Milborne Port churches

News and Information

This page includes various news items including the Pew News, Magazine, the Rectory Letter for each month and special prayers. Just click on any title to view the news item and download any associated document and, if there is an image, to click on it to see a larger version. Also please use the links on the right to select particular news types.

Monday 22 April 2024

Applying for a Parish Pass to visit Wells Cathedral

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Anyone who is on the parish church’s electoral roll and living in the Diocese of Bath and Wells (or Cathedral Community Roll) is eligible to apply for a Wells Cathedral Parish Pass which provides free admission to the Cathedral for the duration of the current church electoral roll period. Each parishioner needs to apply for an individual pass — If you are applying for more than one parishioner, you will need to provide proof of address for each named individual.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for a Parish Pass, please complete the Application for a Wells Cathedral Parish Card with your churchwarden. Take the completed form to the Welcome Desk in Wells Cathedral between 9am and 4.30pm (11am to 3pm Sundays) in order to collect your pass. Forms are also available at the Cathedral’s Welcome Desk.

Saturday 13 April 2024

A common direction

Bishop Michael has shared his thoughts on how we can move forward together to achieve our aim of growing church and transforming communities.

He says, “Since my arrival, it has been a privilege to see our vision lived out by our people in our parishes, schools and chaplaincies. The many conversations I have had as I have visited all parts of our diocese have helped to clarify our aim as a church in Bath and Wells – and that is to be a growing church, one that is transforming our communities.”

As well as sharing his thoughts on the vision and the challenges we face, the Living and Telling the Story of Jesus document also includes some of the inspiring stories Bishop Michael has heard.

Download from the Bath and Wells website or read online

Wednesday 3 April 2024

Candles for Ukraine

Do you have old candles at home that are a bit sad  and neglected?

They could be put to a far better use helping to give light, warming up food, bringing a little hope in the darkness. Church candles, household candles, scented candles, nearly  used up candles… any candles will do.

Swindon Humanitarian Aid Partnership
( are collecting candles for Ukraine. They can be melted down to help with a whole range of things e.g. trench candles.

There are collection points in Milborne Port and Charlton Horethorne Churches as well as the Parish office in Church House.

Cut off date is May 1st 2024.

If you need to know more contact Helen Solomon in the Parish office on 01963 250248/

Friday 29 March 2024

Charity and Mission @ St John's

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During April 2024 St John’s will be supporting Parkinson’s UK. They provide information and support, and fund research to find new and better treatments for people living with Parkinsons. Please see

Thursday 28 March 2024


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Tuesday 19 March 2024

Knife Angel to visit Somerset

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A sculpture which aims to raise awareness of the negative effects of violence and aggression will be in Somerset next month as part of a nationwide tour.

The Knife Angel stands at 27 ft tall, weighs 3.5 tonnes, and was designed by artist, Alfie Bradley at the British Ironwork Centre using 100,000 knives and blades retrieved from amnesty bins from across all 43 UK police forces.

The month-long placement outside the Market House in Taunton is being supported by Somerset anti-violence campaigner Adam Fouracre, who is the CEO of charity Stand Against Violence, and the Barnaby Webber Foundation.

A short civic ceremony will be held at the site on Wednesday 3 April at 1pm, when Emma Webber – mother of 19-year-old Barnaby, who tragically died after a knife attack in Nottingham – will speak to officially unveil the Knife Angel. Taunton Minster will be open for those who wish to say a prayer or to to spend a time of quiet contemplation.

Read more about the Knife Angel in Taunton.

Friday 8 March 2024

Acts 435 a giving website

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How we work
Acts 435 is a giving website that allows people to give money directly to others, and 100% of what is donated via Acts 435 goes directly to those in need. When so many people need so much help, giving to charities and good causes can sometimes feel overwhelming and hard.

Acts 435 puts people who want to help in touch with people who are in need, through a network of churches and local charities. Acts 435 enables virtual, online giving for specific needs.

Saturday 2 March 2024

Wells Cathedral announces changes to admission

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Wells Cathedral is to change its admission guidelines with free passes for parishioners in the Diocese of Bath and Wells and local people, and a new entry charge for tourists.

Wells Cathedral will remain free to enter for worship, prayer, and to light a candle. Free passes are available for parishioners in the diocese. Anyone who is on the parish electoral roll (or Cathedral Community Roll) is eligible to apply for a Wells Cathedral Parish Pass. The Parish Passes will be issued to parishioners listed on a Parish’s Electoral Roll or Cathedral Community Roll, living in the Diocese of Bath and Wells. Each parishioner needs to apply for an individual pass. Read more.

Information about the Parish Pass and how to apply for it is available from the passes section of the Wells Cathedral website.

The changes will be introduced from 22 April 2024. The monies will go towards the care and mission of the Grade 1 cathedral and to keep its doors open for future generations.

Thursday 29 February 2024

Foodshare @ St John's 

This is even more important at this time of year. If you can, please donate.

Thank you very much to all who have donated gifts of non-perishable food, household products, hygiene items, etc  for us to offer people who come to the distribution sessions in Church House.

These gifts are still vital although we are now also being supported by Sherborne Foodbank who are supplementing our stocks. 

Coffee, tinned meals and meats, spreads and all cereals are particularly welcomed.
Please make sure the gifts are in date and unopened.

We now really need more volunteers, either to collect from the Coop or to help with distribution or both.

If you are interested,  please contact:  Elaine Ennis-Bunt   01963 250221

Foodshare is really helping to make a difference to local families who are struggling. 

Snowdrop Coffee Morning

Thank You to all who came. We raised a fabulous £588.10 for St Peter’s Church, Goathill

By kind permission of Drs Holden and Salkeld

Charity and Mission @ St John's

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During March 2024 we shall be supporting The Rendezvous, Sherborne.

They support local disadvantaged young people by listening and offering help and advice in order to build confidence and self esteem.

Brass Cleaning

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Could you help us keep the brass in St John's church shining? It takes about 1-1 1/2 hrs and it’s only 4 times a year.

If you can help please phone Anne Salkeld on:
07841434130/01963 250529 or email:

Saturday 24 February 2024

Milborne Port Christian Aid Committee

In these times when many are suffering financial hardship, we are so grateful for the very kind and generous donations for Christian Aid that you gave during 2023.  We were able to send a total of £2,174.30, a slight increase on 2022.  Major income sources included the 2022 Christmas services loose collections (£215.00), the Lent Lunches (£781.05), the Harvest Supper (£392.00), and Christian Aid Week (£739.30). 

The committee consists of Anne Salkeld, Felicity John, Clare Silk, Margaret Curtis and me and we are organising a similar programme of events in 2024 so please continue to support us.  As well as the Lent Lunches, there will be hot cross buns and coffee after the 10.00 am Good Friday service at St John’s.  Christian Aid Week will as usual be in May.

Thank you again for all your contributions.

David Johnson (Hon. Treasurer)

Are you being called to do something in our community?

Are you being called to do something in our community?

I firmly believe that God puts it on the heart of people that they could do a particular role, whether it be in Church or in the Community. Amongst those of you reading this, there will be people God has done that to. So if there is anyone who feels they could play an extra part of this thriving faith community please have a word with me!

This has become more urgent as after many years of faithful service Jacquie Hall will be stepping down as Churchwarden and moving into the role of Pastoral Support within the Parish. As well as thanking her for her service, we would like to take this opportunity to separate out some elements of the workload in St John's. 

Do you feel that God has placed it on your heart to get involved in the workings of the Church (as either Churchwarden or Deputy Churchwarden so you could learn on the job)? Or the maintenance of the building? What about putting together lists of those who can read and lead intercessions - would you like to take on this important but not onerous task?

St Paul's letters in the Bible remind us that we are the Body of Christ. All members have a function, just like all members of the body. Is there something which you feel you could offer which would help us to keep St John's going as a thriving spiritual community? We really need your help.

With blessings
Rev Rona

Friday 2 February 2024

New Bank Account for St John's

The bank account for St John's is changing.

If you already pay by Direct Debit or Standing Order then your details will automatically change over.  You do not need to do anything. It will show on your statement as the Co-op bank.

If you want to set up a new DD or SO, the bank details are:

  • Account name: PCC of St John the Evangelist Church Milborne Port
  • Account no: 67314098
  • Sort code: 08-92-99

If you need any help, please contact Paul Springett who is the treasurer, at

Saturday 20 January 2024

Bishop Michael letter to parishes

Bishop Michael's letter of 13 December 2023 refers to Prayers of Love and Faith for same sex couples. The Bishop asks parishes to consider the decision of the House of Bishops regarding these prayers.

Lent Group 2024

Reading the Psalms using The Message Bible Translation

Challenge: To read all the Psalms and reflect on them.

Gathering: Once a week, Wednesday 12-1 in a different Benefice Church.

To do:

  1. Get hold of a copy of The Message Bible, translation by Eugene Peterson (or access it online at Message Bible.)
  2. Grab a notebook to write down what you notice.
  3. Follow the reading plan in the table that will be provided.
  4. Gather and share your reflections each week. 

Discipline: Daily reading and time of reflection for 40 days.

Psalm Reading Suggestions:

Day 1   1-6 Day 11   39-42 Day 21   78 Day 31  112-117
2          7-10 12         43-46 22         79-83 32     118-119 vs 32
3         11-17 13         47-50 23         84-88 33     119 vs 33-104
4         18 14         51-55 24         89-90 34     119: vs105-176
5         19-21 15         56-60 25         91-94 35       120-130
6         22-24 16         61-65 26         95-101 36       131-137
7         25-28 17         66-68 27        102-103 37       138-142
8         29-32 18         69-71 28        104-105 38       143-144
9         33-35 19         72-74 29        106-107 39       145-147
10       36-38 20         75-77 30        108-111 40       148-150

Choose a date to sponsor for 2024

Please help us with the daily running costs of our beautiful and historic St John's Church.

Choose a date (s), e.g. birthday, anniversary or special day, as many as you like!  Then for each date, contribute £30 which goes towards the upkeep of the Church.

You can pay through BACS, Ref (SaD 23) cash or cheque - and either phone or email or complete an application form with your chosen date(s) 01963 250328/07740 862 823

Jackie will be away in March so please use the postbox outside Church House.

We will list  the special days in Pew News, thanking God for that memory and for your generosity in helping us keep our lovely Church open.

Thursday 28 December 2023

Epiphany House Blessing

From 5th January onwards we can 'chalk our doors' with the traditional house blessing - 20+C+M+B+24. Usually, these symbols are chalked above the house door.  This tradition has biblical roots going back to the story of Moses in the Bible when the Israelites were asked to put the blood of a lamb or goat on the doorposts and above the doors of the houses.

What Do The Epiphany Symbols Mean? 

The Epiphany door blessing includes the initials of the traditional names for the 3 kings, plus the numbers from the current year. The first number “20″ is for the first 2 numbers of the year, and the last number “24” is for the last 2 numbers of the year. The 3 letters are the first initial of each of the kings (Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar). who, legend says, visited at this time. The “C, M, B also stands for the Latin blessing Christius Mansionem Benedicat which means “May Christ Bless this House”.

If you would like me to, I will chalk your lintel with those letters and numbers, and say a prayer of blessing If you would prefer to do this yourself the prayer is below.

Rev Rona

Epiphany house blessing

God of Light, bless this home.
Make it a haven of rest
for all in need of your warmth and care.
And when we go out from this place,
may we never lose sight of the Epiphany star.  
May all who enter throughout the year find love and light;
for Christ has come to dwell in this home
and in these hearts. Amen

Friday 1 December 2023

Diocese website reports Lights Switch On Event

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The Bath & Wells Diocese has produced a report on the Lights Switch On in St John's Church that took place on 24 November.  In the report on their website, Hundreds join Christmas lights switch on at St John’s Church Milborne Port, they say:

'Hundreds of people packed into St John’s Church and grounds in Milborne Port on Friday evening (24 November) to mark the switching on of the Christmas lights. This was the first time the celebration in the Village was held at St John’s Church and those who attended for the singing, food.

'Revd Rona Stuart-Bourne said “I am overjoyed that we are able to welcome the whole community and to make the church the centre of the community and put the community at the centre of the church.”'

See for the full report.