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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.

Bell Casting Video

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Have you seen the bell casting video? It shows the first casting of the bells and captures brilliantly the excitement and joy of the day. We still have not heard who will be officially opening the bells in March – watch this space! We are most grateful to Rotary for a very generous grant towards the cost of the bells.

Open Door Trust ‘Do More’

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“This week I attended an Open Door Trust meeting and I was delighted to hear of the success of Do More. This is a programme to help those clients of Open Door who need to find housing and employment. This means lives have been transformed and we rejoice!”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Churchwardens’ Thanks

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Valerie and Derek would like to give grateful thanks to everyone from St. Mary’s who volunteered to help at our Archdeacon’s final retirement service. It was a great effort to serve drinks and nibbles to 500+ people and the clean up was done with everyone helping to put the church back straight. John was so happy to finish his ministry at St Mary Magdalene.

Fun Quiz and Cake Sale

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On Wednesday 6th July at 10am at St John’s Church, there will be a joint meeting of MU Just-a-Bite and Wednesday Breakaway.  Join us in a fun quiz and cake sale – all money raised will go to support the Mothers’ Union Big Summer Appeal. Everyone Welcome.

Signature Events – Picnic to Kilve

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Signature Events Our next outing is the annual picnic to Kilve on Sunday 10th July. The picnic will begin at 1pm followed by Evensong at St Mary’s Kilve at 4.30pm. Please bring your own picnic and chairs. Cream teas will be available at £2 each which includes a cup of tea, 2 scones with jam and cream. Please pay in advance at the Bookshop. If it’s raining on 10th July, a decision will be made at the 10am service whether or not to postpone. Therefore, it is very important that you leave a contact number on the “sign up” sheet which you will find at the back of the church.

Volunteers for Concert

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On Saturday 16th July 7.30pm at St Mary Magdalene there will be a concert in aid of Parkinson’s UK.  “The Rivertones Harmony Chorus” will be singing and Harpist, Elizabeth-Jane Baldry will also be performing.  If you would like to volunteer, please let the Parish Office or Kate know if you are able to help.

Bookshop

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Have you seen the Christian books in our bookshop?  Through a partnership with Aslan Books we can now offer the latest titles and a wide range of Bibles and Prayer books.  Other Christian books can be ordered and the delivery is fast and efficient.  Why not take time to browse?

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Worship@5

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We were delighted that so many of you came to Worship @ 5 last Sunday evening. Dennis talked on the difficult and challenging subject of bullying and how, as Christians, we should respond.  We were urged to:

  • Fight it … confront and stand your ground
  • Flee from it … getaway from it
  • Endure it .. with God’s help and without feeling guilty and responsible

The next Worship@5 Service is on 17th July and Dennis will be speaking on “How do I help my neighbour?” Do come.  Doors open at 4.30pm and the service lasts 45 minutes.

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St Mary’s on Facebook

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Have you seen our new Facebook link on the website?  This important link can be used to help publicise our events and to provide a forum for comment.  Why not try it out for yourself?

Foundry Bell Casting

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On Thursday 23 June, the first party from St Mary Magdalene went to The John Taylor Bellfoundry in Loughborough to see the first bells of our new ring cast. Included in the casting was the Somerset Bell.  Our Vicar, Rod Corke, travelled there and back with our new Mayor of Taunton Deane, Vivienne Stock-Williams.  The trip exceeded all expectations – a wonderful and historic day! We are especially grateful to all the staff at the foundry who gave of their time and we are thankful for their guidance and wealth of information shared.  Photos used with the permission of John Taylor & Co, The Bellfoundry, Loughborough.

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Charis Public Meeting

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“On the evening of Wednesday 22 June, we hosted the second Charis public meeting to report on progress with offering a vulnerable Syrian family safe haven in Taunton. We were delighted that approximately 50 people came. We heard some shocking statistics:

  • 61 million displaced refugees worldwide
  • 11 million from Syria
  • 6 million Syrians living outside Syria.

Syrians are not economic migrants. Most want peace to fall upon their country and to go home. Our government is right to support temporary housing in refugee camps. However, some are too vulnerable for this and they need to be resettled here and in other developed countries. Britain has pledged to take 20,000 and Charis is church sponsorship to help in this challenging process. Charis has applied for charitable status and once this is received we can have informal and formal conversations with the Home Office. Taunton Deane is about to receive the second family – the first family has integrated very well so far. Accommodation remains the biggest difficulty. In North London, an orthodox and liberal synagogue have buried their differences and are working together with a local mosque to bring over a family using the same community support approach Charis is using. Many of the Jewish people involved descend from refugees given sanctuary here during the 1930’s and remain exceeding grateful for the welcome they received when they needed it most.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Christian Books in our Book Shop

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Have you seen the Christian books in our bookshop?  Through a partnership with Aslan Books we can now offer the latest titles and a wide range of Bibles and Prayer books.  Other Christian books can be ordered and the delivery is fast and efficient.  Why not take time to browse?