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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.

Harvest Theme


Harvest is approaching and we will celebrate on 1st October with a Family Communion Service. The theme will be “To Have and To Have Not” and our flower team, working with Ronnie King and others, are preparing to decorate our church to illustrate this. There will be a shared lunch to follow so why not sign up today?

New Vicarage


The Glebe House has been demolished and the footings and drainage secured. The builder is hopeful that he will start the brick work this coming week. A completion date has been given for December but it is unlikely that Rita and I will move in before the early months of the New Year.

Our Signature Events


Signature events are all about folk getting together and enjoying being part of the church community. Each event is different and all you need to go is “your signature” on a sheet at the back of church. The next happening is a talk in the upper room by Ken Atherton with the intriguing title ‘ Ten places you will never visit’.   This is followed in November by a barn dance and the details are found inside.

Our 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.

Christianity Explored Course


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)

Mosaic & Quilling


The Children’s Corner

Wednesday Breakaway

  • 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.

Peregrine Scrape Box


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.

Thank You for Yemen


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.

‘MAP’ and ‘Time and Talents’


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.

Two Teas


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.

Open Tower Day – TODAY


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 Yemen


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.