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Dear Friends
Here is the August edition of the ‘Tell the Church’ Bulletin which is emailed to as many people as possible who are connected to churches in the Taunton area. It is produced by Taunton Team Chaplaincy which counts it a privilege to serve the churches and wider community in a variety of contexts.
We are eager to receive information about and dates of events organised by local Christians and on occasions we will include details of other activities that might be of interest to members of local congregations. 

The Chaplaincy is coordinating the Christian presence at Taunton Flower Show on 3 & 4 August in Vivary Park. Do come and say ‘hello’ if you are attending. Details at

Please use the information as you feel helpful in your church notices, newsletters and community engagement.  If you don’t already receive this bulletin direct and wish to do so please send us your email address. We have created a bulletin for all the dates and situations vacant which can be reproduced for use in Churches.
The information here is reproduced on a dedicated ‘Tell the Church’ page on our website. Simply save the following link and visit it whenever you want to know what is going on in and beyond various churches in the town: Tell the Church Web Page If you are a new recipient please see the notes at the foot of the bulletin.
The deadline for including information in next month’s edition is 5.00 pm on Sunday 2nd September. Anything that we receive beyond that date will be added to the web site.
Thank you for sharing this information among the wider church family.

Adrian Prior-Sankey MBE
Lead Chaplain, on behalf of Taunton Team Chaplaincy
E:  M: 07581 424 420
In this Edition:

Monday 6th August - Hiroshima Day Vigil – Taunton High Street 12 – 1pm
Taunton Quakers invite all who would like to come to a silent vigil to mark Hiroshima Day in Taunton High Street (near the visitor centre) You are welcome to come for anything from a few minutes to the whole hour. John Ainsworth, Taunton Quaker Meeting

Saturday 11th August 2018 Dying Matters – Wells Cathedral 9.45am - 12.30pm. 
Dying is a subject which relates to us all, but is generally approached with reluctance. The morning offers a chance to explore issues, options, emotions and more, using workshops and professional facilitators. It is a valuable event for all our staff and volunteers in the diocese working in Pastoral Care, including Readers, offering an opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence. It could be viewed as a training session, as well as being personally rewarding for each individual.
Tickets at £5 are available to book via Eventbrite ‘Dying Matters, Wells Cathedral’.
Monday 20th August – Prayer Conference at Bathpool Chapel. 1pm - 5pm
All Church ministers and Intercessors are welcome. Bring your prayer points and share your ministry needs. Use displays or presentation to provide visual aid. Bathpool Chapel, Monkton Heathfield, Bathpool TA2 8BD. RSVP to, mob: 07882764153. Refreshments will be provided. Click here for a poster

Thursday 13th Sept – Barnabas Fund 25th Anniversary Tour – St Michaels Church, Alphington, Exeter EX2 8XJ - Facing Contemporary Challenges to our Christian Faith in the UK and Abroad
Pastor Umar Mulinde from Uganda will speak at this event. Pastor Umar was badly scarred in an acid attack by Islamists and Barnabas Fund supported him through his medical treatment. He remains a pastor and runs a centre which helps Ugandan converts to Christianity who have suffered persecution in their communities. For more information, click here

Sunday 16th September – B1 Together Service – North Street Church 7pm
They will be welcoming Ian Williams from Riviera Life Church. Ian is the Senior Pastor of Riviera Life Church in Torquay, a church which he and his wife Jackie pioneered in 1995. Riviera Life Church continues to grow, impacting the lives of many people each week through its relevant teaching and life-giving message. Ian’s personal mission statement is “Determined to make the Difference”; he carries a passion to see the church fulfil its God-given purpose.  Ian is also a part of AoG's national leadership team.  Ian and Jackie have four children – Beth, Jordan, Hannah and Reuben.

Tuesday 18 September - DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Affected by divorce? Find help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone. We are planning to run a DivorceCare course starting on Tuesday 18th September on Monday evenings running for 13 weeks. To find out more or to book a place please email, places are free.

Sunday 30th September – Journeyman Theatre Productions presents ‘And The Beat Goes On…….’
Taunton Quaker Meeting House - 2.30pm
Commissioned by John and Diana Lampen, A performance both marking and celebrating non-violent action and peace protest over three hundred years. Entry is free. For more info, click here.


Friday 12th and Saturday 13th October - Riverside Church are delighted to welcome Pastor Zak Gariba for a two-day conference. Pastor Zak is a former Muslim imam. He had his own mosque and was one of the leaders among imams in Ghana and Nigeria. His life was totally changed when he witnessed first-hand the healing power of the Lord Jesus when a twelve-year-old girl, who was paralysed, was miraculously healed in his arms. In a pursuit to find the truth, he found Jesus. Pastor Zak emerged from his quest with an amazing empowering of the Holy Spirit, and the impartation of His gifts, which come across in his exciting and informative teaching and preaching style. Pastor Zak and his wife Karen are founding pastors of three church in Ontario, Canada: Jubilee Christian Centre in Orillia, Owen Sound and Alliston.
Schedule, Friday and Saturday: 9.30am – refreshments, 10am – start, 4.30pm - depart
Come for one or both days. The conference is free and an offering will be taken. Registration is required. Please sign up for the conference at Click here for a poster.

Saturday 13th October - Time to Remember Service at the crematorium at 11am. More details to follow.

Saturday 13th October – Planet Repair Workshop at Oakwood Church Centre.
A day of inspiration and information that will change the way you think about the Earth. For more info, click here

Sunday 4 November – The annual Sunday morning B1 together will be on Sunday 4th November 2018 at The Wellsprings Leisure Centre at 10.30 am

We have produced a leaflet which can be used alongside church newsletters or magazines. Click on the button to view
Tell the Church August 2018 Newsletter
Can you enlighten us regarding activity in your area/parish?
We have been prompted to look at what worship, discipleship and outreach to the deaf community looks like in Taunton. There is currently no deaf church (nearest is Bridgwater) and no regular signing at any church in the Taunton area that we are aware of. Therefore, we seem to be lacking any real opportunity to share the Gospel and the love of God in the language of the deaf community or develop disciples among the community who already have a Christian faith.
We would be delighted to hear of anything your church does to support the deaf community. Once we are aware of what does happen in and round Taunton, the plan is to hold a Development Meeting, in the autumn, in order to explore what is on offer and could be developed and what should be started/trialed.
Please do reply to this article by emailing
We would also welcome it if you could pass this information to existing deaf members of your church and invite them to contact us directly.
Thank you
Lynn Wakefield - Coordinator
Adrian Prior Sankey Taunton Team Chaplaincy
David Maggs Team Leader for Mission Diocese Bath and Wells
YMCA Somerset Coast secure another year of Nightstop
Local youth charity YMCA Somerset Coast has gained the accreditation for Nightstop, DePaul for another year.  Nightstop prevents homelessness through community hosting - providing a safety net to those forced to leave their home. Nightstop places young people in a safe and warm home for the night, provided by a vetted and approved volunteer. This prevents young people from sleeping rough, "sofa surfing", or staying in unsuitable accommodation where they would be at risk of abuse. The use of spare rooms in a positive environment makes a huge difference to young people in crisis
YMCA Somerset Coast has been providing the Nightstop service for a number of years, helping young people from North Somerset all the way to Taunton. The team also assist young people as they explore their housing options or support them to return to the family home. Nightstop host volunteers provide the young person with a room of their own, an evening meal, breakfast and access to washing facilities for up to 7 nights, with all expenses reimbursed.  Nightstop would not exist without it’s army of incredible volunteer hosts. Would you like to make a difference to young homeless people? Contact or for more information.

Street Pastors are recruiting new members willing to serve in Taunton and/or Bridgwater to respond to the numbers of contractors moving into the area due to the Hinkley C development. A 13 week training course commences on Monday 17 September at 7 pm in Bridgwater – please contact Coordinator Adrian Prior-Sankey on if you wish to receive more information. Click here for the Training Schedule

Taunton welcomes refugees - We need help. We have more families arriving in Taunton, Wellington and Bridgwater and need help with the following volunteer roles: Admin, ESOL, Fixer (DIY and related stuff), Intel (local knowledge), School liaison, Transport, Floater (general befriender). 
We have a great mix of people helping the families who have arrived and we are supporting 10 families in Taunton, one couple and two single people, one family in Wellington and two families in Bridgwater and of course we also have Charis group who are supporting two families. If you can help please contact

Musgrove Hospital Spiritual Care team are looking to recruit extra volunteers. We particularly need volunteers who can distribute Communion to patients at their bedside on a Sunday Morning or be available to help in the service in the Chapel. Currently most volunteers do this one Sunday a month so that they are still able to attend their own church regularly.
If you think this is something you might be interested in, please email or ring 01823 342515 and ask to speak to our lead chaplain Rev’d Julia French or Nicki Bradford to arrange an informal discussion.


Taunton Area Debt Advice - Increased demand for our services is causing Taunton Area Debt Advice to expand. Specifically, we are looking for new volunteers to train as debt advisers.  The training will take place on three Saturdays in the Autumn in Taunton – if you are interested in finding our more, contact Graham Reid on 07850 463996.

Prayer Pastors – Members of local churches are asked to commit themselves to pray for the work of Taunton Street and School Pastors. Those who wish to attend the Saturday night prayer base once a month any time between 9.30 pm and 3 am will be particularly welcome. A prayer meeting also takes place at North Street Church from 1 pm – 2 pm every second Tuesday in the month and everyone is welcome to drop in. For further details please contact our Prayer Coordinator Rosie Marsh on 01823 667 544 or email

School Pastors - Taunton Academy’s School Pastors team is seeking new recruits for its support of pupils in term time. A full training programme will be offered.  Contact Marcus Paul via for more details.
Taunton Foodbank is planning to expand and improve its warehouse premises so that it can more effectively fulfil its ministry to those who are in need of food during times of crisis. It relies heavily on volunteers and the financial assistance of ordinary people who support its work. However, grants can sometimes be available for capital projects and the Foodbank is now looking for someone who may have experience of applying for such grants to assist in the application process. If you, or someone you know would be willing to give a little time to lead in this way, that would be very much appreciated. To find out more or to offer your services, please contact Mrs Sue Weightman (Foodbank Coordinator) on Tel 07761 624216 or email 
Thank you so much for your continued prayers for and support of Taunton Foodbank.

The Besom in Taunton continues to grow, providing more opportunities for Christians wanting to use their God-given gifting in practical ways, and thereby serve increasing numbers of our disadvantaged neighbours. Praise God! The Lord is providing more opportunities for Christians to witness to the community through more key workers and social working agencies calling on, and relying on, The Besom for help. As demand increases, so do the opportunities for local Christians to use whatever gifting they have been given to serve the Lord through this ministry. Please email Elaine at or call her on 07432 629444 to find out how you can get involved. 

Taunton Team Chaplaincy

Could you be a Chaplain?

We are actively seeking new team members to cover a wide spectrum of situations.
Take a look at our web site to find out more.

We welcome expressions of interest to join our existing chaplains supporting workers in shops and offices, residents and staff in care homes and the general public in the town centre shopping areas, parks and open spaces and to cover a few hours to extend the opening times at the Chaplaincy Offices in the Market House.We particularly need more volunteers to work alongside our chaplains to the homeless and vulnerable and to fill vacancies at Gotton Manor Care Home and Sainsbury’s in Billet Street, Taunton. .
All applicants must have been a committed member of their church for over a year and have the support of their minister/church leader. Please email us or call to chat if any of these opportunities are of interest to you.  
Simply contact Adrian Prior-Sankey, our Lead Chaplain, at  call 07581 424 420 or pop in if you are passing when our ‘welcome’ sign is outside - We’re on the first floor of the Market House accessed from the doors opposite Starbucks café.  
Prayer partners - Taunton Team Chaplaincy is supported by friends who receive a fortnightly prayer bulletin. If you would like to be added to this list of Christians who pray for situations encountered by the chaplains please email your name and email address to Adrian Prior-Sankey at
Trustees - Taunton Team Chaplaincy is looking for additional trustees to join the board of this local Christian charity and to help with the direction of this exciting ministry. It has been operating for 8+ years and continues to grow. If feel you have a calling to helping in this way and would like to know more, please contact the Chair of Trustees, Andy Hall at for an informal, no obligation chat. 

Peer Support Group - First Thursday of every month 7.30-9.30 pm in Taunton
The group provides a safe and confidential space for anyone to attend that has been bereaved by suicide. Meetings are held at: Mind in Taunton & West Somerset, Sussex Lodge, 44 Station Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1NS, The group has an experienced facilitator but manages itself. Call 01823 334906 if you would like to talk to someone before attending. The group is part of the Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service, which is available to anyone in Somerset. T: 0300 330 5463 Helpline E:  W: 
Please also note our new Young People’s Peer Support Group for those aged 14yrs+ who have been bereaved by suicide launches on Saturday 4th August.  Please contact us for more information.

Meet and Sing – Rowbarton Methodist Church, Alternate Wednesdays 10.30-12noon
'Singing for fun' - for anyone who would like some company, for carers and those they support. A gentle social time to chat, sing, or to listen, drink coffee/tea and eat cake! Just come along, or contact 01823 334854 
future dates - 11th & 25th July, 8th & 22nd Aug, 5th & 19th Sept, 3rd, 17th & 31st Oct, 14th & 28th Nov, 12th Dec.

A prayer time is held at 10 am every Wednesday morning in the prayer room of Taunton Team Chaplaincy’s offices at the Market House. Members of local churches are welcome to join us for all or part of the hour during which we pray for the town and the people we meet.
A Healing Service is held at St Mary Magdalene Parish Church on the second Sunday of each month at 5 pm. This is a brief non Eucharistic service, simple in format, and accessible to all who would like additional prayer for themselves or others.
'The Mix' is an intergenerational social time, held at Rowbarton Methodist Church, on the last Saturday of each month from 3-5pm.  Board games, Wii games and dance, table tennis, pool, or just sit and chat over a cup of tea and a piece of cake. 
Transformation Prayer Group - A group from various Taunton Churches meets to pray for the town and its spiritual revival on the second Tuesday of every month from 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm at St James’ Church. Everyone is welcome to come along. Further details available from Andy Hall via  07817 680436/ 01823 274 656. This initiative was inspired by the ‘Transformation Videos’ which hare being shown monthly on Fridays at North Street Church – Read the story here and see the diary dates for details. 
Flexercise – Those wanting to keep moving will be made welcome by the FLEXERCISE group at Taunton Baptist Church in Silver Street every Friday at 10.00 am. It is of great benefit and promoted by AGE UK Somerset. It is attended by men and ladies and no special clothing is required. 
Drop into Silence – Taunton Friends host a "Drop into Silence' at the Quaker Meeting House in Bath Place every Thursday between 12.30 and 1.30 pm.  Visitors can drop in for as long or as short a period as they like. In the welcome area there will be a Friend dispensing tea coffee and biscuits, and happy to chat, for anyone that wants to eat their sandwiches there. Contact Lynn on 01823 327 530 or 07594 562 270 or email for further information.
Chamberlains – A Taunton Vineyard Church Compassion ministry
Chamberlains is located at the rear of North Street Church and serves some of the most vulnerable people in our community. You can refer anyone who is street homeless with confidence that they will be welcomed and helped. Food runs operate on Sunday 1.15 pm – 2.00 pm; Monday 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm and Wednesday 1.00 pm – 2.00pm. On Thursdays from 5.00 – 7.30 pm coffee, biscuits and a chat are followed by a talk and discussion with a hot meal provided. For enquiries please contact Shirley Brooke on 07516 252 924. 
Mothers’ Union meetings at St Mary Magdalene Church – take place in the Coffee Shop area of the Church at 2.30 pm on the first Wednesday of every month and welcome everyone. For more information please contact Rosemary Sage on 01823 276 797.
Taunton Memory Café and Singing for the Brain – takes place at St James’ Church Hall on alternate Tuesdays from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm. For more information contact the Alzheimer’s Society on 01278 663 760 or organiser Carol Sweeting on 07850 928 905.
Somerset Churches Together have published their latest Newsletter which can be downloaded here  
Work wise - Work-Wise is a job club, supporting those looking for work, which was founded by Temple Methodist Church and Taunton United Reformed Church and operates from the URC. It gives support to those who are seeking the dignity and purpose of work and who, for all sorts of reasons, are finding that a challenge. More information be found here or on their web site at
Dementia Friendly Communion Services are hosted on a Tuesday morning by St James’ Church each month at 10.30 am for 20 minutes. The next date is 5 June. For further details please contact: Carol Sweeting on 07850 928 905 or Kate Taylor on 01823 619 739
Signposts - Taunton Team Chaplaincy maintains a directory of local statutory and voluntary agencies that offer help. Copies are available by email on request and organisers are advised to check that the details published are up to date. Contact Adrian Prior-Sankey at to request a copy.  

Somerset Choices is a website that gives people information and advice on care and support services and local groups in Somerset.  Go to You can also advertise a service or any local events for free on their publicly accessible Somerset Choices website –
Details about how to register can be found here - Somerset Choices
If you would like some support in uploading your details please don’t hesitate to contact us on  
Fundraising sites - Businesses or community venues willing to host a collecting tin for Taunton Street Pastors. Contact our coordinator at or phone 07773 038 622.

Street Pastors are appealing for donations of sleeping bags and blankets (no duvets) to hand out to rough sleepers. Donations can be left at the Chaplaincy offices in Market House or at North Street Church when open.

Have your children outgrown their football boots? If so, please help youngsters in a township in Cape Town by donating those decent used boots to help another child. Information can be found here or contact Kevin Davenport (Tel: 01823 413628) or email


Tone FM will advertise your event online free of charge if you upload details to their web page. Click HERE to fill out the details and once the details have been approved, it will show on their events calendar.

Event promotion - The Diocese of Bath and Wells would also be pleased to advertise them via its own web site if organisers upload details via this web link: Diocesan News Events  and the Council’s Visitor Centre team is happy to receive information for their list as well via: Visit Somerset Events List

Manager: Work-Wise is a Taunton charity, offering free friendly help to those seeking work.  Duties include: organising sessions; recruiting and managing volunteers, future development.  A good organiser, listener and inspirer.
12 – 15 hours per week: Salary: £6,270 - £7835 p.a.  based at Taunton URC.
Closing date: August 15th
Click here for Job Spec and Advert.
Thank you again to those churches and individuals who have recently made a financial gift to Taunton Team Chaplaincy. Our funding comes from individuals and local churches and we keep our outgoings to an absolute minimum. We would love to share some of the stories of the difference that Jesus makes through chaplaincy in the lives of those we meet so please read the notes at the end if you’d like to book a preacher one Sunday or speaker at a weekday daytime or evening event.
Please make this a matter of prayer and consider regular giving or a one-off amount towards the work and witness undertaken by our lead chaplain and the growing team of volunteers on behalf of the town’s many churches.   Above all we appreciate prayers of friends who value the ministry and we are always happy to add names to the list of those who receive our fortnightly prayer update email. Donations can be made direct via our Web site at 
Details about standing orders and gift aiding can be obtained from our Treasurer, Mrs Mary Hudson at
Notes to new recipients and contributors:
If you are a new recipient we need to explain that this email is sent out to a mix of local church leaders and others who are active in local churches in the hope that the information will be passed to those responsible for magazines, weekly newsletters and verbal announcements. Where posters or fliers are mentioned it is requested that you download a copy from the dropbox link given and then print off a copy for display on the appropriate notice board. Please let us know if you have difficulty accessing any of the web-links and we will happily explore an alternative way of sending the information to you.  
If you have church members or friends who’d like to receive this information direct or if you wish to be deleted from the monthly communications you can reply to this address making your request clear and we’ll sort it out.
If you wish to send us details of a forthcoming event please let us have it with as much notice as possible and we’ll include it in the next mail-out which is usually the first working day of each month. It is most helpful if we can have the information in an electronic format (PDF, Word and/or jpeg files)
Information included in this publication is given in good faith and may not necessarily reflect the views of Taunton Team Chaplaincy or Churches who support the work. Please notify us of any errors or concerns via E-mail at
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