Information Centre and through the Amici website – www.amicichoir.org.uk.

Worship@5

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dog-32026_960_720-pxby-free-gimpThe next Worship@5 is on November 20th and the theme is “Can we overcome our human nature?” and there is a rumour that Sprocket, Dennis and Susanne’s delightful Springer may put in an appearance!

Welcome Tea

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welcome-tea-452050_time_for_tea_1“Several folk have joined us recently and, if you have, then you are invited to the Welcome Tea at the vicarage opposite the church.

Rita and I look forward to greeting you and making you feel welcome.

The tea begins at 3.00pm on Sunday 30th October.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Shoebox Appeal

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This coming week marks the conclusion of the shoebox appeal and Martin and Ashton have asked if you would bring back your boxes before 4th November and place them in the pews on the south side of church. Please try not to miss the deadline because we cannot ship late arriving boxes. Thank you all for taking part in this.

It is not too late if  you would still like to fill a shoebox.