The Week Ahead

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Wednesday 22nd January 10:30am Coffee Stop

12:15pm Mid Week Service at the Chapel. Preacher Merlyn Brown

Thursday 16th January 10:30am Age UK Indoor Kurling

12:30pm Taunton Pop In at URC


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TEMPLE CHRISTMAS CHARITY. The charity we supported at Temple this Christmas was the Methodist Church Mission in Britain Fund. Thanks to all who supported this. The Christmas Tea raised £117.35 and with the envelopes and other fundraising we have been able to raise a brilliant total of £479.70. Many thanks.

TAUNTON POP IN: Thursday 23rd January at URC. 12.30 pm Light lunch £2.50. 2 pm: Please contact for more information.

MIDDLEZOY LUNCH: Our friends at Middlezoy Methodist Church invite us to join them for a Soup and Pudding Lunch, to be held at their Church on Saturday the 25th January 2020 from 12noon – 2pm. Please support them if you can.

MWIB COFFEE MORNING: Come and join us at Lisieux Way Methodist Church on Saturday 8th February from 10.30am for a coffee morning and ‘good as new’ sale. Either donate your goods, or buy a table for £5 and sell your own items. Contact for more information

PATRONAL SERVICE AT ST JOHN’S: We have been invited to attend the Patronal Service at St John’s Church on Sunday 19th January and to their meal afterwards at the Corner House Hotel. If you would like to attend the meal, please complete the list in the foyer and include your menu choices. We need to return the list to St John’s by 5th January.

SALT PLUS PLANNING MEETING: Sunday 9th February after the morning service, light lunch provided. Please come along with ideas for the 2020 program, all are welcome.To help with the catering, please let Sheila Robertson or Anne Jordan know.

STELLA VINCENT LUNCH: After 34 years association with Temple, Stella VIncent will be moving away from Taunton in February to be closer to her family. During this period we have benefitted from Irvin's ministry as superintendent and the support Stella gave him during this period. Stella has been a dedicated member of the congregation. We would like to express our gratitude to Stella on Sunday 23rd February with a lunch after the service to which all are invited. To plan for the catering, please contact Sheila Robertson by 9th February if you wish to attend and/or assist with catering.

TALK: “Spiritual Care at the End of Life in a 21st Century Hospice and the Quest for a Theology of Palliative Care";. This is the topic which will be introduced by Ann Fulton, the spiritual care coordinator at St Margaret's Hospice Taunton, at 3 meetings in St Peter's Church Tiverton on 6th, 13th and 20th February 7-9pm. Diana Oldham will be going and can offer a lift to anyone interested. More information on the notice board in the hall.

A CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING ABOUT ISRAEL Conference at Torrington Methodist Church, Windy Cross Mill Street, Torrington, EX38 8AL on Saturday 14th March 2020, 10.00am – 4.00pm. Bible, pen and notebook needed. Bring your own lunch. Tea/Coffee provided. An offertory will be taken to cover expenses.

GOD IN LOVE UNITES US QUESTIONNAIRE: We are trying to gauge the feeling of the circuit in relation to the Methodist Churches view of marriage and relationships. To help establish how people feel there is a questionnaire available for you to complete. Copies have been distributed to each church or you can get a copy from Rev Chris Brown. You may have to ask for one from your Church Steward. This is your chance to make your views known and will be most helpful to the District Synod as they have to pass comment back to the Methodist Conference. Instructions are on the form and you have until March 2020 to respond. This is important and I hope that as many people as possible will complete one. Chris Brown

CLIMATE EMERGENCY DROP-IN: The ‘Have your say’ drop-in event will take place at The Glassbox, Taunton Library, Paul Street, TA1 3XZ on Saturday 18th January 2020. Run by the Somerset Climate Action Network (SCAN) on behalf of Somerset’s four District Councils and the County Council and open to residents, businesses, groups and anyone with an interest, the drop-ins will be a chance to discuss the initial thoughts of the five councils set out in a ‘framework’ document. They will be seeking feedback on whether the work so far focusses on the right areas, covers everything it should and whether there are actions that communities could take forward themselves. An online survey will also be available between 6th January and 19th February.