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St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Hutton - News

Hutton, April 2017

Dear Friends

I am having fun at the moment adapting to the new recycling regime. I have had it so fixed in my mind for ages as to what goes in what box, now I am having to learn afresh what goes where. Last week I put my sticker on in the rain and it got lost, so I now have to keep referring to the leaflets to get it right. It feels good to recycle and it is good to know that more and varied items can be put in the green boxes – even my kettle that died last week. For lots of reasons it is a good thing – there is the need to reduce the amount of rubbish that goes into landfill, the need to care for the world and not drain it of its resources. It’s about reduce, reuse and recycle. It does require some time and thought – but in a throw away age we need to do something to halt the situation, if not make it better.

In the middle of April we will be celebrating Easter. It is such a wonderful time of year and a wonderful celebration. It is the time that Christians remember the death of Jesus on the cross and His rising from the dead on that first Easter morn. It is because of that event in history that many things are now available to us. We have the promise of eternal life – Jesus removed the barrier between us and God and He did away with death. Also in this life we can have hope and new life. Jesus can take the most broken and messed up of people and give them hope, forgiveness and a new start. In fact, if we are honest, we all truly need that.

We may feel like we are destined for the rubbish heap – that we are no good to anyone and that are lives are going nowhere. We may feel unloved and unwanted and fit for the scrap heap. This is something that I have heard from older people, but younger people today can feel lost and without hope and purpose. The good news of Easter is that God in Jesus loves you – enough to die for you. He will not reject you or throw you on the rubbish heap – but if we allow Him He can take your life and transform it. It’s a bit like being recycled as He can remake you, re- mould you and transform you. It may not happen overnight but over your lifetime. Easter brings new life to us all, new hope and new beginnings. It is what Christians call redemption – taking something or someone and making something new and wonderful from it. He can do that with you – however messed up your life. In fact there is nothing or nobody in the whole world who can bring transformation and hope in the way that Jesus can.

So as you go to sort your recycling and put it out – be reminded that God wants to do the same with us – to take us, in all our brokenness and all our failings and pride, and make us into new people – Easter people.

Happy recycling and Happy Easter

With love

See Notice Board for Whats's On this week - See Event Calendar for events this month

Messy Church

“The story of David”
Saturday April 29th
4pm – 6pm in Hutton School.

Lots of fun craft, songs, story, active prayer and tea. For more details call 812788
Parents and children come together for a great time. Come and join us for this popular event.

Next date is Saturday May 20th
“Treasure hunt and music in St Mary’s church”

Annual Parish Church Meeting

At the APCM on Tuesday 4th April, 7.30pm we will be electing new members
to the PCC. We have vacancies this year and welcome new people.
There are vacancies for the PCC and for Deanery Synod. PCC members serve for 3 years.
You need to be on the church electoral roll, be over 16 years of age and a Communicant.

We need people who are prayerful and who love the Lord and His church
and want to see it grow in faith and numerically. If you feel that God is
calling you to serve the church in this way then please see a Warden or PCC
member to fill in a form

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
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 please contact Kay Cole Tel: 811424

April 6th - Speaker Joan Eales - Somewhere to Go - Green Room, Locking Church Centre


Coffee Morning
Hutton Village Hall Saturday 8th April 10 till noon
DROP IN for coffee
DROP OFF your spare clothes in aid of


A History Of Land Rights And Protest In Folk Song And Story, St Mary’s Hutton 7pm Saturday 8th April.

Connecting the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with fracking and our housing crisis via the
Enclosures and Industrial Revolution, the show draws a compelling narrative through the people’s history of Britain.
Part TED talk, part folk club sing-a-long, come and share these tales as they have been shared for generations.
Featuring: Robin Grey, Naomi Wilkins and Katherine Hallewell
see for more information. Tickets £10 / £5 kids.
Tickets from: Chris Wilkins 07818 484850, Mike Turnbull 01934 815305 or Mustard Seed coffee shop 01934 813716.


Take a Break and drop in after school on Tuesdays for drinks, fruit and cake

We offer a warm welcome to The Families of Children
Held in the school hall at Haywood Village Academy
2.30pm – 4pm (term time only)
TAKE 5 is offered by Church @ St Anne’s
In association with Locking Castle Church,
Woodspring Church and New Creation

Book of Remembrance

If anyone would like an addition
to the book of remembrance, please contact Menna Davies 01934
814680, who will be pleased to add names for a small donation.

Pattern of Services

As from February the pattern of services has changed in both churches in the
Benefice. This is so there is a better balance of worship and
so the Rector can be at both churches equally. The new pattern is

Sunday Morning - Hutton Morning - Locking Evening
1st Holy Communion Family Service Hutton - Music & Meditation
2nd Morning Worship Holy Communion Hutton - Evensong
3rd Holy Communion Family Service Locking - Evening Prayer
4th Mattins Celebration Sunday followed by lunch Locking - Holy Communion
Combined Service


at Sidholm, Sidmouth

The weekend of June 16th - 18th 2017 has
been reserved. Rev Chris Turner will be our speaker.
Cost £155 per person. Children: 0 - 4 free, 5
- 10 £39, 11 - 15 £78, 16 - 17 £116.
To secure your place, please sign up on sheet in church and pay Chris Wilkins
a deposit of £25, in person or via the benefice office.


Vist St Mary's

You are welcome to visit St. Mary’s Church on
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during
from 10am to dusk. Enjoy the wonderful building
and an opportunity for peace and quiet.

Please sign the Visitors Book at the end of your visit

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, Tuesdays - Locking Church Centre. Tuesdays at 10am. Contact Julie Hardy on 824575
  • Tuesday Morning Home Group - Tuesdays at 10am at 51 Vereland Road, Hutton. Contact Virginia Hollis 708924
  • Oldmixon Home Group - Monthly on Wednesdays at 2.15pm at various locations. Contact Kay Cole on 811424
  • Moor Lane Home Group - Wednesdays at 7.30pm at 1 Moor Lane, Hutton. Contact Chris Wilkins on 814483
  • 20 Old Banwell Road - Wednesdays at 7.30pm at 20 Old Banwell Road, Locking. Contact Tony Coles on 822678
  • The Green Lounge, Thursdays – Locking Church Centre. Thursdays at 7.30pm. Contact Contact Hazel Hobden on 707981
  • 77 Elm Tree Road. Thursdays at 7.30pm. Contact Chris Sceeny on 822331

St Mary's Church Mission Action Plan.

Please commit to praying for the following events that will be taking place in the next six months:-

• Outside Service at Elborough
• Prayer Walks around the parish
• Afternoon tea in the Village Hall
• Film Afternoons
• Pray for new people to come along
• For the provision of resources
• For the love of God to be shown

Opportunities to serve In Hutton Church.

Would you be interested in: Reading the lesson, leading the prayers, helping
with young people, being a welcomer, joining a homegroup, joining the
choir, cleaning, helping with refreshments? If yes, please see Anne or a
warden who would love to get you involved!


Lord, teach us how to pray. Never has it been more important for us to repeat this request made
by the disciples so many years ago. Many of us find it difficult and as the church throughout the land is
now on its knees we, at St Marys, recognise our need to give ourselves more time in prayer.

Would you like a home visit?
In Hutton our visiting team consists of our Reader Jane Barry (813802) and three trained Lay
Pastoral Assistants, Kay Cole (811424), Chris Wilkins (814483) and Virginia Hollis (708924). We also have four LPAs available in Locking church. 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
more 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. If you are in church, please complete a contact form to be found on the table at the back of church and someone will contact you. If you are not able to attend church, just ring Virginia Hollis (708924) and she will make the necessary arrangements for someone to contact you.

Are you in need of practical help?
If you are unable to do necessary shopping perhaps because of the weather or illness, we may be able to help you. Do you feel that your
quality of life could be improved by some home improvements or extra help? We could put you in touch with someone who can direct you to
the right organisation to help you.

Unable to visit church?
If you are unable to visit church but would like home communion, let us know and this can be arranged in your home. We have a team of four
people, who have been given permission by the Bishop to do this work and would consider it a real privilege to visit you.

Prayer Cascade
This means that a prayer request can be made via Kay Cole (811424) and she will send this
to a list of people who want to be actively involved in the prayer life of
the church. Your requests for prayer can also be pinned to the board at

New Neighbours? Patch is the answer!
New neighbours will be visited by a local church member and will be
given a patch pack to welcome them to the village and inform them about the local church.
Patch stands for Parish and the Church. We, you and I, are the body of the church, and we need to work together to make it work efficiently for
our future generations.


If you would like personal prayer on any Sunday please ring Kay Cole 811424 to send a prayer request to the prayer cascade
or Virginia Hollis 708924 to arrange a visit.

Diocese of Bath & Wells
This letter is to introduce to you one of our lay pastoral assistants (LPA’s) recently
appointed to St Mary the Virgin Hutton and St Augustines, Locking.

It has become apparent with the intended expansion of both Locking and Hutton parishes,
that provision has to be made to provide assistance to our clergy if we are to maintain a good level of pastoral care.
The Rector Revd Anne will always be available to you but the team in Hutton will now include our Reader Jane Barry and three
trained LPA’s, Kay Cole, Chris Wilkins and Virginia Hollis, who will be happy to visit you. Each
person has been fully trained and appointed by the Bishop to do this work. We do so hope that this will enable us
to be out in the community; making more visits and showing God’s love in apractical way.
All visits are confidential and we hope that you will pass on this information to neighbours who you feel might
benefit from a chat with one of us. The contact numbers are: Reader, Jane Barry (813802), Kay Cole (811424),
Virginia Hollis (708924) and Chris Wilkins (814483).
We look forward to hearing from you


Prayer meetings in the South Aisle of St Mary’s
church are held every Wednesday from 9.30-10.00am
We pray for the village, the church, the wider
community and anything else following the prompting of
the Holy Spirit. All welcome. For more details please contact

: Anne (823556) or Jane (813802)..


The Pastoral Care Team wish to offer contact numbers for shopping
and other necessary errands when people are stuck at home because
of the weather or illness. Please contact one of the following if you
are in need of help and we will tryto assist
Virginia Hollis - 01934-708924
Val Harris - 01934-814676

Opportunities to serve in Hutton Church

Would you be interested in: Reading the lesson, leading the prayers, helping
with young people, being a welcomer, joining a homegroup, joining the
choir, cleaning, helping with refreshments? If yes, please see Anne or a
warden who would love to get you involved!


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 Revd Anne Lee a ring 823556.


We are a friendly group of people who meet in Hutton church on a Wednesday evening at 8pm.
You can be any age from 10 upwards to 80 and don’t need to be physically fit.

We would like to recruit some new ringers.
If you would like to have a go join us on a Wednesday evening.

The ringers have had an unusually busy year. We started the New Year ringing in the New Year and rang to celebrate HM The Queens 90th birthday in April. There have been several weddings this summer at Hutton and in other local churches where we have been asked to help out. John and I joined the Young Ringers from Bath and Wells, which included Reece and Lauren, who were part of the team at the Young Ringers striking competition in London in July. They rang the bells at Pimlico for their competition ring, then at Bow followed by a guided tour of St Paul’s bells and ended the day with some sightseeing. I am sure for them it was it was an unforgettable experience. They regularly attend monthly Saturday training mornings and meet with other young ringers socially from our area.

We are always seeking new ringers of any age. It is an interesting hobby as well as our duties of ringing for services. If anyone is interested please visit us on a Wednesday evening from 7.45. You will be most welcome to see what we do and for a cup of coffee.

For any further information please contact Margaret Bailey Tel 815308


all welcome, practices most Thursdays at 7pm, contact Eric 813716


Over the last year the number of people receiving Home Communion in their own home risen considerably.
In order to cater for this, We have formed a team of lay people from both churches trained to do this
and who also have the Bishop’s permission to do so. If you yourself would like to receive Communion at home,
please let the clergy know and they can make arrangements for this.


Following recent purchase of fifty-two of the new black Mission Praise Song Books the PCC have purchased another thirty. Jane Barry is co-ordinating the purchase and would like to give you the opportunity to buy them in memory of a loved one, at a cost of £6.60 each. This has proved very popular, with Menna writing wonderful calligraphic memorial plates, for a small donation to support her relatives’ work in Africa. Please see Jane and Menna to arrange payment and memorial plate.


"Welcome to Life” is Weston’s new independent Christian bookshop,
based at 13 The Centre, Weston-super- Mare.
Here at “Life” we aim to be more than a book shop. Yes we sell books,
cards and gifts, as well as daily Bible reading notes etc. But this is not our sole purpose.

Come and visit us!
We look forward to welcoming you at “Life”!
Andrew, Lydia and Rob


A prayer written on the wall in Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and
self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish,
ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful
friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive
you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could
destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be
jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be
enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It
was never between you and them anyway.

A Psalm by David Sutton

I pray to God
I pray in quiet or aloud to Him to hear me
I turn to Him in times of trouble or distress
I worship him in praise and glory

And God hears me
He listens to me and answers me
He speaks to me
But he speaks in so many different ways

Lord your voice can be powerful
But it is often soft
And when I hear you Lord
You speak to me with wisdom and encouragement

Lord always when I falter you remind me
You remind me of the path I must follow
Of my need to pray to you
Thank you Lord God for being with me
Yesterday Today and Tomorrow

David Sutton :12th August 1940 - 2nd April 2012.