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Stay Connected - 28th June 2020

If you would like the weekly "Stay Connected" emailed to you, please contact the Benefice Office Contact and we will put you on the mailing list. This is a replacement for the weekly pew sheet and contains many useful things so that you don't feel so isolated.

For Video Online Morning Services with Rev Anne Wilkins - Click Here

Dear friends,

Life seems to be changing by the day at the moment with the government relaxing aspects of lockdown. The
latest thing to change which affects the churches is that from 4th July churches are allowed to open for worship, but it is not a requirement. As you know I have been taking a poll as to whether people will be coming back to church for worship on 26th July, which is the date that myself and the wardens thought might be a possibility. The next step will be for me to send the results of the poll to each church's PCC and ask them if they think we should open on 26th July or at a later date depending on the situation at that time. The decision for whether we go ahead with this date lies with the PCC and with myself. As soon as we have a result we will inform everybody. It may well be that there is a different outcome for each parish.

The Bishops and Archdeacons have encouraged us to go slowly on this and not to hurry to open for worship. It's got to be the right decision for each particular parish. Whatever the decision we will still be having on - line worship every day and Spiritual Communion on a Sunday.

This is a difficult decision to make as I am aware that there is a wide range of opinions and it will be near impossible to please everybody. We do pray for the Lord to guide us, so that we do the right thing for each church. Please also pray that we would continue to be patient and to show love and kindness to everyone.

'Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.' Ephesians 4: 2

Thank you and every blessing

See:    This weeks Stay Connected Sheet pdf         Prayer Calendar June pdf

Church re-opening
St Augustine's church, Locking, will be opening from 9th July for private prayer on Thursdays 10am - 1pm and Sundays 2pm - 5pm.
Each session will be supervised and all seating will be at a distance of 2 metres. If you have any questions about this please contact the wardens: For Locking Eddie and Mary French 01934 813634, for Hutton Dave Bradley 01934 814205 and Mary Potter 01934 812788.

As a community we need to band together to support the vulnerable. If you are self-isolating and need shopping or supplies please ring Anne 01934 823556 for Hutton and Locking villagers, or Steve Cope 01934 813871 for Hutton. See also where there is a list of volunteers available to help you for Hutton. The Old Inn are doing a take away menu which is available Monday - Saturday 6 -7.30pm and Sunday roast from 12.00 - 2. Contact them for a menu 01934 812336 between the hours stated to speak to a member of staff. They can arrange delivery if necessary but most people collect on their 'exercise hour'.

As of Saturday 4th July the Coach House pub in Locking will be open and welcoming our customers and friends back. Customers will be required to use our sanitising stations which will be located at all entrances and asked to keep 1 metre away from other customers and staff by following signs and floor markers. We as a team will ensure that all government guidelines are followed at all times and our aim is to make sure all staff and customers are safe when using the pub. Following government guidelines every customer's details name and contact number will be taken at the door by a member of staff before being seated.

If you are needing ready meals delivered then several people have recommended this company. You can order on line from or you can ring them on 0800 6127225

Any Foodbank donations can be left on the doorstep of John and Margaret Bailey, 31 Willow Drive, Hutton or Chris and Anne Wilkins, The Vicarage, The Green, Locking, where they will be collected and taken to the foodbank.

Mustard Seed Fairtrade items can be delivered free on Wednesdays. Tea, Coffee, Chocolate, honey, marmalade, jams, muesli, dried fruits, rubber gloves, cleaning fluids, laundry, Fairtrade Milk and Plain Chocolate Easter Eggs etc. also greeting cards. Catalogues can be dropped off if anyone needs them – Locking too. Please phone 01934 813716

Vicarage garden
Please contact me if you need somewhere to meet as our garden is large enough for 6 people to meet socially distanced. There is a private garden at the back of the house which is very secluded and also the front lawn. If there is a group who want to meet then please contact me. Also if you would like to come over for a chat, tea, cake and prayer, then let me know - weather permitting of course! Anne

If you need a mask and haven't got one, I have several here that you could have - just phone or e-mail me. Anne

Daily Hope
A free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. 0800 804 8044

Listening Chaplaincy Phoneline
Serving Bristol, Somerset and South Gloucestershire
We are a faith-based service offering chaplaincy support for people of all faiths and none in times of emergency
Are you recently bereaved or concerned about end of life issues? Are you a key worker overwhelmed by what you are facing or dealing with at work? Are you worried about someone who is seriously ill, especially if you can't visit them? Are you anxious about the effect that the COVED 19 crisis is having on your life? Maybe you would just like someone from the faith communities to talk to.
If you live in the Bristol, Somerset or South Gloucestershire area:
Call 0330 229 1700 • 8am-11pm • 7 days a week

Collect for The Third Sunday after Trinity:
Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Readings for the coming week
Why not read the readings through slowly twice and before you do ask God to speak to you today. We are reading through Luke this week.
Sunday 21st Matthew 10.40-42
Monday 22nd Luke 15.1–10
Tuesday 23rd Luke 15.11–end
Wednesday 24th Luke Luke 16.1–18
Thursday 25th Luke Luke 16.19–end
Friday 26th Luke Luke 17.1–10
Saturday 27th Luke Luke 17.11–19

Prayer Chain - If you need prayer for yourself or another then there is a team of people ready to pray. For Locking, please contact Anne Wilkins phone 823556 or for Hutton Kay Cole phone 811424 and they will send out the prayer request.

Please pray for Alex Robertson who is now in the BRI and very poorly. Some of us sent messages to him this week on Zoom which John Parfitt recorded. Please pray for peace and that He will know the real presence of Jesus with him in the days ahead. Please also pray for his family at this difficult time.

Please also pray for Pam Wallace as Dave sadly died last week. His funeral will take place on Wednesday 1st July at Weston Crematorium (restricted numbers). It is hoped that there will be a Memorial Service for Dave when social distancing is relaxed. Do pray for Pam that she will know peace and strength in the days ahead.

Prayer requests - please feel free to send prayer requests to Chris in the office, if you would like them to be included on this sheet, or call Anne on 823556. If you would like someone to pray with you please call Anne and she will pray on the phone.

Nature Notes

Last Saturday we broke our own ’20 mile radius’ rule and drove down to West Somerset, specifically to North Hill above Minehead, to walk a small section of the South West Coast Path. The views are wonderful looking across the coast to Wales, and it is always good to get up high – it somehow enables a different perspective on life. Skylarks and meadow pipits rose up out of the rough moorland on either side of the path, perching conveniently on gorse and bracken for closer inspection, and stonechats were easily identified by their alarm call – like two stones being knocked together. Yellow tormentil, blue milkwort and white heath bedstraw flowered in the short cropped turf, and the whortleberries were ripening. We caught a glimpse of a peregrine and a couple of beautiful silver-washed fritillary butterflies feeding on brambles. In one area that had been burned down, (swaled), new vegetation was growing up with foxgloves standing tall among the blackened gorse branches: a vivid and timely picture of hope. “God is not helpless in the ruins” (Kay Warren).


Reading 28th June 2020
Matthew 10.40-42 Jesus sends out the Twelve
40 ‘Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.
41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.
42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.’

Reflections on Matthew 10.40-42

I wonder how many of us have, in the past, bought, never used and eventually given away our copies of the Encyclopaedia Britannica? Does that ring a bell for some of you? There would have been an initial visit from a very nice salesman who had to convince you that this huge volume of books was worth the huge amount of money you had to promise to pay over years ahead for the sake of your children. The salesman of course, had the reward of commission. That’s the way it works.

In Matt 10 however, Jesus is pointing to our role as Christians, not as salespeople when we visit others, but as those who bring those we visit a reward. ‘Anyone who receives you, receives me’ and also ‘that anyone who receives me (Jesus) receives my father’. It’s a double benefit to the one being visited. This all sounds rather easy and in truth, you may think, it doesn’t seem to work that way when I visit someone who isn’t a follower of Jesus. What is happening here is that we are underestimating the potential of our times of meeting with folk who don’t follow Jesus. We tend to be so lacking in confidence about the strength of our own faith and knowledge that we disregard and maybe even disbelieve what Jesus says here. Our role as Christians is not to go out with a view to selling anything to others or even to see it as something we have to work at. How can I say that? Because Jesus says it. V.41 ‘Anyone who receives a righteous person because they are, righteous, will receive a righteous persons reward. The one being visited is blessed!

It seems to me that our role as Christians is simply to be living adverts of our saving faith in the Lord Jesus and his death and resurrection. Jesus is actually promising that our contact with others will have an effect when our faith is the major influence on our lives. How so? Because that kind of faith will inevitably affect everything about our contact with others. It will influence our words and reactions to whatever they say. It will help in words of advice or caution. It will prevent us from being ready to gossip but rather to give words of peace and understanding. So even though we are not trying to ‘sell’ anything, we can’t help being representatives of Jesus. So those who receive you, however lacking in confidence you may feel, they are receiving the one you serve. Jesus promises it.

How we are with others is really important and especially as God is promising that it will have an effect on His behalf. It is quite a sobering challenge really, but it is also exciting to realise that all of us can be the way for some to eventually meet Jesus for themselves. It is a reminder not to underestimate the ways in which God can work through us. It is our desire that others will receive both Father and Son. The promise is that we can help Him by simply living out our faith, knowing that God can speak through each one of us. Be encouraged!

Rev Geoff Hobden

Letter from the Right Reverend Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells
Building a sustainable and hopeful future

One impact of the Coronavirus pandemic is there is now a lot of talk about the need to change and to re-imagine society, in order to build a sustainable and hopeful future. This is to be welcomed. However, change is something that we always have to live with. The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, writing some 500 years before Christ, was a great proponent of this. He is known for saying: ‘There is nothing permanent except change’ and that you cannot step into the same river twice. By this he meant that just as the river flows so that you cannot touch the same water twice, so no two situations are exactly the same and that the world is constantly changing.

We live in a time of extraordinary change. Self-driving transport is now practical, not just for cars, but also perhaps more alarmingly for ships and aircraft. Artificial Intelligence is opening amazing new possibilities and medicine is advancing rapidly as the decoding of the human genome increases our understanding of many diseases. At the same time our world groans under the weight of lifestyles and exploitation of resources which are not sustainable. I am writing this on World Environment Day and it is becoming increasingly clear that we need to change the way we live before we wreck even more havoc on the world which God has given us to steward and care for.

But in looking for change we need perhaps to look in rather than out. I remember once reading someone saying: ‘You can’t change what is going on around you, until you start changing what’s going on within you’. Or as Tolstoy put it: ‘Everyone thinks of changing the world. But no one thinks of changing themself.’ It is sometimes said that if ‘we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.’ There may be so truth in that and perhaps we need to use this time of lockdown to continue to reflect on what it means to look at the world through God’s eyes and to live faithfully in God’s world so that we all play our part in building a sustainable and hopeful future.

Every blessing Bishop Peter


Prayer about the Coronavirus outbreak
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

For the Christian community
We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.

Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference

For those who are ill -
Merciful God, we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For hospital staff and medical researchers
Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

A prayer at bedtime -
Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.
Tonight we pray especially for (names family or friends who are affected by Coronavirus) and the people of (country or place which is affected by Coronavirus).
Please give skill and wisdom to all who are caring for them.

Bible Q and A This is a very interesting site that answers some of the tricky questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. You can also submit questions too. Why not give it a go?

Quiz - just for fun - no prizes - answers next week!

All the following are places in this part of England:

1. Keeping a good look out
2. Conservatives safely secured
3 King's abode for a film star
4 A highway or a byway by any other name
5 Pussy's gone to bed
6 The lady drank much of this
7 Turn the key
8 Twirl around
9 A first in a Chinese city
10 Where the sun sets on a rick
11 Should keep your feet dry
12 Forbidden to drink here

Answers below

My top 10 of likes/loves and what I've learned during lockdown.

Here is the list from Mary Potter. This is in no order of preference:

1. Worshipping with John and the on-line services. Especially Spiritual Holy Communion.
2. Re- reading all my "love letters" from John written practically every day of his 2 years National Service from Feb 1960 - 0ct 1961 (when we got married). Such love as well as a social document of the sixties.
3. Reading, at least 2 /3 books a week.
4. Washing all the chair covers.
5. Time to watch the sunsets
6. Appreciate anew the view from our house and seeing different changes during the day
7. The constant care and love for our well-being from our Son and daughter.
8. The joy of our grand children and their daily contact.
9. Re acquainting myself with creative writing .
10. Accept help to challenge new concepts (Zoom etc)

If you would like to share your list of your top 10 of likes/loves and what you've learned during lockdown, please contact us

Rainbows, rainbows, everywhere rainbows!
“Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high!” - Symbolising peace and hope.
Such optimistic words sung with the philosophy that there definitely is something better!
So is life really so bad at the present?

Over these past weeks, a change of lifestyle (as with fame) has been thrust upon us and, if you think about it, with it, the unique opportunity to make the most of its gifts. With the deletion of our lives governed by diaries, life has slowed down, as we now have more time for the present, instead of preparing for future events, each day being so very precious and a gift from God. Let us be grateful for what we have at the moment.

Our physical freedom may be ' locked down' ' but not our hearts and spirit. Communication with our friends and family albeit 'virtual' has become more genuine, caring and meaningful because there are fewer distractions. Indeed, there is a new opportunity for outreach as we have been more 'tuned into' our brothers and sisters (via the internet or phone) than ever before in reality. 'Digital spiritualism' has given us the potential to worship with anyone in the country or indeed anywhere in the world. Things we used to take for granted, now show their true relevance: our friends, our food, our freedom. Indeed the unfolding miracle and beauty of God's creation all around us.

This diminishing of distractions affords us a rest, not in the sense that 'rest' means doing nothing, but more that we now have the unmissable opportunity to focus on matters of true importance. Times of isolation have produced some memorable feats of achievement – Shakespeare wrote “King Lear” while in quarantine from the Black Death, John Bunyan wrote “The Pilgrims Progress” in prison and St Ignatius Loyola formed his philosophy that led to the “Society of Jesus” whilst isolated. More recently, Terry Waite strengthened his faith and resolve during his long sojourn as a hostage.

In the Communion service we are faithfully reminded of the commandments 'Love the Lord your God' and 'Love your neighbour'.
In the isolated environment of our homes there is now more time to reflect on these two very important commandments and how to live with them as 'The Only Way' resulting in an even more closeness with God.

Eventually, in the Lord's good time, this current situation will come to an end and happily a 'new normality' will occur. Noah sent out a dove to receive God's word that this would be so in his day, and it is now time to reflect on what this may mean to us now. If there is any good to come out of this pandemic, then it must be to carefully note the things which were deservedly washed away and to retain the new values in our lives which have been revealed.

As God placed the rainbow in the clouds as a covenant that such retribution for our sins would never be inflicted on mankind again, so we should make a covenant with ourselves to conduct our lives after the 'lockdown' using all the lessons in communication with our friends and family and, most of all with our Father in Heaven, that physical isolation has taught us. Somewhere over that rainbow brings peace and hope for us all!

Mary French

Ideas for families to do at home at times of isolation:

Chilled soups make a refreshing lunch on a hot day. This
one is easy and inexpensive.
1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger, about 20g
1 large or two small onions, sliced
900g (2lb) carrots, sliced
900ml (1.5 pints) vegetable stock (stock cubes and water)
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper
Single cream, Elmlea single or soya cream.

Heat the oil and cook the ginger and onion gently for 10 minutes in a covered saucepan without colouring. Add the carrots and the stock. Cover, bring to the boil and simmer for about 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Cool a little, then
puree in a liquidiser or with a hand blender. If you have neither, just push it all through a sieve. Add the lime juice little by
little to taste, and season with salt and pepper if necessary. Chill in the fridge until very cold. Serve in bowls with a swirl of
cream to garnish. Thank you to Su Gordon for this recipe - If you have a favourite which you would like to
share, please contact us

More ideas:

Make a fruit salad together
Use tinned, frozen or fresh fruit, chop it up and put it in a bowl, talk about the colours, tastes and textures, enjoy eating it together.

Toast painting
You need
Milk (or substitute milk)
Food colouring
White sliced bread
paint brush

Put a small amount of milk in cups and add a tiny amount of food colouring, this makes home made paint. Each person have a slice of white bread and paint a picture on the bread using your paint, look at your pictures. Toast your bread and enjoy eating the toast.

Make play dough
You need
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup of salt
2 tablespoon cream of tartar
2 tablespoon oil
1 cup of hot hot water with few drops of food colouring added

Mix everything in a bowl, stir it well and then knead it and play with it. You could get your child to help you make this. When you have finished put it in an air tight container, it will last for weeks.

Home made bubble mixture
6 cups water
1 cup strong washing up liquid e.g. Fairy
1 table spoon glycerine
Mix gently and use, this makes enough for a big bottle

We hope you have some lovely time playing together. Keep safe and well

Play shops Give your child some money, together make some price labels , put them on the food in your cupboard. Take it in turns to be the shop keeper and the shopper.

Make an obstacle course - Use furniture to go under, blankets to cover yourself in, hats to put on your head, make this together and take it in turns to use.

Play hide and seek, take it in turns to be the hider and the seeker.

Junk modelling Keep empty boxes and toilet roll inners, make models and creatures with glue and tape

Plant some seeds If you have a garden plant some seeds together or save old plastic tubs e.g yogurt pots and plant some cress or pea seeds and grow on the window sill. When they have grown put them in a sandwich, you can eat the pea shoots instead of letting them grow into pea plants

Make a treasure map Hide some treasure and make a map for the child to find where it is. You could each do this and make a map for the other person to find the treasure.

Make sock puppets Turn your socks into hand puppets, give your puppet a name and make a story together.

Make a bug house Find some sticks and leaves and a make a bug house, you could leave this at the side of your house or flat and then check on it after a few days to see what bugs are in there.

Dance together Play some music you both like and dance together

Pretend you are an animal game Imagine you are an animal and make the noises and movements for the other person to guess.

Play bubbles Go outside and play bubbles, watch where they are flying, Imagine where they might go.

Play emotion faces Pull a face of an emotion and get your child to guess the emotion. Take it in turns to do this.

Pretend you are at the hair dressers – take it in turns to be the hair dresser, brushing hair, putting clips or bands in, pretend to cut hair ( no scissors, just use your fingers) you could gently give the other person a head massage.Talk about what they would like their hair to be like today.

Play weddings Get toy animals and dolls and pretend two of them are getting married, think about the food they would eat and the dancing they would do.

Make a car/ rocket/ train Use the washing basket or a big box, get your child to decide what vehicle it’s going to be, get them to sit in it and pretend they are going on a journey. Talk about what they can see on their journey.

More ideas next week!

Quiz Answers
1. Watchet
2. Blue Anchor
3 Castle Carey
4 Street
5 Catcott
6 Edithmead
7 Locking
8 Worle
9 Wincanton
10 Westhay
11 Wellington
12 Banwell

How did you do?