St Augustine's Parish Church News
Locking, February 2020
The New Year has certainly begun with much
suffering and tragedy with the terrible
bushfires in Australia. It has been shocking to see images
of land laid to waste, of homes being burned to the ground,
of exhausted firemen and women trying to battle against
walls of fire, of people gathered on the beach not knowing
what to do next. It has been tragic to hear that people have
lost their lives and that millions of wildlife have been killed.
I think that it has shocked us so much because Australians
are very much like us – in fact they left this country
to settle there and live amongst the indigenous people. Many
people have family and friends who live there. It certainly
puts any troubles that we might face in this nation into perspective.
So as we read the news reports and see the pictures
how should we respond? Firstly let us be really thankful for
allthat we have which we so often take for granted –
our homes, the safety of our neighbourhoods, the settled weather
that we generally grumble about, our friends and families
and the communities that we are part of, clean water and good
food. Let never ever take these things and even life itself
for granted for life is very fragile.
let us be inspired by the huge amount of courage and kindness
that people have shown. People have risked their lives to
save and help other people and animals. Often tragedy and
terrible suffering does draw people together. As Christians
we are called to ‘Love our neighbour as ourselves’
and we don’t need a tragedy or a crisis for us to do
that. Our neighbours are all around us and also our neighbours
are those on the other side of the world. If we are able,
we can certainly make a donation to help them. It’s
a challenge for us to work together to heal divisions in our
own nation that have ravaged the land and caused pain and
mistrust, anger and resentment.
Thirdly we might be asking ourselves why these
terrible fires have happened. The answers are complex but
one of them must be that climate change has made things a
lot worse. Climate change will be on the agenda more and more
this decade because the clock is ticking. It’s everyone’s
responsibility to make changes. Maybe the terrible scenes
in Australia will bring world leaders and politicians and
dare I say it us, to our senses. Finally we can respond by
praying for Australia. Humans are battling so hard against
the elements but they need a deluge of rain to put the fires
out. So let’s pray for rain.
The Church of England prayer for the Australian
bushfires - God of compassion, look upon the land of Australia
and heal it, and deliver it from fire and destruction. As
we stand in prayer before you for all who are suffering, be
with those who seek to bring this crisis to an end. This we
ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
I also pray that we will have our eyes opened
to other suffering places in the world where people need our
See Notice Board
for What's On this week
Calendar of Events
over the next few weeks.
Church Tower and Bells
Click Here for Events
this month in Locking
February 1st 'Come and See!'
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 March date tba
To receive email information, please give your email address
to Mary Potter.
Table Top Sale
St Augustine's Church Centre
Saturday 14th March 2020
Stall holders set up time from 8.30am
Doors open from 9.30am to 12.30pm
Come and browse / buy / sell
your new or pre-loved items
Tables are £5 each
To reserve your table, please contact
Sue Williams 811270 or Hazel Hobden 707981
with Fish & Chip Supper
Friday 14th February 2020
at 7.30pm Hutton Village Hall
BYO Drinks and glasses
Alternative menu available
£7.50 per person
Tickets available from January from:
Julie Bradley 814205, Mustard Seed
and St Mary’s Church
Locking Deanery Service of Light
Sunday, 2nd February, 2020 at 5.00pm
St. Peter’s Church, Milton,
You are invited!
Alpha for Men
Got questions to ask about life?
Wanting to explore what it means to be a Christian?
Then Alpha is for you.
Starting Tuesday 3rd March, 12.30pm with
in the Green lounge, Locking Church Centre.
All men welcome.
Come and join us - film, discussions, new friends and lunch
Interested? Contact Geoff Hobden 01934 707981
Board Games Galore
Sunday 16th February 2019 3pm - 6pm in the
All welcome - individuals and families -
u 18s please bring a parent.
Bring your own favourite board or table top game to play,
many games also available to play.
For more information please contact Chris Wilkins Phone
Next games afternoon 15th March.
Locking Men's Breakfast Group
warmly invite you to a special men's evening meal with an
after dinner speaker.
He is Mike Harris who represents Christians in the national
sporting world. Mike will speak on `What Has Faith To Do
With Sport?' with opportunities for questions
WHEN? - Saturday, 15th February 2020, 7p.m
WHERE? - St. Augustine’s Church Centre
Do come along and bring your friends.
R.S.V.P by 8th February 2020 to :- Geoff
& Hazel 01934 707981
or Sue 01934 811270
Locking and Hutton Women’s Fellowship
Meetings are in the Green Room, Locking Church
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 please contact
Kay Cole Tel: 811424
Feb 6th - Mac Kirby: The Samaritans Green Room
Feb 20th - Chloe Puddy: Scams and Scammers Green Room
LITTLE ARK TODDLER GROUP
We meet on Wednesday 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 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. For information contact Gail on 07818 677635.
FAIRTRADE COFFEE MORNING
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
in a special and personal way.
Perhaps you are thinking about baptism - either
for yourself or your child.
Give Rev Anne Wilkins a ring on 01934 823556.
THANKSGIVING FOR A CHILD
The Baptism service requires promises that
sometimes people may feel that they will be unable to keep.
If this is the case then an alternative is a thanksgiving
service. In the service we give thanks for the child and for
a safe delivery.
We bless and name the child and pray for them. The child has
sponsors who promise to help in the upbringing of the child.
Give Rev Anne Wilkins a ring on 01934 823556.
CHURCH CENTRE HALL BOOKINGS
Large Hall with kitchens - Small Hall - Green Room
Click Here for more information about
booking the Church Centre
Lay Pastoral Assistants [LPA’s]
St Augustines Locking has 4 Lay Pastoral Assistants.
They form a pastoral team who care for people in the parish.
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 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. Contact Rev Anne Wilkins on 01934
823556 if you would like someone to contact you.
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...
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both North and South
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
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.”
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.
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
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
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
Come early and listen to the choir practice.
The Minister unveiled the church's new donations campaign
"I upped my Pledge - Up Yours".
Thursday night - Potluck Supper. Prayer and medication to
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and
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
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
The Tailor's Hymn: ........................... ...Holy, Holy,
The Golfer's Hymn: .......................... ...There's a
Green Hill Far Away
The Politician's Hymn: .........................Standing on
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
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
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