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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.

Afternoon Prayer

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Next Saturday afternoon we have a time of prayer and discussion about the idea of becoming an urban minster. We will begin the afternoon at 2.00pm in St Andrew’s Chapel with a time when views can be shared and discussed. This will lead to prayer and the church will be open until 5.00pm for people to come in and reflect and pray. Do come. Your comments for and against will be heard and valued — your prayer support will be appreciated.

Benefice News

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Benefice News: St John’s is open Mondays from 12 noon to 2pm for quiet prayer and reflection whilst on Wednesdays there is a group Lectio Divina, 12.30pm to 1pm.  Everyone is very welcome – please join us for as long or as little as you want.

Sheila’s Departure

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Last week Sheila announced that she was resigning her post here and moving on to pastures new. We will miss her greatly and we give thanks to God for her ministry here. Please pray for Sheila that during this time of change she will be guided by the Holy Spirit and know God’s sustaining hand upon her life and ministry. Sheila’s last Sunday will be 23rd April and we will be organising a collection to present her with a gift from us all.

Website

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Over the past 2 weeks there have been changes to the way the website data is stored. This exercise has now been completed without too much interruption and all seems well. However, if you do find you are encountering problems, could you let either Dennis or Susanne Cavaghan know. Thank you.

W@5 – How do we deal and cope with change?

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Change is often unsettling, even threatening, but our God is changeless and will be with us all the way through. This afternoon, our Vicar, Rod Corke will be tackling “How do we deal and cope with change?”  St Mary’s doors will open at 4.30pm for a cuppa, and the 45 minutes service will start at 5pm.

 

Second Sunday Before Lent

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“Today is the Second Sunday Before Lent. Lent  begins on 1st March when we will be joining with our fellow Christians at St John’s for the Ash Wednesday Benefice Service (7.30pm). During this service, the priests will place an ash cross on those who wish to be marked. The ash cross symbolises our need to bring our sins to the cross where Jesus has dealt with it once and for all. The ash is made from a mixture of the previous year’s palm crosses and olive oil.

Once Lent begins, we will look forward to Prof Roger Trigg’s talks on issues in contemporary Christianity. You’ll find the dates and times inside this issue of Today. Don’t forget to visit our bookshop and pick up some Lenten reading. I will be taking some personal reflective reading on my retreat this coming week at St Mary and Martha’s, Sheldon.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Wednesday Breakaway

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Wednesday Breakaway will meet on the following dates at 9.30am in the children’s corner:

  • 8th March, Nicole leads a death cafe giving guidance on how to make plans for your final wishes.
  • 5th April, Easter Craft – making Easter egg dream catchers and decorating clay.

Everyone welcome!

Benefice News

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Benefice News: St John’s is open Mondays from 12 noon to 2pm for quiet prayer and reflection whilst on Wednesdays there is a group Lectio Divinafrom 12.30pm to 1pm.  Everyone is very welcome – please join us for as long or as little as you want.

Test Ringing of the New Bells

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Excitement gripped the church last Thursday for the first test ringing of the new bells and what a wonderful sound we heard!  Using the webcam we were able to see the ringers in the ringing chamber and the bells swinging. It was a marvellous sight. All went well. There will be no regular ringing, however, until the Dedication Service, on Sunday, 19th March, when the Bishop of Bath and Wells and Deputy Lieutenant will be coming. We have been planning this and we have decided to dedicate the carillon during the morning service and the ringing bells in the afternoon so that the whole day can be a time of celebration.

A group of very happy bellringers!

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MU ‘Just a Bite’ Exercises

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This week our MU, Just a Bite met and enjoyed a fitness session based around  exercises you can do sitting down. It looked great fun.

The MU always welcomes new members.

Accession Service

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Accession Service on Sunday 5th February at 6.30pm

Choral Evensong thanksgiving for the 65 years of service that Her Majesty has given to the Country and the Church.

Let us fill St. Mary’s to show Taunton’s appreciation.

We are privileged to welcome Rev. Dr. Daniel Newman to lead and preach at this service.

New Bells

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“I have been asked several times when we will hear our new bells. The work is drawing to completion and there will be some test ringing soon, but the carillon and bells will not be in action until the Service of Dedication on 19th March when Bishop Peter and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant will be in attendance. The service begins at 2.30pm so please mark this important day in the life of St Mary’s in your diaries.”

Rod Corke, Vicar