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, Park Street, Taunton, TA1 4DG
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
"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
From 2 December we are able to come together to worship in Church
complying with the latest Covid-19 rules.
The Church will now be open for a Said Eucharist on
Sundays 10.00am and on Thursdays 12.00noon to 2.00pm for private prayer
The Monstrance will be placed on the Altar to offer a focus for your reflections and prayers
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.
On Wednesday at 12noon, Rev Jane offers a Eucharist at her
as well as the Daily Office and prayers for our community,
so we can join her in spirit to take our part as she celebrates on our behalf.
Evensong on the first Sunday of the month,
will recommence in line with current restrictions.
" 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
Reflection and Readings
Well, here we are at the start of a new year in the church’s calendar: we’re in Year B and the gospel for the year is Mark, certainly an action-packed gospel – Mark has Jesus positively striding across the gospel pages. But before we can join him, we are called to Advent, and Advent is all about waiting and then …..waiting….and waiting some more.
Perhaps this year we might be able to enter Advent more readily – we have indeed got accustomed to waiting this year. Waiting for the R factors, waiting for lockdown to end, waiting to see friends and family. This may mean we’ve had enough of waiting, but, we’re in Advent and Advent is about waiting. And there is something about these dark, grey still November/December days that lend themselves to waiting. As lockdown eases, it would be easy to enter again the bustle of the town but the silence & emptiness of these days call to us gently but insistently. Advent is less about talking than about listening, less about action than about waiting, less about proclamation than about silence.
The church and the world have very different agendas for the weeks leading up to Christmas; for the world, it is already Christmas. Yet the Church is not ready for Christmas until Christmas Eve – the feast requires a fast. WE are called to wait; to be a people of waiting.
And as we accept the emptiness, the waiting, the silence, Advent reminds us once again that the God we worship is infinitely mysterious; infinitely other; familiar friendly Father Christmases may abound in the shops but here in the church is the God of utter mystery; accentuated I think by the language of distance we have in relation to God in Advent.
I think Advent suits us particularly this year – perhaps because we’ve grown accustomed to the spiritual discipline of surrender. We have had to surrender to the demands and limitations the Covid 19 virus has imposed upon us. Our redemption is not so much about pursuit as it is about surrender.
What might this mean for us in these Advent days as this strange year of 2020 draws to a close? Perhaps we can surrender to the One who is always and everywhere present: at every moment following Him so we may depart from our anxieties and enter into his peace: surrender to peace and to the Advent of a dark December. Such a place of surrender reminds us that the darkness is not the darkness of evil but the darkness of the place in which we have no capacity to see and in that place be content to be and wait; wait for the mystery of the presence of Christ to be revealed. That may require some inner work, a work which Advent calls us to.
Some words from W.H. Auden come to mind:
‘To discover how to be truthful now
Is the reason I follow this star.’
‘To discover how to be living now
Is the reason I follow this star.’
‘To discover how to be loving now
Is the reason I follow this star.’
‘To discover how to be human now
Is the reason we follow this star.’
(From ‘For the time being’)
Rev Louise Bale, our new Curate to the Benefice, has now been ordained Deacon and has written an introduction to herself, for the September Together magazine. Louise is self supporting, so her time is very limited, but that being said, we are looking forward to her experiencing how both our churches worship. She has been with us at St John's for Evensong and we look forward to seeing her with us again soon.
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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