Milverton, Somerset

Methodist Church February pastoral letter

No fear this year.

How brave are you? There are a few instances in the bible where the words “do not fear” or “do not be afraid” appear. Did this stop it happening? I don’t think so. It is in our nature as human beings to feel scared or worried in times of trial. Yet it states quite clearly that we should not fear as God is with us always.

What do we fear? Failure? Being hurt? The unknown? Rejection? The list is not exhaustive. We all have individual fears. Sometimes fear can be quite debilitating, and it can be difficult to see where God is in a particular situation and how we are going to overcome things. I am reminded of Paul and Silas imprisoned in Philippi. It must have been a frightening experience, yet they prayed and sang praises to God. Their faith and belief helped them overcome their traumatic situation.

Read through the book of Psalms and you will find a lot about the Lord being our refuge and strength. The one in whom we should trust with all our heart, mind, soul and spirit. Here is a prayer which I was prompted to write by the Holy Spirit and felt compelled to share.

Every Blessing

Lord I stand before you to praise
We thank you for walking beside us
Your loving arms around us
The protection you give
No enemy can break us
Our faith stands firm
With you we are strong
To read the word is our shield
We are one with our Lord
The body is strong
No weakness in us
For we proclaim this

Terry Chapman


Busy Bees in January

In January we had a session on getting to know the church and churchyard. Amongst other things, the children looked at an earlier church floor, rang a bell, found the bees on the kneelers, and enjoyed finding the same names occurring in the early Register of Births, on the War Memorial and on graves. In some cases these were names still familiar in the village, and where they lived and worked was known to the group.

Our next session is on Sunday 27 February at 10am in Wilscombe Woods, which is at the top of Butts Way. The topic will be Signs of Spring, and we shall be looking in particular at tawny owls, who mate in the woods in February.

If you are interested in your child joining Busy Bees, please contact me, I should love to hear from you.

Julia Hatfield
07761 022673