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Locking, May 2017

Dear Friends,

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?

When 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 have.’

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 crucified man.

To be continued……

With love

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

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 is
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

Messy Church

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
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 Centre
May 18th 11.30am - Lunch with Speaker Hebron Fellowship, Main Road, Hutton


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

Celebration Sundays

In Locking, as from February, the 4th Sunday of the month will now be called ‘Celebration Sunday’. The
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.

Men's Breakfasts

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

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

Sing and Praise Evenings

Meeting in St Augustine’s Church, Locking on 2nd Fridays, 7.00 - 8.00pm

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
Combined Service

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.


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


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 – 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.


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 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).


Large Hall with kitchens - Small Hall - Green Room

Click Here for more information about booking the Church Centre


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!


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)


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