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Locking, March 2018

Dear Friends,

Do you like a good story? I was an only child and I would spend hours with my nose in a book going on some adventure or in some mystery. I loved the Swallows and Amazon stories, stories by Noel Streatfield and animal stories. I guess it was a means of escape. I still love reading and entering into another world. I also loved to read stories to the children when they were young – they usually wanted their favourite stories read over and over again. One has continued to love stories and is studying English Literature at university.

Stories come in two categories – fictional made up stories and real life, true stories. I love both. In my ministry one of the wonderful things is hearing people’s stories about their lives. This especially applies to older people when they tell me what they have done in their lives, the jobs they have done, how they met their husband and wife. It is always good to be reminded that older people were young people once upon a time. Sadly I also hear stories about people after they have died when people are putting together the tribute. I always hope that the person knew what their family thought of them and felt for them when they were still alive. It’s always a reminder to go home and tell my family how much I love them.

Every one of us has a story to tell – I wonder if you have ever told somebody your life story or have even written it down. It might come in useful one day and there might be things that your family don’t even know. You may have noticed that the Diocese of Bath and Wells has a new strapline – Living the Story. Telling the story. They are wanting to encourage all Christians to tell their story of how they found out about Jesus, how and when they made a commitment to Him and what difference has Jesus made in their lives. In both the churches of Hutton and Locking recently I have been asking people to tell their story to the whole congregation. This has been a wonderful and moving experience, to hear how God has worked in different ways. Some people have grown up as Christians while others came to faith later in life. Also during Lent we are doing a course to help everyone be able to share their story with others.

The most amazing and wonderful story is that of Jesus – it is a true story. The other amazing and wonderful thing is when Jesus’ story impacts out story and changes our lives. I wonder if Jesus is there in your story. There is an old hymn called Tell me the old, old story.

Tell me the old, old story
Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory,
Of Jesus and His love.
Tell me the story simply,
As to a little child;
For I am weak and weary,
And helpless and defiled.

Tell me the old, old story;
Tell me the old, old story,
Tell me the old, old story
Of Jesus and His love.

Tell me the story slowly,
That I may take it in -
That wonderful redemption,
God's remedy for sin.
Tell me the story often,
For I forget so soon;
The early dew of morning
Has passed away at noon

Tell me the old, old story;
Tell me the old, old story,
Tell me the old, old story
Of Jesus and His love.

Tell me the same old story
When you have cause to fear
That this world's empty glory
Is costing me too dear.
Tell me the story always,
If you would really be,
In any time of trouble,
A comforter to me.

Tell me the old, old story;
Tell me the old, old story,
Tell me the old, old story
Of Jesus and His love.

The story of Jesus is still relevant today. It is still speaking to people and changing lives. On 4th March we have a Songs of Praise in the village hall. Part of that afternoon will be listening to the story of Revd Dr Hartmut Kopsch – and how the story of Jesus changed His life and that of His family. Do come along and hear it! May His story be your story this Lent and Easter!

Every blessing

See Notice Board for What's On this week

Calendar of Events over the next few weeks.

Click Here for Events this month in Locking

Messy Church

March 17th
“Messy Detectives”
Come and meet Shyone and Whatsup
4pm – 6pm
Hutton School Hall
Lots of crafts, songs, story, active prayer and tea.
For more details call Mary Potter on 812788

Parents and children come together for a great time.

The next Messy Church will be
April 21st “Messy Detectives”, who will be appearing
for the last time, in Hutton School hall.
To receive email information, please give your email address to Mary Potter.
Come and meet the Messy Detectives and be one yourself!

Mothering Sunday

11th March 10am
With crafts for the children
Do come along and bring your family and friends.
Everyone welcome.
Flowers for all the ladies.

Locking After-School Club

My name is Ben Notley. I have been involved in kids and youth ministries at St Paul's Church, Weston
for a total of four years. It is a great passion of mine to show young people of all ages the love
of Jesus. At the start of this academic year, I started a position at St Augustine’s Church Locking as a Children’s Worker.
Our aim was to establish an after-school club in Locking Primary School. In Week one, six children came along and from then up
to Christmas, this number rose to eleven children who consistently attend. Now we are just starting back for the new term
with nineteen children signed up. The programme consists of games, craft and primarily Bible teaching, setting out to show Jesus
in the lives of these children. Everyone at Locking Church and all those who have helped, have been amazing and we are hungry to
see what God Has in store. We are currently planning our first holiday club for the summer. This will involve more games, bigger
crafts and Bible teachings, giving children the opportunity in a safe place to develop a strong understanding of who Jesus is.

Open Church

St Augustine's Church Locking is
open 2 days a week on
Thursdays and Saturdays from 10.00am to dusk.

With Local History Exhibition about
Locking Church, Locking Village, the Airfield and RAF Locking.
All visitors welcome

Creative Prayer Days

These prayer days will be held on:
Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th March,
Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and Saturday 7th of
April in the Church and the Church Centre.

This will be an opportunity to try different types of
prayer including: Journey through Holy Week
(in church) along with prayer and quiet in the
Green Lounge. Come and give it a go!

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 from Hutton please contact Kay Cole Tel: 811424

Thurs 1st March – Women’s World Day of Prayer
Thurs 15th March – Hebron Lunch with speaker
Thurs 29th March – Tea and chat

Men’s Breakfast

Saturday 10th March 9.00 am
At St Augustine’s Church Centre, Locking.
Bring a friend.
All men welcome.
To book your place, please contact:
Benefice Office ~ Tel: 01934 822857
(answer phone out of office hours)

Lent Course for Home Groups.

As a diocese, we are focusing on mission and outreach and helping
people to tell their story. This course, called Faith Pictures, from the
Church Army, is fresh and different and is a short course designed to
help Christians talk naturally to friends, neighbours and colleagues
about what they believe. The heart of the course is about helping
people to identify a single picture or image that embodies something
of their faith. This is because the kinds of communication which best
stick in the mind are concrete and rooted in story.
The course aims to be accessible and light-hearted, without jargon or
inflexible methods. It has a number of emphases not always found in
faith-sharing courses. These include the avoidance of onesize-
fits-all models and the importance of honesty and listening. Each
session contains a short video and encourages
discussion in pairs and as a whole group.

Anne encourages all of us during Lent to join a home group and follow this course.

Pattern of Services

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

Prayer Chain

If you need prayer for yourself or another, then there is a team of people ready
to pray. Please contact Christine Sceeny by phone 822331 and she will send out the prayer request to the team.
Thank you.


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 and Nicky 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 82233


We meet on Monday afternoons from 1.30 to 3.00 pm in the Church Centre in term-time.

We have lots of toys there including some lovely new ones we have recently purchased and activity tables
where the toddlers (and their carers!) can have fun with play dough or other craft activities.
We like to sing as well and our vicar Anne comes once a month to tell us a Bible story.
We look forward to welcoming some new members so do join us for a chat, play and cup of tea/coffee.
Any help from Mums or Carers to go on a Rota once a month would be welcome.
This would just involve putting out the toys and doing the drinks etc.
Contact Claire on 07553 933 936 for more information.


The Fairtrade Coffee Morning - The Mustard Seed- is held in Hutton Village Hall each Wednesday morning from 1000-1200.
There is a variety of Fairtrade Goods on sale as well as the sale of Fairtrade drinks and home made cakes to eat.
It is a good time of fellowship and an opportunity to meet people too. Members of both Hutton and Locking church attend.


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).


Large Hall with kitchens - Small Hall - Green Room

Click Here for more information about booking the Church Centre


Malawi is one of the poorest, but friendliest countries of the word. The continuing degradation of the countryside in general and of the soil in particular constitutes a serious national crisis for Malawi.

John and Elizabeth Crossley who have been life-long residents of Malawi visited St Augustine’s in May to tell us about a project they helped to set up for rural communities and students.

Tiyeni means ‘Let’s go’! And the ultimate aim is to replace the need for food handouts and fertilizer in rural districts by fostering communities and enabling them to support themselves.

The projects works in three areas:
Demonstrating good farming practices
Supporting students at schools and colleges and training nursery teachers.
Assisting local villagers to look after their orphans by delivering food and clothes and equipment for nursery schools.

Church members have decided to raise £500 to support the construction of a new nursery school in the village of Honga by providing funds to purchase materials for the roof. The villagers have made bricks for the walls from local materials and are soon in the position to purchase corrugated iron roofing sheets.

Bible study groups and church individuals have agreed to support three students at secondary school and college for the coming year to see them through their present education. We look forward in due course to hearing they have graduated and are in a good position to obtain a well paid job through their education. David Jackson

Lay Pastoral Assistants [LPA’s]

In May, 14 people will be commencing a Diocesan Course to train them as Lay Pastoral Assistants.
This will enable them us to form a pastoral team who can care for people in both parishes.
Lay Pastoral Assistants have the authority of the Diocese. There will be a special service at which they will be commended later this year

Favourite Sayings

Remember - it takes half as many muscles in your face to smile than it does to frown!


If we could Shrink the World

If we could shrink the earth to a village with a population of precisely 100 people with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, there would be...


57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both North and South
8 Africans

52 would be female
48 would be male

70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian

70 would be non-white
30 would be white

89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual

6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth

80 would live in sub-standard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition

1 would be near death
1 would be near birth

1 (yes only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer

When we consider our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.

It you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation - you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear, harassment, arrest, torture or death you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep - you are richer than 75% of the world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and spare change in a dish somewhere - you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.

(Found at the Eden Project)


Give me a sense of humour, Lord, Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humour out of life, And pass it on to other folk.

A little boy was attending his first wedding. After the service, his cousin asked him, “How many women can a man marry?” “Sixteen,” the boy responded at once. His cousin was amazed that he had an answer so quickly. “Why do you say that?” “Easy,” the little boy said. “All you have to do is add it up, like the minister said, 4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer.”

Deliver us

I had been teaching my three-year-old daughter the Lord's Prayer. Then one evening at bedtime she attempted it solo. I listened with pride, as she carefully annunciate every word, right up until the end of the prayer. 'Lead us not into temptation', she prayed, ' but deliver us some e-mail. Amen'.

One liners

Give God what's right - not what's left.

Man's way leads to a hopeless end - God's way leads to an endless hope.

A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.

To be almost saved is to be totally lost.

When praying, don't give God instructions -just report for duty.

Bibles that are falling apart are usually owned by people who aren't.

Know your Ten Commandments

Henry, who was very elderly, was unhappy because he had lost his favourite hat. Instead of buying a new one, he decided he would go to church and steal one out of the entrance porch when the worshippers were busy praying.

When Henry arrived at the church an usher intercepted him at the door and took him to a pew where he had to sit and listen to the entire sermon on 'The Ten Commandments.'

After the service, Henry met the vicar in the vestibule doorway, shook his hand vigorously, and told him,'I want to thank you Father for saving my soul today. I came to church to steal a hat and after hearing your sermon on the 10 Commandments I decided against it'.

The vicar answered, 'You mean the commandment 'Thou shalt not steal' changed your mind?' 'No; retorted Henry, 'the one about adultery did. As soon as you said that, I remembered where I had left my old hat.

Extracts from church notices and newsletters (not Crosslinks!)

This afternoon there will be a meeting in the south and north ends of the church. Children will be baptised at both ends.

For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

Weight watchers will meet at 7.30pm at the church. Please use the large double door at the side entrance.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several new members and the deterioration of some of the older ones.

Don't let worry kill you. Let the church help.

This evening at 7pm there will be a hymnsing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What is Hell?".
Come early and listen to the choir practice.

The Minister unveiled the church's new donations campaign last Sunday:
"I upped my Pledge - Up Yours".

Thursday night - Potluck Supper. Prayer and medication to follow.

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.

Tuesday at 4PM there will be an ice cream social. All ladies giving milk will please come early.

Wednesday, the Ladies Liturgy Society will meet. Mrs. Jones will sing "Put Me In My Little Bed" accompanied by the organist.

Thursday at 5PM there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club. All wishing to become Little Mothers, please see the minister in his private study.

This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

The service will close with "Little Drops of Water". One of the ladies will start (quietly) and the rest of the congregation will join in.

Next Sunday, a special collection will be taken to defray the cost of the new carpet. All those wishing to do something on the new carpet will come forward and get a piece of paper.

The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind and they may be seen in the church hall Friday.

A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

The rosebud on the altar this morning is to announce the birth of David Alan Belzer, the sin of Rev and Mrs. Julius Belzer.

The 1991 Spring Council Retreat will be hell May 10 and 11.

The Vicar is on vacation. Massages can be given to church secretary.

Mrs. Johnson will be entering the hospital this week for testes.

The Senior Choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir.

The minister would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday morning.

Hyms for all People

The Dentist's Hymn: .............................Crown Him with Many Crowns
The Weatherman's Hymn: ....................There Shall Be Showers of Blessings
The Contractor's Hymn: ........................The Church's One Foundation
The Tailor's Hymn: ........................... ...Holy, Holy, Holy
The Golfer's Hymn: .......................... ...There's a Green Hill Far Away
The Politician's Hymn: .........................Standing on the Promises
The Optician's Hymn: ..........................Open My Eyes That I Might See
The Gossip's Hymn: ....................... ....Pass It On
The Electrician's Hymn: .......................Send The Light
The Shopper's Hymn: ........................ .Sweet By and By
The Estate Agent's Hymn: ....................I've Got a Mansion, Just Over the Hilltop
The Massage Therapists Hymn: ...........He Touched Me
The Doctor's Hymn: ............................The Great Physician

AND for those who speed on the highway -- a few hymns:

45mph.............................God Will Take Care of You
55mph.............................Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
65mph.............................Nearer My God To Thee
75mph.............................Nearer Still Nearer
85mph.............................This World Is Not My Home
95mph.............................Lord, I'm Coming Home
Over 100mph....................Precious Memories