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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.

Stuart Townend Concert Cheque

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This week Colin Snell (Vicar at St Michael’s Galmington) and myself presented a cheque for £1015.46 for the work of Taunton Town Chaplaincy and Street Pastors. The money was the profit made from the Stuart Townend Concert we held here earlier in the year.  Have you discovered our Facebook page?  Why not make a comment.

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Thursday & Friday Weekday Communions

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Eighteen folk came to our Thursday Communion in St Andrew’s Chapel at 11.00am this week and there is still room for more! Why not come along?  Don’t forget too, the Friday Communion. This begins early – 8.00 am – and is followed by breakfast at County Stores, if you can make it. It is a lovely time of fellowship and encouragement. Why not make a weekday communion part of your spiritual journey?

Mulberry Time!

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“The ancient mulberry tree is bearing a fine crop in the vicarage garden and Rita and I are inviting you to come and pick. There is no need to ask permission providing you come on Mondays after midday, Wednesday mornings or anytime on Saturdays.  Just come through the white gate armed with a picking basket and old clothes as mulberries do stain terribly. If you have never tasted a mulberry then you are in for a treat. They have a unique flavour somewhere between a blackberry and a raspberry. They are considered to be the queen of soft fruit. Picking is easy – no prickles and the taste is amazing. Try to pick the black ripe ones. This may be the last opportunity to enjoy mulberries at the vicarage so do come.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Town Centre Chaplaincy

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“Part of the money raised from our successful Magdalene Fayre will go to our continued support of the Town Centre Chaplaincy. I was with the chaplain, Adrian Prior Sankey last week. We were walking towards Vivary  Park when we were beckoned into G G the latest Indian restaurant that has just opened. It specialises in curries from North India.  We chatted to the new owners and they asked us to pray for them and their business. It was a a very special moment! A couple of new placements are in the pipeline including an invitation from Tesco to explore chaplaincy in their Wellington Road store. We have a new Parks chaplain, The Revd Tony Cox, who is a retired Methodist superintendent minister. At a recent Trust meeting we had the first results of a survey of substantial conversations our chaplains have had in their placements. A quarter of the conversations were about faith or were invitations to prayer. This is a very high figure and is really encouraging. The chaplains are being “salt and light” in our Town.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Magdalene Fayre Success!

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“Last week’s Today Sheet was written before the Magdalene Fayre took place so I was unable to give a full report. Today I can say the weather kept fine, we all worked as a team and realised a magnificent £2100 for the mission of the church. Well done everyone! It was a fun and enjoyable day. Lots of folk worked very hard, but a particular thanks to the small planning team that began work in January. All the hard work paid off.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Please click here to view photos of the day.

Bells

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Do look at the John Taylor website taylorbells.co.uk  If you click on the Contracts/Works in Progress tab and scroll down there is a daily update on the progress of our bells together with some very good photographs. There are two more trips arranged to the foundry, 4th and 25th August.  If you feel you would like to go please contact the Parish Office or Margaret Laver.   There is a coach available and the cost for the day is £25 per person.

‘Together’ Thanks

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The new August edition of Together is out now. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Richard, Dennis and everyone who helps produce this excellent publication. We receive so many positive comments about it. Pick up your copy today!

Our Bookshop

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Have you visited our Bookshop lately? It really is worth a look. The new books are selling well and we are so pleased with our linkup with Aslam Books. Why go anywhere else for greeting cards – our range has been updated and expanded.

The Magdalene Fayre

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“Yesterday, we enjoyed the Magdalene Fayre. As I am writing this on Friday I cannot give a detailed report except to say the forecast looks good and lots of items for sale have come in. I would like to thank the team who have helped arrange the Magdalene Fayre. I will give a full report next week and include the amount raised. Meanwhile, here are some photos from the day.”

Revd Rod Corke

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Bell Foundry

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The casting of the new tenor, sharp 9th and flat 6th took place on 23rd June in front of a coach load of folk from Taunton.

BELL FOUNDRY – the photograph shows molten metal being poured into our new tenor bell – The Somerset Bell – with the first coach party looking on.  The party that went yesterday saw this newly cast bell and also watched four other bells being cast.  There are two more trips arranged to the Foundry, 4th and 25th August when there is the opportunity to see the bells already cast and even more bells being cast.  A few places have become available.  If you feel you would like to go please contact Margaret Laver.  There is a coach available and the cost is £25 per person.

Organ Appeal

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“Today I can give some news on our organ appeal. We have received the final amount from the generous  legacy of Pat Broach who loved the musical tradition at St Mary’s and was keen for Father Willis to be repaired. The legacy and the monies raised so far now total an encouraging £137,000. Miles is working hard to get estimates and we still have a way to go. Please consider sponsoring a pipe. Miles has arranged a visit to Michael Farley’s organ workshop in Colaton Raleigh (near Sidmouth) on August 24th. We would be delighted if you would like to come along.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Shoebox Appeal

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Several folk volunteered to organise the Shoebox Appeal but the first to offer were Martin and Ashton. More about this will be said soon, but for now … find a shoebox and get ready to fill it!