We are delighted the Vineyard Church now owns a vast premises at the back of Bailhache Solicitor’s. This will be turned into a Christian Compassion Centre over the coming years. We wish them well in this exciting venture.
Our Healing Service together with the Laying on of Hands on Sunday 14th January, 2018 at 5.00.pm. This service is open to everyone and will include hymns, a reading and prayers for healing in mind and body, with the Laying on of Hands for those who wish it. The Healing Grace of God is open to all, as it was in the beginning and is now.
Healing Services will continue monthly on the second Sunday of the month.
“I hope that your Christmas holidays went as you planned and that time spent with family and friends was rewarding in some way. For those of you who spent a quiet Christmas. I hope your reflections and quiet times brought you joy too. In the end we are never alone as Jesus revealed that God is with us always. We were so blessed here to have so many Concerts and Carol Services to help us prepare and celebrate the birth of Christ. A highlight was ‘From Darkness to Light’, thank you Miles and all collaborators. Thank you too to our bell ringers for the quarter peal of Grandsire Caters rung for our Carol Service and to mark the centenary of the death of William Fudge, a St Mary’s ringer who was killed in the First World War.
Let us now turn towards 2018 and be open and ready for what God has in store for us. Here at St Mary Magdalene Church, we remember our mission statement ‘To know Christ better and make Him better known’. This coming term looks as busy and challenging as usual in the life of our beautiful church and local community. We look forward to continuing our Benefice partnership with our sister church St John the Evangelist. Please note that we shall worship at St John’s church for the 10am service on the 21st January as it is their Patronal Festival. We also look forward to working with other groups in the Town. One project which will be of interest to most of you is the Eat Taunton Food Festival on Saturday 12th May. More details later.”
Marlene Phillips, Church Warden
Good news! The money has been raised and permissions given for a camera feed from the peregrine’s scrape into the pews in the North Aisle. If the peregrines breed in February we are now ready to capture all that happens. Michael Leigh Mallory, who has led this community project, has collected a lot of scientific data about our birds. For example, we know that when the temperature drops, the birds feed locally and at night. In the summertime, they were feeding over The Levels.
Good news! After many months delay, Vineyard Church has purchased the former nightclub at the back of Bailhache Solicitors to convert into their Compassion Centre. Vineyard will be our new next door neighbours and it is wonderful that another church with such a caring and missional heart will be so close. Their worship centre will continue to be at Castle School.
After the Family Communion on Christmas Day, the church will be closed until 2nd January when it will open again.
However, please note, there will be an 8.00am and 10.00am Holy Communion service on Sunday 31st December but there will be no Evensong that day.
We are looking forward to two special services on Christmas Eve. Firstly, organised chaos ensues as we retell the Christmas Story to families from all over Taunton. Then, at 11.30pm we begin the First Communion of Christmas. The moment when we share The Peace of Jesus on Christmas Day with our families and friends is always a highlight of Christmas. Christmas Day morning at 10.00am, is always relaxed at St Mary’s when we enjoy a Family Communion. This year’s theme is “Now He has come!” and picks up on words the Angels say to the shepherds: “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us” and also, words of Simeon in The Temple, “Now let your servant depart in peace.” Do join us. You will be most welcome.
At this time of the year we like to show our appreciation of all those church members who make visiting St Mary Magdalene’s during the week, a very special and spiritual experience. We are especially grateful to Cheryl who manages our Bookshop and Sandra who supervises the Magdalene Coffee Shop and also thank all our volunteers – we simply couldn’t run St Mary’s without you. A special mention of thanks goes also to our three Churchwardens, Marlene, Jean and Valerie, who have so many extra duties in the run up to Christmas.
Many thanks to everyone who attended our respective meetings throughout the year and joined us for the Advent service. We are very grateful for your support in any way. We wish you a Joyous Christmas and abundant health and prosperity in the year 2018.
Our tree decorated with Chrismons! Chrismons are Christmas decorations with Christian symbols on them. They help Christians to remember that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus’s birthday. They are often used on Christmas Trees in Churches and Christians homes.
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone for their contributions over the last few weeks. We are so grateful for your help. To see us over the Christmas period we still need …
- long life milk
- long life fruit juice,
- tinned vegetables
- rice pudding
- instant coffee
- instant mashed potato
- tinned cold meat
- tinned fruit
Thank you again.
Diane & Derek