St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Hutton - News
Hutton, February 2019
I am writing this on 9th January and the new year
has only just begun. Doubtless you will be reading this in February.
This time of year is a time of waiting. The joy andcelebration
of Christmas is over and it is a time of hoping and watching.
For many it is a hard time as the days are still short and the
weather cold and dreary. It can feel like a long dark time also
with the thought of warm weather and sunny days seemingly far
away. Yet there are signs of new life all around us –
the days are slowly getting longer, the sun has a little warmth,
the bulbs are bursting through the ground. In nature the dark
days are part of the cycle of the seasons and they will pass.
For a bulb or a seed the darkness is necessary in order for
the plants to grow. We all watch and wait for the new life of
spring and we also watch and wait for other things too.
week the government will be voting on the Brexit deal. To be
honest I feel that this whole situation has brought out the
worst in people – prejudice, discord, infighting, a feeling
of chaos, fear, factions, finger-pointing, fractured relationships
in families and communities – let alone the government,
hatred has been unleashed. Whether you are leave or remain you
cannot feel happy with the way that people have reacted. We
have brought a time of darkness over this nation.
So how should we respond, and I say this not knowing
what next week will bring? Well firstly make sure that you do
not stand in the darkness. Jesus says ‘I am the light
of the world’ and so He can say ‘I am the light
of Great Britain.’ We need to be bearers of the light
of Jesus. To not get involved in the arguments and to not hold
prejudice and hatred in our hearts. Instead we need to be peace-makers
and to do all that we can to bring reconciliation. We need to
show love to all people, whatever their race or background.
We need to not point the finger and criticize. Last but not
least we all need to pray for our nation. I believe that prayer
changes situations and holds back the tide of evil that would
seek to destroy.
So as we watch and wait we don’t have to
be passive. Let us do all that we can to bring God’s light
and love and new life into the darkness.
Please join me in praying this prayer for our
nation. A Prayer for the UK
“In this time of turmoil... -
We pray for the Prime Minister and Party Leaders as they negotiate
the political future of our nation: Father, give them your wisdom
and vision. We pray for all in Parliament as they represent
their communities: Jesus, give them your humility and strength.
We pray for the media as they interpret events for the nation:
Holy Spirit, give them your truth and compassion.
We pray for ourselves, your Church, as we show your love to
our neighbours: Would we speak hope, embody courage and model
diversity. Almighty God, we place our trust in you: For yours
is the kingdom the power and the glory, now and forever, Amen.”
Yours in the light of Christ,
See Notice Board for
Whats's On this week - See Event Calendar
for events this month
with Fish & Chip Supper
Friday 8th February 2019 at 7.30pm
Hutton Village Hall
BYO Drinks and glasses - Alternative menu available
£7.50 per person
Tickets available from from Kay Cole, 811424, Mustard Seed and
CONCERT - BOLD BRASS
Concert in Locking Church Centre
7.30pm Staurday 23rd February 2019
The programme for the concert will be drawn
from light classics, swing, big band, as well as from the
great musical shows, jazz and pop - in short music that will
make you want to smile, hum, tap your feet ...
Light refreshments at the interval
Tickets £7.00 from Hazel 01934 707981
or Sue 01934 811270
Concert organised by St Augustine's Church,
Locking, in aid of the Tower and Bell fund.
Saturday 2nd March ~ Messy Spring
Hutton C of E Primary School hall 4.00pm - 6.00pm
Lots of crafts, songs, story, active prayer
For more details call Mary Potter on 812788
Parents and children come together for a great time.
The next Messy Church will be 6th April, in
Hutton School hall.
To receive email information, please give your email address
to Mary Potter
You are warmly invited to a
Saturday 9th March 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
01934 822857 (answer phone out of office hours).
Have you got questions about life and faith?
Do you want a safe place to ask questions about being a Christian?
Then come and join us for an informal time together
to explore the big questions of life.
The course started on 24th January but you can
10am in Locking Church Centre.
Everyone is welcome.
To book your place call 823556
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
For January, the roads were:
Main Road, Holm Road, Sunfield Road, Oakland
Drive, St Marys Road, Payne Road, Palmers Way,
Bisdee Road, Warren Close, Moor Lane and Elizabeth Close.
There will be an invitation to ask for prayer
if you wish.
Please contact Rev Anne Wilkins for more information on 01934
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 7th February - Dave Bradley - Update on First Aid
Thurs 21st February - David Whitehouse - ‘The Navy Lark’
Thurs 7th March - Women’s World Day of Prayer - Church
Thurs 21st March - Hebron Church - Lunch with Speaker - 11.30
- 2.00 pm
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
12 noon Lunch in Church Centre with hand bell
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
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 - Locking
Church Centre. Mondays at 10am. Contact Hazel Hobden on
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
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
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 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
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.