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St Augustine's Parish Church News

Locking, March 2017

Dear Friends,

Recently in both the churches we have been having a sermon series on the book of James. There is lots of really useful and practical advice in it, as well as spiritual help, direction and encouragement. One of the big themes that we find in the book of James is the use of the tongue, our speech.

These days we communicate with each other in so many different ways. When I was a child there was just the phone that was attached to the wall in our hall and it had a dial and no buttons. Nowadays we have our mobile phones, ipads, laptops and computers and communicate using e-mails, texts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a whole host of others social mediums. We rarely use a pen to write a letter and I find many families no longer have a landline. However we choose to communicate it is usually with words. The best way to communicate is with somebody face to face. The problem with texts and e-mails is that you can’t always work out the tone they are written in. Great misunderstandings can occur because we just have the words. Words have the potential to make someone’s day with a word of encouragement ‘You can do this’ or a word of praise, ‘I’m so proud of you’ or a compliment ‘You look nice today.’ Words like this cost nothing, but they can mean everything and can really change how a person thinks and feels.

On the other hand words have the power to do much harm. Maybe in your life you can remember hurtful words somebody said to you, ‘What an idiot’ ‘You’ll never come to much’ ‘I hate you.’ These words remain with us and cause great hurt and damage, especially if said to children. James gives good advice to us regarding our speech ‘Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.’ (James 1: 19). Often our speech betrays what is in our hearts and when we get angry then what is inside us spills out – like shaking a glass the contents will overflow over the edge. In Proverbs 18 it says ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue.’ When Jesus was on the earth His words brought new life to people – they changed people, they brought healing, they brought forgiveness and hope, they gave people a new identity. Still today the words of Jesus in the Bible can and will bring us new life. So many words today bring death – words we read in the papers, on the internet and hear on the TV from political leaders especially. These words often bring death in terms of sowing hatred, prejudice, fear and discord. Our words are powerful weapons.

Soon it will be Lent – a time for self-reflection and a time to allow God to change us. Maybe it’s time to think about our speech and how it affects others. It is said that there are 12 words that if used daily will transform us and others. They are – Please. Thank you. I’m sorry, I love you. I’m praying for you.

So go on, give it a go. Also spend some time reading the words of Jesus, which will change you and bring you new life.

Thank you for reading my words!

With love

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 Village

Messy Church

March 25th
“Messy Mothering Sunday”
4pm – 6pm in Hutton School. Lots of fun craft, songs, story,
active prayer and tea. For more details call 812788

Parents and children come together for a great time.
Come and join us for this popular event.

Next date is Saturday April 29th
“The story of David”

Mothering Sunday Parade Service

10.00am Celebration
Sunday 26th March
St Augustines Church Locking

Do come along and bring your children, mums, grandmas, aunts and friends.
All welcome!

Flowers for all the ladies.

Patterns of Services

As from February these have changed in both churches in the
Benefice. This is so there is a better balance of worship and
so the Vicar can be at both churches equally. The new pattern is

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

Lent

The LENT COURSE we are using this is year is from USPG called ‘Living an Authentic Life.’
The booklets are free but we would like to send a donation. If you wish please let Anne have a small contribution to the book £1 or 50p. She has already sent off a donation of £25 – anything above that will be sent to USPG.
ADDITIONAL COPIES are available for both churches for those who wish to follow it individually..

Celebration Sundays

In Locking, as from February, the 4th Sunday of the month will now be called ‘Celebration Sunday’. The
service will be at 10am and will be held in the Church Centre. It will be informal and café style with coffee
served and suitable for all ages. After the service everyone is invited to stay for a free lunch.

Everyone is very welcome – come along and bring your friends and neighbours.

Men's Breakfasts

on 122nd April, 24th June, 28th October 2017
All at 9 am in Locking Church Centre

Come and enjoy a full English breakfast
with cereal and toast
Also enjoy meeting new friends
All men welcome – bring a friend

If you would like to come along please ring the Benefice Office 822857

Lunch Club

Meets in the Coach House, Locking on 2nd Fridays, at 12.15pm for 12.30pm
To join the group, please contact Tony Coles 01934 822678

Sing and Praise Evenings

Meeting in St Augustine’s Church, Locking on 2nd Fridays, 7.00 - 8.00pm

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

Friday Mar 3rd - Womens’ World Day of Prayer - Salvation Army Carlton Street
March 16th (11.30am - 2.00pm) - Lunch with Speaker Hebron Church- Main Road, Hutton
March 30th - Tony Coles, A musical interlude - Green Room Locking Church Centre
April 6th - Joan Eales, Somewhere to Go Green Room - Locking Church Centre

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, 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

LITTLE ARK TODDLER GROUP

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.

WORKING TOGETHER

Working together – as you will know new residents are moving in to Locking Parklands. There is extensive housing due to be built on other places in our vicinity eg Winterstoke Village. On 5th September Revd Tom Yacomeni will be licensed as the minister of Locking Castle Church (the church by Morrisons). He is at present curate of St Paul’s Weston–super–Mare and will be taking some members of that church with him to join the church at Locking Castle. Tom will be working with myself and Revd Peter Lynch (Worle Baptist) and Revd Matt Thomson (Banwell and Congresbury) local ministers whose parishes will be having new housing on. This is an exciting time as different denominations and churches work together to reach out with God’s kingdom and the good news of Jesus Christ.

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 Revd Anne Lee a ring 823556).

CHURCH CENTRE HALL BOOKINGS

Large Hall with kitchens - Small Hall - Green Room

Click Here for more information about booking the Church Centre

THE CHURCH’S SUPPORT TO THE TIYENI FUND, MALAWI

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

New Group to explore the Christian basics

We would like to start a new group which explores issues relating to what we believe and how we live in this fast-paced world.
The Christianity Explored course is a good introduction, but we can use other material.
DO let us know when a good time to meet would be for you.

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!

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