Taunton Baptist Church - Special events

Special events

Starting 9th January 2023

What’s the best love you’ve ever known?

Discipleship Explored helps followers of Jesus turn up the gospel soundtrack to their lives.

It goes beyond simply teaching the right moves – go to church, pray, read the Bible, share the gospel – and focuses on the music which drives discipleship: the love of Christ. The greatest love anyone can ever know.

This eight-session journey through Paul’s letter to the Philippians is ideal for believers at any stage of the Christian life. It features brand-new documentary-style films and inspiring real-life stories from around the world, Bible studies and weekly reading plans.

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    Carols by Candlelight

    Sunday 18th December 2022 @ 6.30pm

    Join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We will sing carols together, hear readings from the Bible and afterwards enjoy coffee and mince pies.

    In these days when there is so much bad news and the idea of hope is just wishful thinking, a line in the well-known carol ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’ reminds us that “the hopes and fears of all the years” are met in Jesus. Not as a baby, but in His sacrificial death on the cross.

    It is right to talk about the baby Jesus in this season, but we want to encourage you to consider one of Jesus’ special titles: the Lion of Judah. The lion represented kingship, which is why Jesus had a crown of thorns mockingly placed on his head when he was crucified.

    In the famous Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, Aslan is a Lion-King who represents Jesus Christ. Susan said to Mr Beaver, “I’d thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion…”
    “Safe?” said Mr Beaver… “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

    We hope that this Christmas you will encounter this God-who-became-man, so that He would bring you into a joyful relationship with God your Father, Maker and Redeemer.


    Film: The Case for Christ

    Friday 25th November 2022 @ 7.30pm

    An investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist, Lee Strobel, sets out to disprove the existence of God (using his well-honed journalistic and legal skills) after his wife becomes a Christian, with unexpected, life-altering results.

    Suggested donation of £5.00 on the door

    Director Jon Gunn, starring Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, Robert Forster and Frankie Faison. 2017 (PG) 1hr 52m.


    Cafe-style Service

    Sunday 9th October 2022 @ 10.30am

    Come and join us for an informal harvest service, suitable for all the family. No pressure to sing or pray. Free filter coffee and cake!


    September – December 2022

    What’s the best news you have ever heard? Was it surprising? Did it change the way you think? Or was it something you wanted to be true but didn’t dare hope?

    The extraordinary claim of the Christian faith is that the message of Jesus is the very best news you could ever hear!

    Over several sessions we will explore Mark’s gospel to consider three questions that cut right to the heart of Christianity: Who is Jesus? What did he achieve? How should we respond?

    Although this course has finished, complete the form below if you want to be advised of the dates of the next course:

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      Home Mission BBQ

      Friday 5 August 2022 at 6.30pm

      Come and hear Carl Smethurst, regional minister sharing stories about churches and individuals in the south west reaching out with missional activities and bringing the love of God to their communities.

      For more information about Home Mission, click on one of the two buttons below:


      Monday 6th, 13th and 20th June at 7.30pm

      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.

      Although this course has finished, complete the form below if you want to be advised of the dates of the next course:

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        Bike Pilgrimage 2022

        Thursday 26 May 2022 at 7.30pm

        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:


        Easter Monday Walk

        Monday 18 April 2022 at 10.00am

        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!

        Our route
        Climbing Cotlake Hill
        Climbing Cotlake Hill
        Looking back over Taunton
        Top of Cotlake Hill
        Group at top of Cotlake Hill
        Group Selfie!

        Film: “The Most Reluctant Convert”

        Friday 25 March 2022 at 7.30pm

        Cost: £8 (£5 under 18)
        Pay at the door – cash please

        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.

        View the trailer

        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”).


        Church Weekend Feb 2022

        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.


        Charles (Chas) Deacon is a good friend of Richard’s from his time in Torquay. He is a science graduate originally from Devon and was an arboriculturist before following the call into ordained ministry with the Church of England. Richard says: “He’s more down to earth than me, smarter than me and funnier than me!… You’ll love him, because he’ll make you love Jesus more!!!”

        Video recordings of Chas’ talks are available here:

        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 parable of the Talents (TBC Youth)
        • Poems (Alan, Christine, Jan, Linda)
        • Vocal Solo (Alan)
        • Piano duet (Janet and Hazel)
        • Oboe solo (Megan)
        • Ukelele (Joy)
        • Flanders and Swann medley (Tony and Mike)
        • Writing home (Carole)
        • Jokes (Alan)

        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!

        Video recording:

        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).

        Video recording:

        We shared lunch together before heading home.

        Worship and teaching – photo highlights

        Food & fellowship – photo highlights

        Fun – photo highlights


        Nativity Trail

        Monday 20 December – Weds 22 December 2021

        No need to book, just drop in between 10am and 12pm!

        Find the characters from the nativity story and win a sticker!


        Carols by Candlelight

        6.30pm 19 December 2021

        “This is the verdict: light has come into the world” John 3:19

        Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ – the Light of the World with carols and Bible readings, with coffee and a mince pie afterwards!


        The Hiding Place: The Corrie ten Boom Story

        16th and 18th November 2021

        By Oddments Theatre

        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/