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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.

RSCM Music Sunday


RSCM MUSIC SUNDAY – Today is the Royal School of Church Music’s ‘Music Sunday’, when we are asked to pray for those who make music in worship (which is pretty well everyone if hymn-singing is included).   St Mary Magdalene Church is affiliated to the RSCM which supports our musicians with resources and encouraging ideas.  Please pray for the work of the RSCM, that God will be honoured in what we do, and that our worship will be Spirit-filled and wholehearted.

Healing Service


HEALING SERVICE – Today we meet to share our monthly “Healing Service”.  Already many people both from our own congregation and from other churches are benefiting greatly from the Prayers for Healing at this service and, for those who wish it, the Laying on of Hands. The theme today is ” Love one another” and this will be part of our Hymns and the Reading.  We begin our Service at 5 pm and respect the confidentiality of those who attend.



Splendid Godparents’ Day


We had a splendid Family Service last week where we celebrated Godparents’ Day.  Huge thanks to Daphne Seddon, together with John and Jean Lee, for such a wonderful service.  It was great to see so many people here and we hope that this special day will become an annual event here at St Mary Magdalene.

Llandaff Cathedral Bellringers


Today we have the pleasure of hearing our bells rung in the afternoon by the ringers from Llandaff Cathedral.  What a joy it must be for our own ringing team to welcome others to the Tower.  We are thoroughly spoilt every Sunday morning – do linger awhile outside before entering the church to hear the magnificent sound of our bells.

Thank you to Rosemary Tuhey and her team for their mastery!

The Healing Service


On Sunday 10th May at 5.00pm, we have our monthly Healing Service.  If you would like prayers for healing or prayers said for a friend or relative, do come along.

Glorious Send Off for Rod & Rita


What a glorious “send off” Rod and Rita had last Sunday.  It was wonderful to see so many people here for this important service and it was clear that both of them were very moved by the occasion.  We waved Rod and Rita off on Tuesday afternoon and they will no doubt be busy, surrounded by boxes and exploring their new home.  Let’s keep them in our prayers as they go about God’s business and purpose at Great Malvern Priory.

The Mayor helping out in the ‘scrum’


Organ Appeal


“We are delighted to announce that the Organ Appeal now has sufficient money for the proposed renovation and enhancement work to go ahead, and the contract has been signed with Michael Farley the organ builder.  This means that the appeal is now closed and pipes will start disappearing to the workshop in Colaton Raleigh from next week.  Old Father Willis will be out of action until about Easter 2019, his place being taken by the Viscount electronic organ so generously provided as a stand-in by Mick Polley. Thank you so much to the many people who have supported the appeal over a long period.  We look forward to the opening celebrations for New Father Willis which we are aiming to arrange for Autumn 2019.  Watch this space!”

Miles Quick

Piano on Offer


The church has had an offer of a good quality, upright piano in need of a little TLC—free to a good home, but recipient will need to arrange transport.

Please contact Miles Quick for further information.




Anyone is welcome to join one of our home groups.

If you are interested please contact Julia Trigg.

Calling all Godparents!


The Family Service on Sunday 3rd June will be a service to celebrate all that godparents contribute to the amazing journey of faith. We would like to invite all baptism families and all godparents and godchildren irrespective of age.

Many of us have been Godparents and this will be an opportunity to remember and pray for those for whom we made special promises. It will also be an opportunity to thank our Godparents who have prayed for us. This promises to be a very happy occasion, and we thank Daphne Seddon who is organising this.

Scooter For Sale


For sale Liteway Balance Plus Scooter

  • Battery operated
  • Easily taken apart for transporting.
  • It is six months old and rarely used.

For more information, please ring Paul & Val Oates.

Thank You and Farewell … Rod, Rita & Jack


Dear Friends,

Welcome to St Mary Magdalene Church in the heart of Taunton. We have several visitors with us today for my last Sunday as incumbent of the benefice of St Mary Magdalene and St John the Evangelist.  I am pleased that the congregation from St John’s has joined us for the 10 o’clock service this morning. I am so glad that you have been able to come. It means a great deal to us both.

Today is Trinity Sunday and here is a reminder of the classic definition about the nature of God: God is one but three coeternal consubstantial persons – the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit – as “one God in three Divine Persons”. It also marks the beginning of Ordinary Time which lasts until Advent Sunday.

Last week, I went through several “final times” as my time here draws to an end. One of the most special was the final Voice PC that I took. For the last 20 minutes, I led the young people out onto the church roof and there, with the sunlight slowly fading, we enjoyed communion together. It was most memorable and special.  I am really pleased and grateful that Nick Jerrett, Liz Sykes and Maureen Arnold will be continuing with our young people.

Rita and I are disappointed that we will not be here to see whether Bullet and Bulletina’s eggs hatch (expected on 7th June). We have had many visitors come into the church to view the live CCTV footage.  The two young birds have taken it in turns to incubate and have worked extremely hard at their task.

Rita and I have been very touched by the cards and gifts we have received as well as lots of good wishes. We will miss you all. Our new address is freely available from the office, if you wish to have it.

Our church is ready and prepared for interregnum and I have no doubt that folk will work very hard to continue sharing the light of Jesus with the people of Taunton.  Rita and I will leave Taunton on Tuesday evening, and stay, with Jack, in a Travelodge in Cheltenham, ready to receive the removal van at the Priory Vicarage on Wednesday morning. We are most fortunate to have had a lot of help in the moving process and our new vicarage has been cleaned and is ready.  We look forward to greeting you all on 24th June for the Collation. We really hope that will be a happy and worshipful occasion.

On behalf of Rita and myself, may I thank you for the love and support you have given us over the last 12 years – you have been amazing!

Every blessing to you all,
Rod, Rita and Jack