Please note although some church services and group activities have restarted they will be operating in line with Methodist Church and Government guidance during the coronavirus outbreak to reduce the risk of infection. Also not all services and activities that happened before the pandemic have restarted just yet.

In the mean time we will continue to bring you church news on this page.

Notices for the week beginning 23rd January

For further information about any of the items below, please email

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Posted on the TDSS Circuit website , written weekly by one of our local preachers.

STREAMED SERVICE at 9.30 am: each Sunday, taken by Rev. Deborah Kirk, Rev Tony Cox or one of our other circuit worship leaders (link here).
Every Sunday at 10:30am.
ZOOM MEETING at 6.30pm: each Sunday, taken by Rev Chris Brown and Rev Peter Thomas. Contact Chris for details on joining in.

AFTERNOON CHOIR: Tuesday's at 2:00pm in the hall.
ZOOM BIBLE STUDY: at 7.30pm each Tuesday. Contact Chris for details on joining in.

The District Group are holding "Zoom" monthly coffee mornings - a mixture of chat and information online, we hope! If you are able to join us for 10.30 on the second Wednesday of each month, contact Anne Browse or Elaine Banks for more information.
Fortnightly alternating with COFFEE-PLUS.
Next on Wednesday 2nd February
COFFEE-PLUS: Fortnightly alternating with POP-IN.
Next on Wednesday 26th January at 10:30am
Every Wednesday at 12:15pm in the chapel followed by a light lunch.
CHURCH LUNCH: Normally on the third Wednesday of the month 1:00pm in the hall.

Normally meetings take place on third Thursday of each month at 2:30pm in the hall.

Please be advised we are following COVID secure practices including wearing of face coverings, use of hand sanitizers, social distancing, and recording contact details (following data protection rules), which will be for all events in Temple.

CHURCH NOTICES: The weekly notice sheet will continue to be produced and sent to anyone who would like a copy by email, as will the monthly Circuit Link magazine. If you would like to be added to the mailing list or have items to be included, please contact Anne or Hazel Jordan.

CIRCUIT LINK: The monthly Circuit Link magazine will also continue to be produced and sent to anyone who would like a copy by email. If you have items for the next magazine or would like to be added to the mailing list please contact Janet Dickinson.

PASTORAL TEAMS: While we are unable to meet in person a new telephone contact list has been drawn up and circulated to keep us in touch. Please contact Anne Jordan for more information.

HOME COMMUNION: For anyone who would wish to receive home communion please contact Anne Jordan or Rev. Deborah Kirk

CHURCH FAMILY NEWS: Please note that although we cannot put personal details on the website, Church Family News can be found in the Notices distributed via email. If you wish to be added to the email list please contact Hazel Jordan.

FACEBOOK: You can follow us on facebook

YOUTUBE: Livestream services and previously streamed services can be found on our Youtube Channel

TAUNTON URC MONTHLY CHURCH MAGAZINE: A copy of the monthly URC magazine can be found here.

RESOURCES FOR HOME WORSHIP: See our This Week's Services , Prayer Page , and Home Worship pages for home worship resources, as well as the following ...

Live-streamed Services: Wesley’s Chapel in London Wednesday 12.45, Thursday 12.45 and Sunday 9.45 and 11.00. Swan Bank Methodist Church in Burslem Sunday 10.30 Methodist Central Hall, Westminster Sunday 11.00. Methodist Central Hall Westminster have made their sermons available online as podcasts. Click here to listen.

Morning Prayers: 09:00 Monday-Friday - from Wesley House Cambridge. Resources for following the prayers and readings are available at:

Worship Resources: the Methodist Church website has links to worship and prayer resources for home as well as the latest news from the Connexion.

ROOTS is currently offering free resources to use at home every week on the ROOTS website. See

BBC LOCAL RADIO: BBC Local Radio, including Somerset, are broadcasting half hour virtual services on Sunday mornings at 8.00am on 95.5 AM / DAB and 1566MW. You can find how to listen to your BBC local radio station here.

The next gathering to discuss the theme of the service will be between 11.50 and 12.20 on Sunday 23rd January when Deborah will be leading the Covenant Service. Deborah will join us for the discussion in the church. If you are interested please join us to share in the discussion or just listen as you like. Diana Oldham.

The church leaders of Somerset have prepared a series of short videos for the 8 days of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18th - 25th January. Although this is a little late reaching you, please do have a look at the following link.

Would you like to train as a Mental Health First Aider? This is a vital skill to support people in these challenging times. At present this is an online course - with four sessions plus a need to complete self learning at home for which materials will be provided. You must attend all sessions to qualify. Maximum 16 per course. Cost is £50 per person (payable with booking and non-refundable) - this is being heavily subsidised from the £300 per person fee usually charged by MHFA England.

Course 0 - 24, 25, 31 Jan, 1 Feb 19:99-21:30 book here

Course A - 15,17,22,24 March 09:30-12:00 book here

Course B - 29,31 March, 5,7 April 12:30-15:00 book here

Course C - 26,28 April, 3,5 May 12:30-15:00 book here

Course D - 21,23,28,30 June 09:30-12:00 book here

Please note: Having booked via Eventbrite you must then use the link on the booking email to register your place on the MHFA website to receive your materials.

The Bluebirds Theatre Company. FREE Vocal choral workshop for those with Long Covid and respiratory complaints at Creative Innovation Centre CIC, Taunton on Tuesday 11th January to Tuesday 1st February 2022, 1 - 3pm. The group session is run by experienced vocal leaders Sasha Herriman and Amy Hardwick. Learn how to improve your breathing and strengthen muscles. Learn how to manage your condition with transferable techniques. Meet other people with the same issues. Have fun! All welcome! No prior experience necessary. Places are limited so please book in advance. To book contact or visit , .

The SALT planning meeting will now be on Sunday 20th February 2022, soup and pudding lunch after the morning service. More details to follow.

Revd Jane has announced her retirement as Associate Vicar at St John’s as from February 2022. It has been decided to have a farewell luncheon following Jane’s last service, which will be on Sunday 6th February 2022 at 10.00am and will be a celebration of the Feast of Candlemas, one of her favourite services. You are all warmly invited to attend this service.

A room has been booked at The Corner House Hotel, Park Street, Taunton (just a short walk from St John’s) for 12.30pm on the above day and a three-course meal will be served as from 1.00pm. The last date on which you will be able to book will be Sunday 23rd January 2022. Please see Anne Jordan for the menu and to sign up for the lunch.

It has been a while since we collected used stamps for RNIB but I am hoping you have saved yours! I anticipate that the collection basket will be in the foyer for you to leave them. I hope that with Christmas coming up we will be able to make a worthwhile contribution. Thank you, Anne Broadley

After seeing Anne Thomas's [Lisieux Way], I decided to make a Book Wormery for the children who pass my house on the lane. It is going well insofar as many books are being taken away to read - BUT few are being left for other young readers... If anyone has children's books they would like to donate, I'd be very grateful [and I can offer to share with Anne, of course!] Elaine Banks

This month the Plymouth and Exeter District eNews features our Circuit. Click here to view the eNews.

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From Methodist News

At the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the President and Vice-President, the Revd Sonia Hicks and Barbara Easton, met with the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace, continuing a strong friendship between the denominations and offering opportunities for fellowship and to pray together. After the visit Barbara Easton said: "I am moved to invite you to pray for all our sisters and brothers who make, with us, a great quilt of diverse Christian belonging and expression. And to pray for all those whom God has called to lead in his church. May God also equip those whom God calls, and give them courage, wisdom and energy for the work." More photos and comment from the visit are on the Presidential Facebook page here.

A PRAYER FOR TONGA: The President and Vice-President have expressed their concern over the situation in Tonga caused by the volcanic eruption on Saturday and subsequent tsunami. You can read a prayer from Sheila Norris, Acting Partnership Co-ordinator for Asia-Pacific, here.

TONGA FELLOWSHIP: Revd Singa Vunipola leads the Tonga Fellowship in London. In this interview she updates us on the situation in the South Pacific and the impact of the eruption on members of the fellowship here in the UK. Watch here.

WALKING WITH MICAH EVENTS: We long for a more just and fairer world, but what does this look like, and how do we get there? Training webinars on how to use the Walking with Micah justice conversation resources take place on Tuesday 25th January, 7-8:15pm, and Wednesday 26th January, 1-2:15pm. Register free for either webinar here.

BREADLINE LENT COURSE: If you are looking for a Lent course that looks at issues around living on the margins why not consider this from the Breadline project? This Lent course has been developed from the three years of Life on the Breadline research as a result of engaging with Church leaders, Christians, and community groups across the UK. The course includes a contribution from the Revd Mike Long about Grenfell.

MYANMAR: "The military does not care about the rights of the civilians". The acting Partnership Coordinator for Asia Pacific for the Methodist Church in Britain, Sheila Norris, shares this report regarding the deteriorating political situation in Myanmar following last year's coup.

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Please be aware that unfortunately in these uncertain and difficult times when we may be more vulnerable than normal, there are people who are taking advantage of our desire to communicate with one another via social media. Other routes used include cold calls on your phone, text messages or emails, and bogus websites. The following websites have advice on recognising and reporting scams, and what to do if you think you have fallen prey to a scam.

Recent scams include recorded messages purporting to be regarding misuse of your online shopping account or internet service. Please hang up immediately and use call blocking if you have it (1572). Others try to get bank account or card details by purporting to be from warranty firms for white goods extending your protection or warranty. Some are calls impersonating the NHS, well-known government organisations, or law enforcement agencies - these will not call by phone or text and will never ask for bank or card details.

If someone you don't know contacts you by phone, text, email, social media, or at your home unexpectedly
CHALLENGE - Could it be fake? It’s OK to reject, refuse or ignore any requests that don’t feel right.
DECLINE - Do NOT respond to electronic messages by following links or recorded phone messages by pressing numbers. NEVER give out personal information such as bank details, bank card numbers, passport numbers, NHS numbers, National Insurance numbers or passwords.
CHECK - Only use official websites, postal addresses or phone numbers to contact people if you are unsure - do NOT use the contact details provided by those you are suspicious of.
REPORT - Let someone know. Especially if you believe you've become a victim of fraud, or you can stop someone else becoming a victim.

UK Government - Avoid and report internet scams and phishing

Citizens Advice - Check if something might be a scam

Age UK - Scams and fraud

National Cyber Security Centre:
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.

Action Fraud:
If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft, you should report this directly to Action Fraud either online; or via phone 0300 123 2040.

If you have any information relating to vaccine fraud you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers COVID Fraud Hotline online; or phone 0800 587 5030.