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Saturday 21 April - a free seminar - Get Inspiration for your Transformation - a coaching session that provides strategies and techniques for achieving the changes you want to see in your own life in a Christian context. St Mary's Church Upper Room @ 11.00am.
Friday 27 April – Transformations Video shown at North Street Church (Opposite Debenhams) at 7.30 pm. This month’s film is 2009 – A Force for Change (40 minutes duration). Details of the video’s contents can be viewed here
Saturday 28 April – Quiet Day at Ashill Baptist Church, Illminster from 10am – 3.30pm. Details of the event can be found here
Saturday 28 April - Quiet Day at Taunton Quaker Meeting House from 10.30-4pm. Details of the event can be found here.
Wednesday 2 May – St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice starts its 2018 Lecture series with The Rev’d Professor Frances Young, Emeritus Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham, will address the series’ theme ‘Beyond Words’. For 45 years she and her husband cared for a son born with profound learning disabilities, now aged 50; Jean Vanier and the L’Arche communities have been an important influence. Among Professor Young’s extensive theological writings are the books ‘Brokeness and Blessing: Towards a Biblical Spirituality’ and ‘Arthur’s Call: A Journey of Faith in the Face of Severe Learning Disability’. Drinks and canapés will be served from 6.30pm, with the lecture to start at 7.15pm. Tickets are £10 towards the cost of the evening. Details and booking information here
Sunday 13 May – St Mary Magdalene Church Healing Service 5pm.
Sunday 13 May - B1 Together Service at North Street Church. More Details here
Wednesday 6 June - St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice Lecture series continues with Professor Max Watson speaking. Details and booking information here
Sunday 10 June – St Mary Magdalene Church Healing Service 5 pm.
Friday 15 June – Thursday 21 June – The Knitted Bible is coming to Taunton -
Over 30 knitted scenes of stories from the Old and New Testaments at Rowbarton Methodist Church as part of their 125th Church Anniversary Celebrations. Schools are welcome on weekday mornings by invitation and organisations on weekday evenings 6 pm – 8 pm by invitation. Free General Admission in the afternoons 2 pm -4 pm and Saturday 16 10 am -4 pm. More information: email email@example.com or download a poster here
Friday 6 July - St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice Lecture series continues with Canon Mark Oakley speaking. Details and booking information here
Monday 23 – Sunday 29 July – North Street Church is hosting a team of young people from across the UK involved in Urban Mission – This is an Ascension Trust imitative (the parent body of Street Pastors) and there may be opportunity for local churches to get involved. Further details nearer the time from the Revd Vince Carrington at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE VOLUNTARILY
|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.
Winter Warmth meals helpers - Taunton Salvation Army seeks helpers with the weekly meals provided for the marginalised at their South Street premises from 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm on Saturdays until July. Contact Lt Theresa Torr for more information on 07962 538 230 or email email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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 www.tauntonteamchaplaincy.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com for an informal, no obligation chat.
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 Taunton@streetpastors.org.uk
|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.
'Meet and Sing' takes place at Rowbarton Methodist Church on alternate Wednesdays between 10.30am and 12noon. This is a relaxed space, with refreshments, for those living with dementia and their carers, those who would like some company, anyone in fact, who enjoys singing. 14 & 28 February. Contact Rev Deborah Kirk 01823 334854
'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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 March 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 workwise-taunton.weebly.com
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 dates are 10 April, 8 May and 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 leadchaplain@:tauntonteamchaplaincy.org 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 www.somersetchoices.org.uk You can also advertise a service or any local events for free on their publicly accessible Somerset Choices website – www.somersetchoices.org.uk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraising sites - Businesses or community venues willing to host a collecting tin for Taunton Street Pastors. Contact our coordinator at Taunton@streetpastors.org.uk or phone 07773 038 622.
St Andrews Church, Taunton are advertising for a Administrator. The advert for the job can be found here
St Michael's Church, Galmington is looking to appoint a music director.
Anyone interested should contact Rev Colin Snell in the first instance for an informal chat. Tel: 01823 326 525
Taunton Open Door are advertising for an Advice, Guidance and Support Services Coordinator for the Homeless. The advert for the job can be found here.
The deadline for including information in next month’s edition is 5.00 pm on Tuesday 1st May. Anything that we receive beyond that date will be added to the web site.