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St Augustine's Parish Church News

Locking, August 2017

Dear Friends,

Over the last few weeks it has seemed that every morning when we have turned on the TV or radio or looked at our phones, there has been bad news. In fact it has been worse than bad – words like horrifying, tragic, traumatic or disturbing would be more appropriate. The terrorist attacks in both London and Manchester left people shocked and stunned. There were stories of great bravery and of people risking their lives to save others. Some even lost their lives in order to save that of another person. People’s lives have been changed. Some people have suffered life changing injuries, others have lost loves ones. Adults and children have witnessed atrocities that nobody should have to witness, which will take months or years to heal. They have seen things that they will never be able to forget. Then after all this we heard about the terrible tragedy of Grenfell Tower, with all the ensuing anger and outrage, which is still going on.

It feels like the nation has been shaken. With Brexit and the uncertainty that brings, it feels like we are caught in a storm. Somebody said to me recently that they wake up now expecting to hear of another tragedy or attack. That is terrible. Many people also seem to be asking questions – why did this happen? Who do we blame, who is responsible? I have also heard people ask where is God in all this and why doesn’t He do something? Who do innocent people suffer – especially children? In one sense there are no real answers to these questions. Though I do know that we can’t blame God because all these tragedies are man- made – born out of wrong decisions and wrong or even evil ways of thinking. They are the fruit of people turning away from God and of neither loving God or neighbour. They are questions that people have been asking for thousands of years – even people of faith. Read Psalm 73 which is full of anguish that evil seems to prosper. Here are some verses from it.

Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills.
This is what the wicked are like— always free of care, they go on amassing wealth.
Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence.
All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments.

What I do know is that Jesus showed He cared when people suffered. Jesus wept. It may feel like we are caught up in a storm, much as when the disciples were in a boat when a storm broke out. They thought they were drowning and Jesus was fast asleep – seemingly oblivious. No wonder they said ‘Don’t you care?’ to Jesus. Jesus was there in their storm and He was and is there in all the sufferings of life. He too suffered and understands. He can take all the anger and pain. We need tohold onto Him in the storm, ask Him for help, trust Him. For He is there working through people to bring hope and healing. We may feel hopeless – but we can pray.

Peace be with you!

With love

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Calendar of Events over the next few weeks.

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St Augustine's Locking
OPEN CHURCH

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am - dusk
On Thursdays 2 - 5pm, tea, coffee and biscuits are served
There are displays about the church, local history and interest
Why not come along and see our beautiful church and spend time in
the peace and quiet

St Mary’s Church Hutton is also open at the same times and is
worth a visit to this Grade 2* listed building

OPEN GARDENS 2017

These events are great opportunities to invite family, friends and neighbours to during the Summer months.
So put the dates in your diary and come along to enjoy these Summer afternoons together and support
the hosts who work so hard to prepare a welcome for us.
ANY MONEY RAISED IS FOR OUR CHURCH TOWER FUND

Sat August 19th - Julie Hardy, Afternoon Tea, 2.30pm - 5.00pm, 32 Beechwood Ave Bring & Buy, Locking
Sat September 2nd - Alex Robertson, Afternoon Tea, 2.30pm - 5.00pm, Rear of 128, Elmtree Road, Locking
Please bring a folding garden chair to these events if you areable! Thank you.

Messy Church

September 23rd ‘Messy Detectives’
4pm – 6pm at
The Scout Hut, St Mary’s field,
off St Mary’s Rd, Hutton.

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 October 21st back in Hutton School Hall
Come and meet the Messy Detectives and be one yourself!

First Thursday ~ Prayer and Praise

Every first Thursday of the month all home groups and
church members will meet in the green lounge in the
Church Centre at 7.30pm to worship together, to look at
God’s word and to spend the majority of the time praying.
This meeting is open to anyone to join.

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

Sept 7th Members’ Afternoon – Holiday stories Green Room Locking Church Centre
Sept 21st Hebron Lunch with speaker Hebron Church, Main Road, Hutton

Sing and Praise Evenings

Come and sing with us in St Augustine’s Church, Locking on 2nd Fridays, 7-8 pm

Men's Breakfast

on 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

Lunch Club

Meets in the Coach House, Locking on 2nd Fridays, at 12.15pm for 12.30pm
To join the group, please contact Tony Coles 01934 822678

TAKE 5

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

Patterns of Services

As from February these have changed in both churches in the
Benefice. This is so there is a better balance of worship and
so the Vicar can be at both churches equally. The new pattern is

Sunday Morning - Locking Morning - Hutton Evening
1st Family Service Holy Communion Hutton - Music & Meditation
2nd Holy Communion Morning Worship Hutton - Evensong
3rd Family Service Holy Communion Locking - Evening Prayer
4th Celebration Sunday followed by lunch Mattins Locking - Holy Communion
5th
Combined Service
None

Prayer Chain

If you need prayer for yourself or another, then there is a team of people ready
to pray. Please contact Christine Sceeny by phone 822331 and she will send out the prayer request to the team.
Thank you.

HOME GROUPS IN LOCKING AND HUTTON

Hutton and Locking Home Groups

Home groups are mid-week Bible study groups. They are a great way to meet others, learn more about God and also give an opportunity to pray and share current needs and concerns. Groups are listed below:-

  • Farm Road Home Group - Meets fortnightly on a Monday or Tuesday evening at 22 Farm Road, Hutton. Contact Jane Barry on 813802
  • The Green Lounge, Tuesdays - Locking Church Centre. Tuesdays at 10am. Contact Julie Hardy on 824575
  • Tuesday Morning Home Group - Tuesdays at 10am at 51 Vereland Road, Hutton. Contact Virginia Hollis 708924
  • Oldmixon Home Group - Monthly on Wednesdays at 2.15pm at various locations. Contact Kay Cole on 811424
  • Moor Lane Home Group - Wednesdays at 7.30pm at 1 Moor Lane, Hutton. Contact Chris and Nicky Wilkins on 814483
  • 20 Old Banwell Road - Wednesdays at 7.30pm at 20 Old Banwell Road, Locking. Contact Tony Coles on 822678
  • The Green Lounge, Thursdays – Locking Church Centre. Thursdays at 7.30pm. Contact Contact Hazel Hobden on 707981
  • 77 Elm Tree Road. Thursdays at 7.30pm. Contact Chris Sceeny on 82233

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 drinks etc.
Contact Claire on 07553 933 936 for more information.

WORKING TOGETHER

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

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 life
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 and students.

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 teachers.
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 world.
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

Favourite Sayings

Remember - it takes half as many muscles in your face to smile than it does to frown!

Thoughts

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...

 

57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both North and South
8 Africans

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 wealth

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)

Humour

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.”

Deliver us

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. Amen'.

One liners

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 (not Crosslinks!)

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 older ones.

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 is Hell?".
Come early and listen to the choir practice.

The Minister unveiled the church's new donations campaign last Sunday:
"I upped my Pledge - Up Yours".

Thursday night - Potluck Supper. Prayer and medication to follow.

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.

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 secretary.

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 One Foundation
The Tailor's Hymn: ........................... ...Holy, Holy, Holy
The Golfer's Hymn: .......................... ...There's a Green Hill Far Away
The Politician's Hymn: .........................Standing on the Promises
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 By
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 few hymns:

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