Milverton, Somerset

Busy Bees at Easter

If you walk past the church porch you will see the outside Easter Garden that was designed and made by the Busy Bees on Maundy Thursday. Please stop to admire it. 

Inside the church is the indoor garden which was the assembled by the Busy Bees and where you can see the risen Jesus!

The gardens will remain until Ascension which in mid-May, please feel free to add your own flowers or plants to them.

Julia Hatfield

Easter egg rolling

Easter egg rolling will once again take place in Parsonage Lane, opposite the top of the Vicarage driveway, on Monday 10 April at 2.30pm.

Free to enter. Just bring along your own decorated hard boiled egg to roll down Parsonage Lane. There will be children and adult races followed by an Easter egg hunt for the young at heart in the churchyard. Donations welcome.

Easter Egg rolling

Easter egg rolling

Free to enter Easter Egg rolling on Monday 18 April at 2.30pm at Parsonage Lane, Milverton.

Bring your own decorated hard boiled egg to roll down Parsonage Lane. Meet opposite the top of the Vicarage driveway.

  • Children’s race (up to 16 years old)
  • Adults race

Followed by an Easter egg hunt for the young at heart in the churchyard or in the church if wet, and cake and squash.

Donations welcome.

Hope for a better future

This month of April begins on Maundy Thursday, the day when we remember the last meal Jesus shared together with his friends before he was arrested and crucified. It was the meal that has become so significant in the life of the Church, where bread was broken and a cup of wine passed round, coming to symbolise for us the brokenness of the body of Christ. The sacrifice he made for love of us.

Many of us will hopefully celebrate something of the Easter feast although restrictions continue for a while longer. We may not yet be able to gather in larger groups of family and friends, but perhaps we can glimpse what is to come?

This has always been the story of the Church, to point to what ‘is’ but which may not yet be fully realised. During this pandemic there has been a need for hope amongst such bleakness and now as the vaccine is shared and the signs of life appear in the world around us, we begin to see what might again be possible. To hope for a better future.

And yet in the bleakness of this first weekend of April, which takes us into the darkness of the tomb on Holy Saturday, we remember that hope is not cheaply bought. It is not mere optimism, but rather something, though fragile, that is stronger than death.

As some of us break our fast this Easter and share the bread and wine of the Eucharistic feast, may we know both the cost of such love and the hope that it offers.

Easter blessings!

Bishop of Taunton

Easter lilies

In past years the church has been decorated for Easter with lilies included in remembrance of loved ones.

In 2020, and again this year we are very limited in access to church with very few services taking place in the building. We hope that an arrangement in the south porch, and perhaps one in church will give comfort to those who remember loved ones in this way.

This year it is appropriate to remember all who have died during the pandemic in addition to members of our community who will be sadly missed.

From the Vicarage April

How are you?

So, really, how are you?

We are being encouraged to ask…to really ask…and to listen…
23 March marked the first anniversary of that first lockdown, and was designated as a National Day of Reflection. A year ago all of our lives changed, we were restricted, we were uncertain, many were afraid, others saw themselves as indestructible, and many have since been lost to us. What a year! Many emotions have been experienced including some we may not be proud of and some we may not recognise as part of ourselves.

Spring is a time of new growth, life appearing from what seemed to be barren land. Easter, in the Christian calendar is a time of new hope, Christ resurrected from the dead and walking alongside us on our journey through life. Hopefully we can now, very carefully and very gradually, move back out into the brightness of our lives, sharing precious moments with others, and beginning to plan for the future. But, please remember that some are afraid, some are required to continue to shield with no end date in sight; some have been deeply changed by the isolation and life in lockdown, both physically and emotionally.

We have a long way to go yet!… so please …be kind, be safe, and really, really ask…How are you?…you could change someone’s life by really asking from the heart.

There are posters throughout the villages with contact numbers for mental health support…don’t leave it too late!

Finances are still tight, remember, the Hardship Fund is easy to access through myself and is confidential and non-judgmental…Don’t go without because of Covid! 01823 400305

Canon Ian Ainsworth Smith’s funeral will be at 2pm on 1 April, Maundy Thursday, at St Michael’s Church.
Due to present restrictions only family and close friends may attend (only 30 permitted at funerals).
However you may wish to pay your respects as the coffin leaves church and passes through the village after the service, maintaining safe distancing at all times.

May he rest in peace….