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‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord almighty.
Zechariah 4 : 6 (NIV)

SERVICES:

Sunday 15th December - Advent 3
10.00am Holy Communion (Readings: James 5: 7 - 10 Matt 11: 2 - 11
6.00pm Evening Prayer (Readings: as above)

Sunday 22nd December - Advent 4
10.00am Celebration Service (Reading: Matt 1: 18 - end)
6.00pm Carols by candlelight

Tuesday 24th December - Christmas Eve
3.00pm Christingle
11.30pm Midnight Communion (Readings: Isaiah 52: 7 - 10 John 1: 1 - 14)

Wednesday 25th December - Christmas Day
10.00am Family Holy Communion (Reading: Luke 2: 1 - 14)

Sunday 29th December - Christmas 1
10.00am United Benefice Service in Hutton

THANK YOU to everyone who attended Mary Coles' thanksgiving service last Monday. It was a joyful occasion which she would have loved. Thank you to everyone who helped with refreshments and setting up. A total of £264.60 was given as a gift to David and Heather Sharland in memory of Mary's service to the Lord.

THANK YOU to Gillian Jones and to all those who helped with the Christmas Tree Festival last week. The church looked lovely and the community carol singing was a great success. Well done everyone.

This year please don't send CHRISTMAS CARDS to church members but instead please sign the large Christmas card in church and give donate the money you would have spent on cards to Weston Hospice Care - there will be a collection box with the card. Many Thanks.

BLESSING HAMPERS this year as part of our outreach to less fortunate homes in the parish we are wanting to put together several small hampers. If you would like to contribute to these please put Christmas goodies in the large basket at the front of church (it will be under the Christmas tree when up.) Please no alcohol or ‘Smart Price basic value’ goods. The latest date for donations is Sunday 22nd December, as we want to deliver them on Christmas Eve! Thank you.

PRAYER MEETING on Tuesday 14th January 7pm - 8pm - do come and join us in the Green Lounge - all are welcome! When we pray we ask for God's kingdom to come and it does!

This year we are CAROL SINGING in the daytime outside Manor Stores. We will be handing out invitations to Christmas services and giving out sweets and mince pies. This will take place on Wednesday 18th Dec at 3pm.

LOCKING PCC reports and agenda items - please send to Anne before 24th December for the meeting on 6th January 2020

BOXING DAY LUNCH Are you alone over Christmas? Would you like lunch on Boxing Day, meet with others and home before dark? If yes, please sign up on the sheet in Church or see Geoff and Hazel.

PRAYER CHAIN - If you need prayer for yourself or another then there is a team of people ready to pray. For Locking, please contact Christine Sceenr phone 822331 or for Hutton Kay Cole phone 811424 and they will send out the prayer request. It would be lovely to know how the person we are praying for is getting on, or whether they still need more prayer. It is a great encouragement for us all to hear that God is answering our prayers, please send feedback to Christine or Kay.

CHRISTINGLE COLLECTING BOXES are available in both churches for the work of the Children's Society - please take yours and fill it for returning at the Christingle service on Christmas Eve.

BOARD GAMES GALORE - Sunday 15th December 2019 3pm - 6pm in the Church Centre, all welcome - individuals and families - u 18s please bring a parent. Bring your own favourite board or table top game to play, many games also available to play. Refreshments provided. For more information please contact Chris Wilkins Phone 01934 823556. Next games afternoon 12th Jan 2020.

The Benefice Office will be closed from Fri 20th Dec to Fri 3rd Jan inclusive. Anne is also away from Wed 25th Dec to Fri 3rd Jan 2020 inclusive. For all church matters, please contact the wardens.

MEN’S MENTAL HEALTH DAY - 18th January 2020 at Wells Blue School. This will be a day – for men only – to safely explore and engage with themes of modern masculinity, male identity, and men’s mental health. It will be facilitated by the Diocese of Bath and Wells and run by mental health experts from throughout the region. This event is open to each and every man of any age, every background, and from all faiths or none. To register for this event, please email the Benefice office.

NIGHT ASSESSMENT CENTRE: We'd like to say thank you to the overwhelming support of our volunteers, churches and the kindness of strangers for your donations. We are now at capacity and for the moment we can no longer accept clothing donations, blankets or cereal as we cannot store any more at present. We are however still in need of toiletries, hats, gloves, scarves, deodorant, tinned food (soup, beans, spaghetti etc) socks and underwear. Somewhere to Go and the NAC would like to thank everyone for having a big heart and filling up our cupboards and storage at this crucial time of year! You're all amazing! For donation drop offs: Worle Autos 12 Coker Road BS22 6BX or the Night Assessment Centre Wednesdays 6pm - 7pm. Or leave near the Food Bank box clearly marked NAC.

WESTON FOODBANK - Please leave any non-perishable goods in the box in the porch for Locking and by the font for Hutton. Urgently needed items: Tinned tomatoes, Tinned potatoes or instant mash, Custard or rice pudding, Instant soup, Instant noodles, Juice or squash, Tinned meat or fish and Toiletries. They've got plenty of Baked beans and Sanitary products. Thank you for your support.

SOMEWHERE TO GO provides a safe, non-judgmental place for those who need support, advice, a friendly ear and it has been a crutch to many people who have been lost, lonely and at crisis points in their lives. Hot meals, access to a shower and medical help is provided 3 days a week. We rely entirely on donations and urgently require sleeping bags and funds. Please contact Mike or Margaret Cooper in Locking if you can help (Tel 822408), thank you.

Services at St Augustine’s Locking

December 2019 / January 2020
Sun 1st Dec 10.00am Family Service
  3.30pm Songs for Christmas in Hutton Village Hall
Sun 8th Dec 10.00am Nativity in the Church Centre
  6.00pm Evensong in Hutton
Sun 15th Dec 10.00am Holy Communion
  6.00pm Evening Prayer
Sun 22nd Dec 10.00am Celebration Sunday
  6.00pm Carols by candlelight
Tues 24th Dec 3.00pm Christingle
  11.30pm Midnight Communion
Wed 25th Dec 10.00am Christmas Day Family Holy Communion
Sun 29th Dec 10.00am Joint Benefice Service in Hutton
Sun 5th Jan 10.00am Joint Benefice Service
Sun 12th Jan 10.00am Holy Communion
  6.00pm Evensong in Hutton
Sun 19th Jan 10.00am Family Service
  6.00pm Evening Prayer
Sun 26th Jan 10.00am Celebration Sunday
  6.00pm Holy Communion (BCP)

Childrens work every Sunday in Church or the Church Centre.
Refreshments are served in the Church Centre after morning services.

Services at St Mary’s Hutton

December 2019 / January 2020
Sun 1st Dec 10.00am Holy Communion
  3.30pm Songs for Christmas in Hutton Village Hall
Sun 8th Dec 10.00am Church in the Village Hall
  11.00am Evensong
Sun 15th Dec 10.00am Holy Communion
  6.00pm Evening Prayer in Locking
Sat 21st Dec 6.00pm Carols by candlelight
Sun 22nd Dec 10.00am Mattins
Tues 24th Dec 5.00pm Christingle
  11.30pm Midnight Communion
Wed 25th Dec 10.00am Christmas Day Family Holy Communion
Sun 29th Dec 10.00am Joint Benefice Service
Sun 5th Jan 10.00am Joint Benefice Service in Locking
Sun 12th Jan 10.00am Church in the Village Hall
  6.00pm Evensong
Sun 19th Jan 10.00am Holy Communion
  6.00pm Evening Prayer in Locking
Sun 26th Jan 10.00am Mattins
  6.00pm Holy Communion (BCP) in Locking

Children’s work is run in the church during 10am Services on 2nd and 4th Sundays – check with notices.
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