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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.

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.

New Year’s Day Services


This year’s calendar means that Christmas Day falls on a Sunday. It is known as “a vicar’s Christmas” because we miss a day of services. The other consequence is that Low Sunday (The Sunday after Christmas) is on New Year’s Day, 1st January 2017. Our 10.00am congregation have been invited to St John’s for a joint benefice service, where Jane Eastall will preside and I will preach.  Do come. This day is also St John’s patronal festival. There will not, therefore, be a service here at 10.00am on the 1st January but St Mary’s will hold communion services at 8.00 am (BCP) and 6.30pm (CW) on that day. Similarly, St Johns will close and join us for our Patronal Festival service in July.




Remembrance is fast approaching and, this year, the Blessing of the Field of Remembrance at the church war memorial, will be on Friday 11th November at 10.00am. The minute’s silence will follow at 11.00am at the market cross in the town centre. On Remembrance Sunday, Bishop Ruth will be preaching. The service begins, as usual, at 9.30am.

Amici Choir – Hail! Bright Cecilia




Of St. Cecilia and Pickled Boys

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 –



dog-32026_960_720-pxby-free-gimpThe next Worship@5 is on November 20th and the theme is “Can we overcome our human nature?” and there is a rumour that Sprocket, Dennis and Susanne’s delightful Springer may put in an appearance!

Welcome Tea


welcome-tea-452050_time_for_tea_1“Several folk have joined us recently and, if you have, then you are invited to the Welcome Tea at the vicarage opposite the church.

Rita and I look forward to greeting you and making you feel welcome.

The tea begins at 3.00pm on Sunday 30th October.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Shoebox Appeal


This coming week marks the conclusion of the shoebox appeal and Martin and Ashton have asked if you would bring back your boxes before 4th November and place them in the pews on the south side of church. Please try not to miss the deadline because we cannot ship late arriving boxes. Thank you all for taking part in this.

It is not too late if  you would still like to fill a shoebox.

Taunton’s Rotary Clubs’ Thanks


Thank you for allowing Taunton’s two Rotary Clubs to collect in the churchyard. Over one thousand pounds was donated by members of the public.  The money, which was raised to help victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, will mainly be shared between Shelterbox and Water Survival boxes.

Charis Meeting


Members of Charis, the charity we have helped form, are busy preparing a cultural awareness day and safeguarding day for all involved in preparation for receiving our first family of refugees. There is a big  meeting aimed at encouraging us all at Taunton Baptist Church on Friday 11th November at 7.30 pm. Bishop Ruth will be speaking and all are welcome.

New Bells


We are looking forward to hearing our new ring of bells and 21st November is the start date for the fitting of the new frame. We will need to use the south porch during that week but, from that point onwards, we are hoping to keep the main doors open as much as possible. In early December the bells will be hoisted up and put in place. It is beginning to happen – it really is exciting! The official opening is on Sunday 19th March 2017 at 2.30pm when Bishop Peter will conduct a special service of thanksgiving and dedication.

Friendship Wednesday


Feeling lonely? Come for some company and activities plus a nice hot drink! You will be most welcome to join us and perhaps make new friends.

Christianity Explored


Christianity Explored, our new discipleship course,  began last week but ran into a problem. The DVD failed to work. This has now been repaired and we plan to go ahead at 7.00 pm on Wednesday. It does give folk who may have missed the original start date the chance to come along and join in. You will be made most welcome. Come on your own or bring a friend.