St Andrews Church, Taunton

Reaching lives for change and hope


9th MAY 2021


10.00am Parish Eucharist

Half an hour after the service:

Online Zoom Coffee

Collect: Risen Christ, by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples: help your Church to obey your command and draw the nations to the fire of your love, to the glory of God the Father.


Readings:  Acts 10.44-end, 1 John 5.1-6, John 15.9-17


Post Communion: God our Father, whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life: may we thirst for you, the spring of life and source of goodness, through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

For your prayers:

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

For all medical professionals and researchers

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 Peter, Bishop Ruth and their families

Information Update:

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

  • The Parish Office will remain closed to visitors.

  • For enquiries about the Church Hall, please contact Lesley Jones.
  • This year's APCM will be held on Sunday 23rd May, after the 10.00am service.


Church Diary


The Church will be open for private prayer:

Sundays - 12 noon to 3.30pm

Thursdays – 9.00am to 12.30pm






May 11


9.00am Zoom Morning Prayer







May 12


10.00am Holy Eucharist






May 13


7.30pm Ascension Day service

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 -


The Gospel reading for this Sunday comes from John 15: 9-17. Jesus calls us ‘friends’ and as part of this friendship with him, Jesus commands us to love one another, reflecting the love that God has for Jesus, and Jesus has for us.
The following hymn by Timothy Dudley-Smith expresses God’s love powerfully.

Christ is the one who calls,
the one who loved and came,
to whom by right it falls
to bear the highest Name:
and still today
our hearts are stirred
to hear his word and walk his way

Christ is the one who seeks,
to whom our souls are known.
The word of love he speaks
can wake a heart of stone;
for at that sound
the blind can see,
the slave is free,
the lost are found.

Christ is the one who died,
forsaken and betrayed;
who, mocked and crucified,
the price of pardon paid.
Our dying Lord,
what grief and loss,
what bitter cross,
our souls restored!

Christ is the one who rose
in glory from the grave,
to share his life with those
whom once he died to save.
He drew death's sting
and broke its chains, who lives and reigns,
our risen King.

Christ is the one who sends,
his story to declare;
who calls his servants friends
and gives them news to share.
His truth proclaim
in all the earth,
his matchless worth and saving name.


A new commandment I give unto you (for prayer and reflection at home)


13th May 2021




Acts 1.1-11, Ephesians 1.15-end, Luke 24.44-end


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 13 June – or 01823 330854, who will compile a short guide for inclusion in our Welcome Packs.   Thank you.

Children’s Society Blue Box Scheme

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Children’s Society Blue Box Scheme this year.  Despite having to collect the boxes in two separate waves I am pleased to report that the opening has now been completed and the magnificent sum of £1154.45 has been raised.   Small change has not appeared in many people’s pockets/purses due to the lack of actually handling money, but it is gratifying that most contributors put cheques/paper money into the boxes!!

Like all charities the Children’s Society has suffered during the pandemic and in the Bath and Wells Diocese alone fundraising/donations have gone down by £31,336.10 from the previous year so any support we are able to give is most welcome.

With many thanks once again,

Janet Paynter

Electoral Roll Update
The Revised Electoral Roll is on display on the noticeboard from Sunday 9th May to Sunday 23rd May.

If you have any queries about your entry, please contact Ruth Cook, Electoral Roll Officer on 01823 973787 or

For Sale

1 x 16'0 long church pew.  Offers invited.

Enquiries to the Parish Office – / 01823 332531.

Street Pastors Spring/Summer Training

The next training course begins on Saturday 22nd May and continues on Wednesday evenings from 26th May. 

The training will take place at Wellsprings Community Church, Quantock Road, Taunton, TA2 7NL. The Saturday sessions will run from 9.30am to 3pm and the Wednesday sessions from 7pm to 9pm.
If you would like to sign up or find out more, please email

Rowbarton Pantry is looking for volunteers. If you would like to get involved in this exciting project, follow the link -

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.



16th May 2021


10.00am Parish Eucharist

Half an hour after the service:

Online Zoom Coffee


Acts 1.15-17, 21-end, 1 John 5.9-13,

John 17.6-19


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

01823 332531
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