The churches of our Benefice are members of “TACT”, Tavistock Area Christians Together. TACT is involved in a wide range of initiates and projects from churches of different denominations to enhance fellowship, worship and outreach in our area. A recent initiative has been the launch of “ROC Tavistock” (Redeeming Our Communities) following a “ROC” conversation held in Tavistock Town Hall in June last year. Through this initiative new links are being formed between our churches and the voluntary sector to extend further God’s care for the people around us. We are part of four groups which meet every six weeks looking to set up small projects to address the following issues:
- Youth & Digital Safety;
- Loneliness and Isolation;
- Mental Health & Addictions;
- Communications and
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you a few of the other initiatives we are also involved in:
During 2018 patrol teams went out on 68 nights of the year to meet a very real need amongst those out and about in the night-time economy. Patrols engaged with more than 1,500 people and also gave out 120 pairs of flip-flops. Daytime patrols also go out in teams of 2 each Friday lunchtime.
School Pastors and Catalyst
School Pastors visit Tavistock College each Wednesday lunchtime during term time. At present we have a team of 8 School Pastors and 10 Prayer Pastors. Catalyst youth workers also work in the College and a number of other schools throughout the week.
TASTE AND SEE
Taste and See is Christian outreach for ladies in the form of supper events. The aim is to provide an opportunity to invite friends/family/colleagues to an ‘easy-to-access’ Christian event. Numbers for the events typically range from 60 to 70 ladies.
PENTECOST PARTY IN THE PARK
After the torrential rain of the 2017 the 2018 “Pentecost Party in the Park”, event took place on a beautiful summer day. It was a wonderful opportunity to share the Christian message.
RISEN – EASTER MONDAY CELEBRATION
The “Risen” event has been taking place in Tavistock Town Hall every Easter Monday for the last seven years. It is an evening enjoyed by many Christians from our local area. The aim is to make the evening welcoming & comfortable for all, regardless of church background or none. Worship is led by a choir drawn from local churches and it is always an encouraging and uplifting evening. Another “Risen” event is being planned for this coming Easter Monday evening.
IGNATIAN PRAYER GROUP
The Ignatian Prayer Group is now in its sixth year and meets in Tavistock. The aim is to encourage contemplative prayer in the style of St. Ignatius. The group welcomes new people and the dates can be found on the TACT website and our pew sheets.
OPEN THE BOOK
“Open the Book” is a nation-wide initiative by the Bible Society, encouraging local churches to present dramatized Bible stories to primary schools. We are fortunate in the Tavistock area that many of the local schools welcome contributions from “Open the Book” teams to Key Stage 1 & 2 assemblies. The dramatized stories are mostly taken from the “Lion Storyteller Bible” with a fully scripted introduction, conclusion and short prayer published by the Bible Society. At present Open the Book teams visit the following schools:
- Tavistock Primary School (TMC and St Eustachius) St Peters Primary & St Rumons Infants Schools (St Eustachius)
- Whitchurch Primary School (St Andrews)
- Gulworthy Primary School (St Paul’s, Gulworthy)
- Mary Tavy Primary School (TMC and Mary Tavy Methodist Chapel)
- Princetown Primary School (Rock Methodist Church)
HEALING ROOMS AND COSTA HEALING
Monday evening “Healing Rooms” in the Society of Friends Meeting House in Bedford car park has been running for 5 years. In Costa, on each Tuesday morning, prayers for healing are also said. Everyone is welcome. This is an initiative that Costa is open to in their cafes nationally.
DATA (DEBT ADVICE TAVISTOCK AREA)
DATA (Debt Advice, Tavistock Area) has been running for just over 6 years. It is a charity supported by TACT providing completely free advice to anyone in need, helping local people with debt management, debt relief orders, bankruptcy, dealing with creditors and bailiffs. The charity is affiliated to the Christian debt advice group Community Money Advice (CMA).
TAVISTOCK FOOD BANK
TACT oversee the work of the Tavistock Food Bank. From September 2017 to August 2018, 426 vouchers were given, 631 adults and 362 children were fed. The Foodbank is currently in need of the following items: small bags of sugar, tinned meat, jars of pasta sauce, deodorant, washing powder/tablets, and larger sized nappies. There are Food Bank drop-off points at both Co-ops in Tavistock, and Tesco and Morrisons.
TAVIPRAISE, TAVIPRAYER AND PRAYER IN THE SQUARE
TaviPraise – an evening of contemporary worship led by different TACT groups in different church locations on the first Thursday of most months.
TaviPrayer – a meeting held monthly for prayer for TACT projects and particular needs.
Prayer in the Square – held on the third Saturday of most months in Bedford Square. An opportunity to talk to people and offer prayer.
Please pray for the work of TACT and for all those we seek to serve.
With my love and prayers