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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.

Parking

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Car parking - trouble-parking-963565-mBecause 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.

Beware PDS! (Parcel Delivery Service)

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Exclamation mark - 997219_exclamation_markAS CHRISTMAS approaches, some people may expect, or hope to receive parcels by post – but take care if you find a card claiming to be from the Parcel Delivery Service (PDS)! The card will show a premium telephone number, beginning 0906. DO NOT RESPOND, or else you will immediately be charged £135 to hear a recorded message.

Please tell family, friends and neighbours about this scam. These cards have not been delivered by your postman!

Help with Refreshments

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HELP WITH REFRESHMENTS NEEDED:

  • 30th January 2016 – Music on the Quantocks are promoting the European Chamber Orchestra with soloist Tamsin Little.

This will be an evening concert, with help needed from 6.15pm please.

Bookshop Manager Vacancy

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As everyone is aware, the position of a Bookshop Manager is now vacant. A job description is available and anyone interested for this position should apply to the Parish Office for a copy. The deadline for applications, which should be sent to the Office, is 31st December 2015.

Open Church for Thursday Night Shoppers

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On Thursday 3rd December we have the first of two Open Church Evenings for the Christmas Shoppers in town. We would love you to come and help. We need folk to sit and enjoy tea and cake in the coffee shop because those from the community will find it easier to come in if there are others at the coffee tables. We aim for St Mary Magdalene’s to be a warm, friendly, inviting environment for people to rest and enjoy each other’s company. We will be sharing the exciting news about our new 5 O’ Clock Service which begins on the 17th January. If you can help, then come at 6.30pm for a short time of pray

“From Darkness to Light”

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Just like the season of Lent prepares us for the celebration of Easter, so Advent is preparation of the coming of Jesus at Christmas. Unfortunately, in recent years, the rush to Christmas has left the Advent season without much marking. To remedy this, at St Mary’s there is a special service on Sunday 29th November at 7.30pm called From Darkness into Light. Here Advent hymns will be sung, Advent readings read and we will begin properly to prepare for the first and second coming of Jesus. This service is the inspiration of Ian Carson who had seen it in a cathedral setting and has led us to want to experience it for ourselves. Ian, Miles and the choir have put much work into the service and we are joined by singers and instrumentalists from St George’s Catholic church, St George’s Church, Wilton and our sister church of St John The Evangelist. We have borrowed two stunning candle lit wooden candelabra from Wilton church and the service will begin in darkness as we await the coming light. Do come along on tomorrow evening.

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Thanks for the Knits!

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MANY THANKS for all the lovely blankets, hats and bootees knitted this year.

We hope the colder weather will get us clicking needles again.

Me & MU by Sasha

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Me and Mothers’ Union

“What does Mothers Union say to you?

Until recently I thought it was a cosy social club for older ladies who enjoyed knitting and cake. My eyes would slide over the table display in church.  I am not ready for this yet I thought, then a leaflet caught my attention “16 days of activism – a campaign concerning gender based violence”

Eh!!!     Edgy and radical!      Suddenly – Mothers Union didn’t sound so cosy.

I explored some of the other literature.

  • “Labelled For Life” – A pamphlet describing how advertisers target our children turning them into young consumers.
  • Away From It All Holidays- Providing holidays for families experiencing stress.
  • Big wheels – raising money for transport in Africa.

Interesting!

There is a successful MU group in church – “Just A Bite”. However, it meets in the afternoon when some of us are collecting children from school.

I was approached by an MU member in church about setting up another group at a more convenient time. We decided on the first Wednesday of each month at 9.30 am.

We have a group – now what shall we do?

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Volunteers for Somerset Sight

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SOMERSET SIGHT is urgently seeking volunteers for their visiting service in Taunton.

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Advent Sunday Service ~ “From Darkness to Light”

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A beautiful and atmospheric service, starting in candle-light in our historic church. There will be uplifting music and readings for Advent to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ’s coming to us at Christmas and looking forward to his glorious return. The service will be followed by delicious seasonal refreshments.

Please come – and invite a friend or two! (Joint event with St John’s Church).

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Christmas Craft Fair

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“SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBER CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR 10.00am – 2.00pm in church.  Donations of preserves or cakes for the produce stall would be very gratefully received.  Proceeds will go to St Mary Magdalene Church.  Thank you.”

Debbie Whitaker