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Locking, 27th September 2020
Tuesday last week we started the day in summer and ended
it feeling very autumnal. As I type this the sky is heavy
grey and it has been raining. If I was reading a novel I
would say that it foreshadowed difficult times ahead. On
Tuesday we heard announcements made by the Prime Minister
about changes to the rules and of tightening of what we
can and can't do. I must admit that I was surprised that
the changes weren't more stringent. The day before you may
have heard Patrick Vallance and Chris Whitty share statistics
about where we are now and where we might be if things don't
change. It was sobering listening as it is clear that the
trajectory of cases is rising considerably. We are in a
precarious and potentially dangerous time. So as Christians
how should we respond?
Firstly we are not to fear. Boris spoke about an invisible
enemy - which it is - but we should not be consumed with
fear and anxiety, which will sap any joy or peace from our
lives. In Isaiah 41: 10 we read 'So do not fear, for
I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I
will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with
my righteous right hand.'
The Lord's presence can and will bring us His peace and
comfort when we feel anxious and afraid. Many people have
commented to me that they have lost the confidence to do
things. This is understandable but the Lord then offers
us His strength.
While I would say that we have no need to fear, we should
not go to the other extreme and be reckless, because this
virus is dangerous and has the potential to wreck lives.
Being a Christian does not give us some supernatural immunity
or give us some bubble of protection that God will keep
us safe in some way. Yes we are to trust the Lord, but we
are not to put Him to the test. Christians can catch this
virus as much as everyone else can. God has given us minds
and common sense to play our part and to do the right thing.
I would say that anyone who is acting recklessly has every
reason to fear.
So let's trust in the Lord and may His perfect love cast
out all fear. But also let us all play our part however
hard it is. While it is lovely to see other people please
don't be tempted to get close, to hug them or even shake
hands. Loving each other means protecting each other from
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Church is now open again
Sunday Services - St Augustine’s Locking
is open on Sundays for worship at 10am and then at 11am. There
are a limited number of seats at each service due to social
distancing. Because of this we are asking everyone to REGISTER
EVERY WEEK to say that they are coming to either service.
In order to do this please ring Phil Etchells on 814461 from
12noon – 5pm any day. Seats are allocated on a first
come, first served basis. The wearing of a face covering is
Church Open for Prayer
St Augustine's church, Locking, is now open
for private prayer on Thursdays 10am - 12.00.
Each session is supervised and all seating is at a distance
of 2 metres.
Do come and visit for peace, prayer and contemplation.
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.
LITTLE ARK TODDLER GROUP (currently suspended)
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 (currently
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