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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.

Roll Up! Roll Up! Magdalene Fayre on 23rd July


We are looking for people to donate: books, puzzles, bric-a-brac, white elephant, bottles and cans tombola, handbags, jewellery, toys and games, bath toiletries PLUS cakes and preserves.  We also need good raffle prizes and these can be handed to Tim (Caretaker), Caroline Lee, Sandra Daw or Debbie Whittaker.  Usborne Books are having a stall and will donate 20% of their takings to us.  They sell books such as children’s, cookery, craft etc.  No second-hand clothes stall this year.  Our wonderful catering team led by Sandra Hall will provide lunches, teas and coffees, as always.  Please bring items for the Fayre from 11th July onwards (not before as we have a wedding here on 9th July).  As always, proceeds from the Fayre will go to the Mission of the church

Art Display


Very soon we are going to host an art display in the church by local artist Philippa Reid.  She will exhibit six pieces which reflect church archi-tecture and Taunton.  Philippa’s medium is quilling and I have been very impressed with her work.  One piece is particularly based on our church and called ‘Magdalificence’.


Archdeacon John Retires


Archdeacon John retires this year after thirty years of ministry in this diocese, the last seventeen as your Archdeacon. There is to be a farewell service for John and Gill at St Mary Magdalene on Thursday 30th June at 7.00pm. This will be open to everyone.  Afterwards there’ll be some refreshments and an opportunity to say goodbye. Many people have asked how they can express their thanks to John for hisdistinguished ministry as Archdeacon of Taunton and Warden of Readers. If you would like to contribute to a thank you presentation gift please hand to a churchwarden or to the Parish Office.

Time Capsule for the Tower



Time Capsule ON SUNDAY 29th JUNE after the 10.00am service Rosemary Berry collected signatures for the time capsule which is to be put in the tower.  There was a cost of £2 for each name and comment written into a special book containing acid free, archival paper.


Welcome The Revd Sue Rose


“On Sunday 19th June, we welcome The Revd Sue Rose, who has been recently appointed Diocesan Director of Ordinands.  Sue was formally incumbent of the Benefice of Cheddar, Draycott and Rodney Stoke and Sue and I have known each other for several years.  Sue will be preaching and presiding this morning and we look forward to her ministry.  So what does a Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO) do?  The DDO looks to encourage calling to ministry and helps to prepare candidates for national selection (a three day intensive interview called a BAP—Bishop’s Advisory Panel).  Once selected, the DDO supports the ordinands through training at theological college.  Please give Sue a warm welcome today.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

PCC Away Day


Last Saturday the PCC spent an enjoyable and productive day at The Mill House Retreat Centre, Tiverton.  We looked at and updated our Mission Action Plan and discussed the recently received plans our architect has drawn for the final stage of development in the Coffee Shop area.

Healing Service


Would you like some healing prayer for yourself or someone you care for?

The next Healing Service (with Communion) is happening on 5th June at 6.30pm.  Do come.

Friday Morning Communion Service


“Last Thursday was Corpus Christi when we give God thanks for the celebration of Holy Communion.  Have you ever thought about starting your Friday morning with a short communion service?  After the service, a group of us go to County Stores for tea/coffee/teacakes/or a cooked breakfast.  No one has to come and the folk who go are not an exclusive group in any way.  We would love your company.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Trinity Sunday


Today is Trinity Sunday, when we consider especially God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The classic definition of the Trinity is: “One God in three divine persons. The three persons are distinct, yet are one in “substance, essence and nature”. Today also marks the beginning of what the church calls Ordinary Time as distinct from Festival Time which includes the feasts of Christmas and Easter. The liturgical colour changes to white today and then to green. Green continues until Advent Sunday when the penitential purple colour is used. This seems an appropriate time to give thanks to our Sacristan, Sandra, and her serving team, who do such splendid work coping with the seasonal changes in our worship.

Charis Update


“I am delighted that progress is being made by Charis, the Trust set up by St Mary’s, Vineyard Fellowship and Creech Baptist Church to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis. The government pledged that 20,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees would be found new homes in the UK and we hope that the churches in Taunton, working together, will bring a family over to resettle later on this year. The refugees that will come over are not economic migrants. They will have arrived at a refugee camp traumatised from war-torn Syria and will have come with problems that the refugee camp is not equipped to cope with; e.g. kidney dialysis. Many of the refugees will resettle here for a short while but their heart is in their homeland and they will want to return. Our aim is to show Christian compassion and love to these unfortunate, displaced, people. Charis is holding a public meeting at St Mary Magdalene on Wednesday 22nd June at 7.30pm. Please come along if you can.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Christian Aid Week


Christian Aid week has ended and we had a good response on Wednesday in the Coffee Shop. We will let you know the final total of how much we raised very soon. It is not too late to contribute and many thanks to those who have already done so

Worship@5 – Our new Service


WORSHIP@5 is having its 6th service on June 19th.

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‘How do we withstand bullying?’

If you know someone who might benefit from its relaxed, contemporary style please do tell them about it.  They can also get a feel for the service by looking at the short video on this website.

The service starts at 5pm but the doors are open from 4:30pm and folk are very welcome to come early for a cuppa and a biscuit.

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