New to Church?

We know it can be daunting if you’ve never been to church before – or if it’s been a while. We hope that this page will give you some idea of what to expect if you come to a service.

Where is the Church building?

Taunton Minster is in the centre of Taunton, Somerset, UK. It is located at the top of Hammet Street and its 50 metre tower rises majestically for all to see, and the bells for all to hear. For a map, see our Find Us Page.

What happens when I get there?

As you arrive, a member of the congregation will greet you at the door and will be happy to point you in the right direction. We hope that you will feel warmly welcomed.

The service will normally follow a printed booklet and consists of singing hymns, Bible reading(s), some prayers and a sermon (about 12 minutes) that aims to explain and apply what the Bible says to our everyday lives. Communion services will give the opportunity for most people to receive the Bread and Wine (though there is no need to do so).  There are gluten free breads available.

Please sit wherever you like – there are not any reserved seats. The service is sound enhanced and there is a loop system.

After the 10.00am service we offer refreshments—please feel free to stay and enjoy tea, coffee or a cold drink and have a chat to others.

The service at 8.00am uses more traditional language from the Book of Common Prayer (1662 AD). It’s a quiet said service and lasts about 35 minutes.

The 5.00pm service follows a variety of set patterns thoughout each month. The 1st in the month is Choral Evensong with all its richness of tradional language and music and led by choir and organ. The 2nd in the month contrasts to the prior Sunday with worship songs. visuals and a small worship group leading us musically. The 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays are each quiet reflective services which take place in the more initimate space of the Chancel (at the top of the main nave seating area). Each of these takes a slightly different form, some with tradtional words and some with comntemporary words.

Is there anything for my children?

Yes, we have a Junior Church we call Tekna and creche at the 10.00am service.

Will I be asked to give money?

We bring baskets around during a hymn at the 10.00am service, but there is no obligation to give. If you wish to do so and you are a tax payer then there are yellow Gift Aid envelopes for you to use. Alternatively, you can support us through giving by using contactless option which is at the main entrance to the Minster.

What about the loo?

Should you need facilities, toilets can be found beyond the front left (north east!) of the church, reached by moving beyond the organ.

What’s being a Christian all about?

It’s a journey in fellowship with the Church in relationship with God through faith in his Son, Jesus Christ, who died that we might live.

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We hope this helps to explain something of what this church is like. Please do come along, we’d love to see you! If you are still nervous after reading this, please contact us and we will arrange for someone to meet you and show you around.