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Dear Friends
 

Here is the March 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.

In the absence of a 'Churches Together' group in Taunton, the chaplaincy serves as one way in which churches can keep in touch with what is going on. We offer opportunities for church leaders to meet informally, disseminate information and, where our limited resources of people and finances permit, coordinate participation at events such as Taunton Flower Show. We are grateful for prayer and financial support by individuals and congregations but, in common with other areas of life, our costs are rising. If you would be willing to hear more about the answers to prayer, partnerships we have pioneered with civic and community bodies and people we have helped we would be pleased to offer a speaker for your church gathering.      

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. 

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 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 Tuesday 26th March. Anything that we receive beyond that date will be put on our Facebook and Twitter Page.
 
Thank you for sharing this information among the wider church family.

Adrian

 
Adrian Prior-Sankey MBE
Lead Chaplain, on behalf of Taunton Team Chaplaincy
E: leadchaplain@tauntonteamchaplaincy.org  M: 07581 424 420
 
In this Edition:
WHAT'S ON
World Day of Prayer 2019  is on Friday 1 March
This year the Service has been prepared by the Christian women of Slovenia and is entitled  "Come, Everything is Ready"  based on Luke ch 14, vv 15-24.
Services in Taunton are:  at 10.30am at Taunton Baptist Church and a shortened (30 min) lunchtime Service at 1.15-1.45pm at St Mary Magdalene Church, Hammet Street.
Services are taking place all around the world in approx 120 countries on that day

Saturday 2 March - Foundations Taster Event with Steve Maltz 10-5pm
Steve Maltz, author of 25 books and founder of Foundations conferences and the Saltshakers web community will be speaking at the Foundations Taster Event at Bishops Lydeard Village Hall. More information can be found here

Tuesday 5th March - St Michael's Church Galmington
Pancake Party with Celebrity Chef. 7.00pm for 7.30  £5 a head.

Wednesday 6 March - Alpha @ Riverside Church
Riverside Church will run an Alpha Course beginning Wednesday 6 March 2019 at 6.30pm.
If you are asking questions about life, this is opportunity to ask anything you like!
The Alpha course is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life and the Christian faith in a friendly, relaxed environment. Over 24 million people have attended an Alpha course.  It is running in 169 countries and on every continent.
It consists of a series of presentations on subjects such as:
  • Is there more to life than this?
  • Who is Jesus?
  • Why did Jesus die?
  • How can I make the most of the rest of my life?
All welcome. Food is served and it’s all free! 
Venue: Riverside Church, Hamilton Road, Taunton, TA1 2EQ
www.riversidechurch.co.uk/Alpha
office@riversidechurch.co.uk

Saturday 9 March - Thornfalcon Parish Church - Kings College Taunton Chamber Choir presents a programme of music at 6.30 p.m.
Following the concert wine and nibbles will be served.
There will be a retiring collection in aid of church funds.
All welcome.

Sunday 10 March, St George’s RC Church - Taize Service, 5.00pm
There will be an opportunity for the congregation to sing through the Taize chants from 4.40pm.
Please do come along and join in  you will be very welcome
If you wish to join the choir or play an instrument please contact the Parish Office:
Tel: 01823 272700 or e-mail: taunton.stgeorge@clifton diocese.com

Sunday 10 March - Riverside Church 10:30am and 7pm - Ian Andrews
Ian Andrews will speak at Riverside Church on Sunday 10 March, at the morning service at 10.30am and at 7pm. Ian has a long-established healing ministry, and is the founder of Citadel Ministries.  He has been training and activating people into the healing ministry since he received a prophecy that God wanted him to build a “mountain of men and women who would move in the power of God”.

Exploring the Lenten journey through art
A Lent course for Temple Methodist Church, Taunton URC and St John’s
Wednesday Evenings in Lent: 7.30pm at Temple (ending no later than 9pm)

The aim of the course is to provide a space for us to journey through Lent together and to deepen faith, through engagement with visual art. 

We will meet in the church. People will be welcomed with refreshments. And each session may include time for separation into smaller discussion groups. 

Each session will, in whatever way the leader chooses, engage with the story of Jesus and with our own stories, making use of visual art in some way. Leaders might use powerpoint, provide large examples, or produce small illustrated leaflets. Leaders are free to run the session as they wish – and variety is welcome!

The sessions: - 

13th March    The Wilderness – temptations and challenges – Susan Durber

20th March    The Last Supper – food, fasting and feasting  - Norman Steel

27th March    Changing our seeing, looking with new eyes – Sally Ayres

3rd April        The Passion and the cross of Christ – Deborah Kirk

10th April       The Promise of Easter – Jane Eastell

Saturday 16 March 1pm - Wonford Methodist Church Exeter - Envision Sat-7 on the Road in 2019
See and hear what God is doing in the Middle East and North Africa and how you can been involved.
More information can be found at www.sat7uk.org/envision

Saturday 23 March 1400 - Organ Recital at St James by Martin Ellis, formerly the organist at Taunton School. Tickets £10 (£5 for under 16’s). Details at www.stjamestaunton.co.uk: go to the “What’s On” page. Further recitals on 25 May and 21 June. Poster available here

Tuesday 26 March 6pm - 8pm - Citizens Somerset Founding Assembly at Richard Huish College, South Road, Taunton, TA1 3DZ. Over the last two years, our member churches, schools, colleges, and community groups have been using the tools of Community Organising to build relationships and develop a shared agenda to tackle social justice issues in our area. Community Organising provides a way for you and others in churches to put faith into action. Please do RSVP to confirm your place at this launch assembly. Tickets are free and can be booked here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/citizens-somerset-founding-assembly-tickets-51811079333. Please contact our Development Community Organiser, Richard Weaver at richard.weaver@citizenswales.org.uk for more information about the event.

Wednesday 27 March -  St Michael's Galmington -  Lent Prayer for Brexit, Europe & the World including ourselves at 7.30pm 
With only a few days before we are due to leave Europe, we want to pray for a peaceful day, and that both we, Europe & the World will go forward with hope & integrity, (whatever your persuasion.)

Wednesday 27 March - Taunton Team Chaplaincy AGM 7:30pm
Come and join us at Rowbarton Methodist Church to hear about the last year and hear Dawn Holmes talk about her book 'Freed from Shame' addressing the church about its treatment of people with mental health issues.


Saturday 30 March 7pm – 10pm.  BARN DANCE at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Kingston Road, Taunton.  Dancing to ‘Stick the Fiddle’  Fun for all ages – buffet supper included in the ticket price.  Bring your own drinks.  Contact St Andrew’s Church Parish Office (01823 332531) for price and to reserve your seat!  Come along and join in the fun.

Saturday 30 March 2pm -3:30pm - Neighbourhood Chaplains free information events, at Creech St Michael Baptist Church, Taunton & Sat 27th April, 9-11am at Grosvenor Church, Barnstaple. More about Neighbourhood Chaplains hereEmail here for further event information.

Saturday 30 March - Taunton Student Mission Day at North Street Church, Taunton
Fusion work alongside churches to see every student and young person encounter and know Christ!
This event will include:
- Stories of student mission around the UK
- Discover your mission style (missionstyles.org)
- Evangelism equipping (three circles, treasure hunt, prophetic prayer on the streets, sharing your testimony)
- Discipling new Christians, raising leaders and multiplying small groups.
- Street mission
We believe God is doing a great work in Taunton. We are coming from Manchester to sow in to this work to see students saved and belong in Church families, it will be great to meet you!
This is a free event open to anyone who has a heart to reach young adults and students.
Please book online as soon as you know you can come. 
https://fusion.eventcube.io/events/15649/taunton-student-mission-day
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/199504237555174/ 

Saturday 6 April - Mission Shed Central 2019 - St Andrews Church Cullompton - 9:30am

A free event to resource, encourage & grow your church.Registration starts at 9:30am with the day finishing at 3pm. Exploring everyday faith for the real world. See attached poster for details. To book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mission-shed-central-2019-thank-god-its-monday-tgim-tickets-56555318480 or tel: 01392 294973.

 
We would love to include as many events as we can in our Tell the Church Bulletin. Please email tellthechurch@tauntonteamchaplaincy.org with all the details.
We have produced a leaflet which can be used alongside church newsletters or magazines. Click on the button to view and print.
Tell the Church March 2019 Newsletter

 

There will be no Walk of Witness on Good Friday in Taunton Town Centre this year. United services will be held at St James Church and St Mary Magadelene Church at 10:30am. Look out for more details of an alternative event in Taunton Town Centre on Easter Saturday.


If you would like us to display your Easter services on our website www.tauntoneaster.co.uk, please click here to email us


Exploring the Lenten journey through art
A Lent course for Temple Methodist Church, Taunton URC and St John’s
Wednesday Evenings in Lent: 7.30pm at Temple (ending no later than 9pm)

The aim of the course is to provide a space for us to journey through Lent together and to deepen faith, through engagement with visual art. 

We will meet in the church. People will be welcomed with refreshments. And each session may include time for separation into smaller discussion groups. 

Each session will, in whatever way the leader chooses, engage with the story of Jesus and with our own stories, making use of visual art in some way. Leaders might use powerpoint, provide large examples, or produce small illustrated leaflets. Leaders are free to run the session as they wish – and variety is welcome!

The sessions: - 

13th March    The Wilderness – temptations and challenges – Susan Durber

20th March    The Last Supper – food, fasting and feasting  - Norman Steel

27th March    Changing our seeing, looking with new eyes – Sally Ayres

3rd April        The Passion and the cross of Christ – Deborah Kirk

10th April       The Promise of Easter – Jane Eastell


St Mary Magdalene Church - Taunton
Wednesday 6th March, Ash Wednesday 11.00am     Service for the Imposition of Ashes

Lent Talks 7.30pm-8.15pm given by the Reverend David Ager:
Series Title: Growth in the Desert?
Tuesday 12th March - A place of encounter
Tuesday 19th March - A place of quiet
Tuesday 26th March - A place of waiting
Tuesday 2nd April - A place of discovery
Tuesday 9th April - A place of desire
 
Sunday 14th April Palm Sunday
8.00am        Holy Communion BCP
10.00am      Parish Communion
6.30pm        Evensong
 
Monday 15th April
7.00pm        Holy Week Talk given by Prebendary Alastair Wallace

Tuesday 16th April
7.00pm     Holy Week Talk given by Prebendary Alastair Wallace
 
Wednesday 17th April
7.00pm        Holy Week Talk given by Prebendary Alastair Wallace
 
Maundy Thursday 18th April
11.00am     Holy Communion
7.00pm     Holy Communion followed by Easter Vigil
 
Good Friday 19th April
8.00am     Holy Communion
                 (reserved sacrament)
10.30am     United Service for Good Friday
2.00pm     Last Hour at the Cross
 
Easter Day Sunday 21st April
8.00am     Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am     Parish Communion
6.30pm     Choral Evensong
 
South Quantock Benefice
Palm Sunday 14th April - 10.00am United Benefice service at Kingston church 
Mon April 15th - 7.00pm  Compline in West Monkton 
Tues April 16th - 7.00pm  Compline in Kingston St Mary 
Weds April 17th - 2.00pm  Communion at 4 Garden Close, Northwalls Grange, Cheddon 
                              7.00pm  Compline in West Monkton 
Maundy Thurs April 18th - 7.00pm Holy Communion in the Benefice Office / Vicarage in Kingston St. Mary 

Good Friday April 19th
WALK OF WITNESS  All the family welcome – do bring children & dogs  
10.00am Reflection at Broomfield /   walk to Kingston 
11.15am Reflection & refreshments in Kingston/ walk to Cheddon 
1.30pm   Reflection at Cheddon  - stay for coffee & hot cross buns  / walk to West Monkton  
3.00pm   Reflection at West Monkton  Do feel free to participate in any or all of the above and join in with the walk as and when you are able.  
 
EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES:
8.00am Said BCP Communion at Kingston
9.30am Communion service at Cheddon  
9.30am Sunday seedlings at BACH, Bathpool
10.00am Communion service at Kingston  
10.00am Family communion with Messy Church activities in West Monkton  
11.00am  Communion service at Broomfield 
 
 
 
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE VOLUNTARILY
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 Training course begins on Saturday 30th March. Please contact Coordinator Adrian Prior-Sankey on Taunton@streetpastors.org.uk if you wish to receive more information.
 

Your Spare Room could change someone’s life
For info on fostering and lots more real stories from foster carers and children, click here
Call 0800 587 9900, visit www. fosteringinsomerset.org.uk or come to an information evening: www.fosteringinsomerset.org.uk/events.
Help us spread the word: Like us on Facebook @fosteringinsomerset, follow us on twitter @fostersomerset

WELCOMING THE STRANGER:  TWR-Taunton Welcomes Refugees is three years old and so far has provided intensive support to 12 Syrian Families. We have worked in Taunton, Bridgwater & Wellington, and in partnership with the local authorities and many other agencies including local employers. We would welcome new people interested in supporting the existing families and the new families that are expected in 2019. The roles are varied but the key need is to join one of the groups of 6-7 people around each individual family. Specialist skills such as English Language teaching are also welcome. If you live a more rural area, perhaps you could join the network providing days out & other activities. Please contact Chris Waddilove at tauntonwelcomesrefugees@gmail.com or 07490 917991. The Bishop of Taunton is our Patron.
 
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 chaplains@tst.nhs.uk 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. 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 or second Thursday in the Month...starting with 2nd Tuesday in March, 2nd Thursday in April and so on. Everyone is welcome to drop in. For further details please contact our Prayer Coordinator Laura Glass via email Taunton@streetpastors.org.uk



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 marcus_kpaul@yahoo.co.uk for more details.

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 besomtaunton@gmail.com 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 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 in Care Homes and among the marginalised.
 
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 leadchaplain@tauntonteamchaplaincy.org  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 leadchaplain@tauntonteamchaplaincy.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 scc.chaplain@gmail.com for an informal, no obligation chat. 
 
 
REGULAR ACTIVITIES
The Hive Cafe at Trull Church Community Centre. Teas, coffees, hot chocolate, homemade cakes and light lunches are served by our wonderful team of local volunteers. All are welcome.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm. Saturday 10am – 2pm.





Friendship Group – Priorswood Community Centre, First Tuesday of the Month, 3-4pm.
Cooperative Funeral Care host a group for those who have been affected by a bereavement. It is a place to have a tea or coffee and a supportive chat with their caring and experienced staff.
 
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.

Dementia Friendly Communion Services are hosted on a Tuesday morning by St James’ Church each month at 10.30 am for 20 minutes. For further details please contact: Carol Sweeting on 07850 928 905 or Kate Taylor on 01823 619 739
 
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 scc.chaplain@gmail.com 07817 680436/ 01823 274 656. This initiative was inspired by the ‘Transformation Videos’ which are being shown monthly on Fridays at North Street Church – Read the story here and see the diary dates for details. 

Coffee Connect - A monthly coffee morning of fellowship and fun, run especially for those who find themselves on their own during the day. Coffee Connects meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 10.30am – 12noon in the East Hall at Trull Church Community Centre. 

Busy Bees Craft Group - This friendly group meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 1pm – 3pm, to create a huge variety of different craft work. All welcome at Trull Church Community Centre. 

Christian Meditation Meetings - Following the successful introductory course, Christian meditation meetings will be held at the Catholic Centre St Georges Church Taunton TA1 3NN on the first and third TUESDAYS of the month from 5:30pm to 6:30pm starting on March 5th. ( no meeting in Holy Week) Everyone is very welcome. Contact Deacon Ed Channing 01823251253 for 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 are 6th and 20th February, 6th and 20th March, 3rd and 17th April, 1st, 15th and 29th May
 

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.
 
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.

Lighthouse Cafe at North Street Church - 10am - 12pm - Tea, Coffee and Cake in a lovely environment. All Welcome.
 





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 lynn@tauntonmeetinghouse.co.uk for further information.
 
Peer Support Group - First Thursday of every month in Taunton, Third Thursday in Bridgwater 7.30-9.30 pm
The group provides a safe and confidential space for anyone to attend that has been bereaved by suicide. Meetings are held at:
Taunton - First Thursday  in Taunton Bridgwater - Third Thursday in Bridgwater
Mind in Somerset
Sussex Lodge
44 Station Road
Taunton
TA1 1NS
The Snug (double fronted shop on the corner)
7 East Quay
Bridgwater
Somerset
TA6 5AZ
Parking available in Belvedere Road car park. The best free car park is a 2 minute walk away and it's free after 6, it's by the job centre at TA6 3HG.  The shop still has part of old sign on it saying 'We buy We sell We trade'.  Also you can park in Asda but only for 2 hours.
Facilitated by: Susan Hoyle Facilitated by: Sam Carr

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: bereaved@mindtws.org.uk  W: www.mindtws.org.uk/somerset-suicide-bereavement-support/ 
Please also note our new Young People’s Peer Support Group for those aged 14yrs+ who have been bereaved by suicide is now running.  Please contact us for more information.
 





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. 

Pursuit - Last Pursuit at Oakwood this Friday night (1st Feb)
Anyone welcome Friday nights 7.30pm until 9pm every fortnight. Feel free to drop in at any time. Inter-church worship and prayer nights.
We are moving to Riverside Church (TA1 2EQ): Upper Room from 15th Feb!
Upcoming Pursuit Dates:
1st March - Pursuit: The Vision (@ Riverside from now on...) 
15th March - Pursuit
29th March - Pursuit
12th April - Pursuit
19th April - Good Friday: 24hr Day of Prayer

If anyone would like to help out with hospitality or setup do get in touch. Look forward to seeing you. https://www.facebook.com/pursuitprayer/
 





'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. 

Young People’s Peer Support Group
First Saturday of the month 12.00-2.00 pm in Taunton

The group provides a safe and confidential space for anyone aged 14yrs+ to attend who has been bereaved by suicide.
Meetings are held at:
Taunton Further Information
Mind in Somerset
Sussex Lodge
44 Station Road
Taunton
TA1 1NS
Anyone who wishes to attend this meeting is invited to an Introductory Meeting prior to joining.
 
This meeting will be a gentle
introduction about what to expect
from the group and give you a
chance to explore how you are
feeling and coping with the
bereavement.
Parking available in Belvedere Road car park.
Facilitated by: Emma Cummings
 

 





Soul Space - St James Church - 1st Sunday of the Month 6:45 - 8pm
St James Church run a fun evening of games, worship, food, friends and reflection. A safe and relaxing space for those aged 10-16 to explore and deepen their faith. Poster and contact info is here

For those whose churches do not hold evening services, St James welcomes anyone to their informal 7pm service on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays each month. Details on the St James website

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.
 
RESOURCES
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 workwise-taunton.weebly.com

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 help@somersetchoices.org.uk  

ROC Taunton Deane
ROC are putting together a directory of everything that is already happening in Taunton: what is already happening, when and where it takes place and who to contact for more information.
 Please could you provide us with a copy of your weekly newsletter, parish magazine or other circular in which you publicise information about the groups that are meeting at your church buildings, including for example Mother and Toddler Groups, Youth Clubs, Lunch Clubs and Friendship groups. Copies should be sent by email to: michellefox@roctauntondeane.org
Thank you for your help!

 
 
 
SITUATIONS VACANT

ORGANIST REQUIRED FOR CREECH ST MICHAEL PARISH CHURCH, OUTSIDE TAUNTON (TA3)
 
Creech St Michael Parish Church is looking for an organist to play on two Sundays a month for our morning services at 11.00 am on Sundays. We have a small but enthusiastic congregation who enjoys singing and would love someone to enable us in our worship. We enjoy traditional hymns as well as a selection of modern songs. We sing a setting for Holy Communion. Sundays can be negotiated. Holiday cover is available.
 
The organ was installed in 1985 and then restored to its original condition in 1995. It is a high-quality instrument built by George Maydwell Holdich c 1860 who was on a par in quality with Father Willis. It has 2 manuals and pedals, 17 stops, and is in an excellent state of repair and tuning. It is maintained regularly by Lance Foy Organs of Truro.
 
We can offer a fee (to be negotiated) as well as first refusal on playing for weddings and funerals during the week, for which there are additional fees. Currently the fee is £60 for a funeral and £70 for a wedding (but this is negotiable depending on the couple’s requirements). Numbers of weddings and funerals vary from year to year but are approximately 6 of each per year.
 
There are other opportunities to be involved in the musical life of our Benefice with neighbouring parishes at Ruishton and Thornfalcon, for occasional offices and special services.  We also have a small choir which sings on special occasions and other events which can be built upon if the new post-holder wishes to offer more.
 
For more details please contact:
The Revd Rebecca Harris
The Rectory
Creech St Michael
Taunton
TA3 5PP
Tel: 01823 444793
Email: harrisrs211@gmail.com
 
You are welcome to come and try the organ and meet the Rector and churchwarden for an informal discussion.

Youth Unlimited is a not for profit social enterprise that we set up in 2014 in response to the ending of Somerset County youth service delivery. We have an opportunity to deliver a new street based youth work project in Taunton and Sedgemoor. A condition of the funding is that we improve our governance. We have been requested to appoint two further directors one of which must have strong business and financial experience. These are not paid positions but should not require a huge amount of commitment. More guidance and support. We are looking for people with a passion for young people, with the skills and experience to support our growth and sustainability to ensure young people have access to support in the wake of further council cuts to young people's services. Anyone interested should contact Craig on 07895224000 email hello@youth-unlimited.co.uk
 
Need some creative input to your church or business? 
Sam has 10 years of industry experience in creative marketing, social media, design, photography and video. Sam is now working freelance and based in Taunton he'd love to talk to you about the tools on social media or to look at creating some engaging content for your church or business. His heart is to use this experience more for the Kingdom especially to reach young people with hope. Sam can't wait to meet you!  
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