St Augustine's Parish Church News
Locking, April 2017
I am having fun at the moment adapting to the
new recycling regime. I have had it so fixed in my mind for
ages as to what goes in what box, now I am having to learn
afresh what goes where. Last week I put my sticker on in the
rain and it got lost, so I now have to keep referring to the
leaflets to get it right. It feels good to recycle and it
is good to know that more and varied items can be put in the
green boxes – even my kettle that died last week. For
lots of reasons it is a good thing – there is the need
to reduce the amount of rubbish that goes into landfill, the
need to care for the world and not drain it of its resources.
It’s about reduce, reuse and recycle. It does require
some time and thought – but in a throw away age we need
to do something to halt the situation, if not make it better.
In the middle of April we will be celebrating
Easter. It is such a wonderful time of year and a wonderful
celebration. It is the time that Christians remember the death
of Jesus on the cross and His rising from the dead on that
morn. It is because of that event in history that many things
are now available to us. We have the promise of eternal life
– Jesus removed the barrier between us and God and He
did away with death. Also in this life we can have hope and
new life. Jesus can take the most broken and messed up of
people and give them hope, forgiveness and a new start. In
fact, if we are honest, we all truly need that.
We may feel like we are destined for the rubbish
heap – that we are no good to anyone and that are lives
are going nowhere. We may feel unloved and unwanted and fit
for the scrap heap. This is something that I have heard from
older people, but younger people today can feel lost and without
hope and purpose. The good news of Easter is that God in Jesus
loves you – enough to die for you. He will not reject
you or throw you on the rubbish heap – but if we allow
Him He can take your life and transform it. It’s a bit
like being recycled as He can remake you, re- mould you and
transform you. It may not happen overnight but over your lifetime.
Easter brings new life to us all, new hope and new beginnings.
It is what Christians call redemption – taking something
or someone and making something new and wonderful from it.
He can do that with you – however messed up your life.
In fact there is nothing or nobody in the whole world who
can bring transformation and hope in the way that Jesus can.
So as you go to sort your recycling and put
it out – be reminded that God wants to do the same with
us – to take us, in all our brokenness and all our failings
and pride, and make us into new people – Easter people.
Happy recycling and Happy Easter
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
Annual Parochial Church Meeting
The APCM will take place on Monday 24th April
at 7.30pm int he Church Centre.
Maundy Thursday13th April - We will be joining
our friends in Hutton for Maundy Thursday
on 13th April at 7pm in Hutton School. This will be for a
simple supper and Holy Communion together.
Good Friday 14th April - We will have a reflective
service in from 2pm - 3pm in Locking Church.
Easter Sunday Sunday 16th April - will start
with an Easter bonnet parade starting from the Village Hall
There will then be an Easter Communion at 10.00am for all
ages. This will be followed by an Easter Egg Hunt
in the Vicarage garden. All welcome.
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
“The story of David”
Saturday April 29th
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 May 20th
“Treasure hunt and music in St Mary’s church”
WESTON BIBLE WEEK PLUS
Wed 5th April 2017 7.30pm at Christ Church,
Montpelier, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3RG
Free Entry - A collection will be taken towards costs. Refreshments
will be served. DANIEL - Seeking God & Pursuing Integrity.
A talk and discussion led by Rev Canon Andy Perry.
What happens when life takes an unexpected turn and you end
up (metaphorically) in Babylon?
How can you then both survive well and thrive?
We will be exploring how the Book of Daniel equips Christ
followers to stand 'Against the Flow' in a secular
, relativistic culture, and inspire us more passionately to
seek God and pursue integrity.
For more information - please contact: Rev Geoff Hobden Tel:
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
April 6th - Speaker Joan Eales - Somewhere to Go - Green Room,
Locking Church Centre
THREE ACRES AND A COW
A History Of Land Rights And Protest In Folk Song And Story,
St Mary’s Hutton 7pm Saturday 8th April.
Connecting the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt
with fracking and our housing crisis via the
Enclosures and Industrial Revolution, the show draws a compelling
narrative through the people’s history of Britain.
Part TED talk, part folk club sing-a-long, come and share
these tales as they have been shared for generations.
Featuring: Robin Grey, Naomi Wilkins and Katherine Hallewell
for more information. Tickets £10 / £5 kids.
Tickets from: Chris Wilkins 07818 484850, Mike Turnbull 01934
815305 or Mustard Seed coffee shop 01934 813716.
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 22nd April, 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