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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.

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?

Mulberry Time!

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“The ancient mulberry tree is bearing a fine crop in the vicarage garden and Rita and I are inviting you to come and pick. There is no need to ask permission providing you come on Mondays after midday, Wednesday mornings or anytime on Saturdays.  Just come through the white gate armed with a picking basket and old clothes as mulberries do stain terribly. If you have never tasted a mulberry then you are in for a treat. They have a unique flavour somewhere between a blackberry and a raspberry. They are considered to be the queen of soft fruit. Picking is easy – no prickles and the taste is amazing. Try to pick the black ripe ones. This may be the last opportunity to enjoy mulberries at the vicarage so do come.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Town Centre Chaplaincy

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“Part of the money raised from our successful Magdalene Fayre will go to our continued support of the Town Centre Chaplaincy. I was with the chaplain, Adrian Prior Sankey last week. We were walking towards Vivary  Park when we were beckoned into G G the latest Indian restaurant that has just opened. It specialises in curries from North India.  We chatted to the new owners and they asked us to pray for them and their business. It was a a very special moment! A couple of new placements are in the pipeline including an invitation from Tesco to explore chaplaincy in their Wellington Road store. We have a new Parks chaplain, The Revd Tony Cox, who is a retired Methodist superintendent minister. At a recent Trust meeting we had the first results of a survey of substantial conversations our chaplains have had in their placements. A quarter of the conversations were about faith or were invitations to prayer. This is a very high figure and is really encouraging. The chaplains are being “salt and light” in our Town.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Magdalene Fayre Success!

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“Last week’s Today Sheet was written before the Magdalene Fayre took place so I was unable to give a full report. Today I can say the weather kept fine, we all worked as a team and realised a magnificent £2100 for the mission of the church. Well done everyone! It was a fun and enjoyable day. Lots of folk worked very hard, but a particular thanks to the small planning team that began work in January. All the hard work paid off.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Please click here to view photos of the day.

Bells

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Do look at the John Taylor website taylorbells.co.uk  If you click on the Contracts/Works in Progress tab and scroll down there is a daily update on the progress of our bells together with some very good photographs. There are two more trips arranged to the foundry, 4th and 25th August.  If you feel you would like to go please contact the Parish Office or Margaret Laver.   There is a coach available and the cost for the day is £25 per person.