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 Also see our Celebrating Christmas page for a comprehensive look at seasonal events in and around Taunton.

 

Taunton Visitors Centre offer further information about  events taking place locally. To view click HERE

 

DECEMBER

Monday 11 December – Business Carol Service at St James’ Church at 6.15 pm with guest speaker Rob Walrond, Chaplain to Somerset County Cricket Club and contributions by Canticle, Somerset County Council Staff Choir  - crèche available and mulled wine and refreshments afterwards. Please use the poster available as a jpeg or pdf file (click whichever you require) to help promote this event in businesses and shops in your area.   

JANUARY

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)  

FEBRUARY  

Monday 5 February – Saturday 17 February – Charity Art Exhibition at Taunton Library in aid of the new MRI scanner for Musgrove Park Hospital. Artists are invited to illustrate a “ West Country” scene in any medium. Preview evening on Monday 5 February (free entry). Sell commission free. Full entry information from Tim Bowers at veronbow@yahoo.co.uk

Wednesday 21 February - St Andrew’s Parish Church, Wiveliscombe is hosting a performance of "Where Adventure Begins - Faith in the Family" by Riding Lights (in conjunction with New Wine) at 7.30pm. Tickets, which cost £10, should be booked via the New Wine web site www.new-wine.org/adventurebegins, where further information can be obtained. There are no other performances of this event in Somerset or Devon.

 MARCH

Saturday 24 March – St John’s Church Taunton is hosting the Amici Choir at 7.30 pm for a treasure trove of beautiful music written for the Cathedrals of England.  Further details from www.amicichoir.org.uk

 JUNE

Friday 15 June – Thursday 21 June – The Knitted Bible is coming to Taunton -

 Over 30 knitted scenes of stories from the Old and New Testaments atRowbarton Methodist Church as part of their 125th Church Anniversary Celebrations. Schools are welcome on weekday mornings by invitation and organisations on weekday evenings 6 pm – 8 pm by invitation. Free General Admission in the afternoons 2 pm -4 pm and Saturday 16 10 am -4 pm. More information: email rowbarton@hotmail.co.uk ad poster  here 


Celebrating Christmas 

  

Monday 11 December – Business 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  - crèche available and mulled wine and refreshments afterwards. Please use the poster available as a jpeg or pdf file (click whichever you require) to help promote this event in businesses and shops in your area.  

 

Friday 15 December – Amici offer joyful music to celebrate the festive season – old favourite and new things to enjoy - at The Museum of Somerset at 7.30 pm. Further details from www.amicichoir.org.uk

 

Saturday 16 December  The Salvation Army Band from Bridgwater will be playing in the town from 10.00 till noon.

 

Saturday 16 December  Taunton Salvation Army present a Community Carol serviceat 630pm at their Hall in South Street, Taunton. This will be supported by the Tone Big Band and attended by the Deputy Mayor.

 

Sunday 17 December – CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT at Taunton United Reformed Church. Are you looking for a traditional celebration of Christmas, with a contemporary twist? This year at Taunton United Reformed Church, on Paul Street, we are going to have a larger-than-life contemporary crib scene, designed by local artist Norman Steel, lit up and framed by golden angels. On Sunday December 17th we will be singing carols in the street (from 2.30pm) and telling the Christmas story in our candle-lit carol service (at 4pm) with local guest choir The Hummingbirds. There will be plenty of free food with a Christmas and international flavour. Why not come and try us this year? We would love to welcome you, as we celebrate the good news that God is with us. God comes down at Christmas for all the world, and in Taunton too…

 

Sunday 17 December – Living Light Christian Church & Taunton Vineyard are hosting a ‘Not So Silent Night’ from 4.00 pm – 6 pm @ Queen’s Hall, Queen’s College, Trull Road, Taunton, TA1 4QS. Live music, family fun & free admission with hot drinks after the show. Poster here 

 

Sunday 17 December – Canon Street Church invites everyone to an informal'Carol by Firelight' service at the church and in the church garden.  Refreshments will be served from 4pm, and the all-age interactive service will start at 4:30 pm and be finished by 5.30 pm.  Expect real fire, acoustic carols, a quiz, prizes and more!  Please bring your own torchlight and contact Sim for more details 07530 573157 or email info@canonstreet.church

 

Sunday 17 December – Community Carol Serviceat St Andrew’s Church, Taunton, at 6.00 pm

 

Sunday 17 December – CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT at Creech St Michael Baptist Church at 6.30 pm.

 

Sunday 17 December – CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT at St James Church at 6.30 pm

Monday 18 December – Nativity on the Green (opposite St Andrew’s Church, Taunton) at 6.00 pm as part of the MINT group of churches. Poster here  

Tuesday 19 December - Taunton Memory Café and Singing for the Brain Christmas  Carol Service at 11 am at St. James’ Church Taunton. Refreshments available in hall from 10.30 and after the service. For further information contact Carol Sweeting on 07850 928905 or e mail carol.sweeting@alzheimers.org.uk

Sunday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – St James Church is hosting a Crib Service at 4 pm

 

Sunday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – St Andrew’s Church, Taunton is hosting a Crib Service at 4 pm

 

Sunday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – Rowbarton Methodist Church present a  

Candlelight Carol Service at 6.30 pm

 

Sunday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – Carols around the Tree organised by Creech St Michael Baptist Church at 7.00 pm. Gather with your lanterns around the Christmas Tree at the Bell Inn.

 

Sunday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – St James Church welcomes everyone to a Midnight Communion Service at 11.30 pm

 

Sunday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – St Andrew’s Church, Taunton welcomes everyone to a Midnight Mass at 11.30 pm

 

Monday 25 December (Christmas Day) - St Andrew’s Church, Taunton welcomes everyone to a Family Communion at 10.00 am.

 

Monday 25 December (Christmas Day) - Creech St Michael Baptist Church 10.30 am Christmas Day Family Celebration.

 

Monday 25 December (Christmas Day) - St James Church welcomes everyone to a Family Communion at 10.30 am.

 

Monday 25 December (Christmas Day) – Taunton Salvation Army offers a Café-style Christmas Day Service at 10.30 am

 

Monday 25 December (Christmas Day) - Rowbarton Methodist Churchwelcomes everyone to Christmas Day Family Worship

 

Soul[food] - The Church of England has launched a Christmas initiative entitled ‘Soul[food]’. Bite-sized thoughts are set straight to your phone. To find out more text (sms) ‘FOOD CHR’ to 88802 or visit www.soulfood.me/christmas

 

News


Parish Nursing is Coming to Taunton!

St Peter's Lyngford PCC has agreed unanimously to develop a Parish Nursing Ministry in their community in North Taunton.  Dr Sue Allen, Revd Viv Henderson and Clare Steel will support Revd Debbi Turley and the PCC as they go through the application process with Parish Nursing Ministries UK.   There will be a planning meeting in January with church members and key local people including representatives of the One Team.  A further update will be issued in February after the planning meeting.  

 

The application stage and establishing the local governance arrangements will probably take about three months before the church is ready to talk to Christian nurses about specific volunteer or paid roles. So, if you know of Christian nurses in your church who may be interested in Parish Nursing, now is the time to tell them!  

 

Please continue to pray for this ministry, as there are big decisions to make in the coming months. If you would like to hear more about Parish Nursing or feel led to support the project financially please get in touch with Clare Steel on 07739632516

 

Taunton Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal this year runs from 13 November until 12 December. New Toys and gifts can be left at The Perkin Warbeck in East Street or at The Salvation Army Hall in South Street. 

 

Homelessness

Churches will be interested to see this information issued by Taunton Deane Borough Council and the Police on 30 November regarding support for homeless people over the Christmas period:

 

Donate with confidence this Christmas

Taunton Deane Borough Council has teamed up with the Avon and Somerset Police to help homeless people in Taunton in launching a diverted giving scheme. 

It means that people can donate money directly to the local charity Open Door rather than giving to people begging on the streets. Open Door will use the cash to provide meals, showers, laundry and support to rough sleepers from its base in Mount Street. 

Cllr Jane Warmington, Executive Councillor for Community Leadership, said: “It’s difficult to ignore the problem of rough sleeping on the streets of Taunton especially at this time of year. However, not everybody who is begging is homeless and it is not always in their best interests to give money which could be used to fund harmful addictions. Making a donation through the diverted giving scheme means you can be sure that your money is helping at a practical level to provide the essentials that rough sleepers really need.” 

Neighbourhood Police Sergeant Andy Gloyn said: “When it comes to begging and substance misuse there is a balance to be struck. Our aim is to work with our partners help people to get into a stable lifestyle, rather than penalise people who are vulnerable. However the wider community should not be subjected to aggressive, abusive or anti-social behaviour. We regularly patrol the known hotspots for street drinking and begging.”

“That is why we are working with Taunton Deane Borough Council and The Open Door Charity on the diverted giving scheme. 

“It encourages people who want to help those genuinely living on the streets at this time of year to donate to the central collection point, of through the BT My donate scheme. 

“It means rather than giving money to people begging, which could be squandered, it can be used to provide food, clothing and washing facilities including showers for people who are rough sleeping.” 

You can donate to Open Door by post or in person at 1A Mount Street, Taunton, TA1 3QB or online at www.mydonate.bt.com and search for Taunton Open Door. 

There is also a collection box at the Taunton Visitor Centre at the Market House in the town centre, which is open from 9.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Saturday. 

Posters and pockets cards giving details of the scheme are being distributed this week.

 

Opportunities to serve

 

A part time Church Administrator to 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  contact@northstreetchurch.org 
 
 
Part time Administrator  Parishes of Creech St Michael, Ruishton & Thornfalcon  are looking for a  Part-time Administrator to be a pointof communication in our parishes and provide administrative support for our ministry and mission. 
For more information and an application form please contact:
 
Rev. Rebecca Harris 01823 444793
email: crt.office35@gmail.com
 
or download details from our website crtbenefice.org.uk  
Closing date: 18 th December 2017 Interview date: 8 th January 2018


Winter Warmth meals helpers Taunton Salvation Army seeks helpers with the weekly meals provided for the marginalised at their South Street premises from 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm on Saturdays. Contact Lt Theresa Torr for more information on 07962538230 or email theresa.torr@salvationarmy.org.uk

 

 

 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 www.tauntonteamchaplaincy.org to find out more.

     We would 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, atleadchaplain@tauntonteamchaplaincy.org  call 07581 424 420or 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.  

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 atleadchaplain@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 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 viarodcorke@outlook.com for an informal, no obligation chat. 

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.

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 emailTaunton@streetpastors.org.uk 

 

Resources

 

Mental Health Drop In Support Group – The Mental Health Charity Mind TWS has launched a new support group service for anyone who may be looking for emotional support or have mental health issues. The Group ,called ‘The Drop inIs an opportunity for people with low mood or any form of mental health issue to talk through their issues, meet new people and learn about other services in the community which may be of benefit. They meet every Friday 10am – Midday at the Priorswood Community Centre, 13-14 Eastwick Rd, Taunton TA2 7JW.  Those wishing to join don’t need to be referred, attend regularly or contact beforehand. They simply need to turn up on any Friday morning. Details 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

 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 

 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 publically 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 

 

Regular Activities 

Taunton Salvation Army Corps are offering ‘Winter Warmth’, a hot meal and drinks, at their South Street premises from 4-6 pm on Saturdays during the coming months. 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.

A Healing Service is held at St Mary Magdalene Parish Church on the second Sunday of each month at 5pm. This is a brief non Eucharistic service, simple in format, and accessible to all who would like additional prayer for themselves or others.

'Meet and Sing' takes place at Rowbarton Methodist Church on alternate Wednesdays between 10.30am and 12noon.  This is a relaxed space, with refreshments, for those living with dementia and their carers, those who would like some company, anyone in fact, who enjoys singing.  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 viascc.chaplain@gmail.com  07817 680436/ 01823 274 656

Flexercise – Those wanting to keep moving will be made welcome by theFLEXERCISE 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 lynn@tauntonmeetinghouse.co.uk for further information.

Chamberlains – A Taunton Vineyard Church Compassion ministry

Chamberlains is located at the rear of North Street Church and serves some of the most vulnerable people in our community. You can refer anyone who is street homeless with confidence that they will be welcomed and helped. Food runs operate on Sunday 1.15 pm – 2.00 pm; Monday 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm and Wednesday 1.00 pm – 2.00pm. On Thursdays from 5.00 – 7.30 pm coffee, biscuits and a chat are followed by a talk and discussion with a hot meal provided. For enquiries please contact Shirley Brooke on 07516 252 924. 

Mothers’ Union meetings at St Mary Magdalene Church – take place in the Coffee Shop area of the Church at 2.30 pm on the first Wednesday of every month and welcome everyone. For more information please contact Rosemary Sage on 01823 276 797.  

Taunton Memory Café and Singing for the Brain – takes place at St James’ Church Hall on alternate Tuesdays from 10.30 am – 12.30 pm. For more information contact the Alzheimer’s Society on 01278 663 760 or organiser Carol Sweeting on 07850 928 905.

 

Wanted  

Housing required for refugees

Taunton Welcomes Refugees (TWR) are urgently looking for landlords in the Taunton area with a two or three bedroom house or flat which they would be willing to rent to a Syrian Refugee family. Please click here  to see further information 

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 Taunton@streetpastors.org.uk 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. 

sh 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) E:tellthechurch@tauntonteamchaplaincy.org

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 tellthechurch@tauntonteamchap

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