There are few emotions more powerful than hope. But these days, hope often feels hard to come by. Where can we find a hope that won’t disappoint us?
Hope Explored looks at the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel. This three-session series shows that Christianity is about real hope: a joyful expectation for the future, based on true events in the past, which changes everything about my present.
It sounds good… but is it true? Whatever you do or don’t believe, this series is your opportunity to explore, to discuss, to question, to discover. This is Hope Explored.
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Come and hear about the work of Release International and CSW supporting persecuted Christians across the world. Retired vicar, Robert de Berry and friends are undertaking a sponsored bike ride from North Foreland Point Lighthouse in Kent to Land’s End, Cornwall – and back between 14 May and 25 June 2022.
On Thursday 26 May they will be stopping overnight in Taunton and in the evening will be speaking at Taunton Baptist Church to raise awareness and encourage prayer.
The ‘Bike Pilgrims’ aim to raise £250,000 through sponsorship.
This video from Release International gives an insight into their work:
A small group from the church gathered in Vivary Park to walk together, past Sherford Bridge Farm, over Cotlake Hill to Kibbear, skirting around Amberd House and back along Sherford Stream through Trull and Sherford back to Vivary Park for a picnic together.
The weather was kind to us and a good time was had by all!
We are screening a recently-made film about the life of C.S. Lewis, entitled “The Most Reluctant Convert” – a phrase Lewis used to describe himself and his early Christian experience.
If you have ever read any of his books for children – “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, for example, or other tales of Narnia – or have ever read his later books about his Christian faith – “Mere Christianity”, “The Screwtape Letters”, etc – then you will want to see this film. It traces the main events of Lewis’s life, telling his story of grief, loss and redemption in his own magnificent words; and delivers the provocative, intellectual and spiritual insights that made him the most influential Christian writer of the past century.
The film (73 mins) is written for the screen and directed by two-time Emmy and BAFTA winner Norman Stone (BBC’s Shadowlands). It features the American actor Max McLean and the British actor Nicholas Ralph (who plays James Herriot in the recent TV adaptation of “All Creatures Great and Small”).
Over 100 church members and friends joined us for a weekend at the Carlton Hotel, Torquay.
Some made their own way there, but the majority travelled by coach (courtesy of Blakes Coaches – thank you David and Janet!).
After dinner on Friday evening we heard from our mission partners, Peter and Louise Lynch, working with BMS in Bangladesh.
On Saturday morning, the early birds met for prayer at 7.30am and then breakfast was served from 8.30am. Following a short time of sung worship, Chas Deacon gave his life story and journey with Christ, interwoven with spiritual insights for us today.
Saturday afternoon was kept free – many went for a walk on the sea front, others took advantage of the hotel’s recreational facilities, including a swimming pool and games room.
After dinner we all settled down to an evening of entertainment compered by Tony and provided by our own talented members and friends! Contributions included:
The evening was rounded off with the opportunity to sing hits from the 1950’s (in commemoration of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne), including ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘Dream, dream, dream’ and ‘That’ll be the day’ when everyone had the opportunity to make their voice heard!
On Sunday morning we had a wonderful time of worship. Tim brought us God’s Word from Ephesians 2:11-22 and we shared communion together, before Peter and Steve lead us in prayers for the persecuted church and local mission opportunities. At the end the children and young people joined us and shared what they had been doing (FAITH = Forever Always I Trust Him).
We shared lunch together before heading home.
No need to book, just drop in between 10am and 12pm!
Find the characters from the nativity story and win a sticker!
Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ – the Light of the World with carols and Bible readings, with coffee and a mince pie afterwards!
Professional theatre company, Oddments Theatre, are bringing their long running production of The Hiding Place, the Corrie ten Boom story, to Taunton Baptist Church on Tuesday 16th & Thursday 18th November 2021 at 7.30pm. This inspiring true story from WW2 brings a message of hope, forgiveness and God’s love, even in the darkest of places. Tickets are limited to maximise social distancing and are available at: www.oddments-theatre.co.uk/book-your-tickets-here/