Notices for the week beginning
25th February 2024 

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

Third Sunday of the month, followed by Iona style breakfast in the Hall.
Each Sunday, taken by one of our other circuit worship leaders. Link here.
Every Sunday, with Holy Communion every first Sunday of the month.
CAKE & CONVERSATION at 5:00 pm in the hall:
Every second  Sunday of the month.
ZOOM WORSHIP at 6.30pm:
On a Sunday twice monthly. Contact for details on joining in.

Tuesdays at 2:00pm in the hall.
At 7.30pm 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month. Contact for details on joining in.
At 7.30pm 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month. Contact for details on joining in.
Every Wednesday at 10:30am.
Next on Wednesday 28th February. This week book review.
Every Wednesday at 12:15pm in the chapel followed by a light lunch.
Next on Wednesday 28th February, led by Rev Deborah Kirk.
Normally on the third Wednesday of the month 1:00pm in the hall.
Takes place weekly, on Thursdays, from 10:00 – 12:00 noon.
Meetings take place on third Thursday of each month at 2:30pm in the hall.
The next meeting on Thursday 14th March, Work-Wise – Lucille Morris 


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.
PRAYER GROUP: If you would like to be part of the group, please let Hazel Jordan have your email address to add to the group. When a prayer request comes in, it will be forwarded to the group for a prayer response.

CIRCUIT ADMINISTRATOR: Natalie Knight can be contacted at
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

TRANSPORT: We realise many people can no longer get to church easily but often feel they do not want to ask for lifts. Is there someone in the congregation who would be willing to coordinate, able and willing drivers to be available to give people lifts to church? If so, or you are willing to give lifts, please contact Anne Jordan.

Re-engage is an organisation which arranges tea-parties for elderly, isolated people. The drivers pick up people from their homes, take them to the venue for the month's tea-party, staying to enjoy the tea with them, and return their passengers home afterwards.
They write: We’re looking for wonderful people who can spare a few hours a month on a Sunday afternoon to be a volunteer driver to help lonely older people in Taunton. We provide friendship over cups of tea and conversation.
So, if you like helping others and a slice of cake, please get in touch by contacting the Re-engage Taunton tea party group coordinator Sadie Ellison. Please click here for a summary about our Re-engage volunteer driver role, all volunteer drivers need to apply online on that link and do the following:-
• Attend a 30-minute online volunteer group induction
• Submit a DBS check (England and Wales)
• Provide a reference
• Complete online volunteer training modules 

On Tuesday 16th January it was a privilege to attend a talk at Temple by Rev David Hardman: Refusing to be enemies: Giving peace a chance David is a Methodist minister and the Methodist Liaison Officer based in Jerusalem. He was able to provide first-hand experience and an up-todate understanding of the situation in Israel/Gaza. After his short, but informative talk, he gave time to respond to several questions from the floor which added to our understanding of the complex situation in that area.
Due to the escalation of violence David travelled back from the Methodist Liaison Office in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (IOPT) and is currently fulfilling his role from the UK. He is still in touch with local people who are living in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza and organisations who continue to work for Human Rights in the region. 

Methodist Liaison Office Weekly Update and Prayer Meeting:
There is an invitation to Join Methodists from around the world to pray together for Justice and Peace in the Holy Land every Wednesday from 6pm (UK time) for 40 minutes. Each week there will be updates and theological reflections from local voices and MLO staff members, followed by the opportunity to pray together. To join, please email and you will be sent joining instructions. 

CIRCUIT MISSION SUNDAY: Today there are envelopes in the pews to support The Methodist Church World Mission Fund. This has recently supported among other things by providing part of the relief in 16 countries with humanitarian crises, helping 107 partner churches across the World, helping victims of flood and landslides in Rwanda and peace building work in Cameroon. We can help contribute towards this work by using the envelopes in the pews today and they will also be available next week. Please place the envelope on the offertory plate during the service. Many thanks 

A Lent lunch (soup, roll and fruit) on Sunday 25th February after the service to consider possible events through the year for SALT, Social Activities Linking us Together! If you can’t make the planning lunch, do please let us have your ideas of what you would like to do as a church group. Everyone is welcome but please let Anne Jordan or Hazel Jordan know if you are coming (for catering). 

CHURCH LIFE: Church Life meeting Monday 26th February 8pm at Temple. All are invited to share thoughts around the worship and activities of Temple Church.

You are warmly invited to a Citizens Somerset meeting on Monday 26th February, 5pm for 5.30pm at Taunton URC, Paul Street. Apart from a brief AGM to cover essential business, we shall look forward to hearing about plans for the next year. Our Circuit is able to offer its commitment to social justice and enrichment of our communities through its membership of Citizens, and our involvement is deeply valued by the chapter. Do come along and hear how the campaigns have progressed, particularly in the area of Community Safety. Refreshments and conversation from 5pm, finish by 7.30pm.

Friday 1st March. A service for everyone at St George’s Church, Wilton, Fons George, Taunton, starting at 10.30 am or for a shortened Service in the lunch hour at 1.15pm, Please come and join with this ecumenical celebration and Day of Prayer which is taking place all around the  world.

ANNUAL CIRCUIT QUIZ FOR MISSIONS at Lisieux Way on Saturday 9 th March at 7.00 pm. £5 per head to support Methodist Mission at Home and Overseas. Teams of 4 – or come and join a team on he night. Raffle – Raffle prizes welcome. Hot drinks & food provided. For more details contact Peter Thomas 

2024 SAFEGUARDING CONFERENCE: Saturday 2nd March, 10 am – 1 pm (doors open at 9.30 am). See poster for more details. Book your place for both Online and Onsite. Bookings can also be made for this event by emailing Elaine Lawrence -  

SAFE SPACE TRAINING: There is an in person Advanced Module Safer Space Training taking place on Saturday 16th March 10-4pm at Rowbarton. If there is anyone who requires the training and can attend, please contact Kathryn Turner, our Church’s safeguarding officer. 

Sunday 17th March. – All are welcome to a light lunch to celebrate the completion of the roof project and to thank all those who have contributed. If you would like to attend, church stewards will be distributing tickets. There will be no charge, however, offers to contribute desserts and/or donations to cover costs would be very welcome. Please contact Sheila Robertson if you can help.

Lent is early this year, and through our 3 churches partnership, we are again offering three Lent evenings, all at Taunton URC, all at 7.30pm.
The evenings will be: Thursday 22nd February, Thursday 7th March, and Thursday 21st March. We look forward to seeing friends from Temple there. Please ask if you require Zoom details.

Looking at the Sermon on the Mount, Tuesdays at 7.30 from 20th February – 26th March for joining details contact Peter Thomas.
Lent is often a time when Christian people are encouraged to spend a bit more time reflecting on their faith. This is often done through a short Bible Study course - and this year we will be looking at the central sermon of Jesus ministry (the Sermon on the Mount). 

This will be on the Tuesdays in Lent at 7.30 - i.e. starting on 20th February and lasting for 6 weeks. 

We will be holding a prayer time this coming Tuesday 6th February at 7.30 - then have a week-off for Shrove Tuesday on 13th February. 

The first session will be a general overview of the book at
What Jesus Taught in the Sermon on the Mount (Youtube Visual Commentary by Bible Project)
then we will unpack what it means for us over the following 5 weeks.


Holy Week Prayer Stations:
As a preparation for Easter, we invite you to come to the Temple Sanctuary for a Walk through Holy Week with PRAYER STATIONS AND REFLECTIONS ON THE EVENTS OF HOLY WEEK 

The Sanctuary will be open from 10:30 – 12:30 on Tuesday 26th  March, Wednesday 27th March, Maundy Thursday, 28th  March 

A Pop-Up Easter café will operate during these times.

Good Friday:
There will be a Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30am to reflect on events surrounding the Crucifixion, led by Rev Deborah Kirk. The doors will be open from 9:30 am with the prayer stations still in situ and available to access until 10:25 am only (no refreshments).

At 12 noon Churches Together will meet outside Taunton Minster for an Act of Worship.

Easter Saturday the church will be decorated ready for Easter Day. 

Easter Day:
At 8.00am - A Sunrise Communion in Vivary Park, followed by Breakfast in the church Hall with eggs, (naturally!) - both hens and chocolate - along with North Staffordshire oatcakes with ham and cheese. (And Sunday papers!).

This will be followed by an Easter Communion Service in the Church at 10.30am, to be led by Rev Deborah. Everyone who wishes to do so is invited to bring a few bright flowers to transform the empty cross during the service. Tea/coffee/biscuits will be available in the hall after the service.

Our General Church Meeting highlighted two 'stations' for us to focus on this year for our church's mission planning:

The first was the 'Flourish' station, and a small team, headed up by Jennie Sleep, is beginning to do some work around Temple becoming an Eco-Church.

The second focus was linked to us becoming more confident in sharing about our faith. To underpin the daily work and mission of the church, the stewards and I have agreed that we shall enable a regular Praying Together time in the Prayer Chapel:
The 1st Wednesday of the month at 9.30am, and the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm, which may take the form of Compline. These times will be open to anyone, and will initially be led by Deborah - (in time, those who come may like to lead).

The time will be about 45-60 minutes, but you are free to come for as long or short a time as you are able, and if you come once, you will not be expected to come every time. During the time together we shall reflect on a portion or verse of scripture, then spend some time in prayer, silent or spoken.

This will begin on Wednesday 6th March, 9.30am, and then Wednesday 20th March, 7.30pm, and thereafter on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.

FILM NIGHT: The next film night will be on Friday 12th April at 6.30 for pizza and pudding, followed by the film Wonka at about 7.30 pm. Wonka (PG) is the recent prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and introduces a young Willy Wonka, whose dream is to own a chocolate shop. The film stars Timothee Chalamet, Hugh Grant, Olivia Coleman. 

ROWBARTON CHURCH AWAY BREAK: This year we are again going to the Padbrook Park Hotel in Cullompton from Tuesday 21st May – Thursday 23rd May. We have 20 rooms booked, two of which have disabled facilities. This is the third year we shall be coming here as we have been well impressed by the friendly, helpful way we have always been catered for. The price this year has only gone up by £10 per person for our stay with the total cost being £183 per person if you are require a double or twin room and £223 per person for a single room. This includes breakfast, dinner in the evening, coffee/tea and biscuits the two mornings we are there and tea and cakes when we arrive. The only extra we need to pay for is any lunch that we might require. I am delighted to say that again this year our time together will be lead by both our circuit ministers, Rev. Deborah Kirk and Rev. Annie Deche and the actual programme will be organized in due course. We are always delighted when people from other churches join us and hope that more will do so again this year. I shall need to know final numbers by the end of March. If you are interested and require more information please contact Merlyn Brown.

CHURCH WEEKEND AWAY at The Ammerdown Centre, Radstock. BA3 5SW, Friday from 4pm to Sunday 21-23 June, departure after lunch. The cost for full board will be: £220 for a single room, £200 each for shared occupancy. The price for children is 0-3 years: no charge, 4-12 years charged at 50%, 13-15 years: charged at 75%, 16 years + are charged in full.

There will be an introductory session on Friday evening, Reflections with Revd Deborah Kirk on Saturday morning, free time in the afternoon and a social activity of some kind in the evening. On Sunday morning there will be a final reflection and service of Holy Communion, before lunch and departure.

If you would like to come please let Diana Oldham know as soon as possible, application forms and details available in the foyer.

ROOF FUND UPDATES: See Temple Roof Scheme 

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

From Methodist News

PRAYER FOR UKRAINE: Saturday 24th February, is the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. To mark this, a prayer has been written by a Ukrainian family who are being hosted by the Black Country Methodist Circuit. Steve Hucklesby, from the Joint Public Issues Team, has published a blog regarding the ongoing conflict. And, since the conflict in Ukraine began, All We Can and the Methodist Church in Britain have supported communities impacted by the conflict through a joint appeal. Read stories from the appeal's humanitarian partners here. Find the resources here

Israel/Palestine Statement from the President and VicePresident:- The President of the Methodist Conference, Revd Gill Newton, and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, Deacon Kerry Scarlett, have released this statement about the situation in Gaza. Read the statement here.

GAZA APPEAL: The Methodist Church in Britain has launched an appeal to support the emergency work being carried out in Gaza by the Methodist Liaison Office’s partners. The partner’s work focuses on helping civilians in Gaza with medical, dental and mental healing issues and offering them financial support. “The scale of the destruction and tragic loss of life in so short a space of time is incomparable to any other conflict in recent times. We grieve for all lives lost on October 7 and in the subsequent fighting. There is no justification for such widespread killing of tens of thousands of innocent people and we are gravely concerned for the entire population of the Gaza strip.” Read more about the appeal .

LGBT+ HISTORY MONTH - MORE THAN WORDS: Revd Dr Karl Rutlidge is a proud trans man, an activist, a husband, a stepdad and a Methodist minister. In this blog for LGBT+ History Month, Karl considers hate speech and violence against members of the trans community. “Writing about hate crime is never an easy task, but recent events mean this year it is more difficult than ever, especially as a trans person.” Read more here

METHODIST WINS BAFTA: June Givanni, a leader for the Walworth Methodist Church, won the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema for The June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive (JGPACA). She was handed the BAFTA at the awards ceremony that took place in London on 18th February. Read more about her win. 

HOW TO BREAK OUT OF THE BOX: To celebrate the launch of the A Methodist Way of Life (MWOL) discipleship toolkit, the Evangelism and Growth team is producing a new monthly blog series on leadership and culture change. If you’re mission planning, starting a New Places for New People (NPNP), focusing on one of the commitments of MWOL or re-orienting your church’s focus to discipleship these blogs will provide inspiration, encouragement and guidance. Read the blog here

From Methodist Publishing ...

Easter Offering 2024 'Let Justice Roll'
This Easter Offering 2024 service tells stories of people standing for justice, persisting in the face of setbacks and taking up the challenge anew as circumstances change. Some stories show how people now have hope because justice has 'rolled' into their lives.
Let Justice Roll offers churches, circuits and districts a celebration of God’s just purposes across the wider world. It includes the dedication of the Easter Offering donated to the World Mission Fund of the Methodist Church in Britain, working with over 100 Partner Churches and organisations around the world. More here.

Connexional Year 2023/2024 resources
Essential resources in the Methodist Church to fulfil Our Calling of responding to God’s love in Christ and living out its discipleship in worship and mission.

METHODIST PRAYER HANDBOOK: The theme for the 2023/2024 Prayer Handbook is ‘The Greatest Commandment’: Matthew 22:37-39. Further inspiration for the prayers comes from Acts 2.
Imagine the Church filled with a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and completely dependent on the sovereign work of God. Imagine the Church filled with people wholly focused on loving God, loving our neighbours and loving of ourselves.
This year's Prayer Handbook contains prayers calling for the Methodist Church to be the Church that God desires; and that explore how we should live out Our Calling, as we respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ through discipleship, worship and mission.

New releases from Methodist Publishing and other products of interest to Methodists can be found here.

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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.