If you would like the weekly "Stay Connected" emailed
to you, please contact the Benefice Office Contact
and we will put you on the mailing list. This is a replacement
for the weekly pew sheet and contains many useful things so
that you don't feel so isolated.
this last week we have celebrated two birthdays with the accompanying
meals and lovely puddings which we have all enjoyed, though
I hate to think of all the calories! Food is a great thing
that not only feeds our bodies but it brings people together
to share, talk and laugh. Last Sunday we had the reading of
the feeding of the 5,000 where Jesus was faced with a crowd
of thousands of people who needed feeding. The disciples wanted
them all to go home and get their own tea. Jesus told them
not to. He didn't suddenly produce food either out of thin
air but he told the disciples to feed them. He wanted them
to be the answer to the problem. They needed to see what they
had so that they too could see the miracle that He was going
to do. The disciples were given the responsibility for providing
the food and then for distributing it.
As Christians we need to be fed every day. In the same way
that we need real food we also need spiritual food every day.
We would never think of just eating once on a Sunday and in
the same way we should never just rely on coming to church
once a week to feed us. During lockdown we have been unable
to come to the church building for worship and many are still
staying at home, which is fine. The important thing is that
we make sure that we are keeping ourselves fed every day.
We have been producing 'food' for you to use - a mini-sermon,
daily readings and today I have put in a simple Bible study
of this Sunday's reading.
As the weeks and months go on every one of us needs to have
things in place whereby we are taking responsibility for allowing
ourselves to be fed by the Lord through His Word every day.
God feeds us in many ways - through Christian books, by Bible
reading notes, through on - line talks, through the bread
and wine, through the words of others. The Bible speaks of
God's Word as food.
Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that
comes from the mouth of God. Matthew 4: 4
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by
it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted
that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2: 2, 3
The Bible is not to be read like a novel or to expand our
knowledge - it is to be read so that we might be fed. It will
enable us to grow more like Jesus, it will guide us, encourage
us, point us in the right direction, it will be God speaking
So let's all together make sure that we are allowing the
Lord to feed us each day.
With every blessing
weeks Stay Connected Sheet pdf
Calendar August pdf
St Augustine’s Locking and St Mary’s Hutton church
buildings are open for private prayer on Thursdays 10am -
1pm only. Each session will be supervised and all seating
will be at a distance of 2 metres. If you have any questions
about this please contact the wardens: For Locking Eddie and
Mary French 01934 813634, for Hutton Dave Bradley 01934 814205
and Mary Potter 01934 812788.
St Mary’s Hutton is open on Sundays for worship at
10am and then at 11am. There are a limited number of seats
at each service due to social distancing. Because of this
we are asking everyone to REGISTER EVERY WEEK to say that
they are coming to either service. In order to do this please
ring Phil Etchells on 814461 from 12noon – 5pm any day.
Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
The wearing of a face covering is mandatory.
If you are self-isolating and need shopping or supplies please
ring Anne 01934 823556 for Hutton and Locking villagers or
Steve Cope 01934 813871 for Hutton. See also www.huttonsomerset.org.uk
where there is a list of volunteers available to help you
Any Foodbank donations can be left on the doorstep of John
and Margaret Bailey, 31 Willow Drive, Hutton or Chris and
Anne Wilkins, The Vicarage, The Green, Locking, where they
will be collected and taken to the foodbank.
Mustard Seed Fairtrade items can be delivered free on Wednesdays.
Tea, Coffee, Chocolate, honey, marmalade, jams, muesli, dried
fruits, rubber gloves, cleaning fluids, laundry etc. also
greeting cards. Catalogues can be dropped off if anyone needs
them – Locking too. Please phone 01934 813716
Vicarage garden - please contact me if you need somewhere
to meet as our garden is large enough for 6 people to meet
socially distanced. There is a private garden at the back
of the house which is very secluded and also the front lawn.
If there is a group who want to meet then please contact me.
Also if you would like to come over for a chat, tea, cake
and prayer, then let me know - weather permitting of course!
A free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. 0800
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CARING and CONFIDENTIAL
Collect for The Ninth Sunday after Trinity
Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and
light of your Church: open our hearts to the riches of your
grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in
love and joy and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our
Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Readings for the week
Why not read the readings through slowly twice and before
you do ask God to speak to you today. We are starting to read
Sunday 9th August Matthew 14.22 - 33
Monday 10th August Acts 1.1–14
Tuesday 11th August Acts 1.15–end
Wednesday 12h August Acts 2.1–21
Thursday 13th August Acts 2.22–36
Friday 14th August Acts 2.37–end
Saturday 15th August July Acts 3.1–10
Prayer Chain - If you need prayer for yourself
or another then there is a team of people ready to pray. For
Locking, please contact Anne Wilkins phone 823556 or for Hutton
Kay Cole phone 811424 and they will send out the prayer request.
Prayer and Praise
We give thanks for the lives of those who have recently died
and we pray for their families and friends. We remember with
love Alex Robertson and Peter Carr. A prayer to give thanks
Lord of all, we praise you
for all who have entered into their rest
and reached the promised land where you are seen face to face.
Give us grace to follow in their footsteps
as they followed in the way of your Son.
Thank you for the memory of those you have called to yourself:
by each memory, turn our hearts from things seen to things
and lead us till we come to the eternal rest
you have prepared for your people,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We give thanks for answers to prayer for those who have been
very unwell recently. We give thanks that Kath Dredge is out
of ITU and is off oxygen but still in the BRI. Pray that she
continues to make good progress. Philip Goode came home this
week and is on oxygen. Philip would like to convey his thanks
to everyone for all your prayers, e-mails, messages and cards
which have meant a lot to him and Val. Please do continue
to pray for Kath and Philip and their families. Please also
pray for Bishop Peter and for his wife Jane (see below).
Bishop Peter - This week we heard the news that Bishop Peter
has been diagnosed with leukaemia and is going into hospital
this week for a month of treatment. Please pray for him and
his wife Jane at this difficult time, that they will know
the Lord's strength and peace. Please also pray for Bishop
Ruth who was due to go on a sabbatical this month and is no
longer doing so.
Prayer requests - please feel free to send
prayer requests to Chris in the office, if you would like
them to be included on this sheet, or call Anne on 823556.
If you would like someone to pray with you please call Anne
and she will pray on the phone.
All of us have special places which nourish us with their
beauty, associated memories, or simply by being somewhere
to retreat to and ‘be’. One of mine is the Doone
Valley on Exmoor, tucked away in the folds of the hills. The
footpath follows closely the course of Badgworthy Water –
ideal for paddling in, and frequented by grey wagtails and
dippers. At this time of year the bracken is tall and the
hillsides will soon be purple with heather, while the berries
on the rowans and hawthorns are beginning to ripen, providing
much needed sustenance through the harsh upland winters. The
middle section of the valley is covered by sessile oak woodland
where the little yellow cow wheat flowers from May through
to September. During spring and early summer it is usual to
see nuthatches and tree creepers here, but at this time of
year many of the birds are lying low while they moult; only
the robins, blue tits and stonechats accompanied our ramble,
along with the high keening cry of a buzzard, the deep ‘kronk’
of a raven, and the bleating of sheep.
Reading for 9th August 2020 - Matthew 14:22-33 (NIVUK)
Jesus walks on the water
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat
and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed
23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside
by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,
24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land,
buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on
26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were
terrified. ‘It’s a ghost,’ they said, and
cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage!
It is I. Don’t be afraid.’
28 ‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell
me to come to you on the water.’
29 ‘Come,’ he said. Then Peter got down out of
the boat, walked on the water and came towards Jesus. 30 But
when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink,
cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
33 Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying,
‘Truly you are the Son of God.’
Reflections on Matthew 14:22-33
you ever been on the shore of a lake or a very calm sea and
thought that the surface of the looks as if you could walk
on it? It looks as if it could be possible…..But you
know it’s not possible because experience and science
tells you that. So if you were to see someone walking on water,
what would your first thought be? Probably ‘That’s
That’s what the disciples thought. Professional fishermen,
they were struggling against a storm at night when they saw
Jesus walking towards them. They couldn’t take it in:
how could it be possible? In their fear, they thought it was
a ghost: they couldn’t accept that Jesus was that close
to them in the storm. Jesus’ words: ‘Take courage.
It is I. Don’t be afraid’ were to give the disciples
more reassurance. Peter still needed more proof and Jesus
gave him that with the word ‘Come.’ And when Peter
responded, initially he too could walk on water but as fear
got the better of him, he began to sink, calling to Jesus
to save him, which Jesus did.
For all of Jesus’ disciples throughout history, trying
to follow Jesus day by day, showing his love for the world,
has never been easy. We know we can’t do what he can:
we can’t do the impossible as he can. Our journeys of
faith contain times of great joy but they also contain stormy
times, dark times, times of doubt. It is in these times when
help is closest at hand, just as it was when Jesus saved the
Jesus’ words ‘You of little faith, why did you
doubt me?’ are part rebuke and part encouragement. A
little faith can go a long way: we should never doubt that.
Jesus knows that being a disciple isn’t easy and that
is why he is always near, encouraging, admonishing, loving.
When we step out in faith we should keep our eyes fixed on
Jesus and our ears open for his voice and respond to what
he calls us to do, no matter how challenging, even impossible,
it may seem.
We are certainly living through stormy times at the moment.
The present is disrupted. The future is uncertain. The one
thing we can be certain of is that Jesus is with us in all
of it. He is with us in the darkness and the upheaval; he
is with us in our fears; he is with us in our successes and
our failures. He delights in our faith and our efforts to
do what he would do. He will never leave us alone. When we,
or others, think that something is impossible or are frustrated
because something is impossible, remember Jesus’ words:
‘Take courage. It is I. Don’t be afraid’
And then take that step in faith.
Home study - take time to read Matthew 14: 22 - 33
and reflect on these questions.
Verse 23 - Jesus went up on a mountainside to pray. Do you
have a time to yourself everyday when you can be with the
Lord and pray and listen to Him? Do you have a time and a
place where you do this?
Verse 24 - the disciples were in the boat without Jesus buffeted
by the waves. When you gave felt you were being buffeted by
the waves of life -where was Jesus?
Verse 27 - Where in your life do you lack courage, what makes
you terrified? Imagine saying these words to you - does that
change the way that you feel about these things?
Verse 29 - In what areas of your life is Jesus saying 'Come'?
Where is God calling you out of your comfort zone to ' walk
on water' and to put your faith in Him?
Verse 29 - Peter began to sink and called out to Jesus to
save Him? Spend some time now calling on Jesus to come and
help and save you if you feel like sinking.
Verse 31 - In what ways do we doubt? What things make us
doubt? Offer these to the Lord and ask Him to increase your
faith and trust in Him.
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it can be difficult to know where to start. Maybe you’ve
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so you can study the Bible on your own, or maybe you need
help connecting together the bits you’ve been reading.
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• Acts as a great follow-on resource for those who have
done introductory courses like Alpha and Christianity Explored.
Please get in touch with Anne if you would be interested
in doing this course on Zoom using the video and following
it with discussion.
Prayer about the Coronavirus outbreak
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
For the Christian community
We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.
Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference
For those who are ill -
Merciful God, we entrust to your tender care those who are
ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms
are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For hospital staff and medical researchers
Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who
are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work
many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A prayer at bedtime -
Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.
Tonight we pray especially for (names family or friends who
are affected by Coronavirus) and the people of (country or
place which is affected by Coronavirus).
Please give skill and wisdom to all who are caring for them.
GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what
peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without
surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the
spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become
vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser
persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested
in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession
in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is
full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue
there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere
life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be
cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering
the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears
are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You
are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the
stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe
is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labours
and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace
in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
By Max Ehrmann © 1927
The Journey Prayer – St Brendan
God, bless to me this day,
God bless to me this night;
Bless, O bless, Thou God of grace,
Each day and hour of my life;
Bless, O bless, Thou God of grace, Each day and hour of my
God, bless the pathway on which I go;God, bless the earth
that is beneath my sole;Bless, O God, and give to me Thy love,O
God of gods, bless my rest and my repose;
Bless, O God, and give to me Thy love, And bless, O God of
gods, my repose.
Bible Q and A This is a very interesting site that answers
some of the tricky questions about the Bible and the Christian
faith. You can also submit questions too. Why not give it
My top 10 of likes/loves and what I've learned during lockdown.
Here is the list from Chris Wilkins. This is in no order of
1. Having time to work on the Vicarage Garden and planting
lots of flowering plants.
2. Planting runner bean seeds and little tomato plants and
watching them grow and flower.
3. Producing Stay Connected, Morning Prayer and Spiritual
Communion with Anne and receiving people’s feedback.
4. Clear skies and no aeroplane trails. Much less traffic
5. Time to be with myself and my family.
6. Time to read books and do jig-saw puzzles.
7. Cycling more and driving less.
8. Turning off the alarm so it doesn’t go off in the
9. Time to watch nature and listen to the birds.
10. Time to cook.
If you would like to share your list of your top 10 of likes/loves
and what you've learned during lockdown, please contact
Quiz - just for fun - no prizes - answers below!
All the following are places in this part of England:
1. Keeping a good look out
2. Conservatives safely secured
3 King's abode for a film star
4 A highway or a byway by any other name
5 Pussy's gone to bed
6 The lady drank much of this
7 Turn the key
8 Twirl around
9 A first in a Chinese city
10 Where the sun sets on a rick
11 Should keep your feet dry
12 Forbidden to drink here
Ideas for families to do at home at times
GINGER AND CARROT SOUP WITH LIME
Chilled soups make a refreshing lunch on a hot day. This
one is easy and inexpensive.
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger, about 20g
1 large or two small onions, sliced
900g (2lb) carrots, sliced
900ml (1.5 pints) vegetable stock (stock cubes and water)
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper
Single cream, Elmlea single or soya cream.
Heat the oil and cook the ginger and onion gently for 10
minutes in a covered saucepan without colouring. Add the carrots
and the stock. Cover, bring to the boil and simmer for about
20 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Cool a little,
puree in a liquidiser or with a hand blender. If you have
neither, just push it all through a sieve. Add the lime juice
little to taste, and season with salt and pepper if necessary.
Chill in the fridge until very cold. Serve in bowls with a
cream to garnish. Thank you to Su Gordon for this recipe -
If you have a favourite which you would like to
share, please contact us
Make a fruit salad together
Use tinned, frozen or fresh fruit, chop it up and put it in
a bowl, talk about the colours, tastes and textures, enjoy
eating it together.
Milk (or substitute milk)
White sliced bread
Put a small amount of milk in cups and add a tiny amount of
food colouring, this makes home made paint. Each person have
a slice of white bread and paint a picture on the bread using
your paint, look at your pictures. Toast your bread and enjoy
eating the toast.
Make play dough
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup of salt
2 tablespoon cream of tartar
2 tablespoon oil
1 cup of hot hot water with few drops of food colouring added
Mix everything in a bowl, stir it well and then knead it
and play with it. You could get your child to help you make
this. When you have finished put it in an air tight container,
it will last for weeks.
Home made bubble mixture
6 cups water
1 cup strong washing up liquid e.g. Fairy
1 table spoon glycerine
Mix gently and use, this makes enough for a big bottle
We hope you have some lovely time playing together. Keep
safe and well
Play shops Give your child some money, together
make some price labels , put them on the food in your cupboard.
Take it in turns to be the shop keeper and the shopper.
Make an obstacle course - Use furniture
to go under, blankets to cover yourself in, hats to put on
your head, make this together and take it in turns to use.
Play hide and seek, take it in turns to
be the hider and the seeker.
Junk modelling Keep empty boxes and toilet
roll inners, make models and creatures with glue and tape
Plant some seeds If you have a garden plant
some seeds together or save old plastic tubs e.g yogurt pots
and plant some cress or pea seeds and grow on the window sill.
When they have grown put them in a sandwich, you can eat the
pea shoots instead of letting them grow into pea plants
Make a treasure map Hide some treasure and
make a map for the child to find where it is. You could each
do this and make a map for the other person to find the treasure.
Make sock puppets Turn your socks into hand
puppets, give your puppet a name and make a story together.
Make a bug house Find some sticks and leaves
and a make a bug house, you could leave this at the side of
your house or flat and then check on it after a few days to
see what bugs are in there.
Dance together Play some music you both
like and dance together
Pretend you are an animal game Imagine you
are an animal and make the noises and movements for the other
person to guess.
Play bubbles Go outside and play bubbles,
watch where they are flying, Imagine where they might go.
Play emotion faces Pull a face of an emotion
and get your child to guess the emotion. Take it in turns
to do this.
Pretend you are at the hair dressers –
take it in turns to be the hair dresser, brushing hair, putting
clips or bands in, pretend to cut hair ( no scissors, just
use your fingers) you could gently give the other person a
head massage.Talk about what they would like their hair to
be like today.
Play weddings Get toy animals and dolls
and pretend two of them are getting married, think about the
food they would eat and the dancing they would do.
Make a car/ rocket/ train Use the washing
basket or a big box, get your child to decide what vehicle
it’s going to be, get them to sit in it and pretend
they are going on a journey. Talk about what they can see
on their journey.
More ideas next week!
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3 Castle Carey
How did you do?