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Tanya’s September Message

Clean exercise books!

See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

Isa. 43:19

This time of year always reminds me of going back to school after the summer holidays. Moving up to a new class, perhaps, or even a new school with a new uniform. I can’t say I hugely loved school so those memories I don’t recall readily, but I did love being given new exercise books. All last year’s blots, crossings-out or rude comments from teachers had been thrown away; now all I had before me were endless clean, blank pages waiting to receive the brilliant compositions I was determined to produce that year.

Fortunately, we don’t have to wait a year to make a new start with God; He gives us a new exercise book every morning; ‘Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come!’ (2 Cor. 5:17)

It is so important to remember that we have a God who loves New beginnings, especially when life feels empty or merely a repetitive grind. Unfortunately, God doesn’t always change our circumstances, but He can change the way we feel about them. Rather than being under our circumstances He wants us to expect Him to give us all kinds of gifts and blessings in the circumstances! And to expect new ones every day!

The Rev Dr. Alan Redpath wrote ‘Sometimes He takes away that which is most precious so that into the void of a life that is utterly broken He may pour the glory of His indwelling love.

Every blessing,

Rev Tanya

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