The Week Ahead

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Wednesday 19th February 10:30am Coffee Stop at Temple

Morning Work-Wise at URC

12:15pm Mid Week Service in the Chapel. Preacher Sue Jones

Thursday 20th February 10:30am Age UK Indoor Kurling

12:30pm Taunton Pop-In at URC

7:30pm Vivary Group and Men's Forum in Room 12

Saturday 22nd February 7:00pm Quiz Night at Lisieux Way


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Charles Cracknell (brother-in-law to Peter and Jane Crew) died peacefully on Saturday 1st February. Charles and his late wife Jean ran the crèche at Temple for many years and were a great support to many young families here. Many members will remember their family with great fondness and we send thoughts, prayers and thanksgivings for a life well lived to Sarah in Brixham, and to Becky and Brian in Southampton. The Tete-a Tete daffodills in the tubs at the front of Temple are in memory of Charles after the Service of Thanksgiving this week in Brixham. They were his favourite flowers and were provided by the family in memory of him for Temple.

TAUNTON POP IN: Thursday 20th February at URC. 12.30 pm Light lunch £2.50. 2 pm: Art.

MEN'S FORUM AND VIVARY GROUP: Thursday 20th February at 7.30pm in Room 12 at Temple. Dick and Diana Atkinson will be giving a talk on 'Memories of Kenya'.

FILM NIGHT: We will be screening Oscar nominated film, The Two Popes at Temple on Friday 28th February. Pizza at 6.30 pm followed by the film at 7.30 pm. Please see Hazel if you would like to come. Lifts can be arranged.

AN EVENING AT THE BALLET: There will be a live broadcast at The Brewhouse of Swan Lake performed by the Royal Ballet on Wednesday 1st April at 7.15 pm. If you would like to join a group from Temple, please speak to Anne or Hazel Jordan in the next couple of weeks as tickets (£17.50) are selling fast.

COUNTESS WEAR EVENING CRUISE: Following the Salt Plus planning meeting last week we are arranging an evening cruise on the River Exe at 7-00pm on Tuesday 21 st July. There are only 2 possible dates when the tide is sufficiently high to take this cruise from Exmouth and past Topsham to Countess Wear. There is a commentary provided by the skipper and the cruise lasts two and a half hours with the cost £11 per person. Anyone is welcome to join us for a nice social occasion, but we know that it is popular and books up quickly. If you would like to go please speak to Graham or Janet Dickinson in the next couple of weeks.

Work-Wise is a charity that was founded by and is largely supported by our two churches. It offers free, friendly support to those seeking work. We are hoping to extend our work into Bridgwater and to other areas of Taunton – and we are seeking new grant funding to make this possible. We also need help from you, our founding churches! Please read carefully the leaflet inviting you to become an individual donor to Work-Wise – think and pray

EXPLORING WORSHIP IN THREE TRADITIONS: On 3 Tuesdays in Lent we will be joining with St John’s and the URC to find out about worship in each church. 7.30 pm – 9 pm on Tuesday 3rd March, at St John’s. 10th March at the URC and 17th March at Temple. All welcome.

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.

QUIZ NIGHT: Saturday 22nd February, 7.00pm at Lisieux Way Methodist Church. Questions set by North Curry/Curland members and hosted by Lisieux Way Methodist Church friends. £6.00 per head to include refreshments. Proceeds to Church Missions.

CHRISTIAN AID BOOK SALE: Saturday 22nd February, 10am to 12oon at Taunton Baptist Church. Please bring good quality books to donate and leave them in the cloak room (in the Dora Cox room) or take them to Taunton Baptist Church on Friday 21st February between 4 pm and 8 pm.

ASH WEDNESDAY MIDWEEK SERVICE at Temple: On Ash Wednesday, Wednesday 26th February the Midweek Service will take the form of a Communion Service and will commence at 12 noon. This will be followed by a simple Lenten Church Lunch. As always everyone is welcome.

JACKET POTATO LUNCH: Saturday 14th March, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm at Rowbarton Methodist Church in aid of Mission Funds. Cost £7.50 including a pudding (Children under 12 - £4.50) Bring and Buy Stall.

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.

EASTER CRACKED at LISIEUX WAY: Lisieux Way is trying to put together an Easter Cracked event for Blackbrook school, at Lisieux Way Methodist Church BUT we are very short of actors – especially males [very brief parts]. Would anyone like to join us on Wednesday 1st April for 10-1pm for the event (a series of scenes based around Easter Week) plus a rehearsal in March? We see this as an important part of our local outreach, so it would be a sadness to us if we had to let the school down. For more information, please contact

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

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Some if you will know that I am hoping to organise a Flower Festival in May and the planning has started! The theme is; "World of Work"; and I would really like some input from members of the church. If there is any occupation that you would like represented please let me know. So far I have teaching. gardening and dancing. Props are important and if you can provide anything that will be good. I will be asking for lots of support so the dates are 14th - 17th May. Let’s make this a great event that the people of Taunton will be talking about! Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks Anne B

CANCER RESEARCH BIG BREAKFAST: Temple is once again hosting the Big Breakfast on Friday 6th March, 8 am – 12.30 pm. Come along and support Musgrove Park Hospital’s trials for prostate and ovarian cancer. Suggested donation £6.

CAN YOU HELP? A refugee family needs a 2-3 bedroom property to rent in central Taunton from the middle of June. If you can help please contact Brittney Strange,