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.
of the good things to come out of the last few weeks is being
less busy at times and having a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.
I have realised that we often allow ourselves to be controlled
and defined by the things we do - many of which are not important
or a priority. But that's for another day..... Being less
busy has meant time to sort out the garden as the borders
hadn't been touched in years and were covered in brambles.
All the plants underneath them were starved of sunlight and
rain and most of them died - though some did survive. Thanks
to Chris, who has done most of the work, with some help from
me, we are now able to plant some new plants - the joy it
is giving me is wonderful. I was thinking that the brambles
are like all the busyness in our lives which starve us of
time to be and also do the things that are important to us
as people and as followers of Jesus. I do hope that you are
having a similar experience.
Last Thursday marked the beginning of Thy Kingdom Come, when
we are invited to spend time focusing our prayers on praying
for people we know to hear the good news and become followers
of Jesus. We are also being invited to bless them in some
way. Please set aside some time each day to pray for 5 people
you know and pray for them expectantly ,that they would see
Jesus for who He really is. Be persistent as Jesus teaches
us in Luke 11: 5 - 13 'Ask and it will be given to you, seek
and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.'
In this edition of Stay Connected we have included a Bible
Study from Anglican Alliance called 'Faith in the time of
Coronavirus.' This can be done on your own, with members of
your household, or you could chat about it on the phone or
via Zoom or even meet in a park or garden (keeping social
distancing). It would be great to have feedback that we could
May God bless you this week and may you know the peace of
the Lord as we watch and wait.
Much love and prayers
weeks Stay Connected Sheet pdf Faith
in the time of Coronavirus - Bible-studies
As a community we need to band together to support the vulnerable.
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
https://www.huttonsomerset.org.uk where there is a list
of volunteers available to help you for Hutton. The Old Inn
are doing a take away menu which is available Monday - Saturday
6 -7.30pm and Sunday roast from 12.00 - 2. Contact them for
a menu 01934 812336 between the hours stated to speak to a
member of staff. They can arrange delivery if necessary but
most people collect on their 'exercise hour'.
In Locking the Coach House pub are delivering meals. They
are delivering food to anyone who is in need or cannot leave
the house or even anyone who's a little bit peckish.Give them
a call on 01934 822506.They deliver food from 12 -2pm and
5-8pm Monday to Saturday, 12 - 5pm Sundays. Anyone that is
taking away, they kindly ask you to remain outside for one
of them to meet you. This is to keep everyone safe. Please
free to pre-order for Sunday starting from Tuesday.
If you are needing ready meals delivered then several people
have recommended this company. You can order on line from
or you can ring them on 0800 6127225
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, Fairtrade
Milk and Plain Chocolate Easter Eggs etc. also greeting cards.
Catalogues can be dropped off if anyone needs them –
Locking too. Please phone 01934 813716
Thy Kingdom Come.
In the 9 days days between Ascension Day on 21st May and Pentecost
on 31st May we are being called to pray and care for others
in whatever way we feel able. They are calling it Prayer and
Care. This is what is said about it on the website:-
Care for those you are praying for, pray for those you are
During these difficult and trying times, we believe that
now more than ever, presents an incredible opportunity for
the Church worldwide, to unite in prayer so that our family,
friends and neighbours will come to know the love and peace
of Jesus Christ for themselves. One of our Key themes for
Thy Kingdom Come is prayer and care. As we are praying for
those we love to come to know the hope and love of Christ
we also are encouraging all to see how they can show God’s
love towards them. By caring for them. Here are 5 ideas on
how we can care and love those we know, even when we are socially
1. Keep up contact. Make a phone call, send an email, letter
or card saying that you are praying for them at this time.
2. Keep an eye out for the anniversaries of life events. Make
that phone call to let people know you care.
3. Send a small gift or book purchased on line, maybe insert
life words etc.
4. Serve where you can in delivering groceries or medications.
5. Make sure the people you pray for know how much you value
them by whatever means you can find
There are loads of resources on the website https://www.thykingdomcome.global/
Every day we will be using Morning Prayer - this is being
sent out for you to do yourself or to join in with us as you
There is also a free app to download to use each day which
will be available nearer the time.
FAITH IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS See Faith
in the time of Coronavirus - Bible-studies
Foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury: I am delighted to
commend to you Faith in the time of Coronavirus and am deeply
grateful to the Anglican Alliance for creating this resource.
In such extraordinary times, it is not only helpful but vital
that we engage together with God’s Word.
In many of the poorer areas where people work one day to put
food on the table the next, and cannot comply with social
distancing as they live many people to one or two small rooms,
they are trying to deliver food parcels as often as possible.
The minimum donation they requested was £44, so this
I have paid with immediate effect. I do have sufficient funds
for this. If you are interested in Compassion's work at this
time please go onto their website - it is very informative
If this is prompting anyone to think they have not paid please
don't worry. The virus overtook everything else and I have
money in hand for the present. Keep safe and well. Kay.
Listening Chaplaincy Phoneline:
Serving Bristol, Somerset and South Gloucestershire
We are a faith-based service offering chaplaincy support for
people of all faiths and none in times of emergency
Are you recently bereaved or concerned about end of life issues?
Are you a key worker overwhelmed by what you are facing or
dealing with at work? Are you worried about someone who is
seriously ill, especially if you can't visit them? Are you
anxious about the effect that the COVED 19 crisis is having
on your life? Maybe you would just like someone from the faith
communities to talk to.
If you live in the Bristol, Somerset or South Gloucestershire
Call 0330 229 1700 • 8am-11pm • 7 days a week
CARING and CONFIDENTIAL The Faith Communities Major Emergencies
Team serving Bristol, Somerset and South Gloucestershire
Situated in Congresbury, and serving individuals across North
Somerset, Vine Counselling provides professional and confidential
counselling services, based on respect, care and quality.
In the current Coronavirus pandemic, Vine is inundated with
requests for counselling and is really struggling to meet
this great need in the community. Vine can't fundraise to
cover the daily costs of running the charity and has applied
to various organisations for funding to keep the charity from
closing down and continue supporting those in need. However,
in the meantime, for all those talented people getting bored
during the lockdown, Vine has launched an 'Unlock-Your-Talent
festival'. It is to encourage all ages, from under 5's to
adult, for a small fee, to enter an online talent competition.
All money goes to Vine. There are 11 catagories from: singing,
dancing, photography to painting, choirs, poetry, short stories
and loads more. It has some celebrity judges and great prizes.
The competition closes on 31st May. Please see https://www.vinecounselling.org/unlock-your-talent/
for more details.
Collect for The Seventh Sunday of Easter:
O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus
Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech
you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to
strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour
Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in
the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Readings for the coming week
Why not read the readings through slowly twice and before
you do ask God to speak to you today. We are reading through
Luke this week.
Sunday 24th May John 17: 1 - 11
Monday 25th Luke 7: 36 - end
Tuesday 26th Luke 8: 1 - 15
Wednesday 27th Luke 8: 16 - 25
Thursday 28th Luke 8: 26 - 39
Friday 29th Luke 8: 40 - end
Saturday 30th Luke 9: 1 - 17
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.
Please pray for Diane Hiscocks as she is working at Weston
General Hospital on the Covid ward. Pray for her safety as
well as all the other staff.
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.
A couple of weeks ago I told you about the return of the sedge
and reed warblers to the airfield and marsh down Hutton Moor
Lane. It has been a pleasure to walk accompanied by their
busy chatter, and catch the occasional glimpse of one. Imagine
then, my dismay at finding a digger down there earlier last
week clearing the reeds from the drainage channels. Necessary
work, but done at the wrong time with no thought of the consequences
to nature. Once again it highlighted the perils that wildlife
has to contend with in order to survive alongside us humans.
These little birds travel from Africa to breed with us for
just four months of the year, and their nests have been destroyed!
I grieve for them: most only have one brood. The Canada geese
chicks have hatched, but these too, are being picked off,
probably by the two foxes I have seen hunting on the marsh
in the evenings. On a lighter note, the swifts have returned,
slicing through the air on their sickle-shaped wings; sadness
mixed with joy, but Jesus tells us that Father God sees every
sparrow that falls. (Luke 12 v 6)
Readings 24th May 2020
John 17:1-11 (NIVUK) Jesus prays to be glorified
17 After Jesus said this, he looked towards heaven and prayed:
‘Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your
Son may glorify you.
2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might
give eternal life to all those you have given him.
3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work
you gave me to do.
5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory
I had with you before the world began.
Jesus prays for his disciples
6 ‘I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out
of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they
have obeyed your word.
7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from
8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted
them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they
believed that you sent me.
9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for
those you have given me, for they are yours.
10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory
has come to me through them.
11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still
in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect
them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that
they may be one as we are one.
Reflections on John 17:1-11
Thursday we remembered Ascension Day when Jesus went home.
He knew that his work had finished. Nothing more could be
done and in John 17 we have his very personal prayer prior
to his arrest. So he talks to God and shares his deepest feelings.
In it he spells out exactly why he had come in the first place.
Perhaps you are thinking, well I know that anyway. Just maybe
there is a bit more to it? In v.4 Jesus says to his father
“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the
work you gave me to do” Would that have been part of
your answer? I don’t think I would have included that
notion of bringing God’s glory to earth. But there’s
a bit more in v.2 which is more familiar…”that
I might give eternal life to all those you have given me”
What does Jesus mean by eternal life ?
V.3 “that they may know you, the only true God, and
Jesus Christ whom you have sent “ So this is God’s
glory, offering eternal life through belief in God and Jesus.
This is wonderful stuff! So where do we fit into this? Well
Jesus tells in his prayer which continues, now for his disciples.
This includes all who have responded to his offer of forgiveness
through the death of Jesus. Jesus sums up what has happened.
V.7 “my disciples know that I have come from you”
then to our key v8 which makes two key statements about the
result of his ministry.
V.8 They have accepted the teaching as coming from God and
more precisely, they knew with CERTAINTY where I have come
from and have believed it.
The word of God is the truth. The word of God through Jesus
and the Bible is the truth. Question. Is there any doubt in
your mind about that ? It is a key question and one we need
to be certain about. Why? Because if we are uncertain about
anything it leaves us open to doubt. That’s okay when
it comes to facts about the huge variety of information surrounding
coronavirus, but it’s a negative if it concerns our
faith in what God has done because of his love for us. Jesus
said in his prayer that the disciples knew with certainty
and believed. We have no need to doubt God’s promises.
We have every reason to look forward to that time when, as
Jesus says in v.11 “that they may be one as we are one”
That is our ultimate goal when, in eternity we will all be
one in the love of the father.
Please read the whole prayer which is so powerful. It understands
the challenges we face daily as did those first disciples.
They came to know the truth of God and Jesus with certainty,
and so can we. Amen.
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
Rainbows, rainbows, everywhere rainbows!
“Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high!” -
Symbolising peace and hope.
Such optimistic words sung with the philosophy that there
definitely is something better!
So is life really so bad at the present?
Over these past weeks, a change of lifestyle (as with fame)
has been thrust upon us and, if you think about it, with it,
the unique opportunity to make the most of its gifts. With
the deletion of our lives governed by diaries, life has slowed
down, as we now have more time for the present, instead of
preparing for future events, each day being so very precious
and a gift from God. Let us be grateful for what we have at
Our physical freedom may be ' locked down' ' but not our
hearts and spirit. Communication with our friends and family
albeit 'virtual' has become more genuine, caring and meaningful
because there are fewer distractions. Indeed, there is a new
opportunity for outreach as we have been more 'tuned into'
our brothers and sisters (via the internet or phone) than
ever before in reality. 'Digital spiritualism' has given us
the potential to worship with anyone in the country or indeed
anywhere in the world. Things we used to take for granted,
now show their true relevance: our friends, our food, our
freedom. Indeed the unfolding miracle and beauty of God's
creation all around us.
This diminishing of distractions affords us a rest, not in
the sense that 'rest' means doing nothing, but more that we
now have the unmissable opportunity to focus on matters of
true importance. Times of isolation have produced some memorable
feats of achievement – Shakespeare wrote “King
Lear” while in quarantine from the Black Death, John
Bunyan wrote “The Pilgrims Progress” in prison
and St Ignatius Loyola formed his philosophy that led to the
“Society of Jesus” whilst isolated. More recently,
Terry Waite strengthened his faith and resolve during his
long sojourn as a hostage.
In the Communion service we are faithfully reminded of the
commandments 'Love the Lord your God' and 'Love your neighbour'.
In the isolated environment of our homes there is now more
time to reflect on these two very important commandments and
how to live with them as 'The Only Way' resulting in an even
more closeness with God.
Eventually, in the Lord's good time, this current situation
will come to an end and happily a 'new normality' will occur.
Noah sent out a dove to receive God's word that this would
be so in his day, and it is now time to reflect on what this
may mean to us now. If there is any good to come out of this
pandemic, then it must be to carefully note the things which
were deservedly washed away and to retain the new values in
our lives which have been revealed.
As God placed the rainbow in the clouds as a covenant that
such retribution for our sins would never be inflicted on
mankind again, so we should make a covenant with ourselves
to conduct our lives after the 'lockdown' using all the lessons
in communication with our friends and family and, most of
all with our Father in Heaven, that physical isolation has
Somewhere over that rainbow brings peace and hope for us all!
The Times We're in.
At times like this, we oft times think.
What life is all about.
The things we do as normal,
Is what everybody does.
Of this we have no doubt.
We miss our friends and family.
Who we saw from day to day.
We keep in touch, by telephone,
And every other kind of way.
We wonder how long t'will be
Before we get together To enjoy that cup of tea.
Till then my friends,where ever you are,
Take your walk, but not too far.
Don’t be tempted to shake a hand
Just another rule,through-out the land.
Just stay safe, and keep in touch.
Miss you all so very much.
A Prayer for the time of COVID-19 from the Mothers’
Loving Lord,we pray for your love and compassion to abound
as we walk through this challenging season.
We ask for wisdom for those who bear the load
of making decisions with widespread consequences.
We pray for those who are suffering with sickness
and for all who are caring for them.
We ask for protection for the elderly and vulnerable
not to succumb to the risks of the virus.
We pray for misinformation to be curbed
that fear may take no hold in hearts and minds.
As we exercise the good sense that you in your mercy provide
may we also approach each day in faith and peace,
trusting in the truth of your goodness towards us.
Bible Q and AThis 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
Thank you to Mary French for creating this
great poster to say thank you to keyworkers. We've put it
up on the bus stop notice board in Locking for passers - by
Ideas for families to do at home at times of isolation:
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!
God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or
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 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.