We believe Taunton Vineyard exists to make a difference in our local area by serving generously and abundantly, and connecting with people to see lives transformed not only spiritually, but physically, emotionally, socially and psychologically. We want to make a difference by practically demonstrating God’s love and acceptance to everyone, no strings attached, whatever their background, circumstances or religion because we believe that God is compassionate and cares deeply about our communities and our town. One of the particular ways we express this is through our service to the poor and the stranger. We have a range of compassion ministries which do one-off serving events, provide regular spaces to meet, and a range of ongoing support.
Our CAP debt centre, through partnership with Christians Against Poverty nationally, offers ongoing support in releasing local people from the bondage of debt.
As part of CAP and in conjunction with North Street Church we are running a Lighthouse Cafe one morning a week. Our vision is to provide a place for people to gather for fellowship but also to provide a place that people can come in and encounter Jesus.
CHARIS is a charitable partnership between Taunton Vineyard and two other churches in the Deane, which, through the community sponsorship model, seeks to resettle Syrian refugees in the area.
ROC Taunton Deane is a multi-church, multi-agency charitable partnership, which seeks to initiate and facilitate people of goodwill working together to help build safer, stronger communities in Taunton Deane.
TLG MakeLunch is a partnership between Taunton Vineyard and another church in the town which, under the umbrella of the national charity, provides hot meals for children in the North Taunton area during the school holidays.
If you would like donate money towards our compassion ministries, we are currently running a Christmas appeal for CAP and MakeLunch. Please follow the link below:
Update - October 2019
Dear Church, please see following update from CHARIS regarding the use of the downstairs Mumford Room at Church Square:
"The room is being used four days a week to provide English classes and a drop-in session for refugees needing support with benefits, employment, housing etc. We have two teachers offering 4 classes between them on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. We also have a Support Worker providing one-to-one support with individuals every Tuesday afternoon. The classes broke up for the summer and then returned again in September. The room is working so well and our students are enjoying their new learning environment. Thank you for supporting CHARIS and the refugee families in Taunton, Bridgwater and Wellington. We are teaching at least one person from each family. Between SCC and CHARIS we are supporting 14 families – just amazing.”
(If you have any questions about Church Square, please see Nick Webb or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Update - May 2019
Work to repair the walls of the Mumford Room is underway. Parts of the wall have been ‘tanked’ to prevent ingress of damp before final plastering. It is envisaged that this work will be completed in a couple of weeks to allow for repainting.
This will mean that the room, toilet and kitchenette will be ready for CHARIS to use the room from the beginning of the June term.
It’s really encouraging to see parts of the Compassion Centre being prepared for use as we intended. If you feel that you can offer any practical or financial assistance to the ongoing development, then please contact either Richard Sampson or Jon Carrington.
As always, if you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
Church Square - Mumford Room - March 2019
Work has now started on converting the large downstairs room (Mumford Room) to a more useable and self-contained space. The initial pipework for the toilet and kitchenette has been fitted in preparation for the installation of the toilet and kitchen sink unit. The toilet will be fitted in a small room adjoining the Mumford Room.
In addition, an asbestos survey has been commissioned and will take place in early March. This is required before any major structural alterations are started.
Furthermore, a meeting has been held between Edmund Bailhache and Vineyard representatives together with electricians to agree the best way forward in separating the electricity supply to the two premises. This involves re-positioning meters and distribution boards and should be completed in the next 4 weeks.
Church Square - Planning Permission Granted - January 2019
Good news! The Planning and Environment Department at Taunton Deane Borough Council officially approved on 2 January 2019 the planned works at Church Square. We have been advised that only 5% of Grade 2* listed buildings actually secure such permission. This means that - depending on finances and contractors - we are free to begin the work to separate us from Edmund Bailhache Solicitors.
Taunton Vineyard Compassion Centre – December 2018
Detailed plans have been prepared that identify the precise location, size and construction of the proposed sections of Party Wall that we are, jointly, having to erect with our neighbours, Bailhache Solicitors. The wall extends through the ground floor, continues up through the first floor, and into the roof space above.
An application for Building Regulation Approval has been submitted to the Local Authority in this connection, and quotations are being sought for its construction.
In association with the above, works are also required to separate the electrical installations (that serve the whole premises) into two, provide a new water main and some associated plumbing, and re-route our telephone line. Quotations are being sought for these building services also.
With regard to the large room immediately below our church offices, a quotation is being sought for the provision of a ground floor WC and kitchen sink-unit to enable this room to be 'self-contained' for use initially by CHARIS, (who are keen to develop their work here) and other interested parties. The intention is that this will begin to provide a revenue stream.
Regarding our application for Listed Buildings Consent we expect approval to be forthcoming in the next couple of months or so.
Owing to the poor condition of one section of the hipped roof over our offices, overhauling this area of slate, (and insulating below) will be one of the first jobs to be tackled.
Timescales for this work are – at this time of year especially – difficult to predict but, finance permitting and contractors being available, we may expect to have occupation of the whole plot in the first half of 2019.
Our intention is that we will post updates on the TVC website at this location. The frequency of the updates will depend largely on events happening, so please drop in now and then to check progress!
Many thanks, Nick Webb (Chair of Trustees)
A week of serving projects in the North Taunton area, in partnership with churches and other organisations in the area took place between 9th and 16th July. Below is a small selection of photos from the week.