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Thursday 15 February - Oakwood Church, Obridge Road, Taunton, TA2 7PU is hosting a presentation by Care for the Family to explain what they do and how they can offer help and support to local churches and communities. Coffee and cakes will be served from 10.30 am. Meeting time 11 am -12 Noon. There will be plenty of time for questions and one to one discussion with the Care for the Family representative. This meeting is for anyone who wants to know more about their work including church leaders, para-church organisations, and anyone working in the community interested to know how Care for the Family can help. Care will not be running a similar meeting anywhere near Taunton. No need to book. Further details via https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk
Wednesday 21 February - St Andrew’s Parish Church, Wiveliscombe is hosting a performance of "Where Adventure Begins - Faith in the Family" by Riding Lights (in conjunction with New Wine) at 7.30pm. Tickets, which cost £10, should be booked via the New Wine web site www.new-wine.org/adventurebegins, where further information can be obtained. There are no other performances of this event in Somerset or Devon.
Thursday 22 February – Somerset Churches Together are holding their AGM and Forum (with the visit of Roy Crown of Hope Together) at Nailsea Baptist Church. It will be helpful if people could make direct contact with Major Alan Dixon, County Ecumenical Officer, by email - firstname.lastname@example.org - to register and to let him know if they will be attending either/or all
3.00pm Session with Roy Crown (Mission and Community)
6.00pm Hot supper (no charge)
Saturday 24 February – Rowbarton Methodist Church’s 125thanniversary celebrations include an afternoon meeting 3 pm – 5 pm open to all when former Circuit Superintendent the Revd Bruce Thompson will speak about ‘Faith and Belief at a time of great turbulence’. See poster here
Sunday 24 February – Rowbarton Methodist Church’s 125thanniversary celebrations continue with Revd Bruce Thompson preaching at their 10.30 am morning worship
Later The Same Day, live concert, Trull Church Community Centre, 7pm Sat 24th Feb
Local band, Later The Same Day, featuring Tim Finch from All Saints Trull, and Megan Mellamphy, Taunton Vineyard, along with Bob Foster, Jerry Curd & Pete Holder are performing their new CD, The Plight of the Passionate, live - full band, lighting rig, professional PA & video projection. Reserve your free tickets on the band website - limited number of seats available. Book online at www.latersame.band/concert - Doors open 7pm. Support acts Songbirds, Wesley Topper, Lucy Bradburn and Asiam. Event closes 10.30pm. Cafe selling hot food and refreshments. Ideal event to bring non-church friends to. A magical night of intelligent melodic rock - with a sound somewhere between Genesis, Fleetwood Mac and Supertramp.
Wednesday 28 February – Work-Wise are holding their AGM in the Dora Cox Room at Taunton United Reformed Church at 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm. All are welcome to attend. Further details viawww.workwise-taunton.org.uk
Saturday 24 March – St John’s Church Taunton is hosting theAmici Choir at 7.30 pm for a treasure trove of beautiful music written for the Cathedrals of England. Further details fromwww.amicichoir.org.uk
Saturday 24 March - Paul Inwood of the Royal School of Church Music has kindly agreed to lead a workshop at St George’s Church, Wilton, TA1 3NN from 10.00am – 4.30pm which may be of interest to local churches. This is event is open to non – affiliated as well as affiliated members of RSCM. Poster and further details here
The day offers lots of music, both new and familiar, by a wide spectrum of today’s composers, and ends with a prayer service making use of some of the music enjoyed by participants. Cost: members of RSCM-affiliated choirs £15; non-members £18. Those in full-time education £5 For applications and further information please contact: Jerry King, Secretary RSCM Somerset, Sunnyside, Church Road, North Newton, Bridgwater, TA7 0BG Tel: 01278 662597, E-mail: email@example.com
Good Friday 30 March – St Mary’s and St James’ Church will be holding their Good Friday Morning Services as usual and there will be an opportunity for those attending to unite afterwards and walk through the town to the Market House for a brief act of witness and prayer at the Cross.
Easter Saturday 31 March – B1 member churches are exploring the possibility of a town centre event to convey the Easer message. Further details will be shared as they become clear.
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 atRowbarton 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 firstname.lastname@example.org ad poster 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 email@example.com
Taunton Foodbank – now has a donation box located in the chaplaincy offices in the Market House in the town centre. Please drop your donated food in the tray just inside the chaplaincy front door whenever it is open.
Rail Responders – A new team of Christian Volunteers are on track to brighten travellers’ journeys
A new partnership between the British Transport Police, GWR and volunteers drawn from Taunton’s local churches has been launched to provide additional support to passengers at Taunton Station.
‘Rail Responders’ will patrol the railway station and the surrounding area seeking to offer a caring, listening and reassuring presence. Their approach is to reach out to people in moments of crisis, to offer compassion and understanding. The new team is an initiative of Taunton Team Chaplaincy which has a good record of community engagement and support for over eight years. Its volunteer chaplains currently serve in Care Homes, Retail premises, Offices and Public spaces. Fourteen local volunteers have received training and during the spring of 2018 they will start to patrol the station and surrounding environment.
T/Supt Mark Cleland, Sub Divisional Commander of the British Transport Police C Division (Western) has welcomed the development, saying:
‘I’m really pleased to welcome on board these 14 new volunteers as part of Taunton Rail Responders. These team members will offer a reassuring presence to the travelling public and are ready to help any vulnerable passengers on the station.’
Volunteers who have received training in listening skills from the Samaritans will wear a distinctive uniform labelled ‘Rail Responders’. This distinctive royal blue coloured clothing avoids confusion with enforcement agencies and assists the volunteers to engage and interact in an informal manner. Working in teams of three or four, the volunteers will each patrol at least once a month, generally in the evenings and at weekends.
Similar schemes elsewhere in the UK have brought the added bonus of a reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour on and near the stations they visit.
GWR’s station manager for Taunton, Tracy McCarthy, expressed the company’s support for the new initiative:
‘GWR is pleased to welcome these community-minded volunteers and looks forward to a productive partnership which will enhance the experience of all our customers, and help to ensure a warm and friendly station environment.’
The project’s organisers are grateful for generous financial contributions from The Fairfield Charitable Trust, Somerset Community Foundation, The Avon and Somerset Police Commissioner’s Community Action Fund and GWR.
Easter Cracked –
'Easter Cracked' is an event for local school children retelling through dramatic bite- size scenes of the story from Palm Sunday through to Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. The children start their journey at St Andrew’s Church, waving their palms and following Jesus as he rides on a donkey around the corner to Rowbarton Methodist Church. Once there, they find themselves in the Temple, where they witness the moneychangers’ annoyance at the way Jesus has over-turned their tables.
They catch up with Jesus in the Upper Room where they can share in a very moving portrayal of the Last Supper. They proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane where they see Christ being arrested, and they are part of the crowd who watch Jesus being questioned first by Pontius Pilate, and then by Herod.
Everyone then follows Jesus, carrying his cross, along the road to St Andrew’s Green where he is ‘crucified’. It is then back to St Andrew’s Church to find the empty tomb and to meet the risen Lord.
At each of the scenes, the children are given a symbol or reminder of the experience relevant to that part of the story. These they collect in goody bags to take home and share with their parents later.
In 2017 Wellsprings Chapel, Oakwood, Rowbarton Methodist and St. Andrew’s Churches joined together to bring the story of Easter alive to approximately 150 visiting children from five of the local primary schools – Wellsprings, Staplegrove, Priorswood, St Andrew’s and Norton Fitzwarren.
Having several churches involved in the production as actors, group leaders, scene and costume makers, technical support, etc. ensures that there are enough people to attempt such an ambitious outreach. All those taking part are volunteers, some of whom take time off work to help.
Easter Cracked is a project promoted by ‘MINT’ (Ministry In North Taunton) which started in 2012 in a very informal way with St. Andrew’s and Rowbarton Methodist Churches presenting ‘Easter Cracked 2013’ to Years 5 and 6 at St Andrew’s School. Over the years we have told the story to more schools and more Churches have become involved. A poster for the 2018 event can be downloaded here
MINT is also involved with ‘Nativity on the Green’ and in financing and distributing the ‘It’s Your Move booklet’ which is given to all Year 6s in seven local primary schools as they move up to secondary school.
New Debt coach - Christians Against Poverty (CAP) debt counselling service has taken on another expert to help tackle the spiralling number of people in Taunton struggling to make ends meet. The local branch of the CAP charity has seen a marked increase in the number of people making appointments for help with out of control debts. Nick Webb, a retired senior manager at the UK Hydrographic Office, has joined Taunton Vineyard Church-based CAP as a debt coach. Centre manager Jon Carrington said: "We’re delighted to welcome Nick onto the team.
"It’s great news for our local community. We’ll have many more appointments available each week and will be able to see and help many more people, much more quickly."
The facility, which opened in 2015, has seen a steady growth in clients seeking face-to-face advice, with most getting in touch through personal recommendation, and others referred by family centres, housing associations and council offices.
The clients’ creditors are contacted by CAP, a workable budget is set for the household and the charity continues to give support and encouragement until each person is debt free.
Mr Carrington added: "The most common cause of debt is persistent low income, followed by a change in circumstance, for example job loss, relationship breakdown, accident or illness in the family."
A spokesman said there have also been issues with the roll out of Universal Credit.
He said: "Some have never really recovered from the recession. We know that from being on the ground, there are more people struggling with debt. Universal Credit is a massive issue because of the length of time people have to wait for payment once they have applied. The wait is supposed to be six weeks, but in reality most people have to wait a lot longer, and for lots of people it doesn't get sorted out the first time. There are lots of complications."
For more information about CAP visit www.capuk.org call 0800-3280006 or drop into the Lighthouse Cafe at North Street Church any Wednesday morning and have a chat in complete confidence with Mr Carrington or Mr Webb.
Redeeming Our Communities Initiative – Those who attended the Unity Service on 21 January will have heard that of the ROC conversation that has been given the go ahead by 5 local churches (with a couple more churches in the process of clearing it with their teams). This will not be a B1 initiative, but one that has a number of B1 churches involved with it (in the same way as Charis).
Easter Weekend in Taunton Town Centre – Taunton Team Chaplaincy is waiting to hear from local Church Leaders what will happen on Good Friday this year as B1 Churches will be mounting an event in the centre of the town on Easter Saturday. Ministers of Churches in and around the town are meeting on 14 February when they can share their thoughts.
Opportunities to serve
Office and Communications Manager
Creech St Michael Baptist Church
Creech St Michael Baptist Church is a fairly large and growing, lively, busy, renewed, evangelical Church in the heart of village life and community. It draws its congregation from Taunton, its villages and surrounding area. It is an all-age church with a big heart for families, changing lives and our communities.
We are seeking an Office and Communications Manager to work with and free up our Ministry Team, organise and administrate church/office life and be at the centre of efficient communication using technology, Church Suite, the web and social media.
Hours: 25 per week
Salary: £14,219 p.a. (£22,750 pro rata) + 12% pension contribution
Information and application pack from firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications: Friday 2nd March 2018
Creech St Michael Baptist Church, St Michael Road, Creech St Michael, Taunton, Somerset. TA3 5QQ
( 01823 443692 : www.creechbc.co.uk
Easter Cracked Volunteers - The churches in North Taunton involved with Easter Cracked are in need of 'volunteers' to take part in the presentation that will be given to visiting schoolchildren in the run up to Easter.
We would welcome helpers from local Christian organisations to be a part of this retelling of the story from Palm Sunday to Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, especially young men to take the parts of Jesus and the disciples. There are non- speaking parts and others with short speaking parts. Costumes will be provided.
The timetable for Easter Cracked 2018 is:
Friday 2nd March @ 7:30pm at Rowbarton Methodist Church - Open/Craft evening
Friday 9th March @ 9:30am - Set up scenery
Saturday 10th March @ 10:30am at Rowbarton - dress rehearsal to start at 11:00am at St. Andrew's.
Monday 12th March - Easter Cracked starts @ 09:15am and finishes by lunchtime
Tuesday 13th March - Easter Cracked starts @ 09:15am and finishes by lunchtime
[10th, 12th & 13th are the 'need to attend' dates]
All those who have been involved in previous years have found it a very enjoyable experience, especially seeing the reaction of the children to the telling of the Easter story. If you know of anyone who might wish to be involved please contact:
Richard [email@example.com], Rev. Deborah Kirk
[firstname.lastname@example.org] or Sue Lodge [email@example.com]
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 April. Contact Lt Theresa Torr for more information on 07962 538 230 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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, 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.
Livability is a nationwide Christian disability charity. In Somerset and Bath we support adults with learning disabilities in supported living homes in Bridgwater, Burnham on Sea and Bath. We have vacancies for relief support workers and thought that it would be good to advertise around local churches to see whether anyone is looking for support work in this sector. Please click here for a link to the job application on the Livability website.
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 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 7+ 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 acting Chair of Trustees, Revd Rod Corke email@example.com for an informal, no obligation chat.
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.
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
Fusion is an independent fostering agency, based in North Curry, Somerset (fusionfostering.com). They are very eager to approach localChurches and are looking to recruit from within the Christian community. Beverley Moore is a former Social Worker and is member of Taunton Family Church. Beverley will be available at the following Costa cafes in the next two weeks if anyone would like meet informally to chat about fostering over a coffee. Please include this offer in any church notices.
- Thursday 1 February from 10.00 am to 12 noon at Costa Coffee at Riverside Retail Park, Hankridge Way, Taunton TA1 2LR
- Thursday 8 February from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Costa Coffee at 25 Fore St, Taunton TA1 1JW
- Friday 9 February from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Costa Coffee at Riverside Retail Park, Hankridge Way, Taunton TA1 2LR
Somerset Mental Wellbeing Service - A new service to support people with low level mental health issues was launched in the middle of January. Somerset County Council introduced the service in partnership with Compass Disability Services and it will be delivered by Compass Disability, Mind in Taunton, Mind in South Somerset and Chard Watch.
Part of the aim of the new Somerset Mental Wellbeing Service is to improve mental wellbeing, through access to community resources and opportunities. Customers will be encouraged to
Give, which could include volunteering time or joining a community group.
Relate to the people around them, at home, at work or in their communities
Appreciate the world around them
Try something new
A way forward for customers could include accessing a community based volunteer placement. We are, therefore, looking for such placements across the county, so that customers can take advantage of a suitable placement if they decide this is a way forward for them. If you, or your Church or organisation, is able to provide a suitable volunteer placement, please contact Jane Allin, Volunteer Coordinator Compass Disability Services, on 01823 282823 or email@example.com.
To download the article for church magazines/notice board please click here
Somerset Churches Together have published their January Newsletter which can be downloaded here The resource document referred to 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. Click here to see forthcoming dates: Dementia Friendly Communion Dates 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 atleadchaplain@: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 towww.somersetchoices.org.uk You can also advertise a service or any local events for free on their publically 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
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 5pm. 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. 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 email@example.com 07817 680436/ 01823 274 656
Flexercise – Those wanting to keep moving will be made welcome by theFLEXERCISE 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Fundraising sites - Businesses or community venues willing to host a collecting tin for Taunton Street Pastors. Contact our coordinator atTaunton@streetpastors.org.uk or phone 07773 038 622.
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 www.tauntonteamchaplaincy.org Details about standing orders and gift aiding can be obtained from our Treasurer, Mrs Mary Hudson email@example.com
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 tellthechurch@tauntonteamchap
The deadline for including information in next month’s edition is 5.00 pm on Wednesday 28 February. Anything that we receive beyond that date will be added to the web site.