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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.

MU & Breakaway Coffee Morning


“Recently, I was delighted to join the MU and Breakaway for a coffee morning at St John’s. We enjoyed tea, cake, quizzes and much fellowship. We were joined by the Mayor of Taunton Deane Cllr Vivienne Stock-Williams. Our MU is active and thriving. If you would like to join, please speak to Marlene Philips.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Shoebox Appeal Team


“In the past, we have shown God’s love to some of the poorest folk in the world by helping with a Shoebox appeal at Christmas. This is when a shoebox full of goodies is packed, brought to church and then a charity collects and distributes the boxes as a Christmas gift to needy children abroad. To take part this year, we need a team organiser. Is this something you feel God calling you to do? If so, why not chat it through with me.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Time Capsule


DSCN0674-ifl-Cropped_miniDon’t forget to sign the book, which will be included in our Time Capsule, which will be placed in the belfry and not opened for 200 years – or until our new bells need replacing again.

There is a small charge of £2.00 per signature to defer the cost and Rosemary Berry will be sitting at the back of church at coffee time to facilitate this.  The money will be used to defer the costs—which are more than you may think, because the special container has to be airtight, the books used made of acid free paper and the ink has to be of archivist quality.

We hope all we put in the capsule will be in very good condition when it is eventually taken out.


Worship@5 – How do I help my neighbour?



The Worship@5 service team also met this week and we planned the programme for the autumn term. The next theme is “How Do I Help My Neighbour?” and the service is next week on 17th July.

The service is growing in popularity, so if you haven’t been, do come along. We start with coffee at 4.30pm. The service begins at 5.00pm and lasts 45 minutes. Look out for the Worship@5 lemonade stall at the Magdalene Fair.

Sea Sunday


“Tomorrow is Sea Sunday when we remember especially those whose work is associated with the sea. When I was a vicar in  Felixstowe, our parish covered part of the dock area. Felixstowe is the biggest container port in Britain.  If you visited the viewing area there you would be amazed by the size of the container ships and they have got even bigger since we left.  At ports, the church provides seamen’s missions which offer refreshment and facilities to the sailors who are often thousands of miles from home. The chaplains provide an invaluable service, are a trusted team of listeners and give appropriate prayer support. The chaplains board the ships and give away Christian literature and Bibles which are in many languages. Dock work is tough. The dock workers work rolling shifts -days, mornings, evenings and nights. This can have an adverse effect on home life. In my parish, the highest number of divorces in the UK were recorded. Please pray for all who are involved in work related to the sea today.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Choral Evensong at Corfe


Tomorrow evening, our choir will lead Choral Evensong at Corfe. This has been a tradition for many years and consequently, there is no evening service at St Mary Magdalene’s. Why not come along – Corfe church generously provide refreshments afterwards.

Permission for Plaques


“This Thursday the PCC met and discussed the Mission Action Plan we worked on at the PCC Away Day. This document is important because it will detail what we hope to achieve as a governing body during the coming year. We gave permission for two plaques to be placed in the tower area  One of the plaques will list the inscriptions that will appear on each bell and the other the name of the bell foundry and the date the bells were cast and carillion installed. We hope to have the bells in position before Christmas.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

From Syria with Love


From Syria with Love

An exhibition of art work by children from Syria aged 6-16 living in a refugee camp in Lebanon.

10 June – 11 July

10.00am-4pm daily

The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

The Magdalene Fayre



Our Fayre is fast approaching and we need more of the following please:

Books                     Puzzles                      Bric-a-Brac          White Elephant

Bottles/Cans        Handbags                 Jewellery              Toys and Games

Toiletries              Preserves                 Cakes                      Raffle Prizes

All proceeds to Mission.  For any questions, please see Debbie Whittaker or Caroline Lee.  And just see Caroline Lee if you can offer any time between 10.00am and 2.00pm on Saturday 23rd July.

Let us make this a fayre to remember!

Archdeacon John Reed’s Farewell


Archdeacon John Reed

On Thursday evening, we said goodbye to our wonderful Archdeacon, John Reed. The church was packed for his farewell service and it was an emotional and lovely occasion. Thanks to the team at St Mary’s for all the hard work put in to make this happen. It was greatly appreciated.



Voice PC

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First meeting of Voice PC

You will be pleased to hear that our first Voice PC in its new location in the Priest’s Chamber was a great success. We played Bananarama (a kind of Scrabble), watched a video, worked on some rhythms, ate chocolate, considered Moses fighting the Amorites, and talked and prayed about the team that supports each one of us. This week we are expecting more young people to come and so Tim and Derek have worked hard moving trunks and chests to give us more room. If we are going to continue to use the Priest’s Chamber in the autumn/winter we are going to need some heat up there. We have begun to consider this as we will need a faculty. Friday evening has a real buzz at St Mary’s with the young people’s reading group, choristers, choir and Voice PC.

Bell Casting Video


Have you seen the bell casting video? It shows the first casting of the bells and captures brilliantly the excitement and joy of the day. We still have not heard who will be officially opening the bells in March – watch this space! We are most grateful to Rotary for a very generous grant towards the cost of the bells.