Rector’s Letter, February 2018

Dear friends

We have passed from 2017 to 2018 and we pray that this year will see the growth of God’s kingdom. The year has begun with a number of funerals, and we pray for those missing loved ones, and we honour the faith of our fellow-believers who have died, giving thanks for all they have meant to us. They have passed, by the grace of God, not from one year to the next, but from life in a fallen world which crucified God’s Messiah, into a world where that Messiah, now risen and glorified, reigns forever, and they reign with him in his loving presence.

Time moves on, another year comes, and our mortality presses on us. Make sure that you know where you are going after you die. Jesus speaks in his own teaching about heaven (he came from it and was returning to it), and about hell (e.g. it is better to cut off what causes you to sin, than to be thrown into hell, Matthew 5:29). He himself died, and then rose, so that all who believe in him should know that they are safe forever. At the grave of his friend Lazarus, he said: ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die’ (John 10:25-26). Amazing words. But he then follows them immediately with a four-word question. Why don’t you look it up in a Bible and see what Jesus’s question is!? It might change your eternal destiny.

And if you know that your eternal destiny is safe, that does not mean you can sit back and do nothing. The New Testament commands us to persevere in faith and love and hope, and to grow in the knowledge of God. How will 2018 present you with opportunities to do that? And will you take those opportunities? Eternal life is not given to those who used to go to church and pray and serve and love God. Hebrews 10:36 tell us: ‘You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God you will receive what he has promised.’ Persevere, keep going, hold on to the Lord, trust him and serve him this year, for he is one who loves us, and gives peace, purpose and joy.

With my best wishes – James.

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 moment and will be unveiled on the evening as part of Yeovil’s Christmas light display – we look forward to seeing your amazing art work Rosie!

As in previous years, St John’s will be open for this community event, and no doubt packed with people who are cold and need a hot drink, who are interested in the bells and the church building, who have children who need entertaining with craft and puppets and who are families who would like a family nativity photo booth picture once more! What a great opportunity to have our doors open and the church bustling with people, and for those conversations inviting people along to our carol services and church events over the festive season.
We hope to have up and running in St John’s:

  • A nativity photo booth
  • Music
  • Puppets
  • Children’s craft
  • Bells and tower experience
  • Hot chocolate mountains, tea, coffee and cake
  • Church tours

Keep the date free and do come along, and bring your family and friends, church open 5pm to 8pm on Saturday 18th November!

Amazing Grace

Amazing Graceodments

May 26
St John’s Church
Doors 7pm, performance 7:30pm

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Oddments Theatre Company are coming to St John’s Church on Thursday 26th May 2016 with their touring production – Amazing Grace!
Tickets – £7.50 in advance, £10 on the door
Emma Handcock will be selling tickets at the back of church on Sunday – come and buy yours soon!
OR by online now:
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What’s it about?!
The true story of John Newton: a sailor who turned his back on God, a man of no morals, and a trader of slaves. The cast will take the audience on a voyage of discovery, as John finds out about God’s infinite love and saving grace.
We’d love to see you there!

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Adopt a Penguin

penguin-2This has now finished! You will have been sent an email if you were a winner.

After a hard week at the St John’s pole, training up as part of the Polar Explorers holiday club, the waddle of penguins are ready for rehoming.

These penguins are cheap to look after and only need daily cuddles to meet all their nutritional needs, although for fun they do like chasing after carrot fish.

Not the most energetic of creatures, however a little light exercise is good for them and they will waddle along to the theme music from Ski Sunday with a little prompting.

Within the waddle are 16 adults and 4 babies all needing new homes. If you would like to home a penguin please send your name and contact details using the form below or ring Jennifer and David on 01935 862190. The closing date is Saturday 22nd August following which names will be drawn out of a hat. The first 20 names will be the successful adoptees.

Important small print:

  • Please specify whether you are interested in adopting a baby or an adult penguin.
  • There is no charge for the penguins and whilst donations to St John’s from successful adoptees are invited they are not obligatory.
  • Lastly, it is important to remember that penguins are for life and not just for holiday club.

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Election Hustings – 5th May

On Tuesday 5th May, the churches in Yeovil organised a hustings involving all five Yeovil Constituency candidates for the 2015 General Election. The hustings was a chance for the candidates to put forward their vision, and to hear them answer and debate questions posed by members of the audience.

This was a fantastic event, hosted by Yeovil Community Church, and with a capacity crowd. Some information is available below on each of the candidates, and the twitter feed from during the meeting is available here (content is not the responsibility of St John’s):

David LawsDavid Laws (Liberal Democrat)

The current Member of Parliament for Yeovil having been first elected as MP in 2001. A former investment banker, he has served in the current coalition government as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and more recently as Minister of State for Schools, and Minister of State for Cabinet Office.

Website


Marcus FyshMarcus Fysh (Conservative)

Born in Australia, but moved to UK at age 3. He is businessman who is now serving as a councillor on Somerset County Council, and South Somerset District Council.

Website – Facebook – Twitter


Sheena KingSheena King (Labour)

Sheena is the mother of a baby boy, a law graduate and has an 11 year career history in air traffic control.
Website – Facebook


Simon Smedley

Simon Smedley (UKIP)

Simon was born in Wimbledon and moved to Somerset in 2001. Working in the property industry, he now runs a small commercial property company. He has been a local churchwarden for 10 years.
Website


Emily McIvor

Emily McIvor (Green)

West country born and raised, Emily now lives in Axmouth. She has worked at Ferne Animal sanctuary and had careers in teaching and animal welfare.
Website – Facebook – Twitter

Rector’s Letter January 2015

Dear friends,

I wonder if this was your resolution for 2015: Come to church every week! If you belong to St. Andrew’s or St. John’s, do your utmost to come every week. Belonging to a church is a big and significant thing in anyone’s life, and it matters to all of us if you are missing. A Christian believer who comes irregularly does not belong to their church with the kind of commitment that honours God, helps their fellow-Christians, and enables them to grow in their own discipleship. Of course it’s fine to take holidays, and illness and old-age and some other things can keep us away on Sundays (or Tuesday mornings); but if you really belong to God, you will make every effort to be present with God’s people for our main weekly meetings.

Belonging to a church is not like belonging to a club, it’s more like belonging to a nation. As an Englishman living in England, I speak English, breathe English air, and live English life: I can’t help it – that’s who I am. As Christians, we belong with our fellow-Christians who are God’s people, and we should live church life. (After all, the Old Testament people of God were a nation, and the New Testament speaks of Christian believers as being ‘a holy nation’, united not by race but by Christ).

Now some of those who turn up irregularly in our churches are seeking for God, looking into Christian faith, and are being gently drawn by God towards Christ and his church. And that is great – we want them to come whenever it suits them, and if you are one of those, please be our guest, please keep using our services in whatever way works for you. But for those who know they belong to God, who are already committed Christian believers, well, you should come to church every week if you possibly can. Do not forget the command of Scripture: ‘Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching’ (Hebrews 10:25). The Day of God will come, and a new year reminds us of the march of time. We need God and we need each other. And we need you. If you belong to a Fellowship Group (or another kind of church group), the same applies: your attendance matters.

Sorry if I have sounded like a grumpy Schoolmaster, trying to lay down the law. Christianity does not work by law but by grace, and if God’s grace has gripped us, then time in church with God’s word and God’s people celebrating God’s love will bring the greatest joy to our hearts. And may God give us all much joy through 2015.

With my best wishes – James.

St John’s website relaunched!

Our website has been relaunched! We hope you like it and can find what you are looking for. As well as a fresh look, the new site is easier for us to keep updated and provides opportunities to interact.

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