Taunton Deane and South Sedgemoor Methodist Circuit

A pilgrim People www.pilgrimpeople.co.uk

This Circuit joins all who are praying for peace during the current crisis in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. For information, statements from the Methodist Church, and prayers, please see:
https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/prayer/israel-palestine/

When races fight, peace be amongst us
When neighbours argue, peace be amongst us
When nations disagree, peace be amongst us
Where people struggle for justice, let justice prevail
Where Christ's disciples follow, let peace be our

Circuit Churches and Mission Statement

The Taunton Deane and South Sedgemoor Methodist Circuit is one of 17 circuits in the Plymouth and Exeter Methodist District and  includes seven churches and chapels, located in the towns of Taunton and Bridgwater,and the villages of Pawlett, North Curry and Middlezoy. The Churches offer Weddings, Funerals Baptisms and hold their own individual services and activities. You can find out more about each church in the dedicated section on this website including times services, events and own individual Mission Statements. Each Church has a designated Minister and Senior Steward who are able to answer any of your queries.

The Circuit as a whole shares one Main Mission:

‘To be Pilgrim People … on a journey: honouring God, sharing our faith, respecting and helping all.’ 

The full Mission Statement for the Circuit can be found here: TDSS Mission Statement.docx

The District Website can be found here: Plymouth and Exeter District Website



Safeguarding

The Methodist Church is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of its life and ministry.Safeguarding is about the action of the Church takes to promote a safer culture.  This means we will:

  • Promote the welfare of children, young people, and adults.
  • Work to prevent abuse from occurring.
  • Seek to protect and respond well to those that have been abused.


Our Circuit Safeguarding Policy can be found here: TDSS Circuit Safeguarding Policy.docx

Please see the The Methodist Church in Britain Safeguarding page for documents on different aspects of Safeguarding: The Methodist Church - Safeguarding

An overview of the work and ministry of our Circuit Churches can be seen here: TDSS Circuit Booklet 2023.doc 


The Circuit Plan


inside plan Sept - Nov 23 final.doc


The CLT is made up of eight members and they can be contacted using the contact us option at the bottom of this website:

  • Rev Deborah Kirk (Superintendent)
  • Rev Annie Deche - Circuit Minister
  • Carol Stowe - Senior Circuit Steward
  • Ian Rossiter - Circuit Steward
  • Elaine Dew - Circuit Steward
  • Peter Thomas - Circuit Treasurer
  • Jane Allin - Synod Secretary
  • Joanna Rossiter - Church and Comminuty Worker

Reverend Deborah Kirk

Superintendent

Reverend Annie Deche

Circuit Minister

Reverend Peter Thomas

Circuit Treasurer

Natalie Knight

Circuit Administrator

The Circuit continues to offer Recorded Worship Services, which premiereat 9.30am each Sundaymorning, but can be accessed after this at any time. They can be found on this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmrmRofhngIQDx4xxSMUyTw There is also currently a fortnightly zoom service at 6.30pm on the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings. The link can be obtained by contacting Rev Deborah Kirk

Temple Methodist Church

Reverend Deborah Kirk

Temple Methodist Church, Upper High Street, Taunton, TA1 3PY. Tel: (office) 01823 275765, Minister 01823 334854

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Rowbarton Methodist Church

Reverend Annie Deche

Rowbarton Methodist Church, Greenway Road, Taunton, TA2 6LA. Tel: (office) 01823 334854 Minister 01278 322497

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Lisieux Way

Reverend Annie Deche

Lisieux Way Methodist Church, Lisieux Way, Taunton, TA1 2PD. Tel: 01278 322497

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Bridgwater Methodist Church

Reverend Annie Deche

Bridgwater Methodist Church, Monmouth Street, Bridgwater, TA6 5EQ. Tel 01279 322497

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Pawlett Methodist Church

Reverend Annie Deche

Pawlett Methodist Church, Chapel Road, Pawlett, Bridgwater, TA6 4SH. tel: 01278 322497

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North Curry and Curland Methodist Church

Reverend Deborah Kirk

North Curry and Curland Methodist Church, Windmill Hill, North Curry, Taunton, TA36NA. tel: 01823 334854

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The Levels Methodist Church (Middlezoy)

Reverend Deborah Kirk

The Levels Methodist Church, Church Road, Middlezoy, Bridgwater, TA7 0NZ. Tel 01823 334854

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The Methodist Church is a Christian denomination. A Christian is someone who believes in Jesus Christ and follows his teachings. 





Being a member or the Methodist Church is a way of life and there are twelve things that we do individually and together as we grow as followers of Jesus, which help us to worship God, serve others, be evangelistic, and learn and care together.


You can find more detailed information about each of these and the Methodist Church by clicking on the following links: 

The Methodist Church - Way of Life and  Methodist Church - About Us



The Methodist Church is an inclusive church and welcomes all people to worship with them and become members if they wish.




THIS SECTION IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION

What is an ECO Church

What is an ECO Church

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Areas of Assessment

Areas of Assessment

In order to become an ECO Church there are fine areas of assessment, click read more to find out about each of these

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Recycling or Reusing

Recycling or Reusing

Click here for information and tips about recycling and reusing

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Rocha - Who are they?

Rocha - Who are they?

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Do one thing

Do one thing

Tips for small changes you can make to help make a difference

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Gardeners Corner!

Gardeners Corner!

Garden Ideas for Using Old Items that Hang Around

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Please feel free to access useful resources we have compiled which include children's and family activities and other information that can be used both at home and within any groups being held within the circuit

Citizens Somerset Membership

TDSS is a founder member organisation of Citizens Somerset, click on the link to read some background information which John Haines (our Co-Chair and a Methodist) put together.

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A monthly update from Rev Deborah Kirk, Superintendent Minister

Letter from Rev Annie Deche, Circuit Minister:

Lent this year starts on Wednesday, February 14th and ends on Thursday, March 28th with an evening Service on Maundy Thursday. The start of Lent is, in some Methodist church traditions, marked with Ash Wednesday and lasting for 40 days (not including Sundays), representing the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. This 40-day period for Christians is a time to reflect, pray, fast if you are able and practise almsgiving, in preparation for the resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday. We all know the 14th of February as a day to celebrate love - and how lucky we are this year significantly to celebrate the love of God from the season of Epiphany, the gift of baby Jesus, and how through his birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection and outpouring of the Holy Spirit in a few months’ time to celebrate Pentecost. We are here because of the faith we have in Christ Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.

As we ponder on what we will be thinking of in all these things, I would invite us to get into the zeal of being A Justice-seeking Church as we continue to support many around us - some we don’t see or know - by heeding the call from the ‘Walking with Micah’ project which Rev Rachel Lampard has embraced. I have arrived back from the under 5s retreat where Rachel was the key facilitator, and she has asked us to look at, and possibly join, in the ‘Let’s End Poverty’
community of grassroots activists working together to create change. Sign up at letsendpoverty.co.uk, speak up and invite others to this diverse, growing movement of people who are united behind a vision for a UK where poverty can’t keep anyone down. May we make this Lenten season one of a memorable encounter with God, join in where others are meeting, as one of the principles of a justice-seeking church says: God desires the flourishing of creation and human community within it…the search for justice does not diminish or
the flourishing of others but seeks to enable it.

Charles Wesley's famous hymn ‘Love Divine, All Loves Excelling’ (Singing the Faith 503) talks about Jesus as ‘unbounded love’ – a kind of love that cannot be contained, that works in our lives and in our world to free us and heal us. ‘Unbounded Love’ is the theme of the Lent campaign of the Methodist Church in 2024 – holding together our commitments to be a justice-seeking church, and a people who experience and proclaim the good news of God’s uncontainable love. (Methodist website) Lent themes from the Hymn Love Divine:

Week 1 - “Unbounded love”: Jesus’ baptism and wilderness experience – God’s love bursts the barriers of heaven, and then bursts into the realms of darkness.
Week 2 - “Visit us with thy salvation”: Losing our life (psyche) to find it – the ways we attempt to insulate ourselves from God’s love.
Week 3 - “Pure and spotless let us be”: Turning the tables in the Temple – corporate religious attempts to boundary God’s love.
Week 4 - “Finish then thy new creation”: God’s unbounded love for the cosmos.
Week 5 - “Changed from glory into glory”: Like a seed that has to die before it bears fruit, death is no barrier to God’s love.
Week 6 - “Till we cast our crowns before thee”: As Jesus entered Jerusalem the people responded by taking off their cloaks. What’s our equivalent? 
Holy Week - “Lost in wonder, love, and praise!”: As Jesus becomes bound by his opponents, will God’s love stay bound?

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift
you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6

Annie


  • Taunton, UK