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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.

Love from Tekna


We were delighted that so many of you came to the Mothering Sunday service last week.  The next family communion will be on my last Sunday, 27th May.

We would like to thank the Tekna team who made over 200 poses and fridge magnets to give away as gifts, and  Sue Palmer who made a delicious simnel cake for us all to enjoy.

Holy Week Activities


Don’t forget to come to our reflections in Holy Week. These are being led by Preb Chris Marshall who was Rector at St Andrew’s Wiveliscombe and we look forward to Chris’ ministry amongst us. The Revd Stephen Mares is our preacher on Good Friday morning and we will be joining our friends at St James’ after the service and then walking in a procession of witness to the Market House in the centre of town. If you have any flowers in your garden and are able to bring them on Easter Sunday morning to decorate the Easter cross, it would be very much appreciated.

Morning and Evening Prayers


Every morning and evening, prayers are said at St Mary’s. We are looking for folk who will commit to leading morning prayer during the interregnum. This is not a difficult task and a prayer is the beating heart of church life – we need this witness to continue. If you would like to consider doing this, please speak to Valerie Gaskill ASAP.

Bishops’ Lent Appeal 2018


Now in its second year, the Bishops’ Lent Appeal is becoming a key fixture in the life of the diocese.  Last year’s appeal raised over £16,000 to support refugees in Somerset and in Athens, Greece.  This year’s appeal is linked to the 40th Anniversary of the B&W link with 5 Anglican dioceses in Zambia particularly supporting Lay Ministry both here in Somerset and Zambia.  Our celebrations marking our own link with Lusaka is Sunday 15th July when we welcome back Father Charlie, Dean of Lusaka, who will be taking our morning service.  Full details of the Appeal are on the table at the back of the church giving details of how to donate, including Gift Aid envelopes which can be passed to a Churchwarden who will ensure all monies are forwarded to Bath and Wells. Information is also on their website: 

Healing Services


HEALING SERVICES are held on the second Sunday of the month. They are open to everyone and include hymns, a reading and prayers for healing in mind and body, with the Laying on of Hands for those who wish it. The Healing Grace of God is open to all.


Worship@5 – Reconciliation


Sunday 18th March @ 5pm. Jean Lee with be talking on ‘Reconciliation’. Doors open at 4.30pm for a chat and a cuppa.

Interregnum Preparation


As we prepare for the interregnum, there are three positions we need to fill.

Firstly we need a new Christian Aid Rep who will help us to consider supporting aid work in Third World countries.

Secondly, we need a co-editor for the parish magazine ‘Together’-these are the skills required:-
–  Basic understanding of word processing, particularly pasting and copying material from one document to another.
–  Familiarity of using email and including attachments.
–  Knowing how to store and organise material on (your own) computer.
–  Email, telephone and face to face communication skills – (to be able to chase up material and clarify/correct material) without causing upset).

Thirdly, it would be very useful to have a third person to join Liz and Nick in VoicePC on a Friday evening 7.45pm to 9.00pm .
–  A sense of fun and an enjoyment of being with young people in a Christian environment are the only qualifications.
–  Possibly this could be a once a fortnight commitment in term time.
–  No teaching or planning will be expected.

Is God calling you to help in any of these three areas? Do see me ASAP

Christian Aid


“I will be the Mayor’s Chaplain in May and as this clashes with Christian Aid Week, is there any person or group who would be interested in taking on this worthwhile task? In the past 4 years St Mary’s has raised £5,500. To find out more, without commitment, do contact me.”

Ronnie King


Holy Week Talks


This year Preb Chris Marshall will be leading three talks in Holy Week, on the 26th, 27th and 28th March starting at 7.00pm.

Chris was formerly the incumbent at St Andrew’s Wiveliscombe, and we loom forward to what he has to share with us as we journey onwards towards the cross and Easter Sunday.

Season of Lent


Following the Ash Wednesday service at our sister church, St John’s, we are now in the season of Lent. Originally this season was for baptism and confirmation candidates who would be baptised and confirmed on Easter Sunday. In church, the season is marked by the penitential colour purple, and the absence of flowers. The starkness of the church is in contrast to the dramatic celebratory display of Easter lilies on Easter Sunday.

Lenten Reading


We now have a good selection of Lent Books in the Bookshop to help with your study over this period. There are more books arriving all the time so come and have a look.

Peregrine Day


Photo courtesy Chris Hooper

Don’t forget that the Peregrine Open Day is coming up on 24th March from 10am to 4:30pm.

  • 10.00 – 16.00 – Launch of the live screen in the church
  • 10.30               – Official launch live screen
  • 11.00                – Talk by peregrine expert Ed Drewitt
  • 11.30                – Talk by Michael Leigh-Mallory – ‘An Introduction to the Taunton Peregrines’

This will be an opportunity to hear more about these wonderful birds and the TV cameras will broadcast for the first time in the north aisle. On Thursday night (8th March), Bullet and Bulletina our resident falcons, shared the same ledge for the first time. Watch this space for more news!