St Augustine's Parish Church News
Locking, August 2017
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.
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
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
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!
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 Village
St Augustine's Locking
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
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.
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
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
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,
Sing and Praise Evenings
Come and sing with us in St Augustine’s
Church, Locking on 2nd Fridays, 7-8 pm
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
Meets in the Coach House, Locking on 2nd Fridays, at 12.15pm
To join the group, please contact Tony Coles 01934 822678
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
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