February 2016

Do you sometimes wish that you were noticed just a little more than you are by others? – perhaps even, being more significant in the eyes of others? February is blessed with Valentine’s Day – you might answer the above positively if those cards with hearts on, flood your post-box! But what is real love anyway? And what about all those challenges life seems to put in my way? – can I deal with them? Will I?

We will look at these issues during February, through sharing God’s word together. I hope you will find great encouragement. God loves you, far, far more than you think.

Do you have a Twitter account? – maybe not, but if you do – you may follow the lives of famous people and receive the opinions etc. they may have, sent to your Twitter account. Likewise, people might follow you, and take a passing interest in your life. There are many people who claim to be “Followers” of Jesus. But what makes a follower of Jesus rather than being just an admirer of him or even a ‘fan’? At the end of February we begin a new series, exploring together what it means to be; “Not a Fan – but a Follower”!

Yeovil Street Pastors need Prayer Pastors

To enable the Street Pastors team to patrol the streets of Yeovil every Friday and Saturday night, it’s essential there are Prayer Pastors praying at the base and covering the team in prayer from 10.00p.m to 3.30a.m. At the moment, there are only 18 Prayer Pastors, which is making it very difficult to send out Street Pastor teams. Therefore, the need is now URGENT and with prayer as an essential part of all that is done by the Yeovil Street Pastor initiative, if you are willing to pray with others from various Christian congregations at the base once per
month, please contact:
Ruth Farrant on ruth.farrant@btinternet.com or
Steve Hart on Yeovil@streetpastors.org.uk THANKS!!

September at Steps

We are now in the meteorological season of Autumn, a time when creations colours blaze in all their Creator’s glory.

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Genesis 8;22

This autumn we are going to be looking at Jesus’s life as recorded in Luke’s gospel from chapter 7 to chapter 9. There is no doubt, that as we read this account, Jesus had an amazing impact during his ministry. He challenged the social conventions of the day, affirming those who were considered to be second class citizens – he loved the unlovable, touched the untouchable, demonstrated his glory and taught of his coming death and the cost of being his follower.

So, what will he be saying to us as we explore these chapters together?

The people were all filled with wonder and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread all through Judea and the whole country.  Luke 7:16-17

A big thank you to our speakers this month and to all those who are going to be leading us as well.

Messy Church of Milborne Port

On Sunday 13th September you have your next opportunity to bring somebody along at 3p.m to share together in Messy Church.  Church in a different way!  And even more different this month as we start off a new term with our friends from St. John’s joining with the Messy Church team to take Messy to the next stage here in Milborne Port. There will be more details to come about venue etc – but please keep Messy Church in your prayers as a new step of faith is taken in our community to make Jesus known.

July and August at Steps

Get excited !!!!– we start the month with a service of Believer’s Baptism on July 5th, to be witnessed in the pool at Milborne Port Primary School when Sui –ching will share her faith in Jesus, and demonstrate her faith in Jesus, as she is baptised.

A bring and share fellowship lunch to follow!

Our teaching for these 2 months:

“ In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit” Judges 17:6….

You might say today that even though we have a Queen, a government, established practices of law and order – some even might add decency, seeing as we live in a civilized society; everyone still does what they want. What happens if they are denied? Well there are a succession of courts, appeal procedures, complaint desks, customer services etc etc to make sure you are being treated totally in line with your rights, human, statutory and personal ( are there anymore?) and you are not offended, discriminated against or wronged. As we look at the book of Judges together over these next few weeks, what differences will we see between our world today and the time of the Judges. One thing is for sure, and it is very sad – in those days ‘Israel cried unto the LORD’ Today?

A big thank you to our speakers this month and to all those who are going to be leading us as well.

Messy Church

On Sunday 12th July you have your next opportunity to bring somebody along at 3p.m to share together in Messy Church. Church in a different way! And even more different this month as we feast together at the Messy Church BBQ A great opportunity to bring friends and neighbours along for an afternoon of crafts, games, a lot of fun and fabulous food! We meet in the playing fields at the primary school and in the school hall……..be there!!!

June 2015 at Steps

We often hear the cry; ‘I wish I could hear properly what God is saying to me’. Habakkuk said, “I will stand on my guard post…” (Hab. 2:1). Habakkuk knew that to hear God’s quiet, inner thoughts, he had to first go to a quiet place and still his own thoughts and emotions. Take a look at Psalm 62:5, it encourages us to silence our souls before God. There is a deep inner knowing in our spirits, that each of us can experience when we quieten both our bodies and our minds. If we are not still, we will sense only our own thoughts. Be still.

The month of June – warm days ( please!) – long days, with sunny evenings, a time again to take advantage of hearing what God wants to say to us, by being out in His creation and drinking in its beauty and life. Perhaps this month – if you want to hear from God more specifically about His will for your life – make a date with Him, take the time – He has the time, He is the Lord of time and …find a quiet place to listen.

Our teaching this month:

Jesus empowers us day by day as we trust in Him to help us deal with each of life’s issues and challenges. We are coming to the end of our current series this month; Jesus empowers us to overcome. We find between ourselves and Jesus, is the world……… the world always gets in the way of our hearing Jesus speaking to us, the world tells us we don’t even need to try to listen to what He is saying. It is good to grow in good things– no more so than in our faith. We’ll be looking at that and how also we can rise above the world’s pull day by day. To follow on – we are going to spend just a few weeks in the Book of Judges;

“ In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit” Judges 17:6….

and it wasn’t good!. We are going to look at how God raised up both men and women to lead God’s people back to Himself – more than once!  For us today, we have Jesus who shows us the way to our Father God, but it still takes men and women to help others find that way.

A big thank you to our speakers this month and to all those who are going to be leading us as well.

Messy Church

On Sunday 14th you have your next opportunity to bring somebody along at 3p.m to share together in Messy Church. Church in a different way! An informal and friendly time, to which everyone is invited. For many folk, this is the only opportunity they will have to engage with Jesus and us! – can you help to make that a good experience? Come along, bring your friends and neighbours too!

March 2015 at Steps

We are now into the period known as Lent – Lent is the period of six weeks, 40 days (not including Sundays) leading up to Easter, the most important festival in the Christian calendar.

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday in western Christian Churches and climaxes on Easter Sunday. The last week of Lent is called Holy Week, starting 30th March..

During the 40 days of Lent, we remember the time when Jesus went into the desert to fast and pray before beginning his ministry. During this time Jesus was tempted several times by Satan, but was able to resist.

Fasting – A time of denying self or more commonly a time of giving things up during this period of Lent. For us, it is one way of remembering the time Jesus’ fasted in the desert and it can be a test of self-discipline. But most importantly, Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, as we remember the death, the burial and the resurrection of Jesus. Perhaps this year, instead of just ‘giving up something’ – do something new! – be a regular at the prayer meeting, offer to lead your house group, make a cake a week for someone who would really value it in our fellowship – do some painting at church! – tell one new person each week the Good News of Jesus. Imagine the added dimension that will bring to Easter Day this year!

The Power of Jesus:……..

…the series we are following and will continue with in March. We will learn together through scripture, that The Power of Jesus enables us and empowers us, to face the challenges of being His followers in the 21st century. Also, we will learn how through Him we can overcome the challenges of our daily lives. This month, we look at Overcoming Anxiety and Frustration, Discontentment, Thankfulness, Overcoming our Pride. Be inspired by God’s Word to us – He knows our challenges, He knows our weaknesses; it is why sometimes we sing: For this I have Jesus…….

Celebrating and Sharing the Love of God

Dear Friends of Milborne Port – how good it is to see the green shoots of new growth starting to appear around our villages; the promise of a new season, new life, warmth (we hope !) and growth. And for many of us who struggle through the dark winter days, the longer days we can look forward to and see hints of now, are an added blessing.

2015 is for the UK a year of election and we may or may not be looking forward to the General Election in a couple of months. Are you ready for the political bombardment that is starting to be unleashed on us ?; with all those marvellous promises of a better life under one political party from another ? – perhaps you just don’t get overly bothered by it all!

The Bible tells us something quite contrary to the earthly scrabble for change, God says:

I the LORD do not change’ – that is from Malachi 3v6, the last book in the Old Testament. Does that make the God boring or a sure foundation on which to build our lives? The politicians are going to do all they can to make you live according to the policies they dream up, to out-do the other political parties. God does not have to do that because the bible also tells us:

‘‘All people are like grass,  and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures for ever.’ God’s manifesto!

I am grateful that God’s Word will be here for my children children’s, children – and then some! It is unchanging and it is life giving – within it we see the new shoots of life and growth, everyday. Have you ever known that new growth not to come each year? – that’s because God does not change!

October at Steps

On Sunday mornings during October at STEPS, we are continuing our series:

Adventures with Abraham’

One strength of Abraham – his faith pleased God.

One weakness of Abraham – when under pressure, he distorted the truth.

An ordinary man, called by God to do extraordinary things.

As we face our daily challenges, we will learn this month that obedience to God’s ways are  far better than following our own ways. He desires us to depend on Him, trust Him, have faith in Him as opposed to having faith in our own ability to please him. All the decisions we make have long term affects, on ourselves and on others. Should that not cause us to think carefully and seek God’s guidance as we make our choices and act on them each day?

We have much to learn from Abraham –

Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. Gen 15:6
On Sunday evenings during October:

The Jesus Lifestyle

Radical Living or Desperate Living?

What has Jesus to teach us about Living and Acting with Integrity – Sex in the 21st Century – Marriage and Divorce and, How do we respond to difficult people?

Come along at 6.30p.m. – armed with some cake to share! –  and join in as we explore how Jesus teaches us to live in this day and age and make a positive difference to our own lives and the lives of those around us.

Each one of us can make a difference. Together we make change. Barbara Mikulski

Harvest Thanksgiving

On the 19th October, we will be giving thanks to God for His goodness to us by providing us with an abundant harvest of wonderful foods. Please join us as we give thanks in a practical way by bringing non-perishable foods, (tins/pasta/rice/cereals etc) as part of our offering,  to be distributed to the local food banks and then onward to those who are less fortunate than ourselves.


We welcome once again at STEPS,  the opportunity to support the work of Blythswood – through collecting things to fill shoe boxes to send out to make a difference to those in Eastern Europe and beyond this coming Christmas. On the 21st October, there will be a presentation by display of the work of Blythswood in STEPS. Please invite friends and neighbours to come along and see the results of this valuable work. You can catch a coffee at the same time.

Christmas 2013

‘So, what would you like for Christmas darling?’  – hopeful words from a hapless husband, who once again is fishing for help, ideas, or anything that will relieve him of his fear of getting it wrong? At the top of his Christmas shopping list is one of those reindeer type ‘onesies’ but what size should he get anyway?

Is your stress level on the rise?…. are the lists of Christmas essentials so much longer than the same list you had last year?

700 years before Jesus was born to Mary in Bethlehem, a prophet going by the name of Isaiah wrote:…’the Lord will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him ‘Immanuel’ ( God with us). Isaiah 7:14

Just as we seem to prepare for Christmas earlier and earlier each year, so God was making it known that He too was preparing to give to the world the greatest gift he could: His son Jesus. And why did he do that?

To show us that he loves us and wants us to know what he is like. That’s rather like us giving gifts to those we love at Christmas. We want them to know that we love them and we value them very much and there really is nobody we would rather be with. Just the same sentiment God had with giving us his Son.

I hope that this Christmas you will be able to take some time out, get to a Carol Service, or come to church with your family on Christmas Day and hear a little more about ‘ the greatest gift ever given’ Gods Son Jesus. Its what Christmas is all about.


You will be so welcome to join our Christmas celebrations at STEPS on the evening of 15th December at 6.30p.m. for our Carol Service – on the morning of Sunday December 22nd at 10.00p.m. entitled ‘The Coming of the Saviour of the World’ and on Christmas Day at 10.00a.m. for about 45 minutes ‘ Welcome King of Kings’!


Advent – (from the Latin adventus meaning “coming”) is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, Dec. 25. For Christians, the season of Advent serves as a reminder both of the original waiting by the Israelites for the birth of the Messiah, and the waiting by Christians for the return of Christ. Perhaps the most famous hymn of Advent is: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Its lyrics, based on the Prophet Isaiah, articulate the hopeful anticipation of the Advent season:

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Emmanuel -from the Hebrew name עִמָּנוּאֵל (‘Immanu’el) meaning “God is with us”. This was the foretold name of the Messiah in the Old Testament. Isaiah ch.7 v14

Heavenly Father,
We praise you for this time of Advent,
this time of preparation, thanksgiving, challenge and reflection.
We praise you that in the fulfilment of your eternal purpose you came to our
world in Jesus,
revealing the extent of your love,
showing us the way to life,
allowing us to know you for ourselves.
We give you thanks. Amen