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 bar 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 other news types including Pew News and Magazines.

Saturday 20 January 2024

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

2023-11-24 LightsSwitchOn 6130_thumb.jpg
X 2023-11-24%20LightsSwitchOn%206130.jpg

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.

Thursday 5 October 2023

Prisons week of prayer 8th - 14th Oct 2023

From Helen Solomon (Benefice Administrator)

As some of you know, I have worked in a number of prisons and encountered many kinds of souls. This campaign is very close to my heart. If you can, please go to the website:

Thursday 28 September 2023

Funeral Planning

Following on from some requests, Rev Rona has created a template for Funeral Planning.

Often families have no idea what their loved ones would like at their funeral, and this is a free, and simple way to help your loved ones at that dreadful time. These sheets will be available in the Parish Office in Milborne Port. Please collect one and fill in any funeral choices (hymns, readings, music etc).

Return the completed form to the Parish Office and feel free to come in and make any changes you wish at any time. 

Look out for a Coffee Morning where Rev Rona will launch this idea and there will be an opportunity to chat about a subject which is infrequently spoken about, but would help us all enormously.

Sponsor a hymn

Hymns Old & New
X Hymns Old & New Hymns Old & New

Sponsor a hymn.

If you would like to sponsor a hymn, there is now a signup sheet and some donation envelopes at the back of St John’s Church.
Please give the completed envelope to David Johnson
If more than one person likes the same hymn, that is fine.
Suggested donation: £5

Wednesday 30 August 2023

New! Parish Giving Scheme (PGS)

X PGS.png

Parish Giving Scheme  (PGS)

If you would like an easy new way to give money to your parish, have a look at this new scheme that is now available for all to use.

The PGS makes it possible for givers to:

  • Give One-Off amounts by Credit/Debit cards and Apple/Google pay wallets.
  • Give monthly, quarterly or annually by Direct Debit.
  • Sign up to inflation-linked giving annually.
  • Enhance your gift to your church by having Gift Aid at 25% added to your giving.
  • Give anonymously.
  • The system is secure, confidential and easy to use

The team at PGS make it safe and easy for you to give and just as safe and easy for your church to receive, easing the administration burden for treasurers and church volunteers.

To find out more, talk to Rev Rona or go to:

Sunday 16 April 2023

New Parish Administrator

We are delighted to welcome Helen Solomon as our new Parish Administrator.  She will usually be in the Parish Office 3 mornings per week. She can be reached on the Church House phone 01963 250248 and will be checking it for messages when she is in. Her email is

Friday 10 February 2023

Snowdrop Coffee Morning

Thank you everyone for the support, contributions and donations. A magnificent amount of £505 was raised for St Peter's, Goathill

Tuesday 24 January 2023

St John’s Church, Sponsor a Date

St John’s Church, Milborne Port Sponsor a Date

Please can you help us look after our beautiful building? Choose a date (s), e.g. birthday, anniversary or special day, as many as you like! For each date, pledge to pay £30 towards the upkeep of the Church on that day.

Each month we will display the special days, thank God for that memory and for your generosity in helping us keep our lovely Church open.

With grateful thanks. Please contact Jacquie Hall (Churchwarden on behalf of the PCC)
01963 250328, 07740862823 or

Sunday 11 December 2022

Christmas Tree Festival

2022-11-26 ChristmasTreeFest 4384_thumb.jpg
X 2022-11-26%20ChristmasTreeFest%204384.jpg

A big thank you to everyone who took part:  those who helped set up the boards on the first Wednesday; the Events committee for providing refreshments on the Saturday, those who helped move all the trees and return them to their places after Revd Rona's service; everyone who helped tidy up afterwards; Ronnie and June for all the extra cleaning; those who braved the cold to welcome visitors: and to Susan Wales for coordinating it all.

£190.44 was collected and this was shared between St John's, SOMP and Foodshare.

Tuesday 6 December 2022

Milborne Port Calendars for 2023 

Are on sale at:

  • Wayne’s  butchers                                   
  • Tippling Philosopher
  • St John’s after the 10.30 service

Only £5 each, proceeds to St John’s.
Cash please, or cheque made out to “Milborne Port Magazine”.

Friday 28 October 2022

Christmas Tree Festival

X ChristmasTreeFest.png

From 25th November until 3rd December, with trees donated by the Spirit of Milborne Port. Please see the information about opening times by clicking on the link below.

Monday 17 October 2022

Photos of Open Day on 24 September 2022

2022-09-24 OpenDay 4001_thumb.jpg
X 2022-09-24%20OpenDay%204001.jpg

Some photos of St John's Open Day with the theme of childhood memories can be seen here.