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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.

10 Parishes Festival

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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

Thank you

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“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.”

Rod

Ride and Stride

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“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.

New Architects

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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.

Voice

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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.

Cycle Racks

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The idea to put cycle racks outside the church is progressing.  We have had estimates and we now need to obtain the necessary permissions.

A New Service @ St Mary’s @5

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Plans are afoot for a new service, on the third Sunday of the month at 5.00pm beginning on the 17th January 2016. It will be aimed at non-church goers and those who would appreciate a modern, accessible non Eucharistic service.

Watch this space!

Office Chaos

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Chaos has reigned in The Office this week as the main computer has stubbornly refused to boot up. As this computer is less than a year old, this is a particularly sorrowful state of affairs. This does mean that we may be slow replying to emails and if you sent an email and haven’t had a reply – please resend. Please hold Margaret and Kate in your prayers. They work so hard to keep this busy parish running smoothly.

VJ Day 70 Commemoration

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Last weekend was very special as we held a service to commemorate VJ Day. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant, our friend , Dr Bob Dunning, the Mayor Marcia Hill and her Consort, Julian were our special guests.  See more pictures below together with a podcast of our Vicar, Rod Corke’s sermon titled “Forgive and Forget?”.

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Our New Youth Leader

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We are delighted to announce that Claire Sykes has been appointed as our new Youth Leader. She will lead Voice in the Autumn and Spring terms. Claire is a committed Christian and has a lot of experience working with young people. Claire is Emma Corke’s younger sister. The fun begins with pizza on Friday 2nd September at 8.00 pm.  We will be supported by Anthony Stevens who is the new leader of Taunton Youth for Christ. Please pray for this work.

MU’s Celebration of Mary Sumner

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Last week a group of us spent a lovely afternoon eating cake, drinking tea and drawing the Church. Drawing teaches you to look and it is amazing what you see when you do.  There was a brief talk about Mary Sumner who founded the MU – what a lady! A very enjoyable time was had and we thank the members of the MU for organising it.

Notice Board Management

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“I haven’t received any offers to manage the churchyard notice board. This is not a difficult or demanding task and it would be a great help if someone would take charge. It would include putting up event posters and Christian posters throughout the year. Do see me if this is something you could do.”

Rod