This week we have witnessed the longest reign of a monarch in British history. The ringers marked the occasion by ringing all of the twelve bells. Our Queen, Elizabeth II, has served our country and the commonwealth with unbounded dedication and grace. Her wisdom and charm have enabled many a tricky situation to be overcome. We thank God for the answered prayer expressed constantly in our National Anthem: “Long live our noble Queen … Long to reign over us”.
HARVEST FESTIVAL 4th OCTOBER
There will be a bring and share lunch after the service. Please sing up on the sheet at the back of church, and there will be a £2 charge on the day to cover additional costs (drinks etc).
We have been asked to host as special service for the Collation of Canon’s on behalf of Lusaka Cathedral. This will take place on the 27th September at 10am and we are thrilled that Jenny Humphreys is being made a Canon. The other person is The Revd John Kawanga who is head of Anglican Mission in the UK. Jenny has been a great friend to St Mary Magdalene’s helping us to forge a link with Lusaka Cathedral and helping to arrange for staff from the Cathedral to come over and for parties from our church to visit Zambia. Jenny is about to retire from her post and this is a fitting tribute to her. Bishop David from Lusaka is to preach and preside and we will enjoy a special celebratory cake at coffee time.
Last Sunday we held a Service of healing in the evening which was very well attended. The presence of the Holy Spirit was felt very strongly indeed. We are planning to lead a non Eucharistic healing service soon and then review. Healing is a vital part of the church’s ministry.
On 22nd October a Confirmation service will be held for our Deanery at Staplegrove Church.
If you wish to be confirmed , please let Rod (via the Parish Office) know ASAP.
A celebration of visual and performing arts 12th-13th September. This is a two day programme of one dance and seven musical events, with very talented and classically trained local musicians. This is to raise money for urgent repairs and maintenance to St Michael’s Church Raddington, a largely unaltered medieval church. Further information at the back of church and on www.2015tenparishesfestival.org.uk
“Today marks 10 years since I was licensed Priest-in-Charge at St Mary’s.
Thank you all for your great support during that time.”
“RIDE AND STRIDE”- Two one day coach tours have been arranged by the Diocese from Weston -Super- Mare on Thursday 10th September and Saturday 12th September. This is a chance to see some of Somerset’s finest churches. For further details, please refer to the leaflet about this at the back of church.
We have a new firm of church architects, Benjamin & Beauchamp, Wedmore. One of their first tasks will be to help us plan the second stage of the modernisation of the coffee shop area. This is intended to include the glazing of the North door and additional seating.
We are delighted that Clare Sykes is taking over Voice, starting Friday 4th September at 8.00pm. This is really exciting and please would you hold Clare in your prayers. The first evening will include pizza – so a feast of fun will be had.
The idea to put cycle racks outside the church is progressing. We have had estimates and we now need to obtain the necessary permissions.