Serving the people of Taunton town centre and beyond through our tradition of catholic sacramental worship.
Our Ministry during Covid-19
Information and reflections for worship at home
"We too have a constant friend and companion in the risen Christ on whom we can rely as we journey on through these weeks and months of uncertainty."
so we are alone, but together
There can be no regular services or events at St John's, during the current restrictions, to protect us all and comply with Church of England and Government regulations.
The Rev Jane Eastell has been given permisson by the Incumbent to say the Eucharist, alone at St John's, at 10am on Sunday mornings. This to be preceded and followed by silent prayer.
This gives us the opportunity to partake in the Eucharist, in spirit, as it is offered on our behalf.
The Gospel reflection for each Sunday can be seen below.
On Wednesday at 12noon, Rev Jane offers a Eucharist at her home, as well as the Daily Office and prayers for our community.
The Church will now be open for private prayer on
Thursdays 12.00noon to 2.00pm
Please drop in for a quiet, prayerful space, where you can sit and be with God.
Sadly, we cannot provide any books or leaflets because of the risk of contamination.
" As the challenge of the coronavirus grips the world, and as the Government asks
every individual and every organisation to rethink its life, we are now asking the Church of England in all its parishes, chaplaincies and ministries to serve all people in a new
Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury and John, Archbishop of York
"This is a time for us as the Church to focus on our calling as the body of Christ to seek in prayerful and practical ways what it truly means to love our neighbour"
"At this time, we look to God, whose love is more than we can ever ask for or imagine. May you be sustained and
renewed by Him daily throughout this difficult time"
Peter, Bishop of Bath + Wells and Ruth, Bishop of Taunton
Bishop Peter is asking for prayers to be said during the outbreak of the new Coronavirus, for those affected by it in any way. He said: “This is a time of great anxiety for many. We hope and pray that people’s fears won’t be realised. In prayer, we give our anxieties and our hopes to God, as we think of those affected by the virus and those treating them.”
Lord God, carer of all people, creator, sustainer and healer;
We pray for all who have contracted Covid-19. Be with them and their loved ones and bring healing to their bodies.
We pray for all medical staff and emergency services as they look after the physical health, worries and concerns of their patients, especially the vulnerable and particularly those who have reduced contact with the outside world. Let us be good neighbours, looking out and after each other.
We remember the work of scientists, discovering and testing vaccines for this disease, and we pray for all of us, caught up in our everyday lives with the effects of these outbreaks.
Bless your world Lord, and help us to be blessings to one another, in Jesus name. Amen
The Sunday Reflection and Readings
‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.’ Rest for our souls. Beautiful comforting words. How we often feel we could do with that rest for our souls especially in this time of the pandemic. Lockdown being eased can cause us anxiety about what to do and whether to go out or not. But when Jesus invites us to his ‘rest’ we may immediately think of the sabbath, but he is probably talking about more than a day off, but that’s a good place to start. Because the Sabbath is at the core of Jewish practice and identity. Jewish observance of the Sabbath has been central to their identity as a nation and their faith. And so starting with the Jewish sabbath helps us because our sabbath is rooted in the Jewish Sabbath and the Jewish sabbath has something profound to offer us. The Jewish sabbath is definite, fixed, you don’t mess around with it. There may be different nuances of observance, but the Jewish sabbath is ‘sacred space’. Sacred space, set apart; there is much to admire in the Jewish observance of Sabbath. The Sabbath is defined, clearly defined. It’s sacred space. One of the ways I find helpful to enter the Sabbath is to say the prayer that is part of the office of evening prayer on Saturday. It’s very simple yet invites me to let go of the mess and clutter of stuff of the week. Some of the prayer’s words: ‘we give into your hands our unfinished tasks, our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes; for you alone are our sure defence and bring us lasting peace in Jesus Christ our Lord.’ We may well have unsolved problems and unfulfilled hopes at this time. It can be difficult to be at rest in this pandemic – some may find it easier than others of course. But another way I find helpful to enter the rest that Christ offers is to live within ’the sacrament of the present moment’. I don’t always mange it because of the clutter in my mind, but it is a discipline and a practice I find helps me to ‘rest’ in Christ, particularly when at prayer in the church or out for a walk. When walking, I have time to look around me and appreciate the flowers, the trees and this year in particular the return of -a few- swallows. Jesus, in these words of his, is pointing to himself as the True Sabbath. Rest on the seventh day is a Sabbath of time; rest in Christ is another kind of Sabbath, no less real. ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’ ‘Our souls are restless until they rest in thee, O Lord’ - words of St. Augustine. Christ is our true Sabbath rest. If we can understand Jesus as our True Sabbath, the one in whom we find our rest, this Sabbath is not limited to the seventh day, but is always and eternally present to us. Yes, a day off is good and we do well to set it apart in some clearly defined way and move into a slower rhythm. That may be easier in this time of lockdown. But supremely we are offered Sabbath in the person of Christ himself and this dimension of Sabbath is with us always: We may enter his rest at any time and in any place. I’ll close by setting down the full collect from Saturday evening prayer and you might like to bring to mind any unsolved problems, unfinished tasks, unfulfilled hopes. The prayer: O God our protector, by whose mercy the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light; we give into your hands our unfinished tasks, our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes; for you alone are out sure defence and bring us lasting peace in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Matthew 11. 16-19, 25-30
Rev Jane Eastell
Sunday, 5th July Trinity 4 Zechariah 9. 9-12
Romans 7. 15-25a
Matthew 11. 16-19, 25-30
Sunday, 12th July Trinity 5 Isaiah 55. 10-15
Romans 8. 1-11
Matthew 13. 1-9, 18-23
Sunday, 19th July Trinity 6 Isaiah 44. 6-8
Romans 8. 12-25
Matthew 13. 24-30, 36-43
Sunday, 26th July Trinity 7 1 Kings 3. 5-12
Romans 8. 26-39
Matthew 13. 31-33, 44-52
The congregation of this church works together and with others to:
We also subscribe to the aims of Inclusive Church
Christ, when he was lifted up did not say
"I draw some people to myself"
"I draw all, all, ALL"
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
During 2019, through our concert season, we have supported:
- Love Musgrove (Local Hospital)
- The Music Therapy Charity
- Taunton Festival of the Arts
- St. Margaret's Hospice
- Happy Landings Animal Rehabilitation Centre
- Compass Disability Services
- Reminiscence Learning Dementia Charity
and we continue to support:
- Christian Aid
- Taunton Foodbank
St John the Evangelist Church
serves Taunton in a Benefice with St Mary Magdalene
The Rev Tobie Osmond is the Vicar of the Benefice
of St Mary Magdalene, Taunton and St John the Evangelist, Taunton.
Rev Jane Eastell is Associate Vicar with responsibility for St John's
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