St Andrews Church, Taunton

Reaching lives for change and hope


Double Issue

13th JUNE 2021


10.00am Parish Eucharist

Half an hour after the service: Online Zoom Coffee

Collect: Faithful Creator, whose mercy never fails: deepen our faithfulness to you and to your living Word, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Readings:    1 Samuel 15.34-16.13, 2 Corinthians 5.6-17,      Mark 4.26-34

Post Communion: Loving Father, we thank you for feeding us at the supper of your Son: sustain us with your Spirit, that we may serve you here on earth until our joy is complete in heaven, and we share in the eternal banquet with Jesus Christ our Lord.

RIP:   Patricia Glew 

          Padromas Galatalis


For your prayers:

All those across the world affected by the Coronavirus; the sick and the frightened

For all medical professionals and researchers

The distribution of vaccines throughout the world

The residents and staff of care homes, including those in our parish - Cedar Lodge, Aspen Court and Northway House

The sick and those who have died

Bishop Ruth, our Acting Diocesan Bishop

Bishop Peter and Jane, as they prepare to move to Surrey in July, and for Bishop Peter's ongoing healing

The work of the Vacancy in See Committee, chaired by Archdeacon Simon

Information Update:

  • The Church will be open for private prayer on Sundays - 12 noon to 3.30pm and Thursdays - 9.00am to 12.30pm

  • For enquiries about the Church Hall, please contact Lesley Jones.


Church Diary


The Church will be open for private prayer:

Sundays - 12 noon to 3.30pm

Thursdays – 9.00am to 12.30pm






June 15


9.00am Zoom Morning Prayer







June 16


10.00am Holy Eucharist






June 22


9.00am Zoom Morning Prayer







June 23


10.00am Holy Eucharist






June 24


7.30pm Zoom Prayers of Life – Praying your Day


The Parish Office will be closed from 15-18 June inclusive

St Andrew's Sunday Coffee Chat via ZOOM

Join us for ‘Zoom Coffee’ on Sundays which will start 30 minutes after the service finishes to enable people to get home if they are attending in person.  Make a cuppa and join us for a chat for as long as you like.  It would be good to see you.

Zoom Morning Prayer - Tuesdays at 9am

Around 8 of us are enjoying beginning the day together once a week on Zoom with a time of prayer and Bible readings. There is usually time for a chat afterwards too in our meeting, which lasts for 40 minutes. All are welcome to join us. No books or apps are needed as all the words are shared on the screen from the Church of England website. 

If you would like the zoom access codes, please contact the Parish Administrator by email -

Prayers of Life

Following our Lent course on prayer this year, we are planning a second, shorter, series called Prayers of Life. This time there is no book to accompany the course and each session stands alone so you don’t need to attend all the sessions if that is not possible. Meetings will be held on Thursdays in late June and early July at 7.30pm, planned at present to take place on Zoom. The programme is as follows…

24 June     Praying your Day, looking at informal prayer and how it can help us in the business and busyness of daily life.

1 July       Praying your Way, looking at how our different personalities can help us develop ways of praying that suit us most.

8 July       Praying for Others, a look at how the Intercessions at the Parish Eucharist are designed and used, with an opportunity for those who would like it to train further to help with this ministry.

Watch out for more information and joining details, or speak to the clergy.


We plough the fields and scatter


This well-known hymn is usually associated with Harvest Festival services so why include it for the Second Sunday after Trinity? The Gospel reading for today comes from Mark 4.26-34 which is rooted in the annual wonder of harvest where tiny seeds, growing shoots and ripening corn. The mustard seed is mentioned several times in the bible as a symbol of our faith as followers of Jesus Christ, of growth in our service to one another and the community where we live.

We plough the fields, and scatter
The good seed on the land,
But it is fed and watered
By God's almighty hand:
He sends the snow in winter,
The warmth to swell the grain,
The breezes, and the sunshine,
And soft, refreshing rain.
All good gifts around us
Are sent from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord,
For all his love.

He only is the Maker
Of all things near and far;
He paints the wayside flower,
He lights the evening star;
The winds and waves obey him,
By him the birds are fed;
Much more to us, his children,
He gives our daily bread. Refrain…

We thank thee then, O Father,
For all things bright and good;
The seedtime and the harvest,
Our life, our health, our food.
Accept the gifts we offer
For all thy love imparts,
And, what thou most desirest,
Our humble, thankful hearts. Refrain…

Bread of life, hope of the world

This very moving song speaks about Jesus Christ our brother feeding us and giving us life in the bread and wine given to us in the Eucharist.



Welcome Packs

As you may be aware, we have Welcome Packs for new people moving in our area.  Katy has suggested that we could add in a local guide with information about a favourite local walk / park / day trip etc.  We are not going to include named businesses.

If anyone would like to write something about one of these, please could you send to Katy by the 11 July – or 01823 330854, who will compile a short guide for inclusion in our Welcome Packs.   Thank you.

Church Services by Telephone – free

A reminder of this service launched earlier in the year by The Archbishop of Canterbury.  This is a free national phone line which brings worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus. Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections, as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services.

Director of Music (Job Share)

26 weeks per year* - £2252p.a

A vacancy has arisen for the role of Joint Director of Music at this busy inner suburban, liberal catholic Church of England parish. This is to work alongside our experienced organist, planning and delivering a wide range of music for worship, and co-leading our 14-strong amateur Choir, and our Band; as well as being available for baptisms, weddings and funerals as agreed. It is envisaged that the role would average 9 working hours per week. The successful candidate will be required to undertake C2 training in accordance with the Diocese of Bath & Wells’ Safeguarding Policy. The successful candidate will be a highly organised and flexible person, with the ability to play a keyboard to a high standard, a practising communicant of the Church of England, in broad sympathy with the tradition of the parish.

A detailed Person Specification can be obtained from the Vicar, the Revd Robin Lodge, by email at, or for an informal conversation in the first instance by calling 01823 352471.

Deadline for applications: 30 June 2021

Interview by arrangement, to begin duty on 1 September 2021.



20th June 2021

The  Third Sunday after Trinity


10.00am Parish Eucharist

Half an hour after the service:

Online Zoom Coffee

Collect: God our saviour, look on this wounded world in pity and in power; hold us fast to your promises of peace won for us by your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.


Post Communion: O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining and whose power we cannot comprehend: show us your glory as far as we can grasp it, and shield us from knowing more than we can bear until we may look upon you without fear; through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Readings: 1 Samuel 17.1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49,  2 Corinthians 6.1-13, Mark 4.35-41


27th June 2021

The Fourth Sunday after Trinity


10.00am Parish Eucharist

Half an hour after the service:

Online Zoom Coffee


2 Samuel 1.1, 17-end,

2 Corinthians 8.7-end, Mark 5.21-end

  • St Andrews Church
  • Greenway Avenue
  • Taunton
  • Somerset
  • TA2 6HU

01823 332531
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