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Thank You

Thank you againto 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. Details about standing orders and gift aiding can be obtained from our Treasurer, Mrs Mary Hudson at



Opportunities to engage


Could you be a Chaplain?  

We are actively seeking new team members to cover a wide range of opportunities. Come along to our coffee morning at the Chaplaincy Offices at The Market House, Fore Street, Taunton, TA1 1JD, between 10 am and Noon on Saturday 9 September to meet the team and find out more.


Training commences on Tuesday 12 September for those who want to consider joining the new chaplaincy initiative on and around the railway.  ‘Rail Responders’ is a new project working closely with the Railway Mission and British Transport Police, to respond to the needs of staff and the travelling public with particular care for those who experience mental health problems. A full programme of training and uniform clothing bearing suitable wording and a logo will be provided. The training dovetails with the Street Pastor course to be held at 7 pm at North Street Church on Tuesdays during the autumn. To hear more about the background to this project listen to Supt Matt Allingham of the British Transport Police explaining how God has called him to help churches develop such a service: Matt Allingham's Story Contact the Lead Chaplain Adrian Prior-Sankey on 07581 424420 to express your interest and to receive further details.

ØWe would still 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. 

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  or call 07581 424 420 or pop in if you are passing and our ‘welcome’ sign is outside - We’re on the first floor of the Market House accessed from the doors opposite Starbucks café.  

What’s On


Saturday 26 August - 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! Please note the change of date from that given previously.   

Wednesday 6 September  -The Mothers' Union group’s "Just a Bite" at St. Mary Magdalene church in Taunton will not be meeting in August, but the next monthly meeting in the coffee shop area will welcome Lydia Munday to speak about the Mothers' Union "Away from it all" scheme, which arranges holidays for families who otherwise would not get away in the summer. There will be a Bring and Buy table to raise funds for MU projects, and refreshments to follow. Everyone is invited, male or female. Please call Taunton 442629 or 282486 to let them know if you wish to accept their invitation.    

Saturday 9 September Open morning for anyone interested in the work of Taunton Team Chaplaincy. Drop in for a mug of tea or coffee between 10 am – Noon to chat informally about the range of opportunities for local Christians to serve in the community.   

Tuesday 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 The course continues every Tuesday evening for 14 weeks.  

Sunday 8 October – The Vicar of St James’ Church, the Revd Tim Jones has announced his retirement. Tm’s last Sunday service at St James will be on 8th October, and he'd very much like to conclude his ministry in the town with a celebration of our unity and diversity with a united service at 7pm on that day at St James'. Everyone is welcome.  

Thursday 26 October – St George’s Church, Wilton, will be hosting a performance by the Christian Oddments Theatre Company – further details will be published in due course.  

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 if he has not been installed in his new ministry by then! 

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


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. 


The Revd Adrian Youings – has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Bath. His tenure at Trull and Angersleigh Parish Churches has seen considerable growth and development and his ministry as Rural Dean has given him many ecumenical opportunities. The precise date of his installation has yet to be announced but is likely to take place in November and his many friends in churches across the Taunton pray for God’s blessing on him and his family as he commences his new ministry.

Citizens UK - is working locally to develop a new Citizens alliance in Taunton, leading to a Founding Assembly on 3 October 2018. Further details about getting involved are available by clicking here: Citizens Alliance

Publicity- 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 the 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 



Spiritual end of life care course– The Spiritual Care Coordinator at Somerset St Margaret’s Hospice, the Revd Ann Fulton, is running a six day course in spiritual care at end of life in October. The course is designed to equip healthcare professionals and all engaged in spiritual care at the end of life with additional skills, knowledge and understanding.   Ann says it would be wonderful to have some representation from the churches if the course is of interest. Details can be viewed by clicking here Care Course Details and applications made using the form available here: Care Course Form or contact Ann Fulton at 

The Community Council for Somerset has announced funding to help organisers of community events involving representatives of Black and Minority Ethnic communities in Somerset. For further details click here CCS BME Community Engagement or contact Beccy Jesson on 07377 363 165 or email

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.  


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 

 Need a new space to meet? Taunton United Reformed (Paul Street) has rooms available for a range of groups. A large auditorium with great acoustics OR a small hall with kitchen OR an intimate meeting space with coffee kitchen. Good rates and a warm welcome.  Morning, noon or night. Car parking close by. Contact Ron Wllliams, or tel: 07955 237 012



Volunteer Chaplain - The House of St Martin Langley House Trust is looking for a chaplain to cover the spiritual welfare of the clients and staff at the House of St Martin near Norton Fitzwarren.  HSM works with either those of at risk of offending or an offending background.  It has just transitioned into a care home working with extra needs and special needs offenders. The present occupant of this voluntary role is retiring in October. Please contact the Taunton Team Chaplaincy on 07581 424 420 or email if you would like to know more.

Volunteer Food Distributors– Taunton Association for the Homeless is looking for more help. This is a great opportunity to support the charity and its clients in a really crucial and important way, providing food for the 50+ they feed every day. The food collections are slowly growing which is fantastic but more help is required with collections! There are now 5 new collections per week from Lidl on Roman Road, requiring transport to their biggest hostel at Lindley House. If anyone has a spare half an hour to help out, they’d love to hear from you! Please just contact the office on 01823 271 326   or click on the following link! Food Distributors Thank you!

A part time Church Administratorto work in North Street Church’s office for 8 hrs per week spread over 2 or 3 days in the first instance.  An ability to function as part of a team as well as showing initiative is essential. Also, the prospective candidate must be IT literate, familiar with all aspects of Microsoft Office and a good communicator. The salary will be the age-appropriate minimum wage. It is desirable that the successful candidate be a committed Christian and an active member of their church fellowship.
A job description and application form are available from Chris Beattie by emailing  Closing Date: 30th September 2017

Faith Communities responding in an emergency - the Avon and Somerset Police area has a Faith Communities Team led by the senior Force chaplain Andy Paget.

The team comprises faith leaders and street pastors who have undertaken additional training to enable them to deploy at the police or local authority's request in the event of a major emergency.

Suitably experienced members of faith communities are invited to participate in an introductory one-day event at the Police Headquarters in Portishead on Thursday 26th October 2017: 9:45am ~ 3:00pm.  If you would like to be sent details please contact Andy Paget at

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. 

More Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors are required – If you can offer two hours or more a month there are opportunities to share God’s love through caring, listening and practical help in various locations across the town, day time on weekdays as well as Saturday nights. We are offering another training programme this autumn, commencing on 12 September at 7 pm at North Street Church in parallel with the Rail Responders training. All sessions are free to attend and open to any local church member. A list of the topics to be covered each week will be published in the next Tell the Church bulletin. Download the details by clicking here: SP Training Poster  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 

School Pastors - Taunton Academy’s School Pastors team is also seeking new recruits for its support of pupils in term time. A full training programme will be offered.

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

Toddler Group launch help - The community of Halcon is in desperate need of a Toddler group. There are a large number of mums and dads with young children and babies that have expressed an interest in attending a local toddler group. Halcon Baptist at Crossways is happy to host the toddler group on their premises as they have adequate facilities and are in the heart of the estate. However, they do not have the person-power to run it. Can you help by

- being on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly rota to help run the weekly sessions? or

- being part of the prayer team behind this new venture? or

- donating toys, books or art and crafts to help resource the session? or

- being part of the committee – treasurer or publicist?

Please prayerfully consider how you or someone you know can help support God’s work in this needy community. (Aiming to launch September 2017)

For more information please contact: Shaun Keating 07739 358 918 or or Anne Bradley 01823 335429 or send a message on Facebook to @halconbaptisttaunton

 Trustees - Swan Advocacy is looking for new Trustees to strengthen and diversify our Board.  We have, over fifteen years, established an excellent reputation for providing quality advocacy services across Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. We are keen to hear from people based in those areas and representative of the communities we work with. We seek candidates with experience and/or expertise in:

·         law,

·         marketing,

·         website,

·         fundraising and income generation.

We are looking for someone who is keen to use their skills to help people who are vulnerable.  As a member of the Board, you will work with Swan’s executive team to maximise the organisation’s reach and impact across the South West. You will be part of a Board which plays a key role in the functioning and success of Swan.  It sets the overall strategic direction and provides scrutiny to our processes and decisions.  Trustees also ensure standards of governance are upheld as well as assessing business development, risk management, performance management and internal control.

If you feel that you could contribute to our continuing development we would love to hear from you.

Please click herefor further information about Swan Advocacy and how to apply. Closing date for application is 14th August 2017


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

Christmas events planning

Planning is under way for the Christmas 2017 festivities and Taunton Deane Borough Council wants to hear your ideas.

The Council works closely with partners, especially the business community, to ensure a festive season full of fun and good cheer for all the family. Now it is requesting groups and individuals to come forward with ideas as well.

The aim is to ensure a programme of high quality events to boost the economy and provide entertainment throughout the festive season.

Cllr Mark Edwards, Executive Councillor for Business Development and the Council’s events champion, said:  “It may seem early to start thinking about Christmas but we need to make sure we have a packed programme that makes the most of our resources. Whilst we unfortunately don’t have any funding to offer, we can help to enable events and market them when approved. We are keen to work with our local businesses and others to develop a Christmas programme that people will enjoy, will encourage more to visit Taunton and so support our economy.”

The marketing team would like people to provide costed proposals for one-off Christmas events or initiatives that could run throughout the festive season in Taunton Deane. It will consider every proposal to see whether it can provide practical help to enable the events to take place.

Proposals should be sent to the Marketing and Visitor Centre Manager, Andrew Hopkins, at the Taunton Visitor Centre, Market House, Fore Street, Taunton, TA1 1JD. Email:


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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