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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.

Greater Chapter Meeting


“This week a Greater Chapter meeting was held at St Michael’s Galmington. This included all clergy and readers licensed or retired in our Deanery. We explored the Diocese new vision statement:

 “In response to God’s immense love for us, we seek to be God’s people living and telling the story of Jesus.”

It was a stimulating and challenging evening.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Shoebox Appeal


“The Shoebox Appeal is going well and Martin, Ashton and I are thrilled with the number of shoeboxes that have been taken. Please note that the shoeboxes need to be returned to St Mary’s by Friday 4th November at the latest. The shoeboxes will be distributed to needy children in Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Pakistan , Romania, Serbia and the Ukraine. Thank you for all your efforts.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Donate a gift to someone in need.  If you would still like to fill a shoebox there are some leaflets at the back of church and there are empty boxes available if you need one.

Filing Cabinet Needed Urgently


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Please speak to Miles Quick if you are able to help.

Away Weekend 2017



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.

Worship@5 – ‘Can we overcome our human nature?’


On Sunday 20th November, Dennis will be tackling the question “Can we overcome our human nature?’  Most of us find our human nature spoils our high hopes.  What can be done about it?  Dennis’ Springer Spaniel will be there to teach us!  Come and find out more.  Doors open for a cuppa and chat from 4.30pm.

The next Worship@5 will not be until the new year – 15th January.

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Healing Service


Our next Healing Service together with the Laying on of Hands will be held at (please note the change of time) on Sunday 23rd October. This service will be take the form of a Healing service, without incorporating Holy Communion. Whilst both services are an integral part of God’s Healing Ministry, it is felt that each have a separate place for worship and healing here at St. Mary’s. Consequently, all future “Healing for All” services will not include a Holy Communion Service thus ensuring the Service will not be unreasonable in length The service is intended to be the hub of a Healing Service in Taunton, for all those of any denomination who come to seek the Lords Healing Grace.

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Voice PC


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VoicePC, our young people’s group, met in the Priest’s Chamber on Friday. I am pleased to report that there is now electricity up there enabling us to use an oil radiator and keep warm.

Please pray for the work with the young people in our church.

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.  We meet in the coffee shop area of the church at 2.15 pm every third Wednesday of the month and offer the opportunity of some company, activities and refreshments.

We look forward to welcoming you at our next meeting which is the 19th October.

Christianity Explored



“Christianity Explored” begins on Wednesday.  This is a short seven week course that gives a basic introduction to the Christian Faith.  Again, the atmosphere is very relaxed and all are welcome. We will finish before 9.00pm. There is still time to put your name down – just sign up at the back of Church.

Signature Event – ‘Wildlife in Taunton’ – A Talk by Nick Tomlinson


Signature  Event  Tuesday 18th October 7.30pm

Nick Tomlinson from Somerset Wildlife Trust is giving a talk in the Upper Room on the Wildlife in Taunton.  You will be surprised at the amount of wildlife in our town.  If you would like to come, please sign up on the sheet at the back of church.

Worship@5 Suggestions


Worship@5 is wanting topics relevant to you e.g. Grief, Forgiving, Stress, Confidence, or if anyone would like to recommend an inspiring speaker or testimonial. Please write your suggestion(s) on the paper which is on the table at the back of church and pop it in the round receptacle on the same table.


Worship@5 – ‘What happens when you die?”



Tomorrow evening we have our monthly Sunday@5 service which is informal, relaxed and stimulating. This time the theme is “What happens when you die?

We begin with “Coffee to go” at 4.30 pm.

Do come and join us.