St Augustine's Parish Church News
Locking, May 2017
The world is becoming a very scary place what
with the situation in Syria, terrorism, the situation with
North Korea and our looming General Election. In all this
we may ask – where is our hope, who can we trust? As
a Christian my hope and trust is in Jesus, no matter what
happens in the world.
I want to share with you (in 2 parts) the sermon
I preached on Easter Sunday. There was a report in the media,
a couple of weeks ago, of a poll that had been taken. The
media latched on to the finding that a quarter of Christians
did not believe in the resurrection of Jesus. It then said
that of regular churchgoers – who went to church at
least once a month - 5% did not believe it. My hunch is that
those who said they were Christians did not actually understand
what being a Christian really is. The big questions are –
especially at this Eastertime – can you be a Christian
and not believe in the resurrection? Did Jesus really rise
from the dead – what is the evidence? And if He did
what difference does it make to us? So can you be a Christian
and not believe in the resurrection?
I was 15 years old I was confirmed. I don’t think I
really knew what I was doing. As I got older into my late
teens I felt that I needed to know if Jesus really did rise
from the dead. I figured that if he didn’t then everything
else was fake and a lie. Jesus himself had repeatedly said
he would die and in three days rise from the dead. If Jesus
did not rise then he is the biggest liar and we have to disregard
everything he said. Paul sums it up brilliantly in 1 Corinthians
15 ‘If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is
useless and so is your faith’. So as a young woman I
looked into all this and I read a brilliant book called ‘Who
moved the stone’ by Frank Morison. He had set out to
disprove the accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life.
Yet in research and delving deep he found overwhelming evidence
for the events of that week and in the resurrection of Jesus.
Go buy that book – it is also on the internet as a pdf.
I too, after reading books and delving deep, came to the conclusion
that Jesus really did die and rise. It was what my Christian
faith rested upon. No resurrection, no faith, no Christianity.
So no, you cannot be a Christian and not believe in the resurrection,
as it validated all that Jesus taught and promised.
So the second question – what evidence
is there that Jesus rose from the dead? You might be thinking
– but it is all about faith – yes it is –
but Good Friday and Easter Sunday are about historical events
that happened. It is not a myth or a fairy tale – like
Father Christmas or the Easter bunny – these are events
that really took place. So let’s look at the evidence,
i) The tomb was empty and the body was gone.
Some say that maybe Jesus was not dead. But the Romans were
expert at crucifixion and knew when a man was dead. When pierced,
Jesus’ body ran with blood and water – evidence
of death. Usually the person’s legs were broken to speed
the death –mJesus’ legs were not broken because
he was already died. Also the person was tortured and flailed
before crucifixion – they were torn to shreds. How could
someone in such a bad way move that great stone away anyway?
It was also guarded – he would have been spotted and
arrested. Also if the body had been stolen by the authorities
– when the rumour started about being risen they could
have just produced the body. If the disciples had stolen it
– then they could not have kept up that pretence. Also
those who witnessed the empty tomb and met the risen Jesus
were women. If you wanted to prove something was true in Jesus’
day – you would not have women as witnesses. But this
added to the authenticity of the accounts.
ii) Jesus appeared to people on at least 10
occasions over a period of 6 weeks – on one time he
appeared to 500 people at once. They could not have been hallucinating.
iii) He had a real body – people spoke
with him, people touched him – the story of Thomas,
he had food with his friends – the breakfast on the
beach – ‘Touch me and see’ he says to them
‘a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I
iv) the disciples were transformed from hiding
away and in fear to bold men and women sharing that Jesus
had risen. Many were to be
killed for their faith – nobody dies for a lie or something
made up. The church started only because Jesus had risen –
if he hadn’t then the disciples would have gone back
to their old way of life and Jesus would have been just another
To be continued……
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this month in Locking Village
Prayer And Praise
1st Thursdays - starting 4th May 7.30pm -
9pm. These are for
all the church to come together to pray and worship. Anyone
welcome to come along. There will be opportunity for different
groups to share prayer needs.
Sing and Praise Evenings
In St Augustine’s Church, Locking on
2nd Fridays, 7-8pm.
Come and join in the singing
Saturday May 20th
“Treasure hunt and music in St Mary’s church”
4pm – 6pm in Hutton School.
Lots of fun craft, songs, story,
active prayer and tea. For more details call 812788
Parents and children come together for a great time.
Come and join us for this popular event.
Next date is Saturday June 24th “Jonah”
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 please contact
Kay Cole Tel: 811424
May 4th Karen MacVean - Healthwatch - Green Room Locking Church
May 18th 11.30am - Lunch with Speaker Hebron Fellowship, Main
Take a Break and drop in after school on Tuesdays for drinks,
fruit and cake
We offer a warm welcome to The Families of Children
Held in the school hall at Haywood Village Academy
2.30pm – 4pm (term time only)
TAKE 5 is offered by Church @ St Anne’s
In association with Locking Castle Church,
Woodspring Church and New Creation
In Locking, as from February, the 4th Sunday
of the month will now be called ‘Celebration Sunday’.
service will be at 10am and will be held in the Church Centre.
It will be informal and café style with coffee
served and suitable for all ages. After the service everyone
is invited to stay for a free lunch.
Everyone is very welcome – come along
and bring your friends and neighbours.
on 24th June, 28th October 2017
All at 9 am in Locking Church Centre
Come and enjoy a full English breakfast
with cereal and toast
Also enjoy meeting new friends
All men welcome – bring a friend
If you would like to come along please ring
the Benefice Office 822857
Meets in the Coach House, Locking on 2nd Fridays, at 12.15pm
To join the group, please contact Tony Coles 01934 822678
Sing and Praise Evenings
Meeting in St Augustine’s Church, Locking on 2nd Fridays,
7.00 - 8.00pm
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
New Group to explore the Christian basics
We would like to start a new group which explores issues
relating to what we believe and how we live in this fast-paced
The Christianity Explored course is a good introduction, but
we can use other material.
DO let us know when a good time to meet would be for you.
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