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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.

‘Our Giving’


We are delighted to say that the number of GIFT Stewardship envelopes returned has risen to over 40 and folk have been most generous – thank you. It will help the mission of this church greatly. Seven of the envelopes returned indicated that the giving was not increased. We understand this and we are so pleased that you replied and let us know. Over 160 envelopes were given out so there are still more to come in. If you have lost the envelope, there are spares at the back of church.

Glebe House Demolition


The Glebe House is now completely demolished and the ground cleared. The foundations of the new vicarage will be dug very soon and hopefully the house will be built and finished around Christmas time.

Parish Away Weekend


Bishop Peter is looking forward to being with us for our Parish Weekend and the theme of our time together will be “Snakes and Ladders”. If you are coming and have a game of snakes and ladders – do bring it along! There are still a few places left, so please see Valerie if you would like to come.

¨ Why a weekend away?
   A time of fun, teaching, and relaxation.  Given that church is a family, it is good to spend time together being refreshed in body, mind and spirit.  Both the programme and the venue have much      to offer people.

¨ When and Where?
Friday afternoon 22nd September to Sunday afternoon 24th September 2017 at Buckfast Abbey.

¨ What will it cost?

¨ Accommodation:
   All rooms are en-suite in the Northgate House complex.

¨ How?
   Find the leaflets and booking forms at the back of the church OR speak to Diana Fletcher OR Valerie Gaskell

Printer and Copier for Charity


Parish Office Printer & Copier and folding and stapling machine

Do you know of a charity who would like these items.  If so please contact the Parish Office.  They will be available from 7th September.

Sheila on the Move


As announced, Sheila’s licensing is on Saturday 30th September in Ripon. We are considering a coach with overnight accommodation, if it is feasible (go up on Friday, stay overnight and come back after the service on Saturday). There is a sign up sheet at the back of church for you to express an interest.

‘Our Giving’


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.

The Beatitudes Exhibition


I hope you are enjoying the Beatitudes Exhibition. The art work is wonderfully executed and profound – a credit to the artist Jacqui Frost. The exhibition will continue here next week. We thank Derek, our Facilities Coordinator, for the work he has done to ensure the exhibition runs smoothly. The Mayor, Hazel Prior Sanky will visit the exhibition at 2pm on Tuesday. You are most welcome to join us for tea.

‘Wired to Create’


Concert in aid of the Organ Fund is on Sunday 30th July at 4 pm. (Pre-concert talk by Ed Goater at 3.30pm)

A joint concert of vocal & instrumental works with members of Taunton Choral Society and St Mary Magdalene Choir.  Enjoyable choral works and solos for all – With strawberries and ‘fizz’ available!

Tickets free!  Retiring collection in aid of St Mary’s Organ Fund.

Our Patronal Festival Sunday

Last weekend we celebrated our Patronal Festival and were delighted that members from St John’s joined us at our 10 co’clock service on Sunday. The Revd Jane Eastell presided and the Revd Rod Corke preached.  Afterwards, despite the inclement weather, we enjoyed the Vicarage garden one last time at the ‘Last Hurrah Bar-B-Q’.  It was a good time enjoyed by many.

We celebrated our Patronal Festival together.

Revds Rod Corke and Jane Eastell

Revd Jane Eastell presided.

‘The Last Hurrah’ – the last celebration in the Vicarage garden but what of the weather??


‘The Beautitudes’ – A Textile Display


A textile art display by Jacqaui Frost at St Mary Magdalene 24th July to 6th August, 9am-4pm. More information at Afternoon cream teas will be available from the coffee shop Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Sheila Murray on the Move


“I have just accepted the post of House for Duty Associate Priest at Bishop Monkton and Burton Leonard in the Ripon Cathedral Benefice in the Diocese of Leeds.  These are two lovely villages, each with about 900 residents and each has a Church of England Primary School.  It’s a beautiful part of the country and we are looking forward to exploring more of Yorkshire, and attending a different cricket ground!   The date of my Licensing is Saturday 30th September and it would be lovely if a few from St Mary’s were able to make the trip up, although I do realise it is a very long way (4.5-5 hours drive).  I will keep you informed as things progress, in the meantime I shall continue to help out in various churches on the outskirts of Taunton, and it’s been lovely seeing some of you around and about the town.”

Revd Sheila Murray

We pray for God’s guidance and blessing on Sheila and her husband Andy as they make this big move to another part of the country and to new parishes.  May they know His presence and strength with them.  Amen

‘The Last Hurrah Bar-B-Q’ – it’s not too late!


Don’t forget to sign up for the Last Hurrah next Sunday (Our Patronal Festival). We need help setting up the gazebos on Saturday afternoon at 2.30 pm. Please see Tim or Rita if you can help. Details for what you need to bring with you to the barbeque are in the church. Let us hope for lovely weather!