The Week Ahead

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Wednesday 23rd 10.30am: Coffee Stop

Wednesday 23rd 12.15pm: Mid week service in the Chapel, led by Rev Chris Brown

Thursday 24th 10.30am: Age UK Indoor Kurling

Thursday 24th 12.45pm: Taunton Pop-In at URC

Friday 25th 1.00pm: Christian Unity Service at Temple

Saturday 25th 7:00pm: Bruce Thompson Book Launch at Temple

Sunday 27th 12:00 noon: Salt Plus Planning meeting and light lunch at Temple


TRAIDCRAFT: Thank you for your support in the run up to Christmas. We are going to skip the stall in January but pick up with it again in February. If you want anything meantime though, please catch us. TRAIDCRAFT are going to continue trading from a new base and I will keep you up to date in the magazine. Barbara

POP-IN Active Living for over 50s: Thursday 24th January at URC, 12.45pm. Light Lunch £2.50. Flexercise

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: Throughout the world, Christians set aside the week (or octave) of 18th - 25th January as a time to pray for Christian unity. People from the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches work together each year with the churches in a particular place to prepare material for the week. In 2019 the material for prayer comes from the churches in Indonesia, a community who have recently been working so hard together after the recent tsunami. In 2019 we shall mark the week in Taunton by holding a short service each day in a different church. Everyone is welcome to any or all of the services. On every day (except the Sunday) the services will be at 1pm, for no more than half an hour. This is a great opportunity to explore the churches of Taunton, to welcome one another and to pray together in ways that reflect our diversity and our unity. The full list of churches are available in the foyer and at There is a half hour service at 1pm Mon to Fri this week at different churches in the town. The prayers and reflections are brought to us from the churches of Indonesia. Do try to go along.

Day Four, Monday 21st Jan at United Reformed Church, Paul St, TA1 3PF.

Day Five, Tuesday 22nd Jan at St George’s Roman Catholic Church, Billet St,TA1 3NG

Day Six, Wednesday 23rd Jan at St John’s Church, Park St, TA1 4DG

Day Seven, Thursday 24th Jan at St George’s Wilton, Fons George, TA1 3JT

Day Eight, Friday 25th Jan at Temple Methodist Church

BOOK LAUNCH at TEMPLE: Revd Bruce Thompson will launch his new book, Echoes of Contempt - A History of Judeophobia and the Christian Church, at Temple on Saturday 26th January, 7.00 for 7.30 pm. Everyone welcome.

SALT PLANNING MEETING: Sunday 27th January after the morning service, light lunch provided. Please come along with ideas for the 2019 programme, all are welcome. To help with the catering, please let Sheila Robertson or Anne Jordan know.

SALT PLUS EVENT: A Wine Tasting is a forthcoming event organised by Salt Plus, and open to all. 'Along Four Rivers'. Friday 1st February at 7.30pm at the home of Ron and Anne Jordan. Names to Diana or Dick Atkinson by Sunday 27th January please.

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS: On Sunday 27th January Taunton Quakers will be marking International Holocaust Memorial Day with a vigil in the High Street from 12.30 to 1.00. All are welcome to join them. On Monday 28th January, there will be an event at St John's at 12.30pm.

CHURCH LUNCH: Please sign the list in the foyer if you would like to attend the church lunch on Wednesday 30th January, 1pm in the hall.

CHARITY ART EXHIBITION: 4th - 16th February. Scenes of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall at Taunton Library in aid of Taunton Street Pastors and Taunton Team Chaplaincy. Illustrate a country scene in any medium. You may sell your picture (commission free). More details and entry form from Tim Bowers at

QUIZ NIGHT: On Saturday 16th February, 7.00pm at Lisieux Way Methodist Church. Questions set by North Curry/Curland members and hosted by Lisieux Way Methodist Church friends. £5.00 per head to include refreshments. Proceeds to Church Missions. Any queries, please contact Roy Crouch

LUKE UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: This is the title of 3 lectures which will be given by David Catchpole, formerly Professor of Theological Studies at Exeter University, at Tiverton Baptist Church Hall on Thursdays 14, 21 and 28 February at 7pm. See the poster in the hall for more information. The sessions include time for questions and are always most enjoyable and informative. If anyone is interested and would like a lift to Tiverton please contact Diana or Laurence Oldham

CITIZEN’S UK FOUNDING ASSEMBLY: The launch event has had to be postponed from 11th February and will now be held on Tuesday 26th March between 6.00 and 8.00 pm. Unfortunately the change of date means that it cannot be held at Temple as planned and it will be hosted by Richard Huish College, Taunton, TA1 3DZ. For those who don’t know, the College is on South Road and there is car parking at the rear of the site.