Rector’s Letter – December 2017

Dear friends Christmas is about what God has given to us. We give gifts to each other as a reminder of the greatest gift ever given. That gift was pink and wriggling, gift-wrapped in cloth and delivered in a grubby wooden box. Jesus Christ is God’s indescribable gift to a sinful, wayward, hurting and desperate read on

Christmas Light’s On Event!

On Saturday 18th November, Yeovil Town Centre will be bustling with people for the switching on of the Christmas lights, and there is good news there, one of our members of St John’s will be switching on the lights having won a competition to design a Christmas light. This design is being made at the read on

Rector’s Letter – November 2017

Dear friends Some things in life are simple matters of right and wrong. Other questions are much harder to work out, and the right thing to do may depend on circumstances, conscience, or the good of others. I have been reading 1 Corinthians recently, and chapters 5 and 6 give examples of plain right and read on

Rector’s Letter, October 2017

Dear friends When I was young my parents had to chivvy me to write ‘Thank you letters’. Now I find myself pestering my own children to do the same! There is something really important in saying thank you and something seriously missing when you don’t. The French word ‘merci’ comes from a Latin word that read on

Rector’s Letter – September 2017

Dear friends In St. John’s we have a book locked in a glass case, which is called ‘The Paraphrase of Erasmus’ and it was purchased for the church in 1561, along with a chain so that nobody could walk off with it. It contains the four gospels in English, along with a commentary by Erasmus read on

Rector’s Letter, July 2017

Dear friends It’s Summertime; I wonder what you will enjoy: Wimbledon, the Yeovil Show, a barbecue, a trip to the sea, an ice cream, a wedding, a children’s Holiday Club … The Gershwins wrote: Summertime, and the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma read on

Hannah’s Baptism

Hannah Peace’s baptism from June 5th in St John’s. Note the first 20 seconds is a still image, then it switches to video. read on

Rector’s Letter, June 2017

Dear friends Twenty years ago this month Bloomsbury published ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, the first novel in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. There was an initial print-run of only 500, all in hardback. Harry Potter is a scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled orphan. He bears on his forehead the mark of a terrible read on

Rector’s Letter, May 2017

Dear friends I have recently finished reading a biography of Hudson Taylor (1832-1905), who founded the China Inland Mission. At the end of the book, I read this: ‘When he had sailed for China in 1853 there were only three hundred Chinese Christians in the whole of the Chinese Empire; by the end of his read on