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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.

Matthew Jeanes on ‘Forgiving and Forgetting’


“Last week, at Worship@ 5, Matthew Jeanes gave a superb talk on Forgiving and Forgetting (his seagull illustration being particularly memorable!). His talk can be heard on our website and I commend it to you.

Next month will be a bit different. Marcus Paul (former Deputy Head at Queens and author of the recently published book: “The Evil Men Do”) will be speaking on, “What do our bells say when they ring out and what should they say?”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Lent Talks by Professor Trigg


Lent Talks by Professor Roger Trigg, University of Oxford. Theme: Should this still be a Christian society?

After a week’s break , Roger Trigg will deliver his fourth Lent talk on Wednesday 7.30pm in the church on Wednesday 5th April on “Must all religions be treated equally?” These talks have been really enjoyed and if you have not come, it is not too late. Each talk is on a different topic.



The Meeting for the election of churchwardens and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held in church at 11.30am on Sunday 30th April.  We will be looking to elect three churchwardens, five members of the Parochial Church Council and four  members of Deanery Synod. (Please see the informative letter at the back of church from Stephen Grimshaw, the Lay Chair, Taunton Deanery,  regarding membership of Deanery Synod). Nomination forms are at the back of church.

Foodbank Thank You


“Taunton Foodbank  would lilke to thank you very much for your continuing support which is still greatly needed. In the last 4 months we have given out 62% more food compared with last year and are responding to more than 40 referrals a week. This may be due to the rolling out of Universal Credit but we are considering whether to open more than twice a week.”

Diane Bayliss & Derek Hicks

Bell Launch!


What a wonderful bell launch we had last Sunday! The service in the afternoon was well attended as we welcomed our special guests: Deputy Lieutenant, Lt Col Mike Motum, the Mayor of Taunton Deane, Cllr Vivienne Stock-Williams, Mr Christopher Mew, President of The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, Bishop Peter and  Archdeacon Simon. Bishop Peter dedicated the bells  and then Simon Adams, a director from John Taylor’s Foundry, handed the bell rope to Rosemary Tuhey, our Tower Captain. The bells rang out!

We also dedicated the WW1 memorial bell in the soldiers’ corner and the Time Capsule. The choir sang beautifully and bell themed hymns added to the occasion. An unforgettable day –  thank you to all who helped organise it.

Giving thanks. 


W@5 – Does forgiving mean forgetting?


WORSHIP@5 on Sunday 26th March, will be led by Dennis Cavaghan.  Pastor Matthew Jeanes of Canon Street Christian Centre will be our speaker, and his theme will be “Does forgiving mean forgetting?”  St Mary’s doors will open at 4.30pm for a cuppa, and the 45 minute service will start at 5pm.  Do come and bring a friend.


Christian Aid Appeal


“A National Appeal for Urgent Action”

“There are 20 million who are currently dying of starvation.  Hunger on a massive scale is looming across East Africa. If we don’t act now it will get much worse.   With this in mind the PCC has decided to hold a “Bucket Collection” after the morning and evening services  today. This Appeal will go to Christian Aid’s “East Africa Appeal” and cheques should be made out to “Christian Aid”.

If you are a Tax Payer please could you place your donation in the Yellow Envelope to be found in the pew.  Please mark it “Christian Aid” and that will enable us to claim under the Gift Aid scheme, resulting in us receiving a further 25% to your giving.  Buckets will be available after the service to receive your envelopes.

Thank you.”

Ronnie King

Lent Talks


Professor Roger Trigg’s first talk on Science and Religion was warmly received on Wednesday. The next talk “Should religion play a part in public life?” will be on Tuesday and we have moved the venue to the church rather than the Upper Room. Each talk is on a separate theme so if you missed the first, please feel free to come. You will be made most welcome.

Church Weekend Away


CHURCH WEEKEND AWAY 22-24 SEPTEMBER 2017 AT BUCKFAST ABBEY – Leaflets for our weekend away are available on the table near the pigeon holes in church. Bishop Peter and his wife Jane are joining us and it will be a great time of fellowship, relaxation and deepening our faith. Places are limited so do book soon.


Service of Dedication of the New Peal of Church Bells


“Sunday 19th March is a day of welcome, thanks and celebration as we dedicate the new bells and carillon to the service of God and his Church in a special service led by Bishop Peter at 2.30pm this Sunday afternoon. We welcome Deputy Lieutenant Lt Col Mike Motum, the Mayor of Taunton Deane, the many donors and sponsors and all who attend this afternoon’s service and particularly the bellringers from all over the county and beyond to enjoy ringing the bells after the service.

We give thanks for the faith and hope of not only those working on the project but also the very many people from even as far afield as Australia who shared and supported our vision of a new set of bells. The carillon will play two sponsored tunes – ‘Morning Has Broken’ and ‘Who Would True Valour See’ – before the 10.00am service along with the tunes specially chosen by church groups.  The bell sponsors, or their representatives from St Mary’s bellringers, will ring the bells during the service as part of the act of dedication.

Bells play an important role in the mission of the church for, as their sound rings out beyond the church, they bear witness to the Christian message to all who hear them.  They call out to both those who would like to come to church but cannot through frailty or illness and those who are not regular church-goers and may not even be Christians.  A surprising number of donations, particularly towards the Somerset bell, have come from those who are not members of our church but say they just like to hear the bells ring and the memories that they bring.

We were pleased to see the arrival of the World War 1 memorial bell last week.  Do look at the various displays around the church this weekend giving the story of the project. The tower CCTV will be on showing the bells in action as the bellringers ring them from the new ringing room.

So let us celebrate our new bells and carillon.

“Let the bells ring out!”

Rosemary Tuhey, Tower Captain

An Urgent Appeal


“An Urgent Appeal”

Last Sunday in my Intercessions I asked you to pray for the 20 million who are currently dying of starvation. There is now a National Appeal for urgent action.  Hunger on a massive scale is looming across East Africa. If we don’t act now it will get much worse.   With this in mind the PCC has decided to hold a “Bucket Collection” after the morning and evening services next week on Mothering Sunday.  This Appeal will go to Christian Aid’s “East Africa Appeal” and cheques should be made out to “Christian Aid”.  Jesus said, “Love your neighbour as yourself.” These surely are our neighbours and you all know what he said about these little ones. May I thank you in anticipation for your support.”

Ronnie King