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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.

Coming soon … Organic Appetisers!

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Organic Appetisers … in brief

After the 10.00am Service and a short pause for coffee …

  • A delicious canapé will be served, individually crafted from organic local ingredients by the multi-talented culinary experts from our choir.
  • A general description will be given of an aspect of Father Willis, explained and demonstrated by one of our resident organists.
  • A short piece will be played which particularly emphasises this feature of what Mozart called ‘the King of Instruments’.

There will be a retiring collection in aid of the Organ Fund.

Organic Appetisers … in full (by Miles Quick)

To feast at your table in heaven…

This familiar and lovely phrase comes from the Eucharistic Prayer.  Food is mentioned many times in the bible – perhaps because we are all highly experienced eaters and so it connects powerfully with us as an image.  One such image is the feast which awaits us in heaven.  We can get a slight but memorable foretaste of the Heavenly Feast in many ways, both related and unrelated to food.  The recent tea party in thanksgiving for the care Val Oates received at Dene Barton Hospital was one such event.  This is also the high aim of…

Father Willis’s Organic Appetisers

The first of these Appetisers (primarily intended for our own congregation, though the wider world is welcome) will be held on Sunday 22nd October after the 10 am service, at about 11.30 am, after a short pause for coffee etc.  Those interested will gather in the choir stalls to allow a closer experience of the organ than usual, and the appetiser will last 15-20 minutes – incorporating three elements:

  1. A delicious canapé will be served, individually crafted from organic local ingredients by the multi-talented culinary experts from our choir.
  2. A general description will be given of an aspect of Father Willis, explained and demonstrated by one of our resident organists.
  3. A short piece will be played which particularly emphasises this feature of what Mozart called ‘the King of Instruments’.

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Time and Talents

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St Mary’s has a very dedicated group of volunteers involved in all aspects of church life according to their availability and interests, but we always appreciate more help.  We are also looking for new ideas.  If you think there’s an area where you can help us why not pick up one of our ‘Time and Talents’ leaflets and let us know what you can offer.  It would really help us if you would complete the reply slip and place it in the box at the back of the church.

Missing Glasses

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HAVE YOU SEEN a pair of glasses in a soft, white, draw-string pouch?  They were last seen on top of the sound control box at the west end of church.  If you know their current whereabouts please speak to Margaret Austin or any of the wardens.

Foodbank – Soups Needed

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“We are really short of soups in the Foodbank warehouse so we would appreciate your help with soup run for a month. If you have a tin of ‘in date’ soup or could buy a tin, we would be so grateful.”

Diane and Derek

Welcome Visitors

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Today we are delighted to welcome Preb Stephen Lynas who will be preaching and presiding at the 10.00am service.  Stephen will have travelled a long way from Wells this morning so please make him welcome.  Do stay for coffee after the service.  Also this morning we welcome the Revd Tim Jones at our 8.00am service and Peter Ball who leading Evensong at 6.30pm.

Holy Cross Day in Lusaka

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“I sent Dean Charley Thomas an email wishing him well and telling him that we prayed for the Cathedral at Lusaka especially on Holy Cross Day (last Thursday). Charley will be with us in July next year for some special celebrations relating to the Diocesan link with the Anglican Church in Zambia.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Dene Barton Tea Thank You

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Last weekend, the afternoon tea in aid of Dene Barton hospital proved a great success and a large amount was raised. It was a delight to support and encourage Paul and Val Oates.

Christianity Explored

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Dates: Thursday 28th September – Thursday 9th November  Time: 7.30pm

Where: St Andrew’s Chapel

How? By signing up on the sheet at the back of the church! If you can’t make the meeting every week, just come along when you can.

Don’t delay – sign up TODAY!

Worship@5 – “Why bother with church?

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WORSHIP@5  on Sunday 17th September ‘WHY BOTHER WITH CHURCH?’ 

Boring, old-fashioned or just the ticket! Revd Rod Corke will talk on “Why bother with church?”

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.

 

Parish Weekend at Buckfast Abbey

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“The parish weekend at Buckfast Abbey (September 22nd), is fast approaching and I have heard from Bishop Peter who is looking forward to it greatly. One of the fun activities we will do is play “Snakes and ladders” – “Snakes and Ladders” is our working theme. If you have a set, do dig it out from the cupboard and bring it along. If not, don’t worry!

Buckfast Abbey is a beautiful place and the accommodation is excellent. However, to keep costs down, we will need to use the large room as a multipurpose centre. This will mean some table moving between sessions. If you are coming and could help with this, Valerie or Diana Fletcher would be glad to hear.”

Rod