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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.

A Bed for the Night


Can anyone offer a Bed for the night for our guest speaker, Dr Zigmund Rogoff, who is preaching at the Maundy Thursday service?

If so, please contact either Margaret or Valerie in the Parish Office on 01823 272441 or email:

Worship@5 – Guidance and Reassurance


Our third 5 o’clock service will take place on Sunday 20th March at 5pm and we will be asking the question: “How does God guide us?”

Remember we begin with “coffee to go” and the service only lasts 45 minutes.

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

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Annual Parish Church Meeting


ANNUAL PARISH CHURCH MEETING is now at 2.30pm on Sunday 17th April in the coffee shop area NOT 4.00pm. This is because the 5 O’Clock Worship Service falls on the same day.

Tea/ coffee will be served from 2.00 pm.

Revision of the Church Electoral Roll


It will be effected before the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Sunday 17 April 2016. Applications for enrolment are between 6th to 25th March. To be able to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting your name must be included on the Electoral Roll.  If you would like to apply, please see the details published on the notice board by the West Door. Application forms are available at the back of Church, from the Churchwardens or from the parish office. Please hand/post completed forms to Geoff Hay, a Churchwarden or to the Parish Office. Existing Roll members do not need to re-apply. A complete list of members at 25 March 2016 will be displayed on the notice board from 27 March.  Please check your name is properly recorded. Please refer queries to the Electoral Roll Officer, Geoff Hay tel: 01823 257926

Father Willis Launch Concert


LAUNCH CONCERT – Father Willis Organ Renovation Pipe Appeal – ‘A Note For A Note’ –  Sunday 13th March 2016 at 4.00pm, followed by Afternoon Tea

This special Sunday Afternoon Launch and Tea Concert will feature our Father Willis in multiple roles – including diverse music for solo organ, double organ, organ with voice, trumpet, oboe, saxophone, flute, and the delicious combination of organ and harp.  There will be a star-studded line-up of some of the musicians who have contributed beautifully to worship at St Mary’s in recent times, as well as some new faces!

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Make your own Living Willow Palm Cross


Stoke St Gregory Baptist Church is holding two workshops at the Willows and Wetlands Centre, Meare Green, Stoke St Gregory TA3 6HY when we will learn how to make our own living willow crosses. There will be an opportunity to walk around the centre either before or after the workshops.

Coffee and tea will be provided.

Dates:  Thursday 10th March 2pm – 4pm;  Tuesday 15th March 10am – 12 noon

Please contact either Revd Barbara Carpenter or Tim Spotswood if you are interested.

Mothering Sunday


“Most Sundays in the year churchgoers in England worship at their nearest parish or ‘daughter church’.  Centuries ago it was considered important for people to return to their home or ‘mother’ church once a year.  So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their ‘mother’ church – the main church or cathedral of the area.

Inevitably the return to the ‘mother’ church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away returned home.  (It was quite common in those days for children to leave home for work once they were ten years old.)

And most historians think that it was the return to the ‘Mother’ church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.

As they walked along the country lanes, children would pick wild flowers or violets to take to church or give to their mother as a small gift.  Rumour has reached my ears that there may be a small gift for all ladies in church today as they leave and we thank those in Tekna for organising this.

Another tradition of Mothering Sunday is eating simnel cake.  We hope to have a simnel cakes on offer at 8 o’clock and 10 o’clock services today.  I’d like to say a big “thank you” to those who have baked these wonderful cakes.”

Revd Rod Corke

New Look Bookshop


Our “new look” Bookshop has a good range of Mothering Sunday and Easter Cards available.

Swimathon Thanks!



Thank you to everyone who sponsored “St Mary’s Angels”.  We have raised more than £400.

Can you please let Sandra Jordan have your sponsorship money as soon as possible.  Thank you.

MU’s Bookshop Stand


“THE MOTHERS’ UNION stand in the Bookshop has been re-sited.  We appreciate that the stand is still within the Bookshop and thank the volunteers who take the money on MU’s behalf.  It sells good quality cards at reasonable prices and looks forward to your continued custom.  This will enable Mothers’ Union to contribute and support their world wide projects.  Thank you.”           Lorna Leyton

Prayer Book Society Visit to Badminton House


The Prayer Book Society has organized a visit to Badminton House on Thursday 17th. March.  It includes a tour of the House, afternoon tea and Choral evensong.  NB: Stephen Bell’s son Simon is the Director of music.  If anyone is interested speak to Joan or Morton Dunn.  The total cost  is £27.50 each.

Easter First Communion


“Easter First Communion – This year we will be having this at dawn on Easter Day at Kings Hall School,(by kind permission of the Headmaster) starting at 6.30am and ending hopefully after Communion with bacon butties, bring your own hot drink. A different way to celebrate Christ’s resurrection this Easter.

Do come and join us for this special event.

There will be a sign up sheet at the back of church at the start of Lent. Again, if you want to know more, speak to me or the Office staff.”

Revd Sheila Murray


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