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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.

Stuart Townend in Concert at St Mary’s


“I am so impressed by the efforts being made by the team organising the Stuart Townend concert.  We are partnering with St Michael’s Church in Galmington and tickets are available from their Church Office and our Bookshop.  We are expecting to have a full attendance and we are installing temporary screens which will help with the restricted view.  Stuart Townend is a major modern hymn writer and his work is known for being spiritually and lyrically creative.  Hymns like “In Christ alone” and “The Lord’s my Shepherd (I will trust in him always)” will certainly stand the test of time.  So don’t miss out.  Make sure you get your tickets very soon.”

Revd Rod Corke

The concert is on Friday 22nd April at 7.30pm.  Tickets £12 and available from  St Michael’s,  Galmington.  Enquiries to  Booking office open from February 23rd Tuesday to Friday  Townend Diary

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StMM’s Bells Foundry Visits


St Mary Magdalene Bells: The Taylor’s Foundry visit on 25th August is now full.  However, you may add your name to the reserve list or there are two other trips available, 23rd June when the Somerset Bell, the largest of all the bells, 26cwt, is being cast, or 4th August when the 2nd 4th, Sharp 5th and 9th are being cast. The tour of the Foundry is free, but there will be the cost of transport.

Taylors is in Loughborough so it will be a day trip.

Please contact Valerie or sign the sheet at the back of church. The closing date is 26th February.

Welcome Bishop Ruth


“At our 10 o’clock service on Sunday, we are delighted to welcome the Bishop of Taunton, The Rt Revd Ruth Worsley to preside and preach at our service. We also welcome her husband, Howard, who will be taking the children’s talk. Ruth, Howard, Rita and I first met at St John’s College, Nottingham. Howard and I were on the same course so today, for us, is a delightful reunion. Since college much has happened to Ruth and Howard. After working in parishes Ruth became Archdeacon of Wiltshire and then recently was appointed Bishop of Taunton. Howard’s Ministry led him into the sphere of ministerial training and currently he is Vice Principal Tutor in Missiology at Trinity Theological College, Bristol. My clearest memory of Howard was when he demonstrated to us ordinands his amazing juggling skills! You can imagine that when we have lunch together today all four of us will have a lot to catch up on!  Sue Palmer has kindly baked a cake in honour of Bishop Ruth coming to us today and we will share this cake at coffee time. Do stay and talk to Ruth and Howard and may God bless their ministries mightily.”

Revd Rod Corke

5 O’Clock Service



Our next service will take place on the third Sunday of the month, on 21st February.  Three quarters of an hour starting at 5pm.

The theme will be “What do you do when life gives you lemons?” In other words how to handle bad things that have happened or still happen in your life.

Once again the service will be led by Dennis Cavaghan.  Do come early for a chat and a cuppa.

We continue every third Sunday of each month.

Upcoming at St Mary’s


There is much to look forward to at St Mary’s.

  • Stuart Townend’s concert is planned in April. Stuart is one of our leading hymn writers. He wrote the new version of the Lord is my Shepherd – And I will trust in you alone, How deep the Father’s Love for Us and many others. We are working with Christians from Galmington church and we will give further details at a later date. Please pray for this exciting venture.
  • The Venerable John Reed, our much loved Archdeacon is to retire on 30th June 2016. Before he does this he will lead three Lenten talks in Holy Week and preside and preach on Easter Sunday morning. We are thrilled that he has accepted our invitation to journey through Easter with us. St Mary Magdalene has been chosen by John as the place he wishes to have his final Diocesan service on his last day. We are very honoured.

Lent – Talks, Verses and Easter Leaflets


The Wednesday Lent talks have begun and those who attended, really enjoyed the first session. We meet again this Wednesday in the coffee shop at 7.30 pm – it is not too late to come along. Lent is a time of spiritual preparation for Christians as we journey together towards the cross and beyond.


Traditionally Lent is a time when people give up something for 40 days. But is that what it is all about? I like to think of it more of a time for us to examine where we are in our spiritual lives. To wonder how we have grown in our faith over the last year. Many of us struggle to remember Bible verses. One thing you could try doing during Lent is each week to write a verse that you like, or find helpful, on a small piece of paper, perhaps half A5 i.e. half the size of the Today Sheet. Then take this and roll it up into a tube and tie it together with a piece of ribbon or wool. Keep it with you. And then each morning, noon and night, take it out and read it, along with its Bible reference, and by the end of the week, hopefully you will have learnt that verse. And then find another verse for the next week and so on. You could learn six new verses between now and Easter! Give it a try!


We are aware that there is a shortage of Easter leaflets and we will be remedying this. Our thanks to Roy Sims who has worked out the distribution and to all who have put the card through the doors in our parish.  This is a wonderful way you can be involved in Mission. As you push a leaflet through a letterbox, you can silently say a prayer for the occupant. Do help if you can. Just a half hour or so will make a huge difference!



Please note that the time for the APCM has changed to 2.30pm on the 17th April to avoid clashing with the 5 o’clock service.

Shortly, we will be asking folks to consider seriously whether God is calling them to serve on our PCC or as Churchwarden.

Please hold the management of our church in your prayers.

Soroptimist’s Swimathon


This February St Mary Magdalene is being represented by three mums and their daughters in the Soroptimist’s Swimathon at Taunton School. It is our way of repaying the community who have supported us in our fund raising.

Please sponsor Caroline, Angela, Margaret and their daughters, Rachel, Izzy and Becky generously. There are sponsor forms at the back of church.

Signature Event “Beetles, Cheese & Wine”


What do Beetles, Cheese and Wine have in common? Answer: the next Signature Event!

It is on Tuesday 15th March from 7.30pm in the Coffee Shop area.

Do book your place now on the form at the back of the church.

Bishop Ruth at St Mary’s


On 21st February The Right Reverend Ruth Worsley, Bishop of Taunton, will preach and preside at St Mary Magdalene. We hope this service will be a celebration and our choir and choristers will lead us in worship. Please do join us.

MU’s Wave of Prayer Service


Walk long – Walk together


“Our Wave of Prayer service took us on a walk, the theme being ‘If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk long, walk together’.  And so we placed our footsteps leading towards the map leading us towards our link dioceses.  In this way we were able to pray for our members and the workers in False Bay South Africa, Shinyanga Tanzania, Umuahia & Ijebu Nigeria, Vellore India, as well as our own Bath & Wells members, and our Diocesan President Margaret Hendy.  Everybody took part placing their foot prints down with their names on. We joined together in singing two wonderful hymns as well as our prayers. Our next meeting is March 2nd 2.30pm in the coffee shop area when we hope to have the MU Chaplin talking on ‘A Celebration of Faith’. All are welcome.”

Margaret Allen

Bookshop Up and Running


THE BOOKSHOP is now fully operational. Thank you for your patience while it was closed last week.

Do come and see the selection of Mothering Sunday and Easter Cards available.