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Tanya’s January Message

How are you feeling about stepping out into this New Year? Perhaps you’re ‘straining towards what is ahead’ like an Olympic sprinter, full of hope and confidence? Or you could be limping up to the start, exhausted by Christmas and crippled by endless problems. You might even be hanging back, dreading some of the forthcoming events in your brand new diary, or unable to face life without someone you have recently lost.

In Philippians 3: 13-14 it says

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

As I was thinking about this I received an email from a good friend, she finished her message with ‘oh well, here’s another year to do with Jesus.’ I like that! It feels like a large injection of faith.

We’ve got to ‘do’ this year, however we feel about its shadowy uncertainties, and it is uncertain for all of us – even if we’ve planned it out to the last detail. Life on this planet is always unpredictable. Yet one thing is rock solid sure: we don’t have to face the future alone; we can ‘do it with Jesus’.

His promise to us rings out like a glorious peal of church bells, ringing in the New Year:

‘Do not be afraid…for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave or forsake you.’ (Deut. 31:6)

Every blessing,



A little about me ….

As the minister I warmly welcome you to Saville Street Methodist Church. Please feel welcome to come and join with us – I look forward to meeting you.

Rev. Tanya Short

A little about me…. I moved to Malton in August 2014 to start my ministry, and what a joy it is.  I have been welcomed in the community and am enjoying getting to everyone and appreciating the stunning scenery; be in coast, wold or moorland. Although I am a southerner born and brought up in Oxford, I have lived in West Yorkshire for 28 years! Before embarking on my ministry training I was a counsellor, working within schools and had my own private practice and before that a social worker. I have two (adult) children Dan, a graphic designer, who lives here in Malton and Lucy who is just about to embark on her teaching qualification in Leeds.


Rev Tanya Short