Have you ever thought of becoming a Church School Foundation Governor?
The Diocesan Board of Education (the DBE) appoints over 400 foundation governors to be part of the governing body of its family of 180 Church of England schools across the Diocese.
Governing bodies are crucial in the successful running and management of schools and the people who give up their time to volunteer as school governors do so in the knowledge that they are serving their community and making a real difference to the lives of children.
This week we look forward to an NSPCC Carol Concert on Thursday 17th December at 6.30pm. Tickets are available from the bookshop and the Tourist Office (£5). The Bishop of Taunton, Ruth Worsley will come to St Mary’s for the first time to take part in this service. Ruth will be returning in February 2017 to preside at a Sunday 10.00am service.
Our Musical Director Miles, and the choir, are working hard at the Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday 20th at 6.30pm. This is a very popular service so come early for a good seat. The theme this year is “Christ is the Light of the World”.
These photos show the amazing Christingle event that was made possible through the leaders of Tekna (Junior Church). Forward planning and hard work got everyone involved. Children’s faces lit up with excitement and enchantment as all the candles were lighted and glowed. Thanks you leaders, parents and children!
“Last Sunday afternoon, Rita, Jack, Twinkle and I welcomed lots of you for “open house”. We were so pleased so many people came despite the roads being closed off for the switching on of the Christmas Tree Lights in Taunton. Rita and I are fully aware of the time our team of volunteers give to St Mary’s enabling our church to do so much. Thank you all.”
“I was so pleased to take part in the MU/ Breakaway 16 days of awareness of gender violence issues. It raised awareness amongst us of some difficult and challenging issues that confront women worldwide. It ended on Thursday, with a prayerful and reflective time in the tower area around the display. Well done to all involved in this.”
Last week, at the Christingle, we met baby Elijah and I told the story of his mum Deena’s incredible journey from Egypt to be with us at St Mary’s. Gavin, Deena’s husband, is flying in on 23rd December and I have arranged for Elijah to be Baptised on Christmas Eve at 10.00 am before the Thursday Communion. We would love you to come and support this family on this happy occasion if you can. The family fly back on 31st January.
ST JOHN the EVANGELIST – will be holding their second Friday Night Light event on Sunday 20th December from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.
Do come and enjoy the spiritual peace and quiet in a candlelit church.
Sainsbury’s in town is the drop off point for all shoe boxes full of gifts for the homeless for Christmas. These can also be taken to Open Door weekdays 9-4. The deadline is 23rd December.
They would also love to receive any knitted hats, scarves or gloves of any size, colour and style. Also blankets or sleeping bag liners or, if you sew, mini wash bags are really useful.
Again Sainsbury’s in town have kindly agreed to be a drop off point- all day every day. We are also open weekdays 9-4 so you can drop them straight to us. NO DEADLINE- it is going to be cold throughout winter!
“Thank you for all your donations over the year which currently run at 3/4 of a tonne. The demand for emergency food is still high and includes holiday parcels for primary school children in need.”
Diane & Derek
Do mark 17th January at 5:00 pm in your new diary as we start our monthly “ 5 o’clock service” designed to be informal, contemporary, and 45 minutes long.
Who is the service aimed at? As the handbill says “The busy soul who wants to worship God and be strengthened for the days ahead”. If that is you, then come along and invite friends. Coffee will be served before the service and you will receive a warm welcome.
HELP WITH REFRESHMENTS NEEDED
30th January 2016 – Music on the Quantocks are promoting the European Chamber Orchestra with international soloist Tamsin Little (violin). This will be an evening concert, with help needed from 6.15pm.
Please let Kate know via the office if you are able to help.