The parish church in Peasedown St John has appointed a new community pastor.
The post filled by Sally Taylor has been created to support church members to develop their Christian life and “share everything”.
Members of St John’s Church are being encouraged to join community groups run by members of the church so they have an opportunity to pray, study the Bible and enjoy fellowship in a more relaxed setting.
The Rev Matthew Street said: “The Christian life is a continual journey with new challenges every day. Those of us who follow God’s call want to do more than worship Him on a Sunday, but seek His guidance in everything we do.
“Because of this, we encourage members at St John’s to join a weekly community group that can include Bible study, discussion and prayer.”
Ms Taylor has been appointed to keep a pastoral eye over the new group’s development.
She said: “We seek in our community groups to be like the early Christians in the Bible – meeting together and sharing everything in common. These groups seek to be a place where people can be real, share their lives and track along with one another in their Christian walk.
“With this support and encouragement we are better equipped as people and as a church to look outside the walls of the church and make a difference in the lives of our community and village.”
The church runs several holiday clubs, has a community football coach and is involved in the Somer Valley Foodbank as well as having links with Peasedown youth and children’s centre.
Ms Taylor said: “I know that our church community groups help enable these things to happen and I know this involvement will grow.”
She has been asked to come up with new ideas to create even stronger links between church members and the wider village community.
St John’s Church is part of the St J’s Group Anglican benefice, which also takes in the parish churches of St Julian’s at Wellow, St James’ at Foxcote and St Julian’s at Shoscombe.
For more details visit the website www.stjsgroup.org, which includes details of future events, the churches’ work in the community, activities going on during the week and recordings of Sunday sermons.