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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.

Worship@5

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On Sunday 17th April, we have Worship@5 and the theme is “Does Faith depend on Facts or Feelings?”

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This service is proving very popular.  Don’t forget we start with refreshments and the service lasts 45 minutes.

There is a new video advertising Worship@5 on our website – do have a look.

Taunton Team Chaplaincy

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“This week I spoke to the Taunton Team Chaplaincy at their Annual General Meeting at St James. The chaplaincy is going very well and there now 27 volunteer chaplains serving shops and businesses in the Taunton area. On 1st June the Bishop of Taunton, The Rt Revd Ruth Worsley, will visit the chaplaincy and see the work for herself.  As a congregation, we support the chaplaincy work financially and practically.”

Revd Rod Corke

Welcome Tea

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Welcome Tea was a really good afternoon and we welcomed 17 new folk to St Mary Magdalene’s (seven people gave apologies).  The next tea will be in about nine months time.

Swimathon 2016

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Thanks to all of you, the St. Mary’s Angels have won the Milsted Langdon Challenge Cup for the first time entrant raising the most money. They will be presented with the trophy at the Annual Swimathon Presentation Evening to be held at Cheddon Fitzpaine Village Hall on 28th April.

Concerts at St Mary’s

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STUART TOWNEND CONCERT 22nd April and JAMES GALWAY CONCERT 29th April.  Kate Cresswell is looking for volunteers to sell refreshments at these two first class concerts.  If you are able to help please contact Kate or the Parish office.

JAMES GALWAY CONCERT 29TH April.  There are still some tickets for sale.  There are leaflets in the bookshop to say how they can be purchased.  If you respond quickly and you say you are a member of STMM you will get priority, or you could volunteer as follows.

Signature Events on the Tarka Line

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Signature Events: Our next trip is Wednesday 27th April.  An all day outing from Exmouth to Barnstaple on the beautiful Tarka Line.  This is a really lovely journey and not to be missed.  We will need volunteers to drive, leaving Taunton at 8.30am.   The train departs from Exmouth Station at 9.53am.  Cost of the train ticket is £10.10 plus a contribution towards your driver’s fuel (we suggest approximately £4).  As always, please “sign up” at the back of the church by Sunday 24th April. Further details from Margaret Allen.

Children Communion before Confirmation

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“In a recent PCC meeting, after much debate and discussion, it was decided to work towards allowing children, after adequate preparation. to take communion before confirmation, A working party will now prepare a way forward which will be submit to the PCC and then to the Bishop before we can be granted permission to do this. This is a practice that happens in 40% of the churches within the diocese. Where it has happened there has been no noticeable drop in the numbers coming for confirmation. Confirmation continues to be an important rite of passage where the emphasis is on declaring your personal faith in Jesus Christ and claiming the baptism promises made on your behalf by parents and godparents for your own. If you would like to talk to me about this, please feel free to do so.”

Revd Rod Corke

APCM

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“Our APCM is next week on Sunday 17th April at 2:30pm. This is an important meeting where PCC members are elected and the churchwardens chosen. Please consider standing for PCC. There is so much happening at St Mary Magdalene we really need folk who are prepared to help govern the church. If you feel God is calling you to do this and would like a chat with Sheila or me before putting your name forward then just ask. Please pray that we will continue to have a PCC of prayer and vision.”

Revd Rod Corke

Seekers Bible Group

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AGAPE is changing its name.  From now on it will be called “Seekers Bible Group”.  We will continue to meet the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 2.15pm in the Upper Room. On the 19th April we continue delving into Isaiah.

APCM

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Annual Parish Church meeting Sunday 17th April at 2.30pm in the coffee shop area.  Tea/coffee will be served from 2pm.

Nomination forms for PCC members and churchwardens and the annual report and accounts for 2015 are available at the back of Church.

If you haven’t already done so, please forward your report to Margaret Laver for inclusion in the report booklet.

Thank you.

Worship@5 – “Does faith depend on facts or feelings?”

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Worship@5 continues to thrill those who come.  We invite anyone and everyone to taste and see for themselves at the next one on Sunday 17th April at 5pm.

Led by Revd Dennis Cavaghan – ‘Does faith depend on facts or feelings?’

If you have not had the 5 o’clock experience yet , why not give it a try this Sunday afternoon.

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Stuart Townend in Concert at St Mary’s

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Prolific modern hymn writer Stuart Townend will be giving a concert at St Mary Magdalene’s on Friday 22nd April at 7:30pm.  There are tickets left but you need to book them soon. They are £12 and available from 01823 332371, St Michael’s,  Galmington.  Enquiries to tauntonstuart@gmail.com.  Booking office open from February 23rd Tuesday to Friday mornings.

Stuart has written several hymns we sing including “In Christ Alone”, “Vagabonds” “The Lords My Shepherd (I will trust in you always), “How Deep the Father’s Love” and “The Power of the Cross.” www.stuarttownend.co.uk  Townend Diary

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