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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.

Chaplaincy Volunteering at MPH


CHAPLAINCY Volunteering at Musgrove Park Hospital

Every day of the week volunteer Chaplains help to meet the spiritual needs of our patients. On weekdays our volunteers visit patients on the wards, on Saturday mornings they assist with administration and on Sundays take Communion to the patient’s bedside or assist at the Chapel Service. Our next training course begins in early February.

For further information about each of these roles contact the Chaplains on 01823 342515.

Refugee Crisis Appeal


“I am delighted to tell you that the sum total of our Appeal has reached £501.10. May I thank you all for your support and Donations which have demonstrated your real concern for these, our neighbours from Syria, who are desperately attempting to escape the horrors being perpetrated in their homeland. I feel sure Christian Aid would want me to say a sincere thank you to you all on their behalf.”





Epiphany – the Gospel is for all (the Gentiles), even those ‘far off’.

This is illustrated by the arrival of the Wise Men from the East.

Post-Christmas Hours & Services


After Christmas Services & Hours

  • There will be services here on Sunday 27th December at 8.00 am and 10.00 am.  There will be no service of Evensong in the evening.
  • The Church will be closed after Christmas until the New Year.  It will reopen on Saturday 2nd January.
  • 8, 10 and 6:30 services resume on Sunday 3rd January.

New Year Service Changes

  • There will be no service of Evensong on the 24th January as there is a Christian Unity Service at Creech St Michael Baptist Church.
  • There will, however, be an Evensong, instead of Holy Communion, on Sunday 7th February. This will be the Accession Service.

Merry Christmas!


“And so it has arrived! Christmas Day is here and we rejoice and celebrate. The Advent season has been wonderful at St Mary’s beginning with the From Darkness to Light service where the Light of Christ was brought into the church in a special and dramatic way, through a Christingle, many carol services, the arrival of the Christmas Tree, the amazing Service of Lessons and Carols last Sunday, the crib service … and now Christmas arrives during the First Service of Christmas at midnight. May the peace of Christmas arrive in your hearts today. If you are visiting us, and so many of you do at this special time of year, then a special welcome. We are so glad you have come.”

Rev Rod Corke

Christmas Services


Do come to our other Christmas Services throughout the festive season. A leaflet has been produced with the times and dates. May I make a special mention of the 4.00pm Christmas Eve Crib service.

 Lots of families come and the children are invited to dress up in nativity costume ( we can even cope with the odd Superman!). This is a very lovely and enjoyable service on a special night of the year.

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Thank You Church Wardens!


“I would like to thank the Church Wardens who have worked quietly but exceedingly effectively behind the scenes to help everything run smoothly. There is so much to do at this time of year.”

Rev Rod Corke

Christian Aid Fund Raising


We are delighted that money has been placed in the Christian Aid buckets over the Advent season and there will be an opportunity to give to support the refugee crisis at the crib service and at the midnight service. The good news is that over £19,000 has been raised in Somerset for the emergency appeal in response to the refugee crisis. Christian Aid made a special note of the £1,058 we raised for the Nepal Earthquake appeal in their recent publicity and quoted Ronnie King, our Christian Aid Rep, saying: ”It is almost impossible to image the fears and desperation earthquakes create…. The crisis features less on our television screens now but those affected remain in our prayers.”

New 5 O’Clock Service at St Mary’s


Publicity will be given out at our Christmas Services for our new 5 O’Clock service which begins on 17th January. We are very excited about this venture which hopes to attract those wanting to take a first step into Church and would welcome a informal service which lasts 45 minutes. Please pray for this venture and if you have been given a special “five” biscuit – enjoy!

Stuart Townend at St Mary’s!


I am delighted to announce today that prolific modern hymn writer Stuart Townend will be giving a concert at St Mary Magdalene’s on Friday 22nd April. 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.” Tickets will be available soon. Do put this date in your diary

Our Service of Lessons & Carols


On Sunday 20th December, we welcome the fourth Sunday of Advent– the day we light the pink candle on the Advent ring and consider how God blessed Mary in the nativity story. This evening we will have one of the Church highlights of the year – our Service of Lessons and Carols. This year’s theme is light, the choir and choristers have been working very hard on the music under the direction of Miles and we look forward with much anticipation. Afterwards, do stay for mince pies and Sandra’s mulled wine. Christmas Day edges closer. We must prepare ourselves to worship the New Born King.