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Sunday 21 January – B1 Church Leaders invite all local Christians to join them at an evening Service at 7 pm at North Street Church which will provide an opportunity for local churches to worship together during the traditional week of prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January 2018). The guest speaker will be Debra Green OBE, of ROC (Redeeming Our Communities).
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 email@example.com
Wednesday 21 February - StAndrew’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 sitewww.new-wine.org/adventurebegins, where further information can be obtained.
Saturday 24 February – Rowbarton Methodist Church’s 125th anniversary celebrations include an afternoon meeting 3 pm – 5 pm open to all when former Circuit Superintendent the Revd Bruce Thompson will speak about ‘Faith and Belief at a time of great turbulence’. See poster here
Sunday 24 February – Rowbarton Methodist Church’s 125th anniversary celebrations continue with Revd Bruce Thompson preaching at their 10.30 am morning worship
Saturday 24 March – St John’s Church Taunton is hosting the Amici Choirat 7.30 pm for a treasure trove of beautiful music written for the Cathedrals of England. Further details from www.amicichoir.org.uk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ad poster here
Taunton Foodbank – now has a donation box located in the chaplaincy offices in the Market House in the town centre. Please drop your donated food in the tray just inside the chaplaincy front door whenever it is open.
Local Chaplain honoured - Lead Chaplain of Taunton Team Chaplaincy, Adrian Prior-Sankey, is to be invested as a Member of the Order of the British Empire following the publication of the New Year’s Honours list.
Chairman of the Trustees, the Revd Rod Corke, welcomed the recognition of Adrian’s service to the community of Taunton, saying,
‘I am thrilled for Adrian. This is an award that is well deserved and earned. He has led the teams of Street Pastors and Town Chaplains in Taunton as well as being at the heart of civic and church life. It is tremendously good news to have the Town Chaplaincy honoured in this special way. Congratulations Adrian!’
On hearing of the announcement Adrian paid tribute to the influence of his parents, the support of his family and the many volunteers with whom he has worked, saying,
‘This is a great honour and is really a recognition of the service that the amazing teams of volunteers that I work with deliver, whether it is the chaplains and street pastors providing a much needed listening ear for people in workplaces and on our streets, adult staff offering a range of high quality activities for young Sea and Royal Marines Cadets or enthusiasts delivering a top class cultural event like Taunton Flower Show. I am thankful for all the people who have worked alongside me in united efforts to nurture a peaceful and vibrant community.
‘My parents were both active in the Scout and Guide movements and provided me with a great example of public service. The opportunities they gave me to engage in a wide spectrum of community activities fostered a love of voluntary work and a passion for the community of Taunton which opened doors to multiple friendships that have matured over many years.
‘I am especially grateful to whoever nominated me for this honour. My wife Hazel and our extended family have supported me enthusiastically over many years and the public recognition of the many activities with which I have been associated is as much a reflection of their dedication as anything I have done. ‘
Not one to rest on his laurels, Adrian has said that he will ensure that his MBE spurs him on in his work to positively impact the community in Taunton to try and make the area a safer place, whilst encouraging a new generation of volunteers to do the same.
Opportunities to serve
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 until April. Contact Lt Theresa Torr for more information on 07962 538 230 or email@example.com
Could you be a Chaplain?
We are actively seeking new team members to cover a wide spectrum of situations.
Take a look at our web site www.tauntonteamchaplaincy.org to find out more.
We 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 email Taunton@streetpastors.org.uk
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 atleadchaplain@: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 towww.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
Fundraising sites - Businesses or community venues willing to host a collecting tin for Taunton Street Pastors. Contact our coordinator atTaunton@streetpastors.org.uk or phone 07773 038 622.
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 www.tauntonteamchaplaincy.org Details about standing orders and gift aiding can be obtained from our Treasurer, Mrs Mary Hudson email@example.com
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
The deadline for including information in next month’s edition is 5.00 pm on Wednesday 31 January. Anything that we receive beyond that date will be added to the web site.