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'Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message,
so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ.’ Colossians 4: 2 - 3 (NIV)

Sunday 18th February - Lent 1
10.00am Family Service (Readings: 1 Peter 3: 18 - end Mark 1: 9 - 15)
6.00pm Evening Prayer (Readings: as above)

Friday 22nd February
10.30am Funeral in church of the late Sharon Robinson

Sunday 25th February - Lent 2
10.00am Celebration Sunday (Reading: Mark 8: 31 - end)
6.00pm Holy Communion (BCP) (Readings: Romans 4: 13 - end Mark 8: 31 - end)

Sunday 4th March - Lent 3
10.00am Family Service (Readings: 1 Corinthians 1: 18 - 25 John 2: 13 - 22)

REPORTS AND AGENDA ITEMS for the PCC on Monday 5th March to be sent to Anne by Wednesday 21st February. Thank you.

Charity QUIZ NIGHT - church centre Sat 3rd March 7.30 p.m. In aid of Weston Hospicecare and Church tower repair fund £2.00 per person — teams of 6 max. Tickets available from: Church Office 822857 or Cliff Dumbell 823099 Bring your own food and nibbles, coffee and tea will be available at half time!
We hope you like the new look of the church magazine Crosslinks - THANK YOU to Janet Croad for all her hard work. Please can items be sent to her by 12th March. Thank you.

OPEN CHURCH: The Church is now open each Thursday and Saturday from 10am. We look forward to seeing you all once more.

PRAYER MEETING on Tuesday 13th March 7pm - 8pm - do come and join us in the Green Lounge - it was good to have 12 people come together to pray last week - all are welcome! When we pray we ask for God's kingdom to come and it does!

PRAYER - Please take your Lent Prayer Card available from church to focus our prayers together. These can be used in home groups and also in our individual prayers

COURSE FOR LENT - this is not a Lent course but a course that other churches are doing over Lent. We are wanting to help people be able to tell their story. This course called ‘Faith Pictures’ will help us gain in confidence. There is a video to watch and take home sheets. Please see page 8 of Hutton’s church magazine, or page 11 of Locking’s Crosslinks for more information.

GEOFF HOBDEN has gone out to Nepal with 11 other men. Some will be helping with building a school that was damaged in the earthquakes. Money had already been raised for a brick making machine, so building is getting well advanced, but electrics and carpentry skills are needed. Equipment to set up a sound studio has also been transported there. They are hoping to get a football pitch built too. This trip is all under the umbrella of ‘Sheva’ charity formed some years ago. It is not a Christian foundation but Geoff is going to a church on Saturday (the day when they worship). It will be interesting to hear his stories on his return. Please pray for Geoff and the others while they are over there for: safety, fun and getting lots of work completed.

AMPLIFY in concert are fundraising for Vine Counselling services, with special guests Sister Sing, at Churchill Academy BS25 5QN on Saturday 24th February at 7.30pm. Please see poster in church for more details.

LOCKING AND HUTTON WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP is on 2nd March at 10 am, Women’s World Day of Prayer, at Milton Methodist Church (not the Baptist church) 2 Milton Hill, Weston-super-Mare BS22 9RA. The next meeting is on Thursday March 15th at 2.45pm with Tea and Chat, in the Green Room Locking Church Centre. All ladies welcome.

MEN’S BREAKFAST on Saturday 10th March at 9am in Locking Church Centre. Please take an invite and invite your male friends.

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 Sceeny 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. Thank you.

FAIRTRADE REAL CHOCOLATE EASTER EGGS - available to order - 150g - £3.99 each. The all-new 2018 design includes a large 24 page Easter story-activity book, a bag of Fairtrade Swiss Chunky Buttons (25g) and a UK made Fairtrade milk chocolate egg (125g). Please sign up on the sheet in church and Eric Holdaway will do the rest!

Did you know that the 2017 #LIVELENT CAMPAIGN from the Church of England reached over 2.5m people on social media? We are hoping to engage even more people during Lent 2018. There are lots of ways you can take part in #LiveLent online • Find out more at • SIgn up for the Let Your Light Shine daily reflections by Phone or e-mail • Download the #LiveLent app for iOS or Android devices • Download a 5-session Lent course based on the weekly themes in Let Your Light Shine.

PLEASE PRAY for those who have been bereaved in the Benefice - for the families and friends of Frank Heeks, Sharon Robinson, Joy Burrows and Muriel Price (all Locking) and Joyce Keight (Hutton).

FAIRTRADE MUSTARD SEED COFFEE SHOP 10 - 12noon Wednesdays Hutton Village Hall. Eric and Gill 813716

February’s DIOCESAN PRAYER CALENDAR is now available at Some copies are printed and are in church - please take your copy!

WESTON FOODBANK are particularly short of: Tinned vegetables and potatoes, tinned tomatoes and pasta sauce, long life milk, tinned fruit and custard, tinned spaghetti, biscuits or snack items. Please leave any non-perishable goods in the box in the porch for Locking and by the font for Hutton. Thank you for your continued support.

VOICE OF HOPE BIBLE READING NOTES are available in each church - please take the free copy if you would like to use it.

Somewhere To Go NEWSLETTER is available in church for those who would like to read it.

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.

PRAYER FOR THE BENEFICE. There is a diocesan strategy ‘To place mission and evangelism at the heart of everything we do’. To this end it would be good to use this prayer, issued by the diocese: A prayer for Shaping our Future. Gracious God, may your Holy Spirit guide us into the future. Help us, throughout the diocese, to show uninhibited reliance on your grace and power as we seek renewal of our lives. Give us courage, rigour, imagination and generosity in order that your kingdom may come and your abundant life be known by all. Amen.

Services at St Augustine’s Locking

February 2018
Sunday 7th Jan 10.00am Family Service
  5.00pm Deanery Service of Light at St Paul’s WsM
Sunday 11th Feb 10.00am Holy Communion
  6.00pm Evensong in Hutton
Wednesday 14th Feb 7.00pm Ash Wednesday Holy Communion
Sunday 18th Feb 10.00am Family Service
  6.00pm Evening Prayer
Sunday 25th Feb 10.00am Celebration Sunday in Church Centre
  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

February 2018
Sunday 4th Feb 10.00am Holy Communion
  5.00pm Deanery Service of Light at St Paul’s WsM
Sunday 11th Feb 10.00am Morning Worship
  6.00pm Evensong
Wednesday 14th Feb 7.00pm Ash Wednesday Holy Communion
Sunday 18th Feb 10.00am Holy Communion
  6.00pm Evening Prayer in Locking
Sunday 25th Feb 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.