In the love of Christ
To the Kingdom of God
Through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit

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St John the Evangelist Parish Church

An Inclusive Church

Our website is being revived. 

In the meantime, you are very welcome to visit us on Wednesday lunchtimes 
for our mid-week Eucharist at 12:15,
 or on Sunday mornings for our main Eucharist at 10:00,

We have Evensong at 4pm on 29th October, with the Wilbye Quartet singing the anthems and settings. Please come for tea and cake from 3.30pm and stay for more after the service!

Please come Christmas shopping on 4th November from 10am to noon, when the church hosts a Fair Trade food and craft sale - stocking fillers and Christmas ingredients for all pockets and tastes! Second hand books and a tombola will also be on offer with refreshments to keep out the cold.

Our next Friday lunchtime concert will be on 10th November. We look forward to Wellington School's Young Musician's Showcase, with a range of instrumentalists and musical styles backed by huge talent!

Doors open at noon for a 12:45 start. Retiring collection for the church and Reminiscence Learning,a dementia charity.

Contact details

We are very grateful to local clergy who have stepped forward to enable us to continue celebrating - especially to: 
Our incumbent Tobie Osmond, Julia French, 
Clifton Graham, Richard Cloete and Mark Smith.

Phone enquiries can be directed to the benefice office on 01823 272441

Concerts and Heritage

On the second Friday of each month during the season there will be a lunchtime concert in St Johns. Our 2022 season is now over and we are pleased to have been able to distribute the concert donations to a number of local and national charities in time for Christmas. Many thanks to you all for your generous donations!

We began our concert season early this year thanks to the Skylark Quintet who presented a programme of music for the young at heart - and brought with them the nicest grandfather and wickedest witch you ever heard to narrate Hansel and Gretel

Many thanks to John Young, Andrew Carter, John Bodiley, Iain Heavisides and Charly Sly who joined us for International Organ Day on 22nd April. We were also very happy to have one of John Young's pupils play a Festival Fanfare to introduce John Bodiley at noon!

On 12th May the Wilbye Quartet took the audience through hundreds of years of British song and melody, to our great content.

On 9th June John Young Blew Up the Merry Organ. His explosive virtuosity took us from classical church organ through a Mighty Wurlitzer to thunderous brass fanfare and to the sound of a concert Hammond organ, which astonished us all.

The 14th July brought us a Folksong Fantasia, with Ukraininan mezzo-soprano Iryna Ilnytska accompanied by Sam Baker. By turns haunting, poignant and stirring the programme mixed Ukraininan and British music in wonderful measure.

James Rippingale gave a stratospheric performance of classical guitar music on 11th August. Though much was familiar, his complete concentration and a refusal to let his performance obscure the music was an absolute revelation. I have rarely heard the audience so still and enraptured!

Enormous respect to the staff and students of King's College, who showed drive and flair in presenting a wide ranging programme only a few days after the start of the term on 8th September! Their assurance and the joy of their performances meant a great deal to us.

From King's to Queen's! We welcomed Queen's College on 13th October who brought a celebration of Autumn to a seasonally appropriate day and whose dedication and talent was greatly appreciated.


Safeguarding Information

Our safeguarding officer is going to be shared with the benefice

SAFEGUARDING AT ST JOHN'S If you have concerns about safeguarding, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Office using the online form at https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/confidential-incidentconcern-form.php 


St John the Evangelist, Taunton is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Bath & Wells’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.