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St Augustine's Parish Church News

Locking, December 2019

Dear Friends,

Well the day is getting nearer and some of us can’t wait while others are dreading it and
don’t know what all the fuss is about. And no I’m not talking about Christmas but about the General Election on 12th December. Like it or not it’s going to be an important day. I’ll probably stay up waiting for the results, which is crazy I know. Many people are undecided as to who to vote for, as to coin a phrase ‘it’s complicated.’ So as we think and hopefully pray about who we want as our leader let’s ask ourselves what makes a good leader. And this is where Christmas does come in because Jesus is the greatest leader that the world has ever known. Admittedly He is God’s Son but we can look to Him and to His teaching which will enable us to make the right choices.

Firstly a good leader should be a servant and be humble. Jesus the King of kings and Lord of lords came to this earth as a tiny baby. He said the last shall be first and the first last. Matthew 20:16. He said ‘Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’ Matthew 20:28 Jesus washed the disciples feet yet he was God’s Son. Jesus came not to lord it over people but to serve them. When we think about voting for a leader we need to ask are they humble or are they glorying in their sense of power and position? What are they doing to serve the people and are they putting others before themselves and their own ambition.

Secondly a good leader cares for the weakest and the marginalised in society. Jesus Himself spent time with those who society looked down upon and even despised. He healed them, ate with them, became friends with them and best of all brought them salvation and a new life, a new beginning. He said of Himself ‘For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19:10 A society is judged by how they treat the poor and those in need. In the same way we judge a leader by their care for the unemployed, those living in poverty, the very young and the very old, the homeless, the lonely, the widow, the sick, the refugee.

Thirdly a good leader knows his/her people and listens to them. Jesus spent time with many different people and He knew their needs and He responded. He listened to them and then spoke words of life to them. We need to ask does this person really listen, how well do they know their people? Jesus came to this earth and lived amongst us as a human being. He got His hands dirty as it were and wasn’t some remote teacher.

So as we approach Christmas and Election Day please pray and also look to Jesus. He was the perfect Son of God came to save us from the mess we are in. Come and meet with Him this Christmas. But also use Him to help you chose the leader of our nation.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

And give thanks that He is the one in control and who is Lord over all.

Happy Christmas

See Notice Board for What's On this week

Calendar of Events over the next few weeks.

Church Tower and Bells Restoration Project

Click Here for Events this month in Locking

Nativity Service

in the Church Centre 10.00am Sunday 8th December -
costumes available from 9.30am.
Prizes for best Christmas jumpers!

Carols by Candlelight

6.00pm on Sunday 22nd December
St Augustine's Church

Everyone welcome

Messy Church

December 14th Celebration!!
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 Jan date tba
To receive email information,
please give your email address to Mary Potter

Find the Star

We are inviting everyone in the parish to have a star in
their front garden. The star can be bought or made, lit or unlit. Please
register your involvement at theBenefice office by Dec 6th. We will
then produce a map of where you can find all the starson the weekend
of 14th and 15th December.

These maps will be available from church, school or the
Mustard Seed café. See how many you can find.

Carol singing

Come and join us for Carol singing on
the 18th December at 3pm outside
the shops at Manor Parade - we will be
giving out sweets and mince pies.

Men’s Breakfast

You are warmly invited
Saturday 11th January 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)

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Board Games Galore

Sunday 17th December 3.00pm - 6.00pm
St Augustine's Chruch Centre
All Welcome. Individuals and families.
Bring your own favourite board game or table top game to play
Many games available. Refreshments provided

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
Nov 21st Hebron Lunch with Speaker - Hebron Church 11.30 - 14.00

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
5th
Combined Service
None

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.

HOME GROUPS IN LOCKING AND HUTTON

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

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

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 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.

Favourite Sayings

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

Thoughts

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)

Humour

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