As a minister in the Pocklington and Market Weighton Methodist Circuit group of churches may I welcome you to our website. You will find information on all of our churches and events taking place in the area. Please come along to any service or event of interest to you. We seek to provide all who come with a warm welcome and opportunities for faith and friendship. Our desire is to be an “Attractive, welcoming, church community transforming lives for God.”
Rev Neville Simpson
Give thanks to the Lord - “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” Psalm 24:1
We are into the time of year when we would be celebrating God’s goodness and provision for us in our Harvest Festival Services. It is a time when we ‘count our blessings’ and remember God’s provision for us in so many ways. I have been blessed by walking in the fields above Warter week in and week out since March and seeing stony soil sown with wheat grow, become ripe and now harvested. I’ve had a physical connection with God’s wonderful world and the marvel of creation that I’ve not previously had. This year is I hope a unique one as life has been disrupted considerably. It is easy to focus on what we have lost and miss rather than what we have received. For example, concentrating on the ridiculous substitute goods in the online shop rather than the fact we have food in abundance and it is delivered safely to us. Complaining about the inconvenience of face coverings if we go into shops rather than the effort people are making to keep us safe. Bemoaning the lack of social gatherings rather than the faithful person who calls you each week to keep in touch. I came across this prayer.
I am free to laugh and love,
to live the life I want,
to walk and talk and smile and frown
or simply to sit down,
How often am I selfish and thoughtless
as I bustle through each day,
thinking only of self-satisfaction
and not of a better way?
How often do I count my blessings
as I walk in the sun and the wind
with beauty all around me
and time to whistle and sing?
Every day on Earth is a bonus,
so help me remember each day:
to live my life to help others
and also to kneel down and pray.
(Hilda Owens, Altrincham, Methodist Church,
from the Methodist Prayer Handbook 2020/21)
God is at work in our world so let us trust in Him and with the Psalmist say,
‘Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!’ Psalm 118:1