Flower Arrangers Meeting

November 2nd at 2 pm a meeting for the flower arrangers.

We will be discussing flower arrangements for December.

Harvest Church Service

We had a wonderful service which included lots of items for the Lords Larder and fresh produce. The fresh food was sold after the service. In addition to the things for the Lords Larder we were able to donate £149 to them.

Many thanks to everyone for their hard work. We look forward to next year’s service.

Coffee Morning

Many thanks to everyone who came and helped at the coffee morning on the 6th October.

Another £70 was raised for Church Funds. A big thank you.

A Lily in Memory of this Christmas

Would you like to remember someone you miss this Christmas with a lily?

Just £3.00 per lily.

Contact Maureen who will collect the money and record the name in Church and the Church Magazine.

Closing date to order and pay is 2nd December

Side by Side Service is Looking for Volunteers

Side by Side Service is Looking for Volunteers to do things they love in Somerset. Play a round of gold, listen to music or simply have a cup of tea and a chat.

The Alzheimer’s Society is looking for volunteers to help local people. For more information ring 01458 251541 or see sidebysidesomerset@alzheimers.org.uk

Parish News 7th October 2018

Wednesday 10th October at  7pm. There will be a public meeting in St Marys Church concerning Cresta Swimming Pool, to update and discuss options. Please come if you can

Children’s Society Gift Service – October 14th at 10 am

Jill Ford from the Society will be the speaker. The collection will go towards the Society – gift aid envelopes will be available.

Deanery Synod Meeting at Horton Church Hall. Tuesday 23rd October at 7 pm. You do not have to be a Church representative to attend and all church members are welcome. Why not go along to hear about what is happening in out Deanery.

Wednesday October 31st House Group at the home of Edward Jackson at 7:30 pm

Tidying the Churchyard on Saturday 3rd November. If you can help tackle the weeds and overgrown shrubs and branches please come along with appropriate tools to help from 10 am to 12 noon. They say many hands make light work and we should have time for some refreshments too!

A safeguarding C1 course will be held on Saturday 10th November between 10 am and 1 pm in St Marys Church rooms. Tea and coffee provided. To book your place, contact Peter Stefanovic  or email pso @ stmaryschard.org.uk


Harvest Service 7th October

Coffee and light breakfast items will be available from 10:30 am; the service will start at 11:00 am.

Please do bring both fresh produce and items for the Lord’s Larder. These can be brought to the coffee morning on the 6th October or to the service itself. After the service the fresh produce will be available to be purchased for a contribution and the money will go to the Lord’s Larder.

Garden Working Parties

A garden working party is planned for 10 am to 12 noon on October 6th to tidy the garden and drive at the Vicarage. This is to cut the grass, trim back overgrowing shrubs and to clear weeds round the drive etc, as a basis for Revd. Ann to choose how she develops the garden. If this time is not convenient but you could help with any of these tasks please let the Churchwardens know when and what you can do. Thank you for your help.

There will also be a tidying of the Churchyard on Saturday November 3rd. If you can help to tackle the weeks and overgrown shrubs and branches please come along with appropriate tools to help from 10 am to 12 noon. They say many hands make light work and we should have time for some refreshments too.!

Welcoming a new Rector

At the beginning of September we were pleased to announce the appointment of the Reverend Ann Kember as our new Rector.

We are looking forward to welcoming Ann as she begins her ministry among us next month.

Do make a note in your diary to join us at Ann’s installation Service on 22nd November.

Telling Our Story

Image may contain: 9 people, people smiling, people sitting, table and indoorBishop Ruth was in Ilminster Deanery supporting Telling Our Story – a week long programme of free events, facilitated by local parishes that brought together the individuals, groups and communities who make up the life of Ilminster and Chard. Through the week, which was born out of a round-table event in March, the churches were showing that they care about what matters in the area and are making space for conversations between different groups so they can address what matters together. Read more at: www.tellingourstory.co.uk  See some pictures at https://www.facebook.com/bathandwells/

Notices for July 1st

We are advertising for a new Rector! Please remember the benefice in your prayers as we advertise for a new Rector. In particular please pray for:

  • God’s guiding hand throughout this time;
  • for discernment for those who are thinking of applying; and
  • for the panel who will be overseeing the appointment process.


There is also a prayer tree at the back of the church, so please feel free to write a prayer or tie on a ribbon.


Sunday 10 th June

Sunday 10 June we will be welcoming our Rural Dean the Reverend Nigel Done. Please do come along to the 10 am service where Nigel will be presiding and preaching.

Monthly Coffee Mornings

I would like to say a big thank you to the Bell Ringers and everyone who supported them on 2nd June. They managed to raise £!70 towards Church Funds and Servery. Our next coffee morning will be 7th July when we shall do a Ploughman’s Lunch, with cake , tea coffee and a raffle.

Gresley Male Voice Choir

A very pleasant evening enjoyed by all when Gresley Male Voice Choir performed here in St Mary’s