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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.

Signature Event Indian Evening


Sign up for the “SIGNATURE EVENT INDIAN EVENING” at the Bayleaf Restaurant, 112 East Reach on Wednesday 20th January at 7pm. £15 Buffet (eat as much as you like).

There is a sign up sheet at the back of church. Please pay at the bookshop. PLEASE NOTE CORRECTED DATE AND TIME

Bookshop Co-Ordinator Needed


At the moment, the Bookshop is without a coordinator and we hope this will not continue for much longer.

The Management Team and the PCC are working very hard to resolve this.

Wednesday Breakaway


WEDNESDAY BREAKAWAY have put together their programme for the next 3 months (meeting on the first Wednesday of the month at 9.30am).

  • January 6th, Knitting for Newbies – a session for beginner knitters – join us, have a go!
  • February 3rd, meet here at church then coffe/tea and cake at Mr Miles.
  • March 2nd, Flowers – what do do with a mixed bunch, led by the flower team.

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.”