Serving the people of Taunton town centre and beyond through our tradition of catholic sacramental worship.

The Friday Lunchtime Concerts are back in an "online" format.

See the Events page for details

Our  Ministry during Covid-19

Information and reflections for worship

"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


We are now able to come together in fellowship and celebrate the Eucharist on Sunday mornings at 10am
The number attending will allow for safe distancing.
For those of you unable to be there,
 the Eucharist is offered on your behalf, so you may partake in spirit.

The Gospel reflection for each Sunday, from the Rev Jane Eastell is 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 way."
                           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

Trinity 9
The Transfiguration

(There is no Reflection this week)



Sunday, 9th August          Transfiguration   Daniel 7. 9-10, 13-14
(Transferred from 6th)                                  2 Peter 1. 16-19
                                                                          Luke 9. 28-36
Sunday, 16th August        Blessed Virgin     Isaiah 61. 10-11
(Transferred from 15th)    Mary                   Galatians 4. 4-7
                                                                           Luke 1. 46-5
Sunday, 23rd August       St Bartholomew   Isaiah 43. 8-13
(Tranferred from 24th)                                  1 Corinthians 4. 9-15
                                                                           Luke 22. 24-30   
Sunday, 30th August       Trinity 12               Jeremiah 15. 15-21
                                                                           Romans  12. 9-21
                                                                           Matthew 16. 21-28

The congregation of this church works together and with others to:

  • Provide and promote Christian sacramental worship

  • Develop and share a place in which to find peace, meaning, and identity

  • Serve and care for individuals, the community, and the world, as followers of Christ

    We also subscribe to the aims of   Inclusive Church

                    Christ, when he was lifted up did not say

                    "I draw some people to myself"

                    He said

                    "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

See the Contacts page of this website


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Safeguarding Officer

Paul Lewis

07929 068 015


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