St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Hutton - News
Hutton, April 2018
I am writing this on 6th March – when you
read these words it will be April. The two things that I will
remember about this year so far are the snow that we had last
week and for me the number of funerals that I have had to take.
At the end of this week I will have taken 8 so far this year
and also 2 interments, one postponed due to the blizzard. At
one point I was dealing with 5 and trying to liaise with families
and plan the services. It has been a busy time, in fact I can’t
ever remember having so many in such a short space of time.
My colleagues from other parishes have had similar numbers.
Funerals are something that are a part of my ministry to the
parishes and are a real privilege, honour and responsibility
to take. Each one is different as each person and family are
different. Some are full of thanksgiving and even joy. Some
are heavy and sad. Some are just numb and empty. For some death
is a friend, for others it is an enemy who has taken their loved
one. Others are full of hope.
Graham, the famous evangelist died recently at the grand age
of 99 years. He touched many lives and many people became Christians
as a result of his preaching about Jesus Christ. Billy often
spoke about heaven and his going there. ‘Some day you
will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you
believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I
will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the
presence of God.’ Billy Graham, like all Christians, viewed
death as not being the end. Many people hope that there is something
there. Many people think that we will be spirits that go somewhere
else – but they are not sure. I don’t want to be
a spirit that goes somewhere else.
As a Christian I base my hope in life after death
on what we will celebrate at Easter. That Jesus died on the
cross and then on that first Easter Day He rose from the dead.
This is a historical fact that changed the world. Because of
this event Christians know for sure various things. That there
is a heaven. That we will be met by God there and see Jesus
face to face. That we can go there, not because of who we are
or believing that we are a good person, but because Jesus died
for us. Billy Graham said ‘I’m counting totally
and completely on the Lord Jesus Christ, and not on Billy Graham.
I’m not going to heaven because I’ve read the Bible,
nor because I’ve preached to a lot of people. I’m
going to heaven because of what Jesus did.’ Also we will
not be spirits but have a real resurrected body as Jesus did.
Jesus said that He was the resurrection and the life and then
He demonstrated this. The Easter message is for us all, because
all of us will die. There is real hope and assurance for all
who know and follow Jesus. Come along this Easter and find out
Happy Easter – Christ is risen!
See Notice Board for
Whats's On this week - See Event Calendar
for events this month
21st April and 19th May 2018
4 pm - 6 pm Hutton School hall
Lots of crafts, songs, story, active prayer
For more details call Mary Potter on 01934 812788
Parents and children come together for a great time.
To receive email information, please give your email address
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
At the APCM on Tuesday 17thApril, 7.30pm we will be electing
new members to the PCC.
We have vacancies this year and welcome new people. PCC members
serve for 3 years.
You need to be on thechurch electoral roll, be over 16 years
of age and a Communicant.
We also 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 thatGod is calling you to serve the churchin this
way then please see a Warden or PCC member to fill in a form.
Creative Prayer Days
at St Augustine's Locking
These will be on Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th
March and then Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and Saturday 7th
There will be more reflective prayer in the
green lounge (with music, bean bags,
a prayer wall, candles, pictures) and a Journey through Holy
Week trail inthe church, which will take us
through the stages of Holy Week using objects and things to
reflect on. There will also be a cross
covered in knitted flowers. Outside the Church Centre will be
a large cross which is being planted
up by the Ark pre-school. It will be situated there during Holy
Week and then moved to the Coronation
Garden for Easter Week. Do come along and try something new
and take some time out for peace
and quiet and to draw close to God.
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
ALL LADIES ARE MOST WELCOME
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 from Hutton please
contact Kay Cole Tel: 811424
Thurs 5th April – Tea and Chat
Thurs 19th April – Dave Bradley ~ ‘A Christian Copper’
Thurs 3rd May – Flower Arranging ~ Gillian Jones
Thurs 17th May – Hebron Lunch with Speaker
Thurs 31st May – Weston Hospice Tea Afternoon
Monthly Prayer Meeting
on Saturday 7th April at 10.00am in church.
All welcome.Subsequent meetings to be held on: Sat 5th May and
Sat 2nd June
Drop in .. Drop Off
Saturday 7th April 10 til noon
Coffee morning & Raffle Hutton Village Hall
Drop in for coffee - Drop off your spare clothes
I n aid of Weston Hospicecare
Tuesday 22nd May The Old Inn, Hutton.
Menu with sign up sheet available inchurch after Easter.
Limited to 40 places!!
Our church always looks even more amazing once our
dedicated flower arrangers have been at work at Eastertime,
but as we all know this comes at a cost. Flowers are quite
expensive but it is a time when we can all contribute in some
small way. If you would like to give money in remembrance
of loved ones, or to celebrate an event, there will be a tin
at the back
of church and a list for you to share the reason for your donation.
will then be in church on Easter morning, another opportunity
thanks. Many thanks.
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
||Morning - Hutton
||Morning - Locking
||Hutton - Music & Meditation
||Hutton - Evensong
||Locking - Evening Prayer
||Celebration Sunday followed by lunch
||Locking - Holy Communion
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
If yes, please see one of the wardens who would love to get
ST MARY'S CARES……..
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
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
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.
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
New Neighbours? Patch is the answer!
New neighbours will be visited by a local church member and
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
or Virginia Hollis 708924 to arrange a visit.
THE PASTORAL CARE TEAM
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
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
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
Perhaps you are thinking about baptism - either
for yourself or your child.
Give Revd Anne Lee a ring 823556.
are a friendly group of people who meet in Hutton church on
a Wednesday evening at 8pm.
Y ou 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.
Monday 16th October was a special occasion.
It was the culmination of an ambition that our ringers had held
since Hutton bells were re hung and augmented to 6 in 2010.
We achieved our first quarter peal of 1260 changes with a local
Hutton band. It has taken patience, training and a few disappointments
to finally achieve our goal. For a band of more experienced
ringers it would not have been a problem. We decided that trying
to achieve our goal would coincide with Anne and Chris’s
wedding and so the dedication of our quarter peal would go to
Ringers in order:- 1 Reece S Wilkinson, 2 Lauren Ashford, 3
4 Dave Baker, 5 John Boorman (C), 6 Colin J Hornett (2 first
For any further information please contact Margaret
Bailey Tel 815308
ST MARY'S CHURCH CHOIR
all welcome, practices most Thursdays at 7pm,
contact Eric 813716
LAY LED HOME COMMUNIONS
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
WELCOME TO LIFE
"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
MOTHER TERESA'S PRAYER
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.
Desiderata - Max Ehrmann
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember
what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and
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
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
you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to
And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion
keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.