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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.

Wednesday Breakaway


The next WEDNESDAY BREAKAWAY meeting is on Wednesday 3rd February when we shall be going to Mr Miles for tea/coffee and cake.

Meet in the church at the usual time.

Used Postage Stamps


83746_stamps_2Heather (Walker) continues to collect these in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice.

Please leave any used stamps in the ‘W’ pigeon hole at the back of church.

Many thanks.



Exclamation mark - 997219_exclamation_markBecause of the damage that is being caused by vehicles to the path in the churchyard, please could you try to park in Canon Street car park.

If you show your receipt, the car park fee will be reimbursed to you from the coffee shop.

New 5 O’Clock Service


5 O’Clock Service Rehearsal

“The New Year has begun, and some of the planning from last year is becoming reality. Included in the Today leaflet is a handout reminding everyone that the 5 o’clock service begins next week. A lot of hard work has gone into this – posters prepared, radio interviews done, publicity biscuits baked, music and leading teams briefed, the format determined, et cetera, and we have prayed about it hard. Do invite friends and neighbours to come along.”

Revd Rod Corke

Flyer Launch A4 - 5 O'Clock Worship @5 - New Service

Archdeacon Retirement


It was announced this week that our friend, John Reed, the Archdeacon of Taunton is retiring.

We wish him and Gill well and we have asked if he would be able to join us before he goes.

Syrian Refugees Appeal


“During the Christmas season, we thought about the Syrian refugees, and our Christian Aid Rep, Ronnie King, put up a display in the Coffee shop and organised collections. I’m delighted that we have raised over £500 to send towards this worthy cause. Folk from St Mary’s, Creech Baptist Church, and Vineyard Church will be meeting soon to plan for further action to be taken which may include supporting the Syrian Christian family to come over here. Please pray about this.”


Works Ongoing


“Several folk have asked about the damage to the vicarage wall. This was caused by a DHL lorry reversing just before Christmas. Builders have been out to assess the damage and this will be an insurance claim.

Whilst dealing with this, I asked the diocesan surveyor about the plans for the new vicarage. He said that the plans had been approved and that the schedule necessary to put the work out to tender is being drawn up by the architect. He anticipates work beginning in July. This may be the last year to enjoy mulberries from the tree!

 Also, this week, the stone path around the north side of the church has been sprayed and heat-treated to kill the algae that was making walking on it hazardous – particularly when wet. We are very pleased with the results and the barrier has been removed. The paths around the church, however, are uneven, so please take care. “


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.

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.”