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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.

Trip to Michael Farley’s Organ Workshop

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TRIP TO MICHAEL FARLEY’S ORGAN WORKSHOP in Colaton Raleigh (near Sidmouth) Wednesday 24th August

This firm is one of the possible Organ Builders we are looking at with a view to renovating Father Willis.  Michael Farley has kindly offered us a tour of his workshop (where he is currently building an organ for Malta!) and some of the nearby instruments he has recently renovated.  This would be a day out in some beautiful places – we would visit the churches and organs of (tbc) Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth, and enjoy a pub lunch.  Lifts could be provided if needed  If anyone would like to join us for this visit please sign the sheet at the back of the church (for further details please see Miles Quick).

MU Diocesan Festival Service

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On Tuesday 23 August, we will be hosting the Diocesan Mother’s Union Service of Celebration. The Revd Judith Abbot will preside and folk will come from all over the county to praise God together.  It is open to all, and there will be activities for young children. The afternoon begins at 1.00pm with a picnic in the church grounds followed by the service at 2.30pm.

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Chamber Philharmonia Cologne – Saturday 20 August!

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Saturday 20th August at 7:30 pm.
Works by Vivaldi, Mozart and Paganini.
Tickets available at Taunton Visitor Centre, Market House, Fore Street, Tel. 01823 340470.
Tickets at the door (cash sales only) one hour prior to the concert.

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Worship@5 – Why does God allow Suffering?

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Tomorrow, Sunday 21 August, is our Worship@5 and it’s dealing with the challenging subject of “Why Does God Allow Suffering?” with the musical company of Rosie on flute and Mary on violin, plus a chorus by my musical hero Brian Doerksen from the Vineyard movement, not to mention a chorus with the intriguing title of ‘10,000 reasons’ and a couple of powerful mainstream hymns.

This service is short (45mins) , begins with coffee and is informal in style. Why not give it a try and bring a friend or neighbour along?

Chaplaincy Vacancy

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The latest volunteer chaplain will begin work at Tesco’s shortly. Taunton is one of the most developed places in the UK for the ministry of urban chaplaincy. Currently we have a vacancy for a chaplain to work in a nursing/ care home environment. Could God be calling you?

Magdalene Fayre £££

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We can now give you the final figures for the Magdalene Fayre. After all expenses have been taken off and additional donations received the total stands at a wonderful £2111.96 (this includes the Coffee Shop takings for the morning of £231.50). The money goes towards our church’s mission and a major part of that is the £3000 we give towards the Taunton Town Chaplaincy. The short fall is made up from general funds but if you would like to help us give to the important work in our town please feel free to do so.

MU Diocesan Festival Service

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We are hosting the MU Diocesan Festival Service on 23rd August and you are most welcome to come come along. It begins in the churchyard at 1.00pm with a picnic. The service is at 2.30pm.  We are celebrating 140 years since the Mother’s Union was founded.  Our Vicar, Rod Corke will be preaching.  It is open to all.

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Christianity Explored Course

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“I will be running a discipleship course called “Christianity Explored” in the autumn. This course is designed to help folk learn a bit more about the Christian faith in a friendly environment. There are seven sessions and the course will begin on Wednesday, 19th October. A sign up sheet will be at the back of church in the coming weeks.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Organ Appeal Update

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We are pleased to announce that we are well on our way to raising the £250,000 needed to restore our Father Willis organ, having raised £137,586 to date.  This is an incredible amount and we would like to thank all for their generous donations.  We so look forward to fully restoring our Father Willis.

Full details of the Organ renovation appeal and how you can help us by sponsoring a pipe (or pipes!) can be found on our Organ Project page.

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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?