“Next week is Trinity Sunday and my final service as incumbent here. Do come because Rita and I would love to say goodbye to you. You have been very special to us and we have so many fond memories. It will be very special to worship God together and celebrate all He has done and will continue to do. There will be refreshments after both the 8 o’clock and 10 o’clock services. There will be no Evensong on that evening. Rita and I will be moving on Wednesday, 30th May to Great Malvern and I have left a copy of our new address in the office.”
Rod Corke, Vicar
The card for Rod and Rita is available at the back of church for everyone to sign. Also, if you would like to contribute towards a farewell gift for Rod, whose last Sunday is next week, donations can be left in the Parish Office, or with any of the Churchwardens.
There two coaches, Coach A and Coach B. Please check to see which coach you are on. The cost is £18 per person. Please speak to Margaret Laver in the Parish Office if you would like to join one of the coaches as a seat has now become available.
Our peregrines, Bullet and Bulletina have continued to incubate their two eggs, taking it in turns. Remember that 7th June is predicted as the hatching day.
In the Somerset Gazette this week, there is a double page spread of photographs from the Eat Taunton Festival that took place last Saturday. We were very impressed with the organisation and hope that an opportunity to repeat the Festival next year will be forthcoming. So many people came into St Mary Magdalene Church who had never been inside before and Rita and I had some deeply moving and spiritual conversations with the folk we met.
We are delighted that the clergy team from Milverton and our other friends have agreed to help keep the 8 o’clock communion on Friday mornings going during the interregnum. This is very good news.
CLEANER REQUIRED Mon – Fri 1.30 – 3.00pm and the first Saturday of the month 8.30am-2.30pm.
Please contact a warden or the Parish Office if you are interested.
Today is Pentecost, a major feast in the church, when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem. From the earliest times, this has been a holy day and the church has come to regard Pentecost as the day the first church was born. Traditionally, white robes were worn at Pentecost and that’s how its other name Whitsun or White Sunday became a name used in the church calendar.
We are honoured to host the Civic Service for Taunton Deane and welcome and pray for our new Mayor, Councillor Catherine Herbert. We welcome the Deputy Lord Lieutenant and other distinguished guests. It is appropriate this weekend for the service to conclude with one verse of the national anthem. We wish Harry and Megan our best wishes as they begin married life together.
At our last Worship@5 service, we enjoyed the West Somerset Brass Band leading our Worship@5. They were very accomplished and professional and played very well. We hope they will make a return visit. Worship@5 is becoming increasingly popular and we are so pleased to see this.
On Sunday 20th May, Rod and Rita will be leading on the topic ‘Church – Time to Celebrate?’.
Bring your friends to enjoy a friendly reception, accessible worship and a relevant message, all within a 45 minute service. We begin with coffee served from 4.30pm and the service lasts 45 minutes. Do come early to have a drink and a chat.
The news this week regarding our Peregrine falcons, Bullet and Bulletina, is that they are now incubating two eggs. Michael Leigh Mallory, is thrilled with this and the pictures on the TV screen in the North aisle have been wonderful to watch. Nevertheless, this clutch of eggs is rather late and not due to hatch until Thursday June 7th. Michael has warned that, despite our birds’ best efforts the eggs maybe infertile. We shall see. It does bode well for next year, however.
EAT TAUNTON food and drink festival takes place both in and around our Church, in Church Square and Hammett Street on Saturday 12th May, between 10am and 5pm. It will be a very special day for the community that surrounds St Mary Magdalene. The theme for the Festival is Healthy Eating and Local Produce and will include stalls and activities within the church, in the church grounds and down Hammett Street. We are expecting thousands of visitors. Do feel you can come and join in the fun. There will be cooking demonstrations and a celebration of local produce.
For safety reasons Hammett Street, Church Square and Whirligig car park will be closed to all traffic from 9.30am to 5pm. Access to the Church will therefore be on foot (or by Mobility Scooter). For any further information please contact Jean (Hall). Hope you all enjoy the day.
Rod has asked for tea and coffee with Rumwell flapjack after the 8 a.m. service on 27th May, Trinity Sunday, to give him a chance to say goodbye to you all. Please make a special effort to stay for a few moments on this important occasion.