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St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Hutton - News

Hutton, April 2019

Dear Friends

Did you get to enjoy the lovely warm weather that we had a few weeks ago? It was a lovely treat and a total surprise. It was an opportunity to shed the winter jumpers and put on something more summery. It’s been difficult to re-adjust to normal temperatures again. I loved waking up to the sunshine and blue skies and the energy that gives you. I also got one chance to sit outside and read, which are two of my most favourite things in life. Although that warm weather has gone and winter is still here, I know for sure that spring will return. There are signs all around us – my magnolia is in full bloom a whole month early, the days are getting lighter, there is new life all around us, the air feels different.

One of my favourite books is ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C. S. Lewis. It’s about four children who find themselves in another land called Narnia. One of the characters, a faun called Mr Tumnus tells them: “It is winter in Narnia, and has been for ever so long…. always winter, but never Christmas.” There is cold and snow everywhere, no flowers, no birds, no signs of life. The land has been living under a curse from the White Witch for many years. It is the presence of the lion Aslan, coming into that land that starts the to melt the snow. What causes the thaw is that Aslan is now in the land. Mr Beaver says: “Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.” C. S. Lewis wrote this story to explain the good news of Jesus, with the lion Aslan representing Jesus. He himself had become a Christian late in life and as an Oxford English professor, this is how he explained it.

Many people live their lives in perpetual winter, they have very little joy, they live under a cloud of guilt, hopelessness, fear, doubt and worry. They may put on a happy face but deep down their life is without meaning. Jesus came to take us from winter and to release us into spring. Jesus promises abundant life, life to the full, He offers us a new start, forgiveness, hope, joy, peace and the promise of eternal life after we die. Jesus came to end the winter of death. He did this on Good Friday when He died on the cross. It marked the death of winter, sin, separation from God and of death itself. On Easter morning He rose from
the dead to prove He had done this. Spring had come, never to go. It was not a story but is experienced in the lives of all those who know and follow Jesus. Spring is not just about daffodils and lambs, it is heralding the new life that God offers to you through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Why not come along this Holy Week and Easter and walk into springtime. For Christ is risen.


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

GRAND EVENT

Saturday 6th April 2019
To celebrate the restoration of the
Tower and Bells at St Augustine’s Church, Locking

You are invited to ….

10.00am Bell ringing in the tower by local band of ringers
11.00am Re-dedication Service led by the Archdeacon of Bath
12 noon Lunch in Church Centre with hand bell ringing
1.00pm - 2.15pm Open ringing in the tower
2.30pm Tower tours - climb the tower, learn about bell ringing
Local History Displays in the church

For information contact 01934 822857

Messy Church

April 6th Easter
4pm – 6pm in Hutton C of E Primary School hall.

Lots of crafts, songs, story, active prayer & tea.
For more details call Mary Potter on 812788
Parents and children come together for a great time.

The next Messy Church will be May 18th, in Hutton School hall.
To receive email information, please give your email address to Mary Potter.

EASTER HOLIDAY CLUB

We are running an Easter
Holiday Club for three days from Tuesday 16th -
Thursday 18th April, 9.30am - 12.30pm.

This is a fantastic opportunity to share the amazing story of Easter with
local children - from the excitement of Palm Sunday to the despair of the cross to the joy of Easter Sunday.
Formore information, please contact Ray Pilgrim 07956 560026

Men’s Breakfast

Saturday 18th May 9.00am at
St Augustine’s Church Centre, Locking.

Bring a friend! All men welcome.
To book your place, please contact Chris at the Benefice Office Tel:
01934 822857 (answer phone out of office hours)

LOVE HUTTON

St Mary’s Church has launched a year long programme of prayer for every
road in the parish. During the year, look out for cards that will be
delivered to the houses to be prayed for in the following week, by members of St Mary’s
church community.

For April, the roads will be those in Elborough.

There will be an invitation to ask for prayer if you wish.
Please contact Rev Anne Wilkins for more information on 01934 823556

“WILDFIRE”

by Roger Jones Saturday 11th May 7.30pm in Hutton Church

If you would like to join the augmented choir, please contact Eric on 813716 for rehearsals
on Thursdays at 7.00pm in St Mary’s Church. All welcome. Scores/words will be available.

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

April 4th Tea and chat Green Room
April 18th 7.00pm Maundy Thursday Hutton School Hall

TAKE 5

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

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
5th
Combined Service
None

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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 - Locking Church Centre. Mondays at 10am. Contact Hazel Hobden on 707981
  • Tuesday Morning Home Group - Tuesdays at 10am at 34 Vereland Road, Hutton. Contact Virginia Hollis on 708924
  • Vicarage Home Group - Wednesdays at 7.30pm at The Vicarage, The Green, Locking. Contact Chris on 823556
  • 20 Old Banwell Road - Wednesdays at 7.30pm at 20 Old Banwell Road, Locking. Contact Tony Coles on 822678
  • The Green Lounge – Locking Church Centre. Tuesdays at 10am. Contact Contact Julie Hardy on 824575
  • 77 Elm Tree Road. Thursdays at 7.30pm. Contact Chris Sceeny on 82233

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 one of the wardens who would love to get you involved!

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 six trained Lay Pastoral Assistants, Jean Eldridge (811346), Sue Orton (07449 330036), Jackie Williams (626833), Kay Cole (811424), Chris Wilkins (823556) 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.

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.

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 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

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.




BELL RINGING

We 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 them.
Ringers in order:- 1 Reece S Wilkinson, 2 Lauren Ashford, 3 Margaret Bailey,
4 Dave Baker, 5 John Boorman (C), 6 Colin J Hornett (2 first inside)

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 this.

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 all persons.
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 spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter,
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 about love;
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 stars;
you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.