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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.

Magdalene Fayre Planning

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Planning is happening for the Magdalene Fayre on Saturday 23rd July this year. A small team is working hard to come up with a plan for the day. If you would like to run a stall, please speak to Caroline Lee. The more variety we offer, the better the Magdalene Fayre will be, and the more money we will raise for our mission projects.

Wednesday Breakway

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WEDNESDAY BREAKAWAY 13th April at 9.30 am. Jo Morling will be giving a short, child friendly talk entitled “The Lighthouse”, on the theme “Jesus the light of the world” followed by refreshments. Children and adults  are welcome to come along and help build the model of the old lighthouse.

Future dates:

  • 4th May at 9.30am: Jane Tibbs who is responsible for children and worship in the diocese will be joining us.  She will give a talk about families and community, followed by refreshments;
  • 1st June at 10.30am: join us for a family picnic (weather permitting) in Vivary Park during this half-term week
  • 6th July joint quiz and cake sale with Just A Bite Group – more details to follow.  Everyone welcome!

Away Weekend 2017

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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY!

Our next Away Weekend will be in 2017 at Buckfast Abbey with Bishop Peter Hancock as our speaker!

Reserve the date: 22 – 24th September 2017.

Wonderful Easter Dawn

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“On Sunday we had a wonderful Easter Dawn Service held at King’s Hall School at 6.30am (which body-wise was 5.30am because of the clock change!).  28 of us had communion together standing overlooking Taunton, remembering Mary’s early morning visit to the tomb.   It was wonderful watching the sun come up, and the amazing clouds sweeping across the sky, and luckily we all stayed dry while we ate some very tasty bacon butties after the service.  Many thanks to Denise for providing our breakfast for us.”

Revd Sheila Murray

Prayer Vine @ St Mary’s

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Prayer Vine is a small confidential group who will intercede on a regular basis.

If you would like to know more about what we do, or if you have anything that you would like prayer for, please click here.

Friendship Wednesday Invitation

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An invitation for adults to Friendship Wednesday every third Wednesday of the month starting on the 20th April from 2.15 to 4.00 pm in the coffee shop area.

Join us for an afternoon of chat and board games.

Thank you Readers!

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This year is the 150th anniversary of Readers’ ministry and we are planning to marry this with a Reader’s Sunday Service on the Sunday after Ascension.

Our Readers, Peter, Ronnie and Daphne, all work very hard in our parish and we thank them for all they do.

Easter Services

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Holy Week

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Archdeacon John Reed will be leading us in a time of reflection/meditation on Monday to Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm. This will be a special time and you are warmly invited to come. Each talk lasts half an hour.

This leads us to Maundy Thursday when we are privileged to have another significant visitor – Dr Ziggy Rogoff. Ziggy is a Messianic Jew and a missionary working with Jews for Jesus. He will be coming to talk to us at 6.15pm – 7.00pm about the Passover Meal (coffee and biscuits provided). He will then preach at our Maundy Thursday Service.

Then there will be the vigil which follows the service until 9.30pm. This is a time to just sit quietly with God, either in the main church where the lights will have been dimmed, and the altar will have been stripped or in the St Andrew Chapel. It would be very encouraging to see more people staying this year.

Good Friday

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  • The Revd Dr Susan Durber is the new minister at Taunton URC in Paul Street and she will lead us in our 10.30 Morning Service on Good Friday – the Revd Rod Corke will be preaching.
  • After the service there is the walk to St James and then processing through the Town as an act of witness.
  • In the afternoon at 2.00pm we will be remembering Jesus’ crucifixion with ‘An Hour at the Cross’ led  by Revd Ben Whitworth.
  • Then in the evening, starting at 7.30pm, our Good Friday Devotional Concert, a sequence of meditative music with the Choir of St Mary Magdalene, string orchestra and other instruments centred around the short Passiontide cantata Wondrous Cross by Alan Bullard. This is a  powerful work of words and music and very appropriate for Good Friday evening.

Special Easter Dawn

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Something very special is happening at dawn on Easter Sunday morning (6.30am). We are holding an outdoor communion service at Kings Hall School. This will last about 30 minutes or so, and will be followed by bacon butties.   If you would like to join us for this joyful service, do sign the sheet at the back of church. Do bring your own hot drink, and if you can’t stand for 30 minutes bring a folding chair.