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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 Prayer for Global Moment for 16 Days of Activism


Our vicar Rod and MU members at St Mary Magdalene church, will on Friday 25th November at 12 noon, join with people all over the world in a “Global moment” to raise awareness of and stand in solidarity against gender-based violence. At St Mary’s we shall light a candle to remember those affected by this, to symbolise hope for a future free from gender-based violence and to pray for those affected. We ask all who can to join us or to light a candle at home.  There is more information on


Our new bells


“The good news is that this will be the last Remembrance Sunday when we will be without our bells to mark time and call folk to worship. The new bells will be delivered very soon and, currently, the bell hanging team are preparing the tower for the new bell frame. When the bells arrive we hope to bless them and those who ring them in a 10.00am communion service. The bells have been given names which are connected with our church in some way.  These have been taken from a list given by members of our congregation and our bell ringers. They are: Elizabeth (Queen), Mary (Magdalene) Andrew (Saint), Augustine (Saint & Priory), Ina (Saxon King), Dunstan (Somerset Saint), Lydia (Early Church), George (George Scott, architect) Benjamin (Hammet), Blaise (Saint of wool workers), Swithin (Saint, Winchester connection), James (Cottell – former vicar), Alfred (Christian King), Thomas (Disciple), John (Evangelist, sister church). As yet, we can set no date because we are unsure how long the work will take in the tower – but hopefully it will be before Christmas.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

New Trustee – Open Door


The Open Door, a charity with strong connections to local churches, runs a day centre near Vivary Park which provides meals, clothing, showers and laundry facilities to rough sleepers in and around Taunton. We are looking for a new trustee to help with applications for grants and other funding to enable improvements at the centre and fund staff to expand services which help our guests move forward in their lives. Please contact Jonathan by email or 01823 288973 if you would like further details.


Angel Tree Service (Baby Loss)


Today at 3pm.

Parents, family and friends are given an opportunity to pause to reflect on the loss of their baby, whether the loss was recent  or many years ago.  Lighting a candle for each baby enables people to unite with others who have experienced the same heartache.  Families feel less isolated and alone when sharing in the service.

Worship@5 – Can we overcome our human nature?



Today at 5pm, Dennis will tackle the question “Can we overcome our human nature?’.  Most of us find our human nature spoils our high hopes.  What can be done about it?  Dennis’ Springer Spaniel will be there to teach us!  Come and find out ore.

Doors open for a cuppa and chat from 4.30pm.

Please note that this will be the last service for 2016.  We resume on the 15th January 2017.

Worship@5 Suggestions


w5-suggested-topics-slips-gimp-2-001Thank you for all your thoughtful input.  We hope to address some of them as the months go by.  The themes will be announced well in advance.  If you have more suggested topics please leave them in Dennis’ pigeon hole at the back of church.

Amici Choir


Amici’s next concert is on Saturday 19th November at 7:30 p.m. and will be presented in the church of St. Mary Magdalene, Taunton.



St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music and musicians, and St. Cecilia’s Day is November 22nd. That date also happens to be Benjamin Britten’s birthday. The programme comprises two major works, ‘Hail! Bright Cecilia’ by Purcell, and ‘St. Nicolas’ by Britten.  Britten was particularly enthusiastic about Purcell’s music and all of this interweaving of dates and musical affinities has resulted in what promises to be an interesting and enjoyable evening of music.

‘St. Nicolas’ tells the story of the legendary life of St. Nicolas, Bishop of Myra, Lycia.  The text was written by Eric Crozier, and Britten’s setting of the story opened the very first Aldburgh Festival in 1948.  One of the sections describes the Saint’s miraculous resurrection of two boys who have been murdered by the local butcher, and whose pickled meat is being served up to travellers!  (Sounds very Sweeny Todd, doesn’t it?)

A fine line up of soloists has been engaged for this evening, including tenor Thomas Elwin and well-known local soprano Lorna Anderson. An added attraction is a guest appearance by Crispian Steele-Perkins, the country’s foremost baroque trumpeter (think ‘Antiques Roadshow’ theme…!).

Tickets are available from Taunton Tourist Information Centre and through the Amici website –

New Year’s Day Services


“On 1st January, New Year’s Day, there will be no service here at St Mary’s at 10.00 am (The 8.00am and 6.30pm services are unaffected). We have been invited to our sister church, St John’s. Our bell ringers will be ringing hand bells to welcome us, I will preach and Jane will preside. There will be refreshments after the service.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Coats and Blankets Needed


blankets-knitted-1121496_960_720-pxdy-blankets-freeWith the arrival of the colder weather, Open Door is in need of coats and blankets.

If you have any you can spare, please bring them to church for collection. Thank you.


16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence: A Global Moment


A Global Moment of Prayer – 25 November @ St Mary’s @ 12 noon

Gender-based violence affects all societies around the world, and no country or culture is immune from it. Globally one in three women will be directly affected by some form of gender-based violence in their lifetime.

This 16 Days, we invite you to take part in a global show of solidarity to shine a light on gender-based violence, and to call for an end to this. 

On 25th November, the first of 16 Days of Activism 2016, Mothers’ Union members and others will gather around the world at midday local time, to pray for an end to gender-based violence, and for those affected by this. As a global act, we are asking those gathered to light a candle, in memory of those affected, and to symbolise hope for a world where violence against women and girls no longer exists.

Charis Charity Meeting


We are delighted that Charis, the charity we have helped form to bring over a Syrian refugee family in need, are holding a special public meeting with Bishop Ruth to hear the latest exciting news. This will be held at Creech Baptist Church (Note the change of venue) on Friday 11th at 7.30pm. We have been overwhelmed with generous offers of love and support already. If you come, you will be made most welcome. Please continue to pray for the dreadful situations in Mosul and Aleppo.