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Dear Friends

Here is the May 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 28th May. 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 Prior-Sankey MBE
Lead Chaplain, on behalf of Taunton Team Chaplaincy
E:  M: 07581 424 420
In this Edition:

Thursday 30th May 9:45am - 3pm, North St Church 
Familiarisation Day for Avon & Somerset Faith Communities Response to Major Emergencies
This is a training session for anyone who would like to get involved. It will be held at North St Church and more details can be found here

Wednesday 19th June 9:45am - 3pm, Avon and Somerset Police Headquarters, Valley Road, Portishead
Familiarisation Day for Avon & Somerset Faith Communities Response to Major Emergencies
This is a training session for anyone who would like to get involved. More details can be found here
We would love to include as many events as we can in our Tell the Church Bulletin. Please email 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 May 2019 Newsletter
Pride of Somerset Youth Awards 2019
Do you know a young person under 20 who lives in Somerset and you are particularly proud of what they have achieved?  If so why not nominate them for a special award!
They may have excelled in sport, music, the arts or academically.  They could have helped raise money for charity, care for others, spent time volunteering or made a particular impact in their community.  Or they may have undertaken a one-off act of heroism.

If you would like some more information about how to nominate someone, click here
Could you help?
1st/3rd Taunton Boys Brigade and Girls Association is prayerfully and urgently looking for someone who would be willing to work with the current officers and helpers to help plan and deliver our Wednesday evening meetings.
We have a group of lovely children, aged 5-12, but in order to continue to run a Boys’ Brigade, we need one or more people who can offer some regular time to the girls and boys.
It is not necessary to have had BB experience.  But if you feel that you have some skills, and a little energy to offer for a couple of hours every week during term-times, perhaps this is a call for you! 
You would be supported by other officers and leaders.
Please would you consider whether you might help in this way, and please speak to Rev Deborah Kirk (Chaplain) 01823 334854, if you would like to know more.

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 is underway but there are still spaces available to get involved. Please contact Coordinator Adrian Prior-Sankey on if you wish to receive more information.

ROC are delighted to announce ROC Taunton Deane Community Mentors this year. Following conversations with Somerset County Council and other possible referrers, we are working alongside ROC nationally, and COACH (Creating Opportunities and Casting Hope) to implement a robust, safe and effective mentoring scheme. If you would like to get involved or find out more information, click here

The CRY Shop in Taunton needs YOU!!

Cry is a Christian Charity raising funds for children and families in other countries. Please check out their details here. Pam Huffman and Daniel Cooke currently manage the shop and they could do with some help.
There are many different jobs to do: sorting items, steaming clothes, serving customers,or helping on the shop floor. Even if you can only spare two or four hours a week, you would make a lot of difference.

Please call Daniel or Pam 01823 619747 or email Dan if you would like to volunteer.

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. or come to an information evening:
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 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 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

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.

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 urgently seeking new team members to cover a wide range of chaplaincy placements especially offices, shops, homeless support centres and care homes.
Visit 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 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  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.  

Taunton Team Chaplaincy has a vacancy for a volunteer treasurer.

This involves maintaining a record of payments and receipts, and reconciling this record to the monthly bank statement (the formal annual accounts are produced externally). The work also includes making cheque or BACS deposits, paying expenses, writing letters of thanks to donors and maintaining a petty cash account. Time involvement is no more than 3-4 hours per week. This would suit a Christian with some book keeping experience who supports the aims of the Chaplaincy and would like to contribute to our thriving community work. A hand over from the existing treasurer would be arranged. Please contact Andy Hall (Chair of trustees) for an informal chat on 07817 680436 or

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. 
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 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 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 for further information.
Peer Support Group - First Thursday of every month in Taunton, Second Tuesday in Williton 7-9pm, 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:
Thursday 2nd May Tuesday 14th May Thursday 16th May
Taunton Williton Bridgwater
7.30-9.30pm 7.00-9.00pm 7.30-9.30pm
Mind in Somerset
Sussex Lodge
44 Station Road
Williton Pavilion
Williton War Memorial Recreation Ground
Robert Street
The Snug
7 East Quay
Parking available in Belvedere Road car park TA1 1BS. Disabled parking available adjacent to the building.  Main car park is in Killick Way TA4 4QA. 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. Also you can park in Asda but only for 2 hours.
Facilitated by: Susan Hoyle Facilitated by: Bob Cornes 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:  W: 
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 - inter-church worship and prayer 
Anyone welcome Friday nights 7.30pm until 9pm every fortnight. Feel free to drop in at any time. 
Meeting at Riverside Church (TA1 2EQ): Upper Room 
Upcoming Pursuit Dates:
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.

'The Mix' is an inter-generational 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
Saturday 4th May 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
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
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.
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

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  

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:
Thank you for your help!



Fundraising locations - 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 (not 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.


Tone FM will advertise your event online free of charge if you upload details to their web page. Click HERE to fill out the details and once the details have been approved, it will show on their events calendar.

Event promotion - 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
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 
Details about standing orders and gift aiding can be obtained from our Treasurer, Mrs Mary Hudson at
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 (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
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