A parish church
St. Andrew's has been a place of prayer since 1881.
Today, it remains a haven of peace at the heart of the community of Rowbarton in Taunton.
One of the aims of the church is to serve the whole parish; to be available for private prayer (the church is open from 9.00am - 3.30pm during term time) and to be the place where local residents come to seek ministry for baptisms, weddings and funerals: you do not have to be a church-goer to ask for any of these things. If you live in the parish this is your church not “ours”.
A prayerful place
One of the first things that many people comment upon is the prayerful atmosphere and sense of calm within the church.
Perhaps this is why such a wide cross section of people find a spiritual home with us.
Like the coloured bricks of the inside of the church St. Andrew's people are a true cross section of our local community.
This diversity helps to make our church a wonderful place to worship, and a source of welcome and acceptance.
A human place
We pray together, sing together, worship together, learn together, and try to spread the Good News together.
We are a place where strong and lasting friendships are formed, where we are supportive of each other, and where we think about our faith and how it affects the way in which we live our lives.
We look to serve the community in which we live both as a church, and as individuals in our day to day lives.
Our aim is simply to grow in relationship with God, with each other, and with our community.
We don't pretend to be perfect people, or that St. Andrew's is a perfect church.
But we're up for the challenge using our differing gifts and skills and personalities.
At St. Andrew's we are open to receiving doubts and questions about the Christian faith.
We all have them, and they're a sign of growth, not of failure.
God is calling and challenging us all, and our church exists to enable questioning, open minded people to discover for themselves the significance and extraordinary love of Jesus Christ.
Through our worship we celebrate and explore the mystery that is God.
A learning place
As we gather together week by week we learn more about the loving nature of God, and His plans for us.
Through hearing the Bible and sermons, through the richness of our liturgy and the inspiration of our music making, through talking with and listening to each other,
we move forward both as individuals and as a worshipping community.
We also have times when we share and learn together (S.A.L.T.)
These are meetings on a Thursday evening during term times when we can learn about God in different ways. Please see the Diary pages for details of these events.
A nurturing place
We recognise that people serve God in many ways, both within the church and in their everyday lives.
Many of us find that the demands of careers and vocations are draining.
We need nourishment and nurture - to "allow our spirits to catch up with us". We also need to understand the connections between what we believe and the way in which we live and work. If this is your experience, we offer you a safe place to reflect and gather your resources for the week ahead.