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February 21, 2018

Church News Week of 18th February

Office Administrator
We are sorry to announce that Office Administrator Gill is leaving us in March due to moving out of the area. we wish her and her family well in the future. Her leaving will create a vacancy for an Office Administrator, which is a part time job (9 hours over 3 days) and is currently funded until the end of September 2018. The role involves undertaking several administrative duties in order to support the clergy in the running of the office, such as booking funerals, weddings, and baptisms and liaising directly with the various parties involved in these, ordering supplies for the office and the church.

If you want to know more about what this role involves please discuss with Georgina Vye. If you decide to apply please email the church with your name and contact details. It is hoped that interviews can be held before Gill leaves us. Thanks Kath.

St Mary’s Singers
The singers will meet at 6:30 pm on March 13th and 27th and April 24th. Anyone who would like to sing with our friendly group will be very welcome.

WiSH (Women’s Social Hub)
The next meeting is on Tuesday 20th February at 2:00 pm. We meet in the downstairs room @ St Mary’s and new members are always made welcome. Do come for a chat, games (optional), refreshments and a raffle: all for a £2 donation.

Mother’s Union
The M.U. Deanery A.G.M. is on Monday 26th February at 10:00 for 10:30 am in the Minister Rooms. There will be a speaker on homelessness, also literature and bring and buy stalls. Tea/Coffee with bring and share lunch. This is open to everyone. Please ask if you would like a lift. Many thanks. Heather

Lent Lunches 2018
We will be serving Lent Lunches in St Marys Centre on the five Mondays of Lent: 19th February to 19th March inclusive, Soup and a Roll (Vegetarian option available), Coffee/Tea and Biscuits. Donations, after expenses, will be sent to support the work of Christian Aid. Please come along, and invite your friends. It would be helpful if you could indicate, on the list in the church, when you expect to join us. But if you haven’t signed, please come anyway!.

Christian Aid
There will be a sponsored knit for Christian Aid on Thursday 8th March from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Methodist Church foyer. If you would like to support this either by joining the knitters or by sponsoring please see Patricia.

Saturday Coffee@St Marys
thanks to all those that came to the coffee morning on 3rd February and for all the helpers. We managed to raise £135 so a big thank you to all that came. The next coffee morning is on Saturday 10th March. We are looking for people to run it. Many people are prepared to help with things.

What Matters? Who Cares?
On 5th March there is an exciting and engaging evening open to all in our communities across the Ilminster Deanery. Entitles, “What matters? Who Cares?” It promises to open up a community conversation process across the variety of contexts, areas, and lives that make up the rich and diverse nature of the Ilminster and Chard region.

The evening is designed to begin to look at a range of issues that are close to the heart of our communities, so that we can start to have a closer relationship with each other and strengthen the bond that joins us. The Right Rev’d Bishop Ruth Worsley will be taking part in the event, which will be a combination of short talks and table discussions to explore some of the major aspects of our daily lives together. The areas we will be focusing on initially are schools; farming and rural life; local government; care services; business and industry; and our church communities. It is intended to be a snapshot of daily life across the breadth of the Deanery, to find our what really matters, and how can we care. It is a forerunner to a more in-depth event in May, when Bishop Ruth will be returning and spending a week in the Deanery from 14th to 18th May, during which time there will be a range of events exploring how our communities work and live together.

The event is free and is open to all and there is no need to book. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible! Monday 5th March 7 pm to 9:30pm, The Shrubbery Hotel, Station Road, Ilminster. Further information can be obtained from Rev’d Nigel Done

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