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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.

‘MAP’ and ‘Time and Talents’


In the next two weeks we will be releasing two important documents with the Today Sheet. The first will be the PCC’s Mission Action Plan (MAP) for the year. This details all we are trying to achieve. The week after, we have worked on a Time and Talents booklet inviting you to consider what skills and interests you may be able to offer for the Lord’s work at St Mary Magdalene. If you miss either leaflet, there will be spares placed at the back of church.

Two Teas


Next Sunday, at 3.30pm, we have a special afternoon tea to give thanks to the staff at Dene Barton Hospital who looked after Val Oates so well following a dreadful car accident.  All monies raised will go towards Dene Barton. Tickets are available at the bookshop.

There are lots of folk who are new to St Mary’s and we are delighted you have joined us so we can worship God together and serve our local community.  There is a special Welcome Tea for us all to enjoy on Sunday 29th October at 3.30pm.  There is no need to RSVP – just come! It will be an opportunity to learn more about the church.

Open Tower Day – TODAY


We are holding a Tower Open Day this Bank Holiday Monday and funds raised will be split between the Organ Appeal and work which is still needed on the Bells Project.

We remember Yemen


We remember those millions of people on the earth who go to bed hungry.  Yesterday, our special focus was the sermon following some shocking footage shown on the BCC this week. 14.40 million people in Yemen have no access to basic sanitation and clean water and the UN have declared the situation a humanitarian catastrophe. The world has simply turned a “blind eye” to what is going on and those who live there have suffered terribly. Ronnie and his team had Christian Aid buckets at the back of Church and we thank all those who contributed.

Farewell and Thank You


“Dennis and Susanne’s farewell services last week went well, with over 50 people coming to the Worship@5 to wish them well. There are some super pictures on our website to view, Dennis is booked to return for The Accession Service in February next year – Benda Duggan is organising this. Susanne will continue to work in the office one day a week to update our website.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

“We would like to thank all the congregations of St Mary’s for their wonderful reception and send-off last Sunday.  The cake & fizz, the cards, the enormous cheque and the heart-felt sentiments were all gratefully received and will be treasured in the days to come.  Especial thanks to Rod for his support throughout this process of ‘moving on’.  We will never forget you all, and ask that you will pray for us as we settle into the life and ministry of the churches of Trull and Angersleigh.”

Dennis & Susanne

Peregrine Webcam Link & Scape


As you may have seen in the Somerset Gazette, Taunton Deane have pledged £3500 towards a webcam link and scape support for our peregrines.  We will seek additional funding from other grant bodies, and when this is fully financed, we will go ahead. The tower will be inaccessible during the breeding season February to May, but outside these times, the peregrines are unlikely to be bothered by us. So we are holding a Tower Open Day this Bank Holiday Monday and funds raised will be split between the Organ Appeal and work which is still needed on the bell project.

A couple of ‘Teas’


A couple of “teas” to make you aware of. The first is a special afternoon tea in the Coffee Shop on Sunday 10th September at 3.30pm in aid of Dene Barton Hospital. We are holding this fundraising event as a “thank you” to the staff team for their help in enabling Val Oates to recover from the terrible car accident she and her husband Paul suffered. Please help us raise some funds and enjoy afternoon tea with us (I can guarantee it will be very good!). Tickets are on sale in the Book Shop and cost £8.00 per person and £15.00 per couple.

The second “tea” is the Welcome Tea. If you have begun coming to St Mary Magdalene in the last year (and several folks have) you are invited to a Welcome Tea in the Coffee Shop on 29th October at 3.30pm. We would love to tell you a bit more about the church and find out more about you.

Churchwardens here for you


“Our team of Churchwardens strive to do our very best for you and every one associated with St Mary Magdalene. Please never hesitate to speak to any one of us about any matter you wish – that’s what we’re here for and it is important to all three of us to get to know our congregation.”


Chamber Philharmonia Cologne Concert


SATURDAY 26th August at 7.30pm at St Mary Magdalene, Chamber Philharmonia Cologne Concert, Vivaldi, Handel, Tchaikovsky, Paganini and Boccherini. Tickets from Taunton Visitor Centre and at the door (cash sales only). Adults £16, Seniors £14, Students/Children £12.


Au Revoir


Thank you Margaret

Yesterday was very special. We said goodbye to Dennis and Susanne who are moving to Trull. We will miss them enormously but we sense God’s hand in this and they go with our love and prayers. We are so grateful to them for all they have done at St Mary Magdalene. Dennis came, nineteen years ago, to minister here and has served our church so faithfully. Folk have enjoyed Dennis’ preaching, teaching and presiding – we have learnt so much through his ministry. Dennis and I have worked extremely well together and I am grateful for his support and wisdom. Susanne’s contribution to St Mary Magdalene’s has been inspirational. Susanne worked with a team to design our wonderful sign boards, pioneered the development and maintenance of our excellent website and had the vision to inspire the successful Worship@5 service on the third Sunday of the month (yesterday!) We will miss them both so much.  Many stayed afterwards to wish them both well and we enjoyed some fizz and a “thank you” cake.

Thank you all

Click below for more pictures …


Our Giving


“I am delighted to report that 58 Giving envelopes have been returned. As I have said before, if you can increase your giving – wonderful. If you can’t this year, we understand. What we would like to see is as many envelopes returned as possible. Do take a brown envelope from the back of church if you have mislaid yours.”

Rod Corke, Vicar

Christianity Explored … starting soon!


“I am pleased to announce that the popular course Christianity Explored will be starting again soon. This will be on a Thursday evening this year, run for seven sessions and will be held in church. It is a great way to reignite your faith or catch up on what it really means to be a Christian. Next week, I will put out a sign-up form and a list of dates.”

Rod Corke, Vicar