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‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord almighty.
Zechariah 4 : 6 (NIV)

SERVICES:

Sunday 1st December - Advent 1
10.00am Family Service (Readings: Romans 13: 11 - end Matt 24: 36 - 44)
12 noon Baptism of Esmai Marie Martin

Sunday 8th December - Advent 2
10.00am Nativity in the church centre

Monday 9th December
2.30pm Thanksgiving service for Mary Coles

Tuesday 10th December
7.00pm WI Christmas service - All Welcome

Sunday 15th December - Advent 3
10.00am Holy Communion (Readings: James 5: 7 - 10 Matt 11: 2 - 11
6.00pm Evening Prayer (Readings: as above)


A huge THANK YOU to everyone who organised and helped at the Christmas fayre last week. We raised the amazing total of £1050 which will be divided between church and Open Doors charity who support persecuted Christians. Well done everyone!

BLESSING HAMPERS this year as part of our outreach to less fortunate homes in the parish we are wanting to put together several small hampers. If you would like to contribute to these please put Christmas goodies in the large basket at the front of church (it will be under the Christmas tree when up.) Please no alcohol or ‘Smart Price basic value’ goods. Thank you.

HAND BELLS - would you like to learn to ring the hand bells? Join us in the church on Monday evenings at 7.30pm when we are practicing ringing a couple of carols for the Christmas Carol service.

We will be hosting a CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL in church from Wed 4th - Sun 8th Dec. The festival is a 'first' for Locking and a start to the Christmas season which we hope many will enjoy coming to. The church will be open from 11-5 on each of these days for folk to come in and look around. We would be grateful if a few people could volunteer to help at this by either serving refreshments or welcoming people when they arrive. Please speak to Gillian or the Wardens if you would like to know more. If you would like to take part by decorating a tree, we are now able to open this up to church members. There is a sign-up sheet in church.

Community Carols by Fairy Lights on Saturday 7th Dec at 3pm, with seasonal refreshments. All Welcome

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

MARY COLES’ THANKSGIVING SERVICE will be in church on Monday 9th December at 2.30pm after a private committal. No flowers, donations to the Sharlands.

PRAYER MEETING on Tuesday 10th December 7pm - 8pm - do come and join us in the Green Lounge - all are welcome! When we pray we ask for God's kingdom to come and it does!

BRASS CLEANING - The annual brass cleaning in preparation for Christmas has been rescheduled and will take place in church at Thursday 12th December at 10am. We'd be grateful if as many of you as possible could assist us with this and as usual a friendly cuppa and mince pie awaits you all! Thanking you in anticipation.

This year we are CAROL SINGING in the daytime outside Manor Stores. We will be handing out invitations to Christmas services and giving out sweets and mince pies. This will take place on Wednesday 18th December at 3pm.

BOXING DAY LUNCH Are you alone over Christmas? Would you like lunch on Boxing Day, meet with others and home before dark? If yes, please sign up on the sheet in Church.

PRAYER CHAIN - If you need prayer for yourself or another then there is a team of people ready to pray. For Locking, please contact Christine Sceeny phone 822331 or for Hutton Kay Cole phone 811424 and they will send out the prayer request. It would be lovely to know how the person we are praying for is getting on, or whether they still need more prayer. It is a great encouragement for us all to hear that God is answering our prayers, please send feedback to Christine or Kay.

FIND THE STAR 14th / 15th December. Place a large star in your front garden and be part of the “Find the Star” trail in Hutton and Locking villages. Stars can be bought or hand made by children / adults, lit or unlit. To register your star please contact the benefice office - 01934 822857 by 6th December. Trail maps will be available after this date so you can go on your own star hunt and see how many you can find!

BOARD GAMES GALORE - Sunday 15th December 2019 3pm - 6pm in the Church Centre, 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. Refreshments provided. For more information please contact Chris Wilkins Phone 01934 823556. Next games afternoon 12th Jan 2020.

NIGHT ASSESSMENT CENTRE are currently looking for donations of: male and female deodorants, boxer shorts (sizes s,m&l) and female underwear (sizes 8 & 14) if anyone can help please?. Drop offs at Worle Autos 12 Coker Road BS22 6BX or the Night Assessment Centre Wednesdays 6pm - 7pm. Or leave near the Food Bank box clearly marked NAC.

WESTON FOODBANK - Please leave any non-perishable goods in the box in the porch for Locking and by the font for Hutton. Urgently needed items: Tinned tomatoes, Tinned potatoes or instant mash, Custard or rice pudding, Instant soup, Instant noodles, Juice or squash, Tinned meat or fish and Toiletries. They've got plenty of Baked beans and Sanitary products. Thank you for your continued support.

SOMEWHERE TO GO provides a safe, non-judgmental place for those who need support, advice, a friendly ear and it has been a crutch to many people who have been lost, lonely and at crisis points in their lives. Hot meals, access to a shower and medical help is provided 3 days a week. We rely entirely on donations and urgently require sleeping bags and funds. Please contact Mike or Margaret Cooper in Locking if you can help (Tel 822408), thank you.

Services at St Augustine’s Locking

December 2019 / January 2020
Sun 1st Dec 10.00am Family Service
  3.30pm Songs for Christmas in Hutton Village Hall
Sun 8th Dec 10.00am Nativity in the Church Centre
  6.00pm Evensong in Hutton
Sun 15th Dec 10.00am Holy Communion
  6.00pm Evening Prayer
Sun 22nd Dec 10.00am Celebration Sunday
  6.00pm Carols by candlelight
Tues 24th Dec 3.00pm Christingle
  11.30pm Midnight Communion
Wed 25th Dec 10.00am Christmas Day Family Holy Communion
Sun 29th Dec 10.00am Joint Benefice Service in Hutton
Sun 5th Jan 10.00am Joint Benefice Service
Sun 12th Jan 10.00am Holy Communion
  6.00pm Evensong in Hutton
Sun 19th Jan 10.00am Family Service
  6.00pm Evening Prayer
Sun 26th Jan 10.00am Celebration Sunday
  6.00pm Holy Communion (BCP)

Childrens work every Sunday in Church or the Church Centre.
Refreshments are served in the Church Centre after morning services.

Services at St Mary’s Hutton

December 2019 / January 2020
Sun 1st Dec 10.00am Holy Communion
  3.30pm Songs for Christmas in Hutton Village Hall
Sun 8th Dec 10.00am Church in the Village Hall
  11.00am Evensong
Sun 15th Dec 10.00am Holy Communion
  6.00pm Evening Prayer in Locking
Sat 21st Dec 6.00pm Carols by candlelight
Sun 22nd Dec 10.00am Mattins
Tues 24th Dec 5.00pm Christingle
  11.30pm Midnight Communion
Wed 25th Dec 10.00am Christmas Day Family Holy Communion
Sun 29th Dec 10.00am Joint Benefice Service
Sun 5th Jan 10.00am Joint Benefice Service in Locking
Sun 12th Jan 10.00am Church in the Village Hall
  6.00pm Evensong
Sun 19th Jan 10.00am Holy Communion
  6.00pm Evening Prayer in Locking
Sun 26th Jan 10.00am Mattins
  6.00pm Holy Communion (BCP) in Locking

Children’s work is run in the church during 10am Services on 2nd and 4th Sundays – check with notices.
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