St Andrews Church, Taunton

Reaching lives for change and hope

June 2019

An introduction to our new Curate


Hello! I am looking forward to joining you in Taunton this summer. I come from Bristol, where I grew up in the Methodist Church. After some time out from church in my teenage years, I rediscovered the compelling person of Jesus in the pages of Luke’s Gospel and responded to his call to follow him. Since then, God has led me into a diverse range of experiences of mission and ministry. This has included leading Bible study groups and children’s and youth groups, and community outreach.

I was studying philosophy at Cardiff University when my faith was reignited. Since then, I have worked in Bristol at a boarding school and on the support staff of Trinity College, before becoming Deputy Manager at the Wild Goose Drop-in Centre. Here I led teams of volunteers in providing meals and support to homeless and vulnerable people, many with complex needs. I continue to have a particular care for people on society’s margins.

I first experienced a call to ordination in 2006, with the sense that it was something for “in ten years’ time”. In 2016, the timing was right for the formal process of discernment and I returned to Trinity College, this time as a full-time student, to begin training in 2017. These two years have been a great time to dig deeper into the Bible, including learning Hebrew, to explore creative approaches to prayer and worship, to grow in my own faith and to help others to do so too through my involvement in my placement churches. I am now looking forward to seeing what God has in store as I come to St Andrew’s.

In my free time, I enjoy discovering new places, trips to the seaside, and good films and novels. I have appreciated being warmly welcomed when I visited St Andrew’s, and I look forward to hearing your stories as I get to know you.


Katy Gough

News Desk

Welcome, Katy!

At the end of this month we welcome our new Curate, Katy Gough, who has recently completed her course at Trinity College, Bristol, and will be continuing her training with us, full time, for the next four years. A full introduction to Katy, written herself, appears at the beginning of this edition of Inspire in place of the usual Vicar’s letter. Katy will be ordained deacon in Wells Cathedral on Sunday 30 June at 10.30am. It would be good if as many of us can go as possible to support her at this important stage of her life and ministry. If you need a lift, please leave your name at the Parish Office or contact Robin and Sue at the Vicarage. There will be no 10.00am service at St Andrew’s that day, but the 8.00am Eucharist will be held as usual. Katy’s first Sunday at St Andrew’s will be on 7 July. Please keep her in your prayers at this special time.


Day of Pentecost

Our next joint service with Rowbarton Methodist and St Peter’s will be on the Day of Pentecost, Sunday 9 June, when our friends will be joining us for our 10.00am Parish Eucharist. The Preacher will be the Revd. Debbi Turley, Vicar of St Peter’s.


Summer Fete

Don’t forget our Summer Fete on Saturday 15 June on the Green from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Please respond to the requests for help advertised elsewhere if you can, but most importantly, come along and share a great afternoon with our local community.


Messy Church

Our next Messy Church will take place in the Hall on Saturday 22 June at 3.00pm. Watch out for the usual appeals for help on the Narthex noticeboard. If you haven’t helped before and would like to do so, please speak to Debbie Clifford or Sue Lodge. Messy Church is for all ages, so you are also welcome to come along simply to take part.