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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.

Advent Begins


We have thought for many years that the season of Advent was being lost among the commercialism of Christmas. To counter this, we moved the Christingle Service to the Church Family Service at the beginning of December and introduced “From Darkness to Light”. Both services, in very different ways, point to the great Advent cry of hope from the prophet, Isaiah:

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.

and fulfilled in John’s Gospel:

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world.

Advent is a season of expectation – we eagerly anticipate and prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus, our new born King and hope that He will soon return in Glory. It is a penitential season too, where we consider also our sinful nature and how this separates us from a close relationship with God. So, we journey throughout the weeks of Advent from our own darkness into His glorious light.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the choir, choristers, organists, musicians and Miles Quick, our Musical Director, for all the hard work they have put into preparing for From Darkness to Light. If you have never been to this service, why not come tomorrow evening at 7.00pm?  Don’t forget, too, that the very special Service of Lessons and Carols will happen on 17th December at 6.30pm.




What a celebration we had at our last Worship@5 service . Marcus Paul came to talk about “Can I Change?” focusing on the conversion of St Paul. Our young people sang and played instruments and we worshipped God together. Over 90 people came. There will not be a Worship@5 (nor our 5.00pm Healing Service) in December but we look forward to welcoming everyone back again on the third Sunday of January when Rod will be tackling the difficult issue – ”Why does God Allow Suffering?” Why not invite a friend along.

Advent Sunday Christingle & Darkness to Light Services


Don’t forget that we have two big services for Advent Sunday on 3rd December. In the morning, at 10.00am, we have our annual Christingle Service. We hope many of you will come to see the orange Christingles being made and lit by our children.

The Baptism families have been invited especially so we’re am sure it will be a very happy and worshipful occasion.




In the evening, we have the spectacular “From Darkness to Light” service. At 7pm candles will fill our beautiful church with light again as we welcome in the Advent season with Advent carols and special musical items.  The Ven. Simon Hill will preach.  This gets more and more popular each year as we witness God’s light filling the church. Do come.

Items Wanted for Christingle


“WANTED – for the CHRISTINGLE SERVICE on 3rd December – Table candelabra, cupcake holders suitable for candles (the stubby/tall fatter sort) and branched candle holders . If you can lend them, please let Rod or myself know.

Thank you.”

Margaret Roe

New – Today Sheet


We are working on producing a new version of the Today Sheet, so look out for some different looking ones over the next few weeks!



If you are able to supply any of these we would be so grateful.

Diane & Derek

Advent Reading



You are invited to come to the bookshop to find your reading for the Advent season. We have a good selection of books along with Advent candles and calendars.

North Street Church Vacancy


North Street Church is looking for a Church Administrator, there is a job description at the back of church if you are interested.

For more information contact Christ Beattie


Christmas Craft Fayre


On Saturday 25th November a Craft Fayre is being held in Church. We would be grateful for any cakes and preserves to sell.  These can be brought into Church on Friday 24th or Saturday morning.  Please come and support this event.



Sunday 26th November at about 11.30 am

Following the successful and tasty launch last month, Andrew Carter will be presenting this month’s Organic Appetiser after the morning service on Sunday 26th Nov.  Again a delicious appetiser will be served by our choral culinary experts, and Andrew will

demonstrate the famous Father Willis Great Reeds (Posaune and Clarion) in some stirring Spanish music.  Please do stay for 15-20 minutes after the service to enjoy this musical and culinary feast!  Retiring Collection for the Organ Renovation Fund.

New Cross


I am pleased to say that, hopefully, we will soon have a new cross over the pulpit.

This will be made by Mr Harris, a local blacksmith.

The suggested design (it has to go to PCC for final approval) has been inspired by a necklace that Daphne Seddon wears. We plan to have it made in brass and steel.

From Darkness to Light 2017


St Mary Magdalene Church, Taunton, will again be offering this service for Advent Sunday – this year on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 7.00 pm (please note 30 mins earlier than last year), starting by candlelight.  We hope to bring in many people from all around to enjoy the advent atmosphere and hear moving music and readings to prepare for the Christmas season.  There will be interesting and stimulating new music (including a new setting of People look East by John Bodiley) as well as classic advent carols for singers and instruments;  also a rousing Advent address by the Archdeacon of Taunton, and seasonal refreshments.  Please invite friends!