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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.

In Celebration of Christian Aid Week

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“To celebrate Christian Aid Week, Revd Dr Susan Durber (Taunton Baptist Minister) and others will be in our Coffee Shop for Lunch on Wednesday, 18th May.  This is the day, of course, when all of the proceeds from the Coffee Shop will be donated to Christian Aid.  I will be there all day, and hopefully, Fiona Daborn from the charity, will be with me to welcome everyone.  On the same day, a Christian Aid Director will be in Taunton to address the local Chamber of Commerce at breakfast and it may be that he will visit us at St. Mary’s later on.”

Ronnie King

Archdeacon John Retires

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Archdeacon John retires this year after thirty years of ministry in this diocese, the last seventeen as your Archdeacon. There is to be a farewell service for John and Gill at St Mary Magdalene on Thursday 30th June at 7.00pm. This will be open to everyone.  Afterwards there’ll be some refreshments and an opportunity to say goodbye. Many people have asked how they can express their thanks to John for hisdistinguished ministry as Archdeacon of Taunton and Warden of Readers. If you would like to contribute to a thank you presentation gift please hand to a churchwarden or to the Parish Office.

Magdalene Fayre – Call for Items

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MAGDALENE FAYRE 23rd July 2016

This is an early request for you to begin looking out any items that you could donate for the following stalls!

  • BOOKS, PUZZLES, BRIC A BRAC, WHITE ELEPHANT, BOTTLES & CANS TOMBOLA, HANDBAGS & JEWELLERY, TOYS & GAMES, BATHROOM/TOILETRIES. (We need a volunteer to run this stall!)
  • CAKE & PRESERVES Stall, for which homemade cakes etc will be needed.
  • COFFEES, TEAS & LUNCHES produced by our wonderful catering team led by Sandra and Margaret.
  • RAFFLE – We would like to have a really good raffle, so prizes for this would be extremely welcome, and can be handed in to Tim (caretaker), Caroline Lee, Sandra Daw or Debbie Whittaker any time from now.
  • BOOKS – Usborne Books will be having a stall and will donate 20% of their takings to us.  They sell very good educational children’s books, and others, eg cookery, craft books, and it will be something different.

There will not be a second-hand clothes stall this year. Items cannot be stored in the pews until after 9th July when there is a wedding, so please keep them at home and bring them from 11th July onwards. All proceeds from the Fayre will go to the Mission of the church.

Thank you, from The Team.

Worship@5 – Our new Service

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WORSHIP@5 is having its 6th service on June 19th.

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‘How do we withstand bullying?’

If you know someone who might benefit from its relaxed, contemporary style please do tell them about it.  They can also get a feel for the service by looking at the short video on this website.

The service starts at 5pm but the doors are open from 4:30pm and folk are very welcome to come early for a cuppa and a biscuit.

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The Bells’ Final Departure

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After an eventful few days the bells have made their descent from the tower to be loaded onto a flat bed lorry for their final departure from St Mary’s.

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Bells 1 to 7 Flat 6 and Sharp 9 at tower base

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‘Call to Prayer’

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Do notice the new prayer cards that have beenplaced near the votive candles. These can be taken away or used in church by folk who would like some prayers to pray. Prayer is so important to the health of a church. Presently, the ministry team have been praying for ten minutes in St Andrew Chapel for our services and for the other churches in Taunton. We would like to open this to anyone who would like to come. We begin at 9.20am and end at 9.30am.

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Following the Archbishop’s Pentecost call to prayer we have arranged an evening of prayer on Thursday 12th May between 7.00-9.00 pm. There is more information inside the Today Sheet. St John’s is praying too from 12noon – 2.00pm each day from Friday 6th May – Saturday 14th May (apart from Friday 13th May).  There is also a poster at the back of church with their details.

Worship@5 Service

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WORSHIP@5 is having its fifth service on May 15th.

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‘How do we cope when we have hurt the one we love?’

If you know someone who might benefit from its relaxed, contemporary style please do tell them about it.  They can also get a feel for the service by looking at the short video on this website.

The service starts at 5pm but the doors are open from 4:30pm and folk are very welcome to come early for a cuppa and a biscuit.

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The James Galway Concert

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Revd Rod Corke and Sir James Galway

 “Last week I said that I would report on the James Galway concert. This concert was heavily oversubscribed, 5000 people seeking 600 tickets but some tickets were reserved for church members. The church was very full and folk who came were rewarded with Sir James and his wife, Lady Galway playing some beautiful flute music along with a string ensemble. Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway used our vicarage as their green room and Rita and I thought they were delightful people. They are regular church members and strong Christians. Hopefully, one day they’ll come back again and thrill us once more.”

Revd Rod Corke

Readers & Christian Aid Week

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This Sunday 8th May, we were to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Reader Church of England. One of our readers, Ronnie King, has been unwell and so we decided to postpone this until later in the year. Ronnie is improving and hopes to be in church today.

It also marks the beginning of Christian Aid week and the coffee shop will be decorated with banners promoting the valuable work that Christian Aid does. Envelopes will be given out in the Today sheet next week to give people an opportunity to contribute.

The Venerable Nicola Sullivan at St Mary’s

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Next week, on Sunday 15th May, the Venerable Nicola Sullivan, currently Archdeacon of Wells but soon-to-be Dean of Southwell, will be coming to St Mary’s to preach and preside. Nicola led our last parish weekend away and her ministry was welcomed by all who went. We will be celebrating Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit. Do come if you can.

Bells Removal

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As you will have already experienced, we are currently unable to use the main West Door. This is because John Taylor, the bellfounder,  has begun the process of removing the old bells from the tower. This is difficult and dangerous work; a highly skilled operation. We expect the tower to be out of action for two weeks. We live in exciting times.  When the new bells are in situ we don’t expect them to come down again for at least 500 years. We are making history.

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