This year we have not organised Lent Talks but we have been invited by St John’s, Temple Methodist and the URC to join them in exploring Lent under the title “Holy Habits.” The sessions will be held on five Tuesdays at 2.30pm at the URC and 7.30pm at Temple. The first session is on 27th February. This course, which is based on Luke’s pen-picture of the early Church in Acts, identifies ten holy habits which should be characteristic of Christians and the Church. Again, may I commend to you the Lent readings on sale in the bookshop.
“I was delighted to attend the Mothers’ Union Wave of Prayer afternoon led beautifully by Margaret Allen. We prayed for link Mothers’ Union groups all over the world.”
Rod Corke, Vicar
On Sunday 18th February, Rita Corke will be talking about Relationships at Worship@5. As usual, this service will last 45 minutes and coffee to go is served at the beginning. We sing a mixture of new hymns and old favourites and worship the Lord with all our hearts. If you have never been to Worship@5, then why not come and see?
Over 90 people came to last week’s Accession Service which was a great success. Long may our Queen reign over us.
The Foodbank is one of the four beneficiaries for the Taunton Swimathon on February 17th. It is hoped that the money raised will go towards improving the warehouse with alterations to make it a better facility.
Derek is swimming for the team and if you wish to sponsor him please see him in church. They had four tons of food given over the Christmas period which was very rewarding.
A big thank you to all who give so generously. Diane and Derek
“I have been honoured by Cllr Catherine Herbert to be her Chaplain when she becomes Mayor of Taunton Deane in May. As May clashes with Christian Aid week, I cannot continue as St. Mary’s Christian Aid Rep. Is there any person or group who would be interested in taking on this extremely worthwhile task? The good will is there. In the past 4 years St. Mary’s raised £5,500, much of it to go to the refugee children of the Yemen. To find out more, without commitment, do contact me.”
On Sunday, 11th February at 5.00pm we have the monthly Healing Service. Many people have benefited from coming along and having time and space to pray. Don’t forget you do not have to come along for yourself. God honours prayers for relatives, friends and neighbours too.
Our Healing Service together with the Laying on of Hands service is open to everyone and will include hymns, a reading and prayers for healing in mind and body, with the Laying on of Hands for those who wish it. The Healing Grace of God is open to all, as it was in the beginning and is now.
We are happy to share that before Christmas, we were delighted to receive an email from a lady who had written to tell us that she had had a profound healing following prayers at the last service.
Healing Services continue monthly on the second Sunday of the month.
“I know that many of you would like to come to Great Malvern Priory on 24th June at 6.00pm for the Service of Collation, Induction and Installation when I will be made vicar of the parish. If enough are interested we will arrange a coach to take folk there and back on the Sunday. Please sign the form at the back of church if you would like to go by coach. Some people have said that they will use their own transport and spend a couple of days there. Because Great Malvern is a tourist destination, there are lots of hotels and B&Bs. The churchwardens at The Priory have sent an accommodation list of recommended places. This is at the back of church.”
Rod Corke, Vicar
Pauline Rosewell is collecting Christian novels for the library. Please contact Pauline if you have any suitable novels.
Following on from the Benefice Communion, we will join with our friends at St John’s again for the Ash Wednesday Service. This year, Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, falls on St Valentine’s Day – February 14th. The service will begin at 7 o’clock and we have decided that we will standardise this time for any mid week joint evening service. Please mark this date in your diary.
Our next Worship@5 is on Sunday 18th February at 5.00pm and Rita Corke will be leading. The theme of this service will be, “Relationships”.
The Diocese is planning a trip to Zambia next year. Preliminary details have been released and an initial response is needed by the end of January. If you would like to go, please see Richard Austin or Rod Corke for further details.