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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.

Pentecost Sunday

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Our Pentecost Banner

On Sunday 24th May we celebrate Pentecost – a major festival when we remember the coming of the Holy Spirt to the disciples in Jerusalem.

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2

To help us celebrate Pentecost Sunday we are delighted to welcome Bishop Peter this morning to preach and preside. Bishop Peter has made such a positive impact on our Diocese since he arrived and we look forward to God’s message that he will bring to us. Do stay for coffee after the service and speak to Bishop Peter.

We are delighted to see the return of our beautiful Pentecost banner. The unusual word on it is written in Koine (Common or Biblical) Greek and is pnuma (pnuma) which means spirit or wind (pneumonia and pneumatic are English words which come from this root).

PCC Away Day



The PCC had a really good Away Day at the Mill House in Tiverton last Saturday 16th May. The weather was bright and sunny and it is a place where you feel away from it all.

The PCC members worked hard on the beginnings of a five year plan for St Mary Magdalene.

They also agreed to donate £20,000 to the bell fund for a St Mary Magdalene bell. This means only the 9th and tenor bells are left to sponsor. In addition, the largest chime bell has been designated “The Somerset Bell” to represent all the people of Somerset and anyone who has anything to do with Somerset is being invited to chip in £2 or more to help fund it. We estimate we are about £72,000 short of the £300,000. This is an incredible achievement. We can begin to truly believe that soon our new bells will ring out.

Christian Aid Nepal Appeal


“The total raised to date by St. Mary’s for the Christian Aid Appeal for Nepal is £1,000, in addition to a further contribution of £237 for the general funds of Christian Aid Week.

May I say a huge thank you to all those who contributed by way of donations and time. A good result of which we can be proud.”


Home Groups


The Vicarage Home Group is studying “The Conversations with Jesus” a book by Ben’s brother Patrick Whitworth. They had a really good time on Wednesday evening and there is still space if you would like to join us when we meet again on Wednesday 3rd June. Just come along at 7.30pm – you will be most welcome,

AGAPE will next meet on Tuesday 26th May in the Upper Room and continue in its reading of the Letter to the Hebrews.

Craft Fair


Saturday 30th May 10.00am – 2.00pm.

There will be the following stalls: cakes and preserves, jewellery, cards, craft and a sale table run by the MU. There will also be a raffle in church. Donations, cakes, preserves and/or raffle prizes can be brought into church early that morning.

Please contact Debbie Whittaker via the office if you are able to make any donations

MU Bric a Brac at Craft Fair


MU Just A Bite is having a Bric a Brac stall at the Craft Fair on 30th May 10am to 2pm.

Donations, particularly jewellery, gratefully accepted.

Please mark clearly “for MU stall” and leave with Tim our Caretaker.

Do You Fancy a Restful Weekend Away with Friends?


Join us on our church weekend away at Ammerdown on 19-21 June. We still have spaces available, forms are on the table at the back of church. Speak to Sheila if you wish to know more. If you have already booked for this weekend, please keep checking the pigeonholes for correspondence and information.

Ammerdown Centre

Ammerdown Centre


Christian Aid



Christian Aid reports, “Huge numbers of survivors are now homeless, sleeping outside and too frightened to return to their homes. They need clean water, food, shelter and medical care”. Should you wish to donate further, buckets are placed at the back of Church, marked “NEPAL”. Christian Aid Donation Envelopes can be returned by placing them in Christian Aid Week buckets, also at the back of Church.


Christian Aid week has drawn to a close. Thank you to all who came to the Coffee Shop on Tuesday morning to meet Fiona. All profits from that day will be sent to Christen Aid. Ronnie King has worked very hard to bring Christian Aid to us and we thank him for all his hard work.

Bishop’s Visitation



On Wednesday evening, St Mary Magdalene Church hosted the Bishop’s Visitation. This was a mammoth service with clergy, church wardens and supporters from the Taunton Archdeaconry. The Bishop of Bath and Wells was in fine form, arriving with Loko’s firewood on his back promoting Christian Aid. Caroline Lee, Derek Hicks and Valerie Gaskell were sworn in as our Church Wardens and Ann Jarret and Gwen Chapman are the Wardens at St John’s. The Bishop spoke highly of the work of Church Wardens in the Diocese and said what an important part they play in church life. The former Church Wardens were thanked and today we say a special goodbye to Mick Polley whose term has expired. Mick has been a hard working exceedingly wise Church Warden who we will miss greatly. As a church we say a collective “thank you” to Mick today.

The Bishop will return to us next week to preside and preach at Pentecost. We are really looking forward to him coming. Do come and meet him.


Craft Fair


Saturday 30th May 10.00am – 2.00pm

We will be having a cake and preserve stall, with raffle in church.

Donations or cakes and preserves and/or raffle prizes can be brought into church early that morning.

Please contact Debbie Whittaker via the office if you are able to make any donations.

Christian Aid Week


On Sunday 9th May,  we welcome Fiona Daborn from Christian Aid who will preach to us and tell us more about the work of Christian Aid. Ronnie King, who used to work for Christian Aid, will be preaching in the evening.

Christian Aid was one of the first charities into Nepal after the earthquake and there will be buckets at the back of church today for us to contribute to the appeal. You will also find a Christian Aid envelope in your Today Sheet. This donation will go to the valuable work undertaken by Christian Aid world wide.

Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. They work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. They are part of a wider movement for social justice. Christian Aid provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.

New Office Bearers


Thank you to all who attended the APM and APCM last Sunday afternoon. I am delighted to report that Valerie Gaskell has been elected to join our church warden team and Philip Coakes, Diana Fletcher, Miles Quick, Claire Daw, Jean Lee and Sasha Collard were elected onto the PCC. Would PCC members take particular note of the Away Day on Saturday 16th May at the Mill House. We will be praying for and discussing our vision for St Mary’s for the next five years. Please read and bring the supporting papers.