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 Wednesday 5 July – St Mary Magdalene Church’s "Just a Bite " Mothers' Union group will meet at 1.00 pm in the children's area at the back of the church. The monthly meetings last for about one hour, and on this occasion they will be having a Mad Hatter's tea party and selling cakes to raise funds for Mothers' Union projects. There will also be a quiz and a raffle. The invitation is extended to members and non-members, men and women, married, single or divorced. For catering purposes, please let the organisers know in advance if you wish to accept the invitation. Telephone Rosemary Sage on 01823 276 797. Sunday 9

Sunday 16 July B1 Service at Oakwood Church at 7 pm with Rev Matthew Jeanes speaking. Macommunity. Do Do watch the video to find out more at TauntonVineyard watch the video to find out more at TauntonVineyard  Matthew is leaving his ministry at Canon Street Christian Centre to explore mission opportunities in Cambodia    

Saturday 29th July  10:30 am-3:30 pm

St James Day Celebration and Fun Day

As last year we will be having a day offering a range of activities, linking up with Taunton Live. There will be tower trips, bell ringing, children’s activities and bouncy castle, art demonstration, displays about the Priory area and its history and more. Lunches and coffee available. AND on Saturday evening a Taize Service at 6:00pm


Friday 4 & Saturday 5 August – Taunton Team Chaplaincy is coordinating the Churches’ presence at Taunton Flower Show in Vivary Park. If your local church-based organisation wants to display material and provide help to staff the Churches Tent please contact our lead chaplain, Adrian Prior-Sankey at  or call 07581 424 420. Details of the Flower Show are on line at


Wednesday 12 September – Start of new Street Pastor and Rail Responder Training Course. 7 pm – 9.30 pm North Street Church, Taunton, Further details from Adrian Prior-Sankey on 07973 252 346 or

Saturday 30 September - Older Peoples Day Fair at the Colin Atkinson Pavilion at Somerset County Cricket Ground between 10am-1pm hopefully even bigger and better than last year! Further details here: Older Peoples Day Fair 2017  


Sunday 19 November – advance notice of the annual United Service organised by the B1 Fellowship of church leaders. This will take place in the morning at Wellsprings Leisure Centre with the Revd Dr Adrian Youings, Rural Dean, as the speaker.


Monday 11 DecemberBusiness Carol Service at St James’ Church at 6.15 pm    

Regular Activities 

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 on 07817 680436/ 01823 274 656

 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 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.

 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. 


A version of this bulletin is sent to local media contacts but each church and organisation is encouraged to make their own contacts well in advance of any event. Our Lead Chaplain, Adrian Prior-Sankey, who is a former broadcaster and regional press officer for The Salvation Army, will be pleased to offer advice to any group who would like to learn how to improve their publicity. 

Getting your message across on Radio- Taunton’s Community Radio Station Tone FM 107.8 is located in offices adjacent to tPublicityhe Chaplaincy in The Market House, Taunton and broadcasts a weekly ‘Chaplaincy Chat’ feature with Taunton Team Chaplaincy’s lead chaplain, every Friday morning at 7.30 am. Adrian will be pleased to hear of any church activities that can be publicised by the station. If you have someone who can offer a brief interview about an event please contact Adrian on 07581 424 420 or email leadchaplain@tauntonteamchaplaincy.



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  

Godly Play Project – Lt Theresa Torr of The Salvation Army in Taunton is offering to develop a new project as an after school activity in local schools or as a church-based event. Theresa would be pleased to talk to local churches about this new resource. She can be contacted at Further details can be found via the following links:  Godly Play Letter   Godly Play explained   Godly Play Topics

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.  

Worship Academy South West – Now underway at North Street Church.  Run by Chris Bowater this will be a 10 session, Modular Training Course for anyone who has a heart for worship. Friday evening and all day Saturday bi-monthly from May 2017 to September 2018, Total Cost £600. For further details email Chris Beattie:

Parish Nursing – A number of local church leaders recently met the regional coordinator for Parish Nursing Ministries UK to explore the concept of a Parish nursing project in Taunton. This would develop a network of church-based parish nurses who would be part of the pastoral team of a local church, thus delivering pastoral care with ‘nursing eyes’. Publicity about the local development is available to download at Parish Nursing Update An update from the national organisation can be downloaded Parish Nursing Spring News

The Alzheimer’s Society locally is seeking volunteers for a new service to help people with dementia to keep doing the things they love. Side by Side is a free service that provides one-to one support, making it easier for people with dementia, who might sometimes feel isolated or find it difficult to leave their homes, remain active and feel part of their local community. Further details at Side by Side Project

CHARIS update - CHARIS is looking forward to the allocation of its first refugee family. For understandable reasons many of the details must remain confidential but please remember the project in your prayers and visit the CHARIS website here for more information. One of their team would be very happy to speak to your church or Leadership Team, should you wish. Just email  or maybe you would consider taking a special offering for CHARIS who need to raise about £15k over two years.

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 publically 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  

REVIVE COMMUNITY are contactable on Facebook:  Click here to visit and befriend them: Revive Facebook  If you haven't got time to look at Facebook today please read:

Revive Community look after women who have had a difficult emotional reaction to their abortions, past or recent. Some are suicidal, other depressed and others with anger issues. Everyone is different, but there are common reactions.

If you are interested or people that you know might be interested, please telephone 0300 777 3773 or email

Somerset Churches Togetherhave published their latest newsletter. Access it here: SCT June17 Newsletter  


Situations Vacant 

A part-time youth worker for the churches of St James and St Mary Magdalene Taunton which are offering, initially 8 hours a week, to work with young people, their families/carers by providing Christian teaching, activities and worship. Further details available here: St J & St M Youth Worker Role  

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 6+ 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 via for an informal, no obligation chat. 

School Pastors, Day-time and Evening Street Pastors - Taunton Street Pastors team is seeking new recruits for its day-time and early-evening activities in Halcon and Priorswood as well as its Saturday night ministry and its work in Taunton Academy as School Pastors. A full training programme will be offered. All sessions are free to attend and open to any local church member. Those interested in becoming a Street Pastor can go out and observe a team any time from now onwards (by prior appointment). For more details please telephone our coordinator Adrian Prior-Sankey on 07773 038 622 or email 

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

Somerset Rural Youth Projectis looking for Trustees. Please see the information accessible here: SRYP Trustee Advert   SRYP Trustee Description


Advance Notice 

Flower Show involvement – Taunton Flower show grants a free stand to the Churches which is coordinated by the Chaplaincy. This gesture is conditional upon many churches offering their railings for the display of promotional banners for a couple of weeks at the end of July. We will presume that previous locations are agreeable to this unless we hear otherwise. Please contact Adrian Prior-Sankey on 07973 252 346 or email if you would like to clarify the arrangements or offer fresh sites. 

A team of Christian volunteers is required to help staff the Church Stand at the show. If you are able to fund your own admission and can offer a couple of hours’ help please contact the administrator to Taunton Team Chaplaincy Rosemary Maskell at  or telephone 07581 424 420  

Christmas already? Taunton Team Chaplaincy is working with Taunton Visitor Centre to help publicise information about Christmas events in the town this year. Those churches who want to take advantage of this enhanced opportunity to share details of their special services and events are asked to let the Chaplaincy have details as soon as the dates are known, even if other information follows later. Please send event information to  The Chaplaincy is actively seeking a web master/mistress to work on this project to help us put ‘Jesus at the Heart of Christmas in Taunton in 2017’.  Offers of help should be made to  or telephone 07581 424 420



Businesses or community venues willing to host a collecting tin for Taunton Street Pastors. Contact our coordinator at or phone 07773 038 622.

A free-standing leaflet rack for use by Taunton Team Chaplaincy. Please contact Adrian Prior-Sankey on 07581 424 420 or email


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 (Word and/or jpeg files) E: 

The events details are sent out to local media contacts but 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


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