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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.

Good Friday Unity Service and ‘Shout Out’


The ‘Unity Service for Good Friday’ was an ecumenical service of devotion at the foot of the cross of Jesus. It was well attended by people from any churches in Taunton.  The congregation then walked down Whirligig Lane to join with the congregation of St James for a silent ‘Walk of Witness’ up to the Market House where hundreds of Christians joined in a ‘Good Friday Shout Out’.

A bag of coins – the price of Jesus’ betrayal
A crown of thorns – the cruel distortion of Christ’s kingship
A crimson robe – the mockery of Christ’s authority and power
Some dice – the soldiers play games for Jesus’ worldly possessions
Three nails – the extreme suffering endured through crucifixion
A spear – the death of Jesus confirmed by the outflowing of blood and water (more…)

Easter Dawn Service – Bacon Butties!


If you are coming to our 6am Service on Easter Day at Kings Hall School and would like a bacon buttie, please sign the sheet at the back of church, as we need to know how many to cater for.



“On Sunday 30th April  we will hold the Annual Parish Church Meeting at 11.45am following coffee after  the 10.00am service .We will elect Churchwardens, PCC and Deanery Synod members.  Last year the PCC worked very hard to move us forward with our Mission Action Plan and if you would like to be part of the team, do consider standing. There are nomination forms at the back of church. We debate the proposal as to whether we should approach the Bishop to ask whether he would consider making St Mary Magdalene’s an Urban Minister. Do come and listen to the arguments for and against. The new PCC will take the feeling of the meeting on board when it makes the final decision.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Holy Week Talks


We are very pleased that our new Archdeacon, Simon Hill will be leading our Holy Week talks at 7pm Mon-Weds 10th-13th April and he will also be preaching at our Maundy Thursday evening service, also starting at 7pm.   This service will be followed by a vigil in the church.   This vigil is a time when we remember Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, when he asks his disciples to wait for him while he agonizes over his future and prays.  Like Jesus, it is a time for us to wait, to be still, and to hopefully draw comfort from our Loving God.  Do come and join us for all or part of the vigil.

Electoral Roll


Once again it is time for the Revision of the Church Electoral Roll. It is due to be effected before the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Sunday 30 April 2017. Applications for enrolment commence on 19 March 2017 and the last date for applying will be 09 April 2017. To have the right to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting your name must be included on the Electoral Roll. To be eligible to apply for this, please see the details published on the notice board by the West Door. Application forms will be available at the back of Church or from the Churchwardens or parish office. When completed, please hand/post to Geoff Hay, or pass to a Churchwarden or left at the Parish Office.

Please note, existing Roll members do not need to re-apply. A complete list of members as at 10 April 2017 will be displayed on the notice board from 14 April 2017 and you are invited to check that your name is properly recorded. In the event of any query, please contact me Geoff Hay, Electoral Roll Officer.

Church Weekend Away at Buckfast Abbey


CHURCH WEEKEND AWAY 22-24 SEPTEMBER 2017 AT BUCKFAST ABBEY Leaflets for our weekend away are available on the table near the pigeon holes in church. Bishop Peter and his wife Jane are joining us and it will be a great time of fellowship, relaxation and deepening our faith.  Up to 37 people have already signed up so please do come and join us, we would love to see you there

Taunton Team Chaplaincy ‘Tell the Church’ Bulletin


“Dear Friends,

This bulletin comes to you with greetings from Taunton Team Chaplaincy and our confidence in the Risen Saviour as we remember the remarkable events of Easter this month.

Having been inspired by the visit to Taunton by the Regional Commander of the British Transport Police, Superintendent Matt Allingham, who shared his Christian testimony at our Annual General Meeting, we are now actively recruiting a team of volunteers from local churches who will offer a caring presence on and around the railway station. Our region has had two deaths on the railways in the last week and experience shows that a simple encounter with trained listeners can make a real difference. Please contact our Chaplaincy office if you would like to know what is involved.

You can visit our Tell The Church Web Page  for information on What’s On (March to June), Regular Activities and News.

The deadline for including information in next month’s edition is Sunday 30 April but anything that we receive beyond that date will be added to the web site.  Thank you for sharing this information among the wider church family.”

Adrian Prior-Sankey
Lead Chaplain, Taunton Team Chaplaincy

Address: Taunton Team Chaplaincy, 1st Floor, East Wing, The Market House, Taunton, TA1 1JD
Phone: 07581 424420


East Africa Crisis Appeal


Wow! what an incredible result! The total donated by you is £2,169 including the Gift Aid scheme.  We have been told through the media that it takes only £20 to save a child’s life, so that means you have saved the life of 100 little ones who would have died in their mother’s arms. What a fantastic Mothering Sunday Gift from St. Mary’s.  The mothers of these children are unable to say thank you so on their behalf, and that of Christian Aid, please allow me to say thank you most sincerely for your Christian concern for these our neighbours.”

Ronnie King

Youth Worker


You will be pleased to hear that we are working together with St James to employ a youth worker for 8 hours per week. The youth worker will help lead Voice PC and be available for our Church Family Worship. The job will be advertised shortly but if you know of anyone who might be interested, I am happy to talk with them and give more detail.

Matthew Jeanes on ‘Forgiving and Forgetting’


“Last week, at Worship@ 5, Matthew Jeanes gave a superb talk on Forgiving and Forgetting (his seagull illustration being particularly memorable!). His talk can be heard on our website and I commend it to you.

Next month will be a bit different. Marcus Paul (former Deputy Head at Queens and author of the recently published book: “The Evil Men Do”) will be speaking on, “What do our bells say when they ring out and what should they say?”

Rod Corke, Vicar