Milverton, Somerset
20/06/2024

A signpost to God

2022 has begun, with all its potential for joy and for sorrow. What lies ahead I wonder? Will Covid define us, as it continues to exert its baleful influence and disrupt our plans? Or will the joy of faith-filled lives trump the gloom? Rejoice in the Lord always, begins our key passage from Philippians. Amen!

New Year resolutions – have you made any? They are rooted in a godly desire to improve our lives. They say 60 per cent of us make them, but only 8 per cent stick with them! I’m part of the 92 per cent, who try, but usually give up. Sometimes something sticks.

Two years ago, following a diocesan initiative to encourage more prayer, I resolved to get the Lectio 365 app. It has helped me ever since. I’m guided to sit, read, reflect and prepare for my day’s activities. It’s a form of Lectio Divina, similar to Dwelling in the Word, used in Bath and Wells, which encourages us to mull over God’s word, in our own personal time, and in the company of others, allowing God to speak to us.

Lectio 365 ends in this prayer: Father help me to live this day to the full, being true to you in every way. Jesus, help me to give myself away to others, being kind to all I meet. Spirit, help me to love the lost, proclaiming Christ in all I do, and say.

Our pioneers reach out to those around them, building relationships and using ever more creative ways, to point people to God. Cocktail bars, art work, pizza evenings, outdoor activities, pilgrim walkways… the list is gloriously endless! The Lectio prayer reminds us that everyone is a channel for God’s grace, a signpost to God. By encouraging others to grow in spiritual awareness, we can all be pioneers in our own situation.

Bishop Rob
Hon Assistant Bishop, Bath and Wells

 

Village Agent February update

It can be tough in the cold and dark months to get motivated to exercise – what do you do to Get Outside in Somerset?

For inspiration, why not visit www.getoutsideinsomerset.co.uk. The site is packed with activities and ideas to help you to get outside.

You can also join the Facebook group where people from across Somerset share local tips and ideas and to take part in the chat!

You might find a new passion, meet new friends, take up a new hobby! We’re blessed in Somerset with an abundance of places to go, and many are free! From walking through our beautiful nature reserves to enjoying our town parks, or for the more adventurous, exploring our magnificent hills. There really is something for every age and ability. If you struggle to get outside in Somerset, contact your local Village Agent who could find a community solution to help you!

Carers Groups make a welcome return!

Carers in Somerset will be delighted to hear that many Carers groups are reopening. In the Taunton area they’re in Bishops Lydeard (Mount St), Taunton (Wellsprings Church) and Wellington (Bulford Community Centre).

If you look after someone else – family, friend or neighbour, our Carers hub is packed full of support, activities and training.

Not sure if you are a Carer? Call our advice line and make sure you have the right support for you and the person you look after! 0800 31 68 600 or text ‘Carer’ to 78070. Ask your Village Agent for information and ideas on supporting the person you care for so you can get to take a break and attend a group.

Can’t get to a Carers group? Wiveliscombe Talking Café is open again on Wednesdays for help and advice.