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St Augustine's Parish Church News

Locking, December 2018

Dear Friends,

Christmas is creeping up on us good and fast. It’s about 6 and a half weeks away – not that I’m counting. Although I am because there is a lot to prepare and also I am looking forward to all the family coming home. One of the events that we are planning at the moment is ‘Follow the Star’. We are inviting as many people as possible to put a star in their front garden for the weekend of 15th and 16th December. It can be a bought one or home-made. You don’t have to have children in the house to do this. You can then register your star and we will produce a map for you to go on a star hunt and see how many you can find. Hopefully many people will join in the fun!

Unlike the wise men in the nativity account, most people don’t follow the stars today, though all people follow something. It might be a sport, a football team, a hobby, a pop star or group, others follow famous people – the stars of today. Some people follow TV programmes – soaps or Bake –Off or Strictly. Or you may be ‘a dedicated follower of fashion.’ The thing is that we all like to have things that we take an interest in and which we try to find out about and even get involved with. We are all followers of something, even if we don’t admit it.

I wonder what or who you are following this Christmas? Are you following the god of greed and consumerism or are you following the way of doing things simpler. I am going to really try to do Christmas differently this year and buy gifts carefully, shop locally, be greener. I don’t want it all to be about gifts that people don’t want and feeling as stuffed as the turkey on Christmas Day due to eating too much. Because that’s not what Christmas is all about. Christmas is about being with people who are precious and being generous to those in need. Christmas first and foremost is about Christ – it’s about rejoicing that God has sent Himself to the world out of love for us. He knew that we needed Jesus to sort out our mess – and at the moment the pile of mess seems to be growing!! Christmas is about celebrating the fact that we are loved by God and that the greatest gift we will ever be given is the gift of new life in and through Jesus. Ask yourself this Christmas – who or what am I following? I pray that you will choose to follow Jesus – He’s the real star!

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year!

See Notice Board for What's On this week

Calendar of Events over the next few weeks.

Church Tower and Bells Restoration Project

Click Here for Events this month in Locking

 

Messy Church

Saturday 15th Dec ~ Messy Christmas

4pm – 6pm in Hutton School hall.
Lots of crafts, songs, story, active prayer and tea.
For more details call Mary Potter on 812788
Parents and children come together for a great time.

The next Messy Church will be 26th Jan, in Hutton School hall.
To receive email information, please give your email address to Mary Potter.

THE ALPHA COURSE

Have you got questions about life and faith? Do
you want a safe place to ask questions about being
a Christian? Then come and join us for a informal
time together to explore the big questions of life.
The course starts on 24th January at 10am in Locking Church Centre.
Everyone is welcome. To book your place call 823556

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 from Hutton please contact Kay Cole Tel: 811424

HUTTON AND LOCKING
CHURCH WEEKEND AWAY

at Lee Abbey in Lynton, North Devon,
Friday 28th June to Sunday 30th June 2019.

The cost is £140 per person with a surcharge of £26
per person for en suite accommodation.
A deposit of £25 per person is required.
Speakers and crèche facilities are provided by the Lee Abbey team.
Please contact Sue Williams (Tel 811270) for further details.

Pattern of Services

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 - Locking Church Centre. Mondays at 10am. Contact Hazel Hobden on 707981
  • Tuesday Morning Home Group - Tuesdays at 10am at 34 Vereland Road, Hutton. Contact Virginia Hollis on 708924
  • Vicarage Home Group - Wednesdays at 7.30pm at The Vicarage, The Green, Locking. Contact Chris on 823556
  • 20 Old Banwell Road - Wednesdays at 7.30pm at 20 Old Banwell Road, Locking. Contact Tony Coles on 822678
  • The Green Lounge – Locking Church Centre. Tuesdays at 10am. Contact Contact Julie Hardy on 824575
  • 77 Elm Tree Road. Thursdays at 7.30pm. Contact Chris Sceeny on 82233

LITTLE ARK TODDLER GROUP

We meet on Wednesday 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 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. For information contact Gail on 07818 677635.

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 Rev Anne Wilkins a ring on 01934 823556.

CHURCH CENTRE HALL BOOKINGS

Large Hall with kitchens - Small Hall - Green Room

Click Here for more information about booking the Church Centre

Lay Pastoral Assistants [LPA’s]

St Augustines Locking has 4 Lay Pastoral Assistants. They form a pastoral team who care for people in the parish. Each person has been fully trained and appointed by the Bishop to do this work. This enables us to be out in the community making visits and showing God’s love in a practical way. All visits are confidential and we hope that you will pass on this information to neighbours who you feel may benefit from a chat with one of us. Contact Rev Anne Wilkins on 01934 823556 if you would like someone to contact you.

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