26th February 2012 – Lent 1
8.00am Quiet Communion Service
10am Worship with Holy Communion
Pat and Peter Baker are celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary this weekend. You are invited to join them in the Hall after the 10 a.m. service for some cake and a drink. All Welcome
Readings: Genesis 9.8-17 : 1 Peter 3.18-end : Mark 1.9-15
Collections will be for Taunton Opportunity Group – a pre-school for children with additional needs working in partnership with families from Taunton, Wellington and surrounding villages.
Prayer Focus: Fair Trade Fortnight. Pray for support for Fair Trade products in order to support poorer countries.
4.30pm Evensong at St Georges Home
DIARY FOR THE WEEK
Tuesday 28 February 10.00am Holy Communion Service
Friday 2 March: Womens World Day of Prayer – details below
Next Sunday 4 March: Lent 2
Readings: Genesis 17.1-7, 15-16: Romans 4.13-end: Mark 8.31-end
Prayer Focus: This week (8th) is International Women’s day which brings women across the world together to celebrate life as women. Pray for progress throughout the world to advance equality for women
Collections: United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG), Anglicans in World Mission who work in partnership with Anglican churches in over 50 countries, helping to support vital church work including healthcare, education, leadership training and action for social justice.
St Georges Prayer for STREET PASTORS Saturday 24 March.
Taunton Street Pastors depend heavily on prayer support and request that each church takes responsibility for prayer cover for one patrol per quarter.
St Georges next slot is Saturday 24 March. We need people willing to commit to pray for those patrolling the streets seeking to care, listen and help.
The prayer slot needs a minimum of three people (no maximum number) to remain at the Street Pastor base at North St Church for as long as possible between 9.30pm and 4am on the Saturday night. The team on the street are in frequent phone contact with those praying at the base with specific and immediate prayer requests. Potential fights dissolve when several are praying for peace. Besides prayer, there are refreshments and it is a great way to get to know people from other churches. It may be possible for one or two of the prayer support group to come out on the streets as ‘observers’.
Contact Barbara Winterson on 275485 or Brenda Arscott.
SPRING PUDDING EVENING
Julia Morgan is holding another pudding evening on Saturday 17 March at 7.30pm in the hall in aid of Action Aid. Tickets £7 from Julia on 270743 or email email@example.com.
TCT LENT GROUP
‘Handing on the Torch – Sacred words for a secular world’. The radio style material for group discussion includes contributions from eminent members of several denominations.
Further information on www.yorkcourses.co.uk.
2 or 3 places still available so if interested contact Don Archer on 333394.
Meetings are on five Friday mornings at Taunton Baptist Church, starting 9 March with a 5th final session on or after Easter.
Due to Grace being on extended sick leave, the Office will be open Monday to Friday, 9.45 – 11.45a.m. It would be appreciated if contact with the office could be made within that time. Thank you.
ONE VOICE PRAYER WEEK
Sunday 26 Feb. – Sunday 4 March. Will you be part of a growing army of worshippers, a Global Poverty Prayer Movement, with a passion for prayer and a longing to see justice released in the poorest parts of the world? Could you come and join us at
St Mary Magdalene Church on
29 Feb. at 7.30pm for a special service with Andrew Flanagan leading worship and speaking. For more information go to this link
LENT BOXES and “Count Your Blessings” leaflets are by the font. Please sign up in the book by the number on your box. There are Christian Aid and Intercontinental Church Society boxes. Even if you do not wish to take a Lent Box, please consider taking a “Count Your Blessings” leaflet as they contain many challenging thoughts.
WOMENS WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 2 March. You are all invited to come along and join with Christians of all denominations for this year’s service prepared by the women of Malaysia.
10.30am St James Church
Speaker: Revd Sheila Murray
7pm URC, Paul Street,
including slides & meditation.
THANK YOU to all those who supported the recent sales of soup, books, cakes and cards! A further £132 has been raised for the Hall Fund.
4 sessions covering communication, problem solving, listening, intimacy, goals & values.
At St Michael’s Church, 7, 13, 21, 27 March. 7.30 for 7.45pm
We hope to hold an EASTER HOLIDAY CLUB DAY on Tuesday 3 April. If anyone is interested in helping on the day, please contact Jenny Jeffery, 284253.
The 4-40 VOLUNTEERS are a new, Christian based organisation formed to help and support the wives/partners and families of 40 Marine Commando. Any potential volunteers who have a heart to help 40 Marine Commando please contact: Sue Burr, 01823 433844 or Mobile: 07825 745 246.
CHAIR OF OPEN DOOR
The day centre for homeless people originated out of Taunton churches’ concern, and two-thirds of the charity’s finance and goods aid are given by Christians. By tradition (not statute) the Trustees have been Christians and we are keen to continue this. We are now seeking a new Trustee who will be prepared to work in tandem with the Chair and who would be prepared to consider taking over this role. For further information and prayer contact the Manager Tim Hather,on 01823 277196, visit the centre at 1a Mount Street, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
HELP a young person and prevent homelessness. YMCA Somerset Home Projects are seeking voluntary drivers to drive young people to their host placements within the Taunton Deane and Sedgemoor area. Volunteers will be reimbursed for their mileage expenses. To learn more, phone 01278 726000 ext 241, or email email@example.com
A ‘LENT SOUP LUNCH’ will take place on Sat. 10 March – with the proceeds going to Christian Aid.
The ‘Soup Lunches’ will then take a break until next Autumn. We hope that you have enjoyed them.
A week of Guided Prayer for Lent – Taunton Area Churches Mon. 19 March – Sat. 24 March.
This is a diocesan resource which offers the opportunity for people to explore their relationship with God in a short period of guided prayer. In this period you could have the opportunity to meet with someone, outside the benefice and in complete confidence, who is trained to listen, encourage and support you.
The week will open with an introductory meeting at 7.00pm on Monday 19. If you would like to know more, contact the Rev’d Jane Eastell – Diocesan Advisor in Spirituality tel 01823 321069 firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Rev’d Ann Fulton – 451257
1000Communion with a mixture of traditional & contemporary worship
09501st Sunday of the month
Young People's meeting in Hall or Church - for those aged 4 - 14 year.
1600 Evening Worship in church or residential homes – see weekly Newsboard
1000Holy Communion at church
Holy Communion at Mountbatten Nursing Home
Holy Communion at Churchill Way Hall
Holy Communion at Elizabeth House.
Holy Communion at St George's Residential Home