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Tuesday 15 May - The Christian Instituteis holding a meeting in Yeovil to encourage Christians to be confident and effective in applying their faith to the challenges of today's culture. The meeting is at The Manor Hotel, 26 Hendford, Yeovil, BA20 1TG at 8pm. Call 01912815664 for more information


Monday 21 May - Sunday 27 May - Dementia Awareness Action week


Saturday 2 June - Revive Community are holding a Listening & Awareness skills training dayat North Street Church from 10 am - 4 pm. It is suitable for everyone who is a pastoral carer, and they have an expert in the field to train us in Listening skills and self awareness. There will also be some specialist training for helping your friends and family with difficulties relating to abortion. The poster can be found here

Wednesday 6 June - St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice Lecture series continues with Professor Max Watson speaking. Details and booking information here



June 9th 2018 at 7.30pm St George’s Church,TauntonB illet Street,TA1 3NN

Featuring the Avon and Somerset Constabulary Male Voice Choir
In aid of the ‘Open Door’ Charity

TICKETS: £7 available fromS t. George’s Parish Office 01823 272700,

e mail:

Organiser Tel: 01823 253293

also available online at (booking fee applies)

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 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
Sunday 15th July - B1 Together Service at 7pm at North Street Church with Andy Martin (New Frontiers).

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

September 2018 - 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 in September 2018 on Monday evenings. To find out more or to book a place please, places are free.
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




News from CHARIS


We are delighted to share with you that we welcomed our second refugee family to Taunton last week. They are settling remarkably well and once again this is a big shout out to all our wonderful supporters and volunteers who have made this another incredibly exciting journey. If you would like to learn more about CHARIS please head over to our website and sign up for our newsletter (in the contact page) and read about what we are up to. Our website will be receiving a make-over very soon! If you are keen to help today, we are looking for 4 bikes, 3 adult male bikes and 1 small ladies bike. If you would like to contribute financially we are going to partner with On Your Bike and try and purchase bikes from another great Taunton Charity.



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
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. 

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. 

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




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  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 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 April 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 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 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 kev_anne



 Part-time Administrator wanted

We are looking for a part-time administrator to work with the Superintendent Minister and Leadership Team of the Methodist Church in the Taunton Deane and South Sedgemoor Area.

Working mainly from home, this is a new post and is for 7 hours per week and these can be worked flexibly to suit the needs of the church and the successful applicant. Pay will be in line with the Real Living Wage, currently £8.75 per hour. A background in administration would be useful but full training will be offered, particularly in the systems and procedures of the Methodist Church.

For further details and an application form please contact the Church Office on 01823 275765, leaving a message, including reference to “Circuit Administrator Pack” and your name and address to which the pack will be posted. Closing date 31st May.

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

Vacancy for a Foundation Governor at Ruishton Church of England Primary School
Ruishton Church of England Primary School requires a new Foundation Governor. A foundation governor is meant to support and encourage the Christian ethos and distinctiveness of the school.  To be a governor, you should be a practising member of a Christian church, or at least in sympathy with the Christian ethos and distinctiveness. Any skills in business, management, education, and finance would be useful. Training is available. At the last Church School inspection, the school received a “good” report. For more information about the school, please log on to: For more information about being a governor, you may email me at There is also more information on the Bath and Wells Diocesan website:  Many thanks, Rebecca Harris, Rector – Creech St Michael and Ruishton with Thornfalcon.

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


    June 9
    2018 at 7.30pm
    St George’s Church,
    Billet Street, TA1 3NN
    Featuring the
    Avon and Somerset Constabulary
    Male Voice Choir
    TICKETS: £7
    available from
    St. George’s Parish Office 01823 272700,
    Organiser Tel: 01823 253293
    also available online at
    (booking fee applies)

The deadline for including information in next month’s edition is 5.00 pm on Sunday 3rd June. Anything that we receive beyond that date will be added to the web site. 



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