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St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Hutton - News

Hutton, May 2017

Dear Friends

The world is becoming a very scary place what with the situation in Syria, terrorism, the situation with North Korea and our looming General Election. In all this we may ask – where is our hope, who can we trust? As a Christian my hope and trust is in Jesus, no matter what happens in the world.

I want to share with you (in 2 parts) the sermon I preached on Easter Sunday. There was a report in the media, a couple of weeks ago, of a poll that had been taken. The media latched on to the finding that a quarter of Christians did not believe in the resurrection of Jesus. It then said that of regular churchgoers – who went to church at least once a month - 5% did not believe it. My hunch is that those who said they were Christians did not actually understand what being a Christian really is. The big questions are – especially at this Eastertime – can you be a Christian and not believe in the resurrection? Did Jesus really rise from the dead – what is the evidence? And if He did what difference does it make to us? So can you be a Christian and not believe in the resurrection?

When I was 15 years old I was confirmed. I don’t think I really knew what I was doing. As I got older into my late teens I felt that I needed to know if Jesus really did rise from the dead. I figured that if he didn’t then everything else was fake and a lie. Jesus himself had repeatedly said he would die and in three days rise from the dead. If Jesus did not rise then he is the biggest liar and we have to disregard everything he said. Paul sums it up brilliantly in 1 Corinthians 15 ‘If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith’. So as a young woman I looked into all this and I read a brilliant book called ‘Who moved the stone’ by Frank Morison. He had set out to disprove the accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life. Yet in research and delving deep he found overwhelming evidence for the events of that week and in the resurrection of Jesus. Go buy that book – it is also on the internet as a pdf. I too, after reading books and delving deep, came to the conclusion that Jesus really did die and rise. It was what my Christian faith rested upon. No resurrection, no faith, no Christianity. So no, you cannot be a Christian and not believe in the resurrection, as it validated all that Jesus taught and promised.

So the second question – what evidence is there that Jesus rose from the dead? You might be thinking – but it is all about faith – yes it is – but Good Friday and Easter Sunday are about historical events that happened. It is not a myth or a fairy tale – like Father Christmas or the Easter bunny – these are events that really took place. So let’s look at the evidence,

i) The tomb was empty and the body was gone. Some say that maybe Jesus was not dead. But the Romans were expert at crucifixion and knew when a man was dead. When pierced, Jesus’ body ran with blood and water – evidence of death. Usually the person’s legs were broken to speed the death –mJesus’ legs were not broken because he was already died. Also the person was tortured and flailed before crucifixion – they were torn to shreds. How could someone in such a bad way move that great stone away anyway? It was also guarded – he would have been spotted and arrested. Also if the body had been stolen by the authorities – when the rumour started about being risen they could have just produced the body. If the disciples had stolen it – then they could not have kept up that pretence. Also those who witnessed the empty tomb and met the risen Jesus were women. If you wanted to prove something was true in Jesus’ day – you would not have women as witnesses. But this added to the authenticity of the accounts.

ii) Jesus appeared to people on at least 10 occasions over a period of 6 weeks – on one time he appeared to 500 people at once. They could not have been hallucinating.

iii) He had a real body – people spoke with him, people touched him – the story of Thomas, he had food with his friends – the breakfast on the beach – ‘Touch me and see’ he says to them ‘a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.’

iv) the disciples were transformed from hiding away and in fear to bold men and women sharing that Jesus had risen. Many were to be
killed for their faith – nobody dies for a lie or something made up. The church started only because Jesus had risen – if he hadn’t then the disciples would have gone back to their old way of life and Jesus would have been just another crucified man.

To be continued……

With love

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

Messy Church

Saturday May 20th
“Treasure hunt and music in St Mary’s church”
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 June 24th “Jonah”

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

May 4th Karen MacVean - Healthwatch - Green Room Locking Church Centre
May 18th 11.30am - Lunch with Speaker Hebron Fellowship, Main Road, Hutton


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


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.