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New dates for Speranza

After a very successful series of concert at St Mary’s earlier this year Speranza have agreed to new dates for the remainder of the year. See below for the ‘Music for Summertime’ dates.  Don’t forget to join us for a community lunch beforehand in the church rooms. 

John Writes

John Writes  …….

On Wednesday afternoons we run our warm/community space which is becoming increasingly popular and we really could do with some additional help if possible. The numbers seemed to increase, particularly when there was the additional attraction of the lunchtime concerts, which I am pleased to see are planned to continue for the next few months. If anyone can offer us some help it would be much appreciated.

We are now well into the season of Lent and rapidly approaching Easter. Lent is typically a time of reflection, preparation and fasting.  Reflecting on our relationship with God, with each other and the world. It marks our own journey to the cross, travelling slowly and deliberately with Jesus until we reach the glory of his resurrection, and it gives us the chance to consider any necessary changes in our own lives and in our pattern of prayer. We might give up something for Lent or we might start something that builds our faith, through spiritual discipline.

If you haven’t done so already, you are very welcome to join us on our Lent course which started on the 19th February, where we are looking at some of the Gospel references to ‘Come and See’ and we are exploring how we can share our own faith with others in an authentic and engaging way.

My thoughts now turn to Ruth Rogers who was such a fundamental part of our church community with a passion for children and a wonderfully pastoral heart that shone through in her funeral ministry.

Ruth has left us such a great legacy, particularly with the tot’s group which she started in 2010, and with her easy and gentle manner which enabled her to build a really close relationship with the staff and pupils at Manor Court school.

As a result of her support and guidance, I am endeavouring to continue to build on everything that she had started. The tots group is thriving and our connection with Manor Court continues and grows.

Ruth exuded trust and love and consequently people were happy to support her in her ministry. May I take this opportunity to give my thanks to Ruth and to all those of you who continue to support me as I endeavour in my ministry. Ruth will be greatly missed but we should rejoice that she is now held safely in God’s loving arms.

With every blessing



St Marys Chard 100 club

  1. MARY’S 100 CLUB 2024

 Now is the time to join or renew your membership. If you were a  member last year then you will be receiving a personal invitation to rejoin. If not, then why not start by using the application form which was delivered to you with the Chard Chimes this month. Each entry costs £10.00 a year, and there is no limit to the number of entries that an individual can hold. (Why not buy one as a present for a friend or relative?) The ‘100 Club’ is a good way of supporting St. Mary’s and at the same time giving you the chance to win back your investment or more.  All entries are entered into EVERY monthly draw. They are not withdrawn once they have won a prize so you have a chance of winning every month. (Full rules available on request).

Application forms and renewal forms are available in the church.