St Augustine's Parish Church News
Locking, February 2018
Lent and Valentine’s Day
This year there is an unusual clash of dates
in that Ash Wednesday falls on 14th February, which we all
know is Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is the
day when we think about love and romance, send cards and flowers
and maybe have a special meal with your loved one.
Ash Wednesday on the other hand is a sombre
day which marks the first day of Lent in the Christian calendar.
It marks the beginning of the 40 days until we celebrate Easter.
It’s the day when we think about our mortality. We will
have a Communion service in Hutton. In preparation for that
I will burn some of the palm crosses from last year, mix the
ash with some oil and use it to put a cross on people’s
heads. When it’s said like that it sounds slightly ridiculous,
but it is very moving. As I mark people’s foreheads
I will say the words ‘Remember that you are dust and
to dust you shall return. Turn away from sin and be faithful
to Christ.’ They are stark, uncomfortable words but
can be said without fear because of love. The love that God
the Father has for us that He sent Jesus to die for us –
for our sin and so we could know life after death.
is a call to love and to examine how much we love. The first
two commandments are ‘Love the Lord your God with all
your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and
with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love
your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment
greater than these.” Mark 12:30- 31 (NIV) We are called
to love God with all that we have and are. Lent is a time
to draw closer to God. We are also called to love our neighbour,
which isn’t always easy. Lent is a time to reflect on
how we relate to others – our families, our friends,
those we live next door to, those in our community or place
of work. If there are things wrong between us and them then
we need to sort it out – the word sorry goes a long
Finally we are called to love ourselves. Jesus
says ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Maybe
some people find it hard to love their neighbours and people
they know because they have trouble loving themselves. Do
you love you? Because God loves you more than anyone else,
He made you and thinks you are amazing. He wants to love you
and pour upon you his blessings. So Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s
Day are good companions.
They are both about the call to love –
for God loves you!
See Notice Board
for What's On this week
Calendar of Events
over the next few weeks.
Click Here for Events
this month in Locking
Saturday February 24th and March 17th
Come and meet Shyone and Whatsup
4pm – 6pm Hutton School hall.
Lots of crafts, songs, story, active prayer and tea.
For more details call Mary Potter on 812788
Parents and children come together for a great time.
to receive email information, please give your email address
to Mary Potter
Locking Deanery Service of Light
Sunday 4th February
at 5pm at St Paul's Weston. All Welcome
Locking After-School Club
My name is Ben Notley. I have been involved in kids and youth
ministries at St Paul's Church, Weston
for a total of four years. It is a great passion of mine to
show young people of all ages the love
of Jesus. At the start of this academic year, I started a
position at St Augustine’s Church Locking as a Children’s
Our aim was to establish an after-school club in Locking Primary
School. In Week one, six children came along and from then
to Christmas, this number rose to eleven children who consistently
attend. Now we are just starting back for the new term
with nineteen children signed up. The programme consists of
games, craft and primarily Bible teaching, setting out to
in the lives of these children. Everyone at Locking Church
and all those who have helped, have been amazing and we are
see what God Has in store. We are currently planning our first
holiday club for the summer. This will involve more games,
crafts and Bible teachings, giving children the opportunity
in a safe place to develop a strong understanding of who Jesus
Creative Prayer Days
These prayer days will be held on:
Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th March,
Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and Saturday 7th of
April in the Church and the Church Centre.
This will be an opportunity to try different types of
prayer including: Journey through Holy Week
(in church) along with prayer and quiet in the
Green Lounge. Come and give it a go!
Locking and Hutton Women’s Fellowship
Meetings are in the
Green Room, Locking Church Centre
1st, 3rd & 5th Thursdays from 2.45 to approx 4.00pm
ALL LADIES ARE MOST WELCOME
to join this friendly, informal group which usually comprises
a short act of worship, a speaker and refreshments
For further information or to arrange a lift from Hutton please
contact Kay Cole Tel: 811424
Thurs 1st February – The Magistrates Court - Mike Cooper
Thurs 15th February – Parentwise - Marion Dumbell
Thurs 1st March – Women’s World Day of Prayer
Thurs 15th March – Hebron Lunch with speaker
Thurs 29th March – Tea and chat
Saturday 10th March 9.00 am
At St Augustine’s Church Centre, Locking.
Bring a friend.
All men welcome.
To book your place, please contact:
Benefice Office ~ Tel: 01934 822857
(answer phone out of office hours)
Lent Course for Home Groups.
As a diocese, we are focusing on mission and outreach and
people to tell their story. This course, called Faith Pictures,
Church Army, is fresh and different and is a short course
help Christians talk naturally to friends, neighbours and
about what they believe. The heart of the course is about
people to identify a single picture or image that embodies
of their faith. This is because the kinds of communication
stick in the mind are concrete and rooted in story.
The course aims to be accessible and light-hearted, without
inflexible methods. It has a number of emphases not always
faith-sharing courses. These include the avoidance of onesize-
fits-all models and the importance of honesty and listening.
session contains a short video and encourages
discussion in pairs and as a whole group.
Anne encourages all of us during Lent to join a home group
and follow this course.
LITTLE ARK TODDLER GROUP
We meet on Monday afternoons from 1.30 to 3.00 pm in the
Church Centre in term-time.
We have lots of toys there including some lovely new ones
we have recently purchased and activity tables
where the toddlers (and their carers!) can have fun with play
dough or other craft activities.
We like to sing as well and our vicar Anne comes once a month
to tell us a Bible story.
We look forward to welcoming some new members so do join us
for a chat, play and cup of tea/coffee.
Any help from Mums or Carers to go on a Rota once a month
would be welcome.
This would just involve putting out the toys and doing the
Contact Claire on 07553 933 936 for more information.
Working together – as you will know new residents are
moving in to Locking Parklands. There is extensive housing
due to be built on other places in our vicinity eg Winterstoke
Village. On 5th September Revd Tom Yacomeni will be licensed
as the minister of Locking Castle Church (the church by Morrisons).
He is at present curate of St Paul’s Weston–super–Mare
and will be taking some members of that church with him to
join the church at Locking Castle. Tom will be working with
myself and Revd Peter Lynch (Worle Baptist) and Revd Matt
Thomson (Banwell and Congresbury) local ministers whose parishes
will be having new housing on. This is an exciting time as
different denominations and churches work together to reach
out with God’s kingdom and the good news of Jesus Christ.
FAIRTRADE COFFEE MORNING
The Fairtrade Coffee Morning - The Mustard Seed- is held
in Hutton Village Hall each Wednesday morning from 1000-1200.
There is a variety of Fairtrade Goods on sale as well as the
sale of Fairtrade drinks and home made cakes to eat.
It is a good time of fellowship and an opportunity to meet
people too. Members of both Hutton and Locking church attend.
Baptism is a very special occasion when a
person is publicly welcomed into the
church and makes a commitment to the Christian way of life
(either by parents / sponsors on their behalf or if the
person is old enough, bythemselves), where sins are washed
away and the Holy Spirit is at work in the person’s
in a special and personal way. Have you had a time when God
was at work in your life in a special way? Would you like
to share your ?
Perhaps you are thinking about baptism - either
for yourself or your child.
(Give Revd Anne Lee a ring 823556).
CHURCH CENTRE HALL BOOKINGS
Large Hall with kitchens - Small Hall - Green Room
Click Here for more information about
booking the Church Centre
THE CHURCH’S SUPPORT TO THE
TIYENI FUND, MALAWI
Malawi is one of the poorest, but friendliest
countries of the word. The continuing degradation of the countryside
in general and of the soil in particular constitutes a serious
national crisis for Malawi.
John and Elizabeth Crossley who have been life-long
residents of Malawi visited St Augustine’s in May to
tell us about a project they helped to set up for rural communities
Tiyeni means ‘Let’s go’! And
the ultimate aim is to replace the need for food handouts
and fertilizer in rural districts by fostering communities
and enabling them to support themselves.
The projects works in three areas:
Demonstrating good farming practices
Supporting students at schools and colleges and training nursery
Assisting local villagers to look after their orphans by delivering
food and clothes and equipment for nursery schools.
Church members have decided to raise £500
to support the construction of a new nursery school in the
village of Honga by providing funds to purchase materials
for the roof. The villagers have made bricks for the walls
from local materials and are soon in the position to purchase
corrugated iron roofing sheets.
Bible study groups and church individuals have
agreed to support three students at secondary school and college
for the coming year to see them through their present education.
We look forward in due course to hearing they have graduated
and are in a good position to obtain a well paid job through
their education. David Jackson
Lay Pastoral Assistants [LPA’s]
In May, 14 people will be commencing a Diocesan
Course to train them as Lay Pastoral Assistants.
This will enable them us to form a pastoral team who can care
for people in both parishes.
Lay Pastoral Assistants have the authority of the Diocese.
There will be a special service at which they will be commended
later this year
Remember - it takes half as many muscles in
your face to smile than it does to frown!
If we could Shrink the World
If we could shrink the earth to a village with
a population of precisely 100 people with all the existing
human ratios remaining the same, there would be...
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both North and South
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's
80 would live in sub-standard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death
1 would be near birth
1 (yes only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer
When we consider our world from such a compressed
perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education
becomes glaringly apparent.
It you have never experienced the danger of
battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture
or the pangs of starvation - you are ahead of 500 million
people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear,
harassment, arrest, torture or death you are more blessed
than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes
on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep - you are
richer than 75% of the world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet
and spare change in a dish somewhere - you are among the top
8% of the worlds wealthy.
(Found at the Eden Project)
Give me a sense of humour, Lord, Give me the
grace to see a joke,
To get some humour out of life, And pass it on to other folk.
A little boy was attending his first wedding.
After the service, his cousin asked him, “How many women
can a man marry?” “Sixteen,” the boy responded
at once. His cousin was amazed that he had an answer so quickly.
“Why do you say that?” “Easy,” the
little boy said. “All you have to do is add it up, like
the minister said, 4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer.”
I had been teaching my three-year-old daughter
the Lord's Prayer. Then one evening at bedtime she attempted
it solo. I listened with pride, as she carefully annunciate
every word, right up until the end of the prayer. 'Lead us
not into temptation', she prayed, ' but deliver us some e-mail.
Give God what's right - not what's left.
Man's way leads to a hopeless end - God's way
leads to an endless hope.
A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.
To be almost saved is to be totally lost.
When praying, don't give God instructions -just
report for duty.
Bibles that are falling apart are usually owned
by people who aren't.
Know your Ten Commandments
Henry, who was very elderly, was unhappy because
he had lost his favourite hat. Instead of buying a new one,
he decided he would go to church and steal one out of the
entrance porch when the worshippers were busy praying.
When Henry arrived at the church an usher intercepted
him at the door and took him to a pew where he had to sit
and listen to the entire sermon on 'The Ten Commandments.'
After the service, Henry met the vicar in the
vestibule doorway, shook his hand vigorously, and told him,'I
want to thank you Father for saving my soul today. I came
to church to steal a hat and after hearing your sermon on
the 10 Commandments I decided against it'.
The vicar answered, 'You mean the commandment
'Thou shalt not steal' changed your mind?' 'No; retorted Henry,
'the one about adultery did. As soon as you said that, I remembered
where I had left my old hat.
Extracts from church notices and newsletters
This afternoon there will be a meeting in the
south and north ends of the church. Children will be baptised
at both ends.
For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have
a nursery downstairs.
Weight watchers will meet at 7.30pm at the church. Please
use the large double door at the side entrance.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition
of several new members and the deterioration of some of the
Don't let worry kill you. Let the church help.
This evening at 7pm there will be a hymnsing
in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come
prepared to sin.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What
Come early and listen to the choir practice.
The Minister unveiled the church's new donations campaign
"I upped my Pledge - Up Yours".
Thursday night - Potluck Supper. Prayer and medication to
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and
Tuesday at 4PM there will be an ice cream social. All ladies
giving milk will please come early.
Wednesday, the Ladies Liturgy Society will meet. Mrs. Jones
will sing "Put Me In My Little Bed" accompanied by the organist.
Thursday at 5PM there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers
Club. All wishing to become Little Mothers, please see the
minister in his private study.
This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward
and lay an egg on the altar.
The service will close with "Little Drops of Water". One of
the ladies will start (quietly) and the rest of the congregation
will join in.
Next Sunday, a special collection will be taken to defray
the cost of the new carpet. All those wishing to do something
on the new carpet will come forward and get a piece of paper.
The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind
and they may be seen in the church hall Friday.
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church
hall. Music will follow.
The rosebud on the altar this morning is to announce the birth
of David Alan Belzer, the sin of Rev and Mrs. Julius Belzer.
The 1991 Spring Council Retreat will be hell May 10 and 11.
The Vicar is on vacation. Massages can be given to church
Mrs. Johnson will be entering the hospital this week for testes.
The Senior Choir invites any member of the congregation who
enjoys sinning to join the choir.
The minister would appreciate it if the ladies
of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles
for the pancake breakfast next Sunday morning.
Hyms for all People
The Dentist's Hymn: .............................Crown
Him with Many Crowns
The Weatherman's Hymn: ....................There Shall Be
Showers of Blessings
The Contractor's Hymn: ........................The Church's
The Tailor's Hymn: ........................... ...Holy, Holy,
The Golfer's Hymn: .......................... ...There's a
Green Hill Far Away
The Politician's Hymn: .........................Standing on
The Optician's Hymn: ..........................Open My Eyes
That I Might See
The Gossip's Hymn: ....................... ....Pass It On
The Electrician's Hymn: .......................Send The Light
The Shopper's Hymn: ........................ .Sweet By and
The Estate Agent's Hymn: ....................I've Got a Mansion,
Just Over the Hilltop
The Massage Therapists Hymn: ...........He Touched Me
The Doctor's Hymn: ............................The Great Physician
AND for those who speed on the highway -- a
45mph.............................God Will Take
Care of You
55mph.............................Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
65mph.............................Nearer My God To Thee
75mph.............................Nearer Still Nearer
85mph.............................This World Is Not My Home
95mph.............................Lord, I'm Coming Home
Over 100mph....................Precious Memories