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.
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
weeks Stay Connected Sheet pdf
Calendar June pdf
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
https://www.huttonsomerset.org.uk 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
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
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
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CARING and CONFIDENTIAL
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.
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
Reading 28th June 2020
Matthew 10.40-42 Jesus sends out the Twelve (NIVUK)
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
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
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
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
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
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
My top 10 of likes/loves and what I've learned during
Here is the list from Mary Potter. This is in no order of
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
SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW
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
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!
Ideas for families to do at home at times of isolation:
GINGER AND CARROT SOUP WITH LIME
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,
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 to taste, and season with salt and pepper if necessary.
Chill in the fridge until very cold. Serve in bowls with a
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
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.
Milk (or substitute milk)
White sliced bread
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
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!
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How did you do?