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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.

Christianity Explored … starting soon!

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“I am pleased to announce that the popular course Christianity Explored will be starting again soon. This will be on a Thursday evening this year, run for seven sessions and will be held in church. It is a great way to reignite your faith or catch up on what it really means to be a Christian. Next week, I will put out a sign-up form and a list of dates.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Organ Concert Success!

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We are very pleased with the success of Miles’ organ concert. Over 170 people came and £1000 was raised for the Father Willis’ at St John’s and St Mary Magdalene.

Our organ appeal is really motoring along and we are grateful to Rosemary Berry for the splendid organ pipe totalometer.

 

Mothers’ Union Diocesan Festival Service

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Tuesday 22nd August

All are welcome to join in the Mothers’ Union Diocesan Festival Service at St Paul’s church, Weston-super-Mare. The Bishop of Taunton, the Right Reverend Ruth Worsley, will preach and preside and this will be a joyful occasion. We can offer a lift to two people. Please ring 01823 276797 or speak to a Committee Member.

 

Ride + Stride

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So what’s this about?  Somerset Churches Trust provide funds for necessary repairs to churches. The aim is to have as many people as possible visiting participating churches. How does it work? First and foremost, it’s a fun event, based on people either cycling or walking around a local group of churches on 9th September.  Each church visited will offer basic hospitality. Participants simply ask family and friends to sponsor them, either by a lump sum or an amount per church visited.  Half the money raised can be returned to your own church. After a few years’ break, St Mary Magdalene is re-entering the event both by keeping the church open for Ride + Stride and hopefully, fielding our own Ride + Stride group.  Interested?  Pick up a leaflet at the back of church and shortly we will give details of the St Mary Magdalene Ride + Stride group.  For more details please contact Valerie Gaskell.

Worship@5 – Is it right to save for tomorrow?

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Worship@5 on Sunday 20 August @ 5pm. Revd Dennis Cavaghan will be talking on ‘Is it right to save for tomorrow?’

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.

“A Kolourful Kaleidoscope” Organ Recital

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Friday saw the St John’s “Music at Lunchtime” series here at St Mary Magdalene. Our very own Musical Director, Miles Quick, gave a wonderful organ recital and it has been a pleasure to work with our sister church, St John the Evangelist, for this occasion.

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‘Our Giving’

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REGULAR ATTENDERS: If you have not yet received an ‘Our Giving’ envelope please collect one as you leave the church today. For those who have received one but have not yet returned the response form, it would be helpful if you would do so in the envelope provided as soon as possible. Thank you.

Sheila’s Licensing

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Coach and overnight accommodation can be arranged leaving Taunton at 09.00 on Friday 29th September staying at The Mercure Wetherby Hotel, Wetherby. Saturday morning leaving for Ripon some 25 minutes away, £85pp sharing, single supplement £20. This includes luxury coach with on board toilet facilities, evening meal overnight accommodation and breakfast on the Saturday morning.

A MINIMUM OF 40 persons are required to make this a viable trip. BOOK TODAY OR NEXT SUNDAY AT THE LATEST TO ENABLE THE TOUR COMPANY TO SECURE TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION

A new sign up sheet is at the back of church.

Father Willis’s Organic Appetisers

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FATHER WILLIS’S ORGANIC APPETISERS

Some of the above principles can be heard in practice in the coming months, not only during services, but also in a series of short ‘appetisers’ after the Sunday morning communion at St Mary Magdalene.  After the service and a dignified pause, probably at around 11.30am,  there will be an opportunity for those who wish to gather in the choir stalls and hear a short talk on a particular aspect of our organ’s capabilities (eg the quiet reed stops), followed by a short demonstration by one of our organists in the form of a piece featuring that particular ‘flavour’.

To further enhance the gastronomic delight a pre-Sunday Lunch appetiser or canapés will be served for you to enjoy while listening, having been expertly prepared by a culinary team drawn from our highly talented choir.  All this for your delectation, in return for a donation (£5 suggested, or amount at your discretion) towards the organ renovation fund.  The whole experience will last about 15 minutes and will set you up perfectly for lunch and the rest of the day.

The Appetisers will take place approximately once a month.

Dates already booked are as follows:

  • Sunday 22nd October 2017:  Miles Quick
  • Sunday 26th November 2017:  Andrew Carter
  • (no Appetiser in December)
  • Sunday 28th January 2018:  Julia Steward

Further information will appear here and in the weekly Today Sheet as it becomes available, or our Music Director Miles Quick.

Organ Donors Urgently Needed!

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Organ Donors Urgently Needed!

Not hearts or kidneys, but PIPES!!

Taunton is very fortunate to have two ‘Father Willis’ pipe organs – in St John’s and St Mary Magdalene Churches.  Willis was the English ‘Rolls-Royce’ brand at the end of the nineteenth century when these instruments were built.  Unfortunately they are both in urgent need of repair.  As part of the fundraising programme, along with a ‘sponsor a pipe’ campaign, there will be a lunchtime concert of 45 minutes of colourful organ music by great composers in St Mary Magdalene Church at 12.45 pm on Friday 11th August.  Refreshments and light lunches will also be served.  The concert will be given by Miles Quick (Music Director at St Mary Magdalene), who will aim to demonstrate the beautiful colours and wide range of this ‘King of instruments’ – which is what Mozart called the organ.

Please come to enjoy a musical feast and help to make Taunton’s organs fit for purpose in the 21st Century!

Admission free, with a retiring collection to support the organ renovation funds for both churches.

“The Beatitudes”

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We have enjoyed Jackie Frost’s exhibition entitled “The Beatitudes” and we hope to host a similar event in March 2019. The Mayor, Cllr Hazel Prior-Sankey and her husband Adrian visited the exhibition on Tuesday and we were delighted to welcome them.

 

Sheila on the Move

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If you would like to attend Sheila’s licensing on 30th September in Ripon please sign the form at the back. The cost will depend on the numbers going and, as soon as we have figures, we will try to work out the transport and accommodation.