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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.

“A Kolourful Kaleidoscope” Organ Recital

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Friday saw the St John’s “Music at Lunchtime” series here at St Mary Magdalene. Our very own Musical Director, Miles Quick, gave a wonderful organ recital and it has been a pleasure to work with our sister church, St John the Evangelist, for this occasion.

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‘Our Giving’

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REGULAR ATTENDERS: If you have not yet received an ‘Our Giving’ envelope please collect one as you leave the church today. For those who have received one but have not yet returned the response form, it would be helpful if you would do so in the envelope provided as soon as possible. Thank you.

Sheila’s Licensing

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Coach and overnight accommodation can be arranged leaving Taunton at 09.00 on Friday 29th September staying at The Mercure Wetherby Hotel, Wetherby. Saturday morning leaving for Ripon some 25 minutes away, £85pp sharing, single supplement £20. This includes luxury coach with on board toilet facilities, evening meal overnight accommodation and breakfast on the Saturday morning.

A MINIMUM OF 40 persons are required to make this a viable trip. BOOK TODAY OR NEXT SUNDAY AT THE LATEST TO ENABLE THE TOUR COMPANY TO SECURE TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION

A new sign up sheet is at the back of church.

Organ Donors Urgently Needed!

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Organ Donors Urgently Needed!

Not hearts or kidneys, but PIPES!!

Taunton is very fortunate to have two ‘Father Willis’ pipe organs – in St John’s and St Mary Magdalene Churches.  Willis was the English ‘Rolls-Royce’ brand at the end of the nineteenth century when these instruments were built.  Unfortunately they are both in urgent need of repair.  As part of the fundraising programme, along with a ‘sponsor a pipe’ campaign, there will be a lunchtime concert of 45 minutes of colourful organ music by great composers in St Mary Magdalene Church at 12.45 pm on Friday 11th August.  Refreshments and light lunches will also be served.  The concert will be given by Miles Quick (Music Director at St Mary Magdalene), who will aim to demonstrate the beautiful colours and wide range of this ‘King of instruments’ – which is what Mozart called the organ.

Please come to enjoy a musical feast and help to make Taunton’s organs fit for purpose in the 21st Century!

Admission free, with a retiring collection to support the organ renovation funds for both churches.

“The Beatitudes”

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We have enjoyed Jackie Frost’s exhibition entitled “The Beatitudes” and we hope to host a similar event in March 2019. The Mayor, Cllr Hazel Prior-Sankey and her husband Adrian visited the exhibition on Tuesday and we were delighted to welcome them.

 

Sheila on the Move

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If you would like to attend Sheila’s licensing on 30th September in Ripon please sign the form at the back. The cost will depend on the numbers going and, as soon as we have figures, we will try to work out the transport and accommodation.

‘Our Giving’

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We are delighted to say that the number of GIFT Stewardship envelopes returned has risen to over 40 and folk have been most generous – thank you. It will help the mission of this church greatly. Seven of the envelopes returned indicated that the giving was not increased. We understand this and we are so pleased that you replied and let us know. Over 160 envelopes were given out so there are still more to come in. If you have lost the envelope, there are spares at the back of church.

Glebe House Demolition

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The Glebe House is now completely demolished and the ground cleared. The foundations of the new vicarage will be dug very soon and hopefully the house will be built and finished around Christmas time.

Parish Away Weekend

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Bishop Peter is looking forward to being with us for our Parish Weekend and the theme of our time together will be “Snakes and Ladders”. If you are coming and have a game of snakes and ladders – do bring it along! There are still a few places left, so please see Valerie if you would like to come.

¨ Why a weekend away?
   A time of fun, teaching, and relaxation.  Given that church is a family, it is good to spend time together being refreshed in body, mind and spirit.  Both the programme and the venue have much      to offer people.

¨ When and Where?
Friday afternoon 22nd September to Sunday afternoon 24th September 2017 at Buckfast Abbey.

¨ What will it cost?
£170

¨ Accommodation:
   All rooms are en-suite in the Northgate House complex.

¨ How?
   Find the leaflets and booking forms at the back of the church OR speak to Diana Fletcher OR Valerie Gaskell

Printer and Copier for Charity

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Parish Office Printer & Copier and folding and stapling machine

Do you know of a charity who would like these items.  If so please contact the Parish Office.  They will be available from 7th September.

Sheila on the Move

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As announced, Sheila’s licensing is on Saturday 30th September in Ripon. We are considering a coach with overnight accommodation, if it is feasible (go up on Friday, stay overnight and come back after the service on Saturday). There is a sign up sheet at the back of church for you to express an interest.

‘Our Giving’

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OUR REGULAR ATTENDERS: If you have not yet received an ‘Our Giving’ envelope please collect one as you leave the church today. For those who have received one but have not yet returned the response form, it would be helpful if you would do so in the envelope provided as soon as possible. Thank you.