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Saturday 21 October – A Time of Remembering event at Taunton Deane Crematorium for individuals, families, friends – anyone who has experienced the death of someone special in their lives. Please see the poster here or contact the Crematorium direct on 01823 284 811.

Wednesday 25 October - Churches Together in Somerset is thrilled to co-sponsor, with The Discipleship and Learning Network of the Methodist Church and Kingswood School, Bath, a lecture by Prof. Anthony Reddie. This lecture - “Martin Luther to Martin Luther King – the Relevance of the Reformation for today”, is being given to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

You are warmly invited to the event at Kingswood School Bath at 7.00 pm. Anthony Reddie will reflect on the significance of the Reformation and its effect on our individual human dignity. This is a free event but booking via Eventbrite (book here) will help with catering, as light refreshments will be provided.

We also hope to have on display, as part of the event, a copy of an original Luther Bible from the Wesley College archives and possibly a book written and owned by Philip Melanchthon, on loan for the occasion. An A4 flyer can be accessed here: Reformation Event Poster   

Thursday 26 October – Oddments is a full-time Christian Theatre Company, whose aim is to produce quality drama, which is both entertaining to watch and thought- provoking. They are bringing “The Hiding Place” to St George’s Wilton in their Church Hall. The incredible story of the Ten Boom's, a devoted Christian family who felt they couldn't just watch the devastating circumstances of the Jews in the Second World War so they acted and set out on an incredible rescue mission. This led to Corrie and her sister being imprisoned. The production focuses on God's influence on Corrie's life and how God gave her the strength and means to do his work in terrible circumstances. It is the story of God's love and hope in an environment of darkness and brutality.

"What a powerful performance showing how God's love can overcome hatred and evil - it's an inspiration to us all"

Tickets will soon be available online at a cost of £8.50 in advance or £10.50 on the door. There will also be a few available from the St George’s Wilton Church Office shortly. Please contact us on or telephone 01823 284253

Friday 10 November - Brendon Books, as part of their literary festival, have Terry Waite coming to talk about his book “Out of the Silence” at 6.30 pm at St. James Church. Tickets are £10 available from Brendon Books in Bath Place.

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 pm with guest speaker Rob Waldron, Chaplain to Somerset County Cricket Club and contributions by Canticle, Somerset County Council Staff Choir  - creche available and mulled wine and refreshments afterwards

Sunday 21 January – B1 Church Leaders invite all local churches to join them at an evening Service at 7 pm at North Street Church which will take the theme of unity to link to the traditional week of prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January 2018

Opportunities to engage

Could you be a Chaplain?We are actively seeking new team members to cover a wide range of opportunities. Take a look at our web site to find out m

ØTraining continues on Tuesday evenings throughout the autumn 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 GWR 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 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.


Other Situations Vacant

 Taunton Youth for Christ asks: Are You.....

  •  Good with Numbers?
  •  Do you have experience as treasurer of an organisation?
  •  Do you have a heart to see young people come to faith in our town? 

If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of the above, we would like invite you to prayerfully consider joining the Taunton Youth for Christ team as Treasurer. The position will become vacant from the beginning of the next financial year, however our current Treasurer would like to oversee the transition into new hands so would need a couple of meetings before then.  Please contact us for details at if you feel you can help.

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!

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 1 November. If you would like to be sent details please contact Andy Paget at

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 7+ 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 currently running a training programme 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 is available on request or by clicking here: Training Programme  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


Regular Activities 

Taunton Salvation Army Corps will be offering ‘Winter Warmth’, a hot meal and drinks, at their South Street premises from 4-6 pm on Saturdays from 14 October onwards. A shower will be available. Please download and display the poster to promote this among the homeless in your area:  Winter Warmth  They will be serving a Christmas Dinner on Saturday 23rd of December and hot meals on Christmas Eve as well as 30th of December.

'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.  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 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 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.

 Chamberlains – A Taunton Vineyard Church Compassion ministryChamberlains 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 group has published its latest newsletter which can be accessed by clicking: SCT Sept Newsletter 2017   The Standing Committee of Churches Together in Somerset is seeking to provide individual Christians, churches or Churches Together Groups and LEPs with 50 simple, workable and achievable resources to encourage them in mission and engagement with their community. The first 5 of the 50 can be seen here: SCT Resource List

 Topical Training – Taunton Street Pastors generously make their training sessions available free of charge to members of local church congregations. The programme is subject to alteration so it’s worth checking with Adrian Prior-Sankey beforehand on 07973 252 346 but the topics and dates in view this autumn include:

 Tues 3 Oct -        Homelessness with representatives of various local agencies working to address the issue

 Tues 10 Oct -      Youth Culture with Anthony Stevens of Taunton Youth for Christ

 Tues 17 Oct -      Mental Health awareness with Clare Steel and Andrew Pritchard of MIND

 Tues 31 Oct -      Prayer with Hazel Hare and Rosie Marsh

 Tues 7 Nov -       Policing, drugs and alcohol issues with PC Andy Beake 

 Mon 13 Nov -      First Aid for Rail Responders and Street Pastors with Gavin Smart

 Tues 14 Nov -     Safeguarding with Adrian Prior-Sankey

 Tues 21 Nov –     Listening skills with Tony Cox

Tues 5 Dec -       Learning how to share our faith with Adrian Prior-Sankey

 All sessions start at 7.00pm at North Street Church and finish no later than 9.30pm

 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

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  For further details please contact: Carol Sweeting on 07850 928 905 or Kate Taylor on 01823 619 739 

 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 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

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 ChoicesIf 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


The Revd Ewen Huffman has been appointed as the Chaplain to the staff of Taunton Deane Borough Council. Lead Chaplain of Taunton Team Chaplaincy, Adrian Prior-Sankey, has welcomed this development saying ‘Ewen’s considerable experience in secular and pastoral work will be invaluable as he reaches out to the many local government officers facing life and work challenges in the years ahead. We are grateful to Creech St Michael Baptist Church for releasing him for a few hours each week to explore this aspect of community engagement. If other churches would like to explore similar opportunities we’d be pleased to chat.’    

Revd Viv Henderson has been appointed by the Langley House Trust to succeed the Revd Tim Jones as Chaplain to The House of St Martin. Please see the ‘what’s on’ item for 19 October for details of the special service at St James’ Church.   


Advance Notice

Christmas In view - 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 assistance from a volunteer 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 420Wanted 

Survey responders - A Christian in Yeovil, Dawn Holmes,  is seeking help with some research for a book she’s writing about mental illness within the church. Dawn is asking for help to establish whether there is a stigma preventing Christians seeking help and support from the very place that should perhaps be their safest haven: the church.  How can the feeling of shame be prevented?

Dawn has designed a short online survey to explore this issue (see the link below) and would love you to a) complete and submit it and b) forward this information to as many Christian friends as possible! All answers will remain completely anonymous.

Survey link: Mental Health and the Church Survey

If you have any questions or would be happy to share your experience more fully with Dawn please contact her on  Dawn is  looking to include people's stories of living with mental health issues in the book and will change any names to maintain confidentiality.

Accommodation - Bathpool Chapel has appointed a new Pastor.  Naomi Gull is a single lady and needs to find a house in Taunton (the chapel manse is not currently available).   Naomi ideally needs a 3 bedroom, unfurnished house.  The chapel can only fund around £400 per month. If anyone knows of a possible rental could they contact the chapel secretary, Clive Hooper, on 07889 228 002.

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.

Properties - Taunton Welcomes Refugees group is making an appeal for suitable properties. Finding suitable accommodation for our incoming Syrian refugee families is proving more and more difficult - so we are launching an appeal to try and find sympathetic landlords.  Click here  to access a flyer which we hope you may feel able to circulate amongst friends, work colleagues, congregations etc. as widely as possible. 


Helping in an emergency

To help provide local people with safe shelter in an emergency Somerset Local Authorities' Civil Contingencies Unit has teamed up with owners of community halls, churches, sports centres and other venues across Somerset to create a network of facilities across the County. They can be opened at short notice and if required, supported by the Somerset Local Authorities.

If you run a facility suitable for providing safe temporary shelter, why not sign up or find out more - it would be great to have you on board!

As we look towards the coming winter, it's a good time to review our own personal, community and business preparations for dealing with emergencies. Have you got arrangements in place that could support you in the most challenging of circumstances? If so that's great, why not have a look over them to check they're up to date. If not it's never too late to start! Have a look at our Get Prepared pages to help you along the way.

If you would like some further detailed advice and haven't already - please do get in touch and a member of the team will be glad to help. The Unit circulates a newsletter to all Parish and Town Council Clerks in Somerset but you can also sign up to receive it direct to your inbox - Just follow this link and enter your details.

Thank You

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



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