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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 “Just A Bite” – Dates’ Reminder


A reminder that MU “Just A Bite” does not meet in August. Please see notices on the MU noticeboard about Cathedral prayers for 19th July and 16th August, at 11.30 am in the Lady Chapel of St Andrew’s cathedral in Wells. On Mary Sumner Day – 9th August, there will be a Festival Service at St Peter and St Paul’s, Shepton Mallet at 2.30 pm. Another date for your diary is Friday 19th October – Taunton Archdeaconry Day at Crowcombe Village Hall from 10am. All are welcome. Have a lovely summer and see you on 5th September for our Quiz and Fundraising event at the earlier time of 1.30 pm to accommodate our friends from Wednesday Breakaway group.

Foodbank Job Vacancy


Taunton Foodbank is advertising a new post of Administrative Assistant for 10 hrs a week.

POSTPONED – Worship@5 – ‘What are God’s signs?’


Unfortunately this Worship @ 5 service has had to be postponed.  We do apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will let you know further details in due course.

WORSHIP@5 Sunday 15th July Revd Dennis Cavaghan leads on ‘What are God’s signs?’ We need signs to guide us through life. Some may say there are no signs or they are blank, but for those who want to see them God gives plenty. We begin with coffee served from 4.30pm. Friendly reception, accessible worship and a relevant message, all within a 45 minute service.


Rod’s Rooftop Walkabout


No longer confined to the nest, Rod (at 33 days old) can indulge in a little ‘al fresco’ dining with Mum and enjoy a casual rooftop walkabout whilst taking in the views from St Mary’s tower!


A peregrine raps …


“Hey, my name’s Rod
And this is my ring
… Taunton Town …
Love my new bling!”

This blue southwest ring carries the letters (TT) Taunton Town! (Courtesy Taunton Peregrine Falcon Project.)

(Photos courtesy the Taunton Peregrine Falcon Project)

MAP (Mission Action Plan)


On Saturday 7th July, members of St Mary Magdalene PCC and St John’s PCC met with the Archdeacon and Caroline Bruce (Diocesan Adviser) to discuss our Mission Action Plan.  This is a first step in the long road of preparation towards interviewing and, hopefully, appointing a new incumbent.  During the Interregnum, many of our parishioners are “stepping up” to take on extra work or responsibilities to help with the smooth running of our church weekly activities.  Please pray for the PCC and church members who are in this position and for us all as we strive to do God’s work in the best way possible.

Musical Weekend at St Mary’s


Last weekend passed in a very musical fashion. We enjoyed Taunton Choral Society’s concert on the Saturday evening and at the 10am Family Service, Miles led the musical part of our worship with a large band of a variety of instruments and players of all ages. The music began and ended with Miles accompanying one of our talented choristers, Ruth Hancock, on the violin. Well done Ruth.  Thank you also to Revd Mike Haslam who led us smoothly through the service.

Pastoral Care Follow-Up


“Last week in the Today sheet letter I wrote about the Pastoral work in the church and promised to follow up with more information. We are arranging for one person in each church group, e.g. choir, bellringers, bookstall, etc to be responsible for keeping a watch on any  pastoral needs of the group. Over a period of the next few weeks, Valerie Gaskell will be speaking to those we are asking to take responsibility in each group. In the meantime, we ask you all to let Valerie Gaskell know of anyone who needs a visit, is in hospital or ill at home. Thank you. More next week.”

Jean Lee

Patronal Festival Weekend


The Patronal Festival weekend is fast approaching and the Magdalene Fayre will soon be upon us.  The pews under the Peregrine Falcon cctv screen are now labelled for you to bring in any goods you may like to donate. There will be many stalls and the team is looking for offers of help. There is a list of stalls and goods needed at the back of church.

There will be a bring and share lunch after the 10am service on 22nd July to celebrate our Patronal Festival.  Everyone is welcome.  There is a sign-up sheet at the back of church and it would be really helpful if you could say whether you can provide a sweet or savoury dish.

The Magdalene Fayre


The Magdalene Fayre Saturday 21st July.  If you are able to help on the day there is a list at the back of Church of stalls to be manned. Also required is a team to get tables / gazebos set up in the morning and put away afterwards.

Are you able to provide any of the following: second hand books, toys, puzzles, cakes and preserves, handbags and scarves, jewellery, bric-a-brac, plants, bottles and tins for a tombola, toiletries and gifts, music & dvds and prizes for a raffle.

“Just a Bite” MU are looking after the Toiletries table, please contact Marlène Phillips if you can help on the day.

From today, donations may be left in the pews by the flower corner.

Zambian Link


As part of the celebration of 40 years of friendship, B&W is welcoming Zambian guests including Archbishop Albert Chama. On Saturday 14th July at 2.30 pm there is an Anniversary celebration and worship at Wells cathedral. From 3.45-6pm.  ‘After-party’ at the Bishop’s Palace and free entry to explore the gardens, meet the Zambian guests, enjoy family games and live music.

Please see the colourful poster on the table at back of church for more details. St Mary Magdalene is linked with the cathedral of Lusaka (do please see the photograph in the church porch). We shall be welcoming Fr Charley, its Dean, to Taunton that weekend. Some of you will remember him from previous visits. He will  be staying with a church family. We look forward to Fr Charley preaching on the 15th July at the 10 am service.

Organ Restoration in Progress


Many of you will have noticed the huge gaping hole where our organ stands and we are all pleased that the renovation work is underway and look forward to the time when we can hear the rich sounds of “Father Willis” again.