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The Next Chapter (April 2018 Edition)

The Next Chapter (April 2018 edition)

Vacancy Update

Thriving, Growing and Bearing Fruit

It is now nearly six months since our Rector, Adrian, moved to Bath, as Archdeacon.

What has happened in the meantime? 

The Search Team, an enthusiastic group of eleven members from Trull and Angersleigh, worked very hard and prayerfully, over several weeks, creating the Church Profile. Many other parishioners contributed to it as well. I would like to thank most sincerely everyone who was involved in its preparation.

The Profile was then approved by a joint meeting of the Trull and Angersleigh PCCs, and subsequently, by the Archdeacon of Taunton, and our patron, the CPAS, (Church Pastoral Aid Society.)

Copies are now available in the church and in the Hive Café. The profile can also be read online, using the Trull Church and Diocesan websites.

The Search Team also worked together to produce an advertisement for the new incumbent. This advert first appeared in the Church Times in early March, and will continue to appear until the second week of April. It is also displayed on the Bath and Wells website as well as the CPAS website.

The Archdeacon’s office has, to date, sent out nine application-packs to respondents.

Applicants will be shortlisted by the interview-panel after the 13th April. The panel consists of two members from Trull PCC, two from Angersleigh PCC, the Archdeacon of Taunton, (Simon Hill), John Fisher from the CPAS, the Rural Dean (Rebecca Harris), and a representative from the Diocesan Board  of Patronage.

Thereafter, invitations will be sent out to those shortlisted for interviews, which will be held in the TCCC on 9th May. If an applicant is successful at the interview, Bishop Peter will be asked to formerly offer him/her the post of Rector. After DBS checks have been made and the offer is accepted, the churchwardens will communicate with the applicant’s current church, simultaneous announcements will be made the following Sunday in his/her current church, in All Saints and at St Michaels.  The applicant will then be required to give three months’ notice before taking up the new post.

The Staff Team, and David Sharpe (our Treasurer) have worked consistently and with dedication over the past months. We all owe them an enormous debt of gratitude for the continued smooth running of our two churches.

In addition, Sam Upham, our Children and Families Worker, has now met with Mike Haslam (Chaplaincy Development Advisor at the Diocese) and is pleased to announce that six parishioners have shown interest in becoming Village Chaplains. Mike will be arranging dates for training and will liaise with the Bishop’s secretary to organise a date for the licensing.

Recently, four members of our church community have completed several weeks’ training as Lay Worship Leaders.  Our thanks go to Mark Richmond, Jennie Rusinek, Allison Saltrese and Sally Silsby, whom you may see leading services from time to time.

I would like to add one more thank you, and that is to my wife, Naomi, for her steadfast love and support over the past extremely busy months.

Over the next few months, as we continue to work and pray together, the Benefice of All Saints Trull and Angersleigh, will continue, I believe, to “thrive , grow and bear fruit” during the vacancy.

David Brooks-Daw

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 [email protected]

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

Our Vacancy Bookmark

We at Trull and Angersleigh believe in the power of prayer and that the vacancy is firmly in the hands of the Lord and this prayer bookmark is to remind us to ask Him to step in on all matters to bless this period grow the fellowship, and find His person  to lead it. On the one side of it is such a prayer to Almighty God and the Holy Spirit for guidance and strength, but we’ve also included scripture on the back which gives it a life beyond the vacancy and a reminder that God  promises to build His church and the paramount need to “Trust in the Lord”.