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Besom Annual SW Conference

On Saturday 14th April the Besom will be holding their annual SW conference at the Riverside Church in Taunton. There will be worship, an opening talk by James Odges (founder of the Besom), prayer and discussion plus lunch and refreshments served throughout the day. This is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to find out more how the Besom works to come along and join us and other Besom’ from the South West.

Please could you let Amanda Turner Adams know if you are interested in coming as we need to know numbers for catering.  Many thanks.

Care for the Family coming to Taunton

Care for the Family is touring “It takes two – building a lasting marriage” around the UK and it hits Taunton on 22 March. This will be of interest to anyone who is married – whether about to be, just, just for a few years or for many years.

Invest in what’s good and make it better: Juggling work, family life, finances and a host of other issues mean that building a vibrant and lasting relationship can sometimes be challenging. It Takes Two is an event for anyone who wants to invest a little more in their relationship. Whether your marriage is in good shape or things are difficult right now, whether you’ve been married for many years or you’ve just got together, this event will help make a difference in your relationship.

There is no group sharing or audience participation to put you on the spot.

Simply come along and take some time out together. More details:



“The Next Chapter”

The Next Chapter” (February 2018 edition)

Vacancy Update


So here we are, it’s about three and a half months since Adrian left and the questions are how are we getting on and what next?

We are getting on well and that is not an exaggeration. In an interregnum people find themselves doing things that they have not really been accustomed to before, and that is certainly the case across our benefice. You will have noticed new people leading and preaching and doing it admirably – our thanks to Alli, Jennie, Megan, Sally and Mark. Fran, as part of her ministry training has been very much in evidence, and we are so appreciative of the hard work she is doing. The Staff Team is stretched as you can imagine and so are the Wardens and David our Treasurer. Sam preached so much over Christmas that she lost her voice, much to the amusement of her family! Ruth as our new Youth Worker has been finding her feet and discovering how everything works. It’s great to have her as part of the team. Megan our intern has been turning her hand to almost everything, as you may have noticed. The list goes on: David and Dennis with their preaching, Susanne with the web site, Julie and Jennie, the Hive Managers. Our thanks go out to all our volunteers, who are putting in so much effort.

In terms of our search for a new Rector, the benefice `Search Team’, has been working hard to find the correct language for our `Parish Profile’. This document explains to any interested candidate: who we are, who we want to be, what we can offer and who we are looking for. The profile has lots of information on the different areas of church life, plus detail on the Villages of Angersleigh and Trull, and of course on Taunton itself. Our thanks go to everybody who has helped with this, proof read it, or has suggested changes to the wording. Ruth Drew is now formatting the document into an attractively finished article, complete with photographs etc. On the 5th of February the joint PCC’s will have the opportunity to see the profile and to comment. Advertising will begin early in March with a closing date of the 13th of April. Short listing will be on the 19th of April and interviews on the 9th of May.

Each of our two parishes will have two representatives on the interview panel. The PCC has decided that Sam Upham and Mark Richmond should represent All Saints. Andy Dunningham will act as a reserve, in case either Sam or Mark are unable to attend on the 9th of May.

In terms of what can be considered most important at present, then the subject comes around very quickly to prayer. If we are to find the right person to be Rector, then prayer is vital. To flourish as worshiping communities, we need prayer. So please take every opportunity to pray, whether that is within your own prayers, your growth group, ‘Powerhouse’, `Start the week’ or any of the additional opportunities that we are creating. In particular, the next 24 hour prayer session will be during the 9th and 10th of March, and much of the focus will be on praying for the right person to join us. We will release additional details soon.

We are looking to the future and making plans. You will be aware of the up and coming Church Weekend (12th/13th of May) and the Men’s Weekend (29th/30th) of September.

Our normal activities continue both within the church and the TCCC. The Hive continues to be a great cafe for folk to come together and enjoy tea/coffee/cake or a meal. So popular is it that the Archdeacon of Bath was seen in there the other morning – breakfast by the look of it!

So we are busy. And on that subject, can we ask you to bear in mind that Julie and Jennie in the TCCC office have a lot to do at present. It would help them both, if they could as far as is possible, be given the space and time they need to fulfil the tasks at hand. If you do need to contact them, please do so as quickly/briefly as is reasonable. Thank you ever so much.

Adrian, Fran tells us, is getting on well with his new role and enjoying it. Please continue to pray for them all as a family, they have a lot on their plate at present.

With best wishes,

Peter Chew

Revision of church Electoral Roll 2018

The Roll is in effect a register of church membership, comprising the names of those in the congregation who have been baptised and are aged 16 or over who are eligible to vote at the annual meeting, to be elected to the PCC or Deanery Synod or to become sidespersons.  If you are not  already on the Roll and would like to join, you should either be resident in the parish or have been attending All Saints Church services at least once a month for the past six months.  Those already on the Roll need take no action.

The Roll has to be approved on behalf of the PCC prior to its publication before the annual church meeting on Tuesday 17th April.  In order to have it ready in time, the annual revision of the Roll will take place between 21st  February and 21st March.

Application forms are available on the Communications Table or from  Julie in the church office or Malcolm Law, Electoral Roll Officer, on 430058.  Completed application forms should be returned to All Saints Church  Office, Trull Church Community Centre, Church Road, Trull, TA3 7JZ by Wednesday 21st March.

Village Chaplains – Coming Soon!

Coming soon to Trull and Angersleigh – Village Chaplains will provide a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on or just a bit of company and someone to have coffee with.

Some of our Chaplains will be linked to a particular group, some will just be around the village.

We will be starting our training soon and hope to be up and running by July.  Watch this space for further details!

Would you like a Chaplain linked to your group or organisation with Trull or Angersleigh? If so, please contact Sam Upham at samupham@gmail.com

The Sanctuary

 Am I Alone?


No- one gets through life without times of emotional stress , but for an increasing proportion of folk this is experienced as something more severe and devastating. The increase of anxiety attacks and depression within our society is well documented but for those going through these episodes it is exacerbated by huge loneliness, often guilt and that sense of utter hopelessness. For Christians there is the added feeling that God has rejected and abandoned them.  Following a training session by the diocese identifying and sharing the concern for those suffering in this way four of us have met together to look at how we can help.  We do share a belief that we have a God who really cares for each one of us…..does not have favourites …..but in this ‘black’ tunnel this feels far from true.


Our previous vicar Adrian won our increased respect and gratitude by his honesty and transparency in sharing his own struggle with depression and dependency on medication to lift him from its effect, and this from someone who worked tirelessly and excelled in his role .

In response to the increasing awareness of the emotional needs in our community we are planning to hold a weekly group called ‘The Sanctuary’ for anyone who feels they would benefit from meeting together in a mutually supportive way ….not as professional counsellors and clients…but as friends.  We plan to meet ( during term times only) once a week from 10.30 – 12.30 starting on Friday 2nd February in the room above the Hive to share tea and refreshments, and encourage folk to join us, and we invite you to come whether you are suffering at this time, or someone who has been there and can offer real understanding and hope to others.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” 2 Corinthians 1 vs. 3 & 4.


Barbara Howell   Gill Richmond    Jakki Chew    Kay Trowell

Church Weekend Away

Church Weekend Away: Sat 12 – Sun 13 May at Brunel Manor

There are a few places left on the church weekend away, if you are interested in coming please speak to Fran Youings, Liz Dunningham or Anne Bird.

Ventures Camp at Penrhos

It is that time of year again!

If your 11-14 year olds would like to come on this year’s Venture camp at Penrhos, Colwyn Bay, please get a booking form from Ruth Slade!

Bookings are going to fill up really quickly, and the team are saving us some places, so please book as soon as you can. Please talk to Ruth or Fran if you would like more information.

Can you help?

Can you help?

We are taking a group of young people to Heatree Activity Centre for an Encounter Weekend with Creech St Michael Baptist Church (first weekend in March), and will have lots of hungry teenagers to feed.

If you think you could provide one of the following, please speak to Ruth Slade:

  • Lasagne for 12
  • Fruit crumble for 12
  • 4 x Tray bakes for 12
  • Chilli for 8

This food must contain no nuts please!