St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Hutton - News
Hutton, October 2017
I reckon there must be something in the water
in Hutton and Locking. I have never known a year like it. So
far this year I have taken 7 weddings and one anniversary blessing
across the benefice, this month I have another wedding and on
14th October Chris and I get married. I’ve also got 5
booked for next year and one for 2019. In all my years of being
ordained I have never had so many. When I take weddings I usually
talk in m ysermon about the word love. In the English language
we have just the one word – love – and we use it
in many different ways. We say I love chocolate, I love football,
I love the dog, I love my job, I love my children, I love my
wife/husband, I love Jesus. But fo reach one we don’t
mean the samething.
New Testament was written in Greek and they had different words
for love – eros – the love between a man and a woman,philea
– love for friends, storge –the love of family and
agape – the love of God. That special love that comes
only from God and is seen and shown in Jesus. Paul wrote one
of the most famous passages in the Bible about love –
it is oftenu sed at weddings in 1 Corinthians 13. Paul sums
up agape lovebeautifully -Love is patient, love iskind. It does
not envy, it does no tboast, it is not proud.It does not dishonour
others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it
keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but
rejoices with the truth.It alway sprotects, always trusts, always
hopes, always perseveres..... and he goes on.We think that love
is a feeling but actually love is also an action – it
is lived out in what we say and do and how we treat others.
This is agape love – God’s love. Jesus came to not
just tell us that the Father and He loves us but Jesus came
to demonstrate it in how he dealt with people and in the ultimate
way by dying for us. That is agape love that we are called to
receive from Him and share with others. As the days get shorter
and the evenings dark and the days cold, many people will be
feeling lonely and cut off from the world. It is an opportunity
to reach out to another person with that agape love –
to give them a phone call o re- mail, call round to say hello
and ask if they are OK, invite them round for coffee or a meal,
take them out shopping, offer to help in some practical way.
It may be a hard thing for us to do – but agape love is
always costly. Look out for those who live alone, are elderly
or housebound or maybe mums on their own during the day. We
aware of those around you in your street and who you meet down
Agape love comes from God – it isfor you
to receive in Jesus – and then it is for us to share.
Brings ome light and love to others in the darkening days ahead.
See Notice Board for
Whats's On this week - See Event Calendar
for events this month
October 21st “Messy Detectives”
Come and meet Shyone and Whatsup
4pm – 6pm Venue to be announced
Lots of crafts, songs,story, active prayer and tea.
For more details call Mary Potter on 812788
Parents and children come together for a great time.
The next Messy Church will beNovember 18th “Messy
Detectives”in Hutton School hall.
To receive email information, please give your email address
to Mary Potter
.Come and meet the Messy Detectives and be one yourself!
As you all know the last few years of my life have been pretty
tough. I’ve been very grateful for people's prayers, love
and support through those difficult times,which have enabled
me to get through them. After a time of bad and sad news, it’s
really wonderful to be able to share with you some joyful news.
Sometimes in life things happen totally out of the blue and
surprise us ... and this is what’s happened recently to
me! Most of you know Chris Wilkins, who is our Benefice Administratorand
is a member of St Mary’s Church Hutton. To my complete
surprise and great joy Chris and I realised last year that we
had fallen in love with each other. This was neither planned
or even prayed for.Now that we are both single, Chris has asked
me to marry him, to which I have said yes. We are getting married
on the 14th October at 12 noon at St Mary's Church Hutton. We
rejoice in God's goodness to usand look forward to a new chapter
in our lives.
Every blessing. Anne
Take a Break and drop in after school on Tuesdays for drinks,
fruit and cake
We offer a warm welcome to The Families of Children
Held in the school hall at Haywood Village Academy
2.30pm – 4pm (term time only)
TAKE 5 is offered by Church @ St Anne’s
In association with Locking Castle Church,
Woodspring Church and New Creation
Tea @ 3
For Weston Hospicecare
It’s 3 o’clock and time for some tea,
sandwiches, cakes and good company!
Hutton Village Hall
Saturday 1st July
For tickets £5 tel. 813339
Book of Remembrance
If anyone would like an addition
to the book of remembrance, please contact Menna Davies 01934
814680, who will be pleased to add names for a small donation.
Pattern of Services
||Morning - Hutton
||Morning - Locking
||Hutton - Music & Meditation
||Hutton - Evensong
||Locking - Evening Prayer
||Celebration Sunday followed by lunch
||Locking - Holy Communion
Vist St Mary's
You are welcome to visit St. Mary’s Church on
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during
from 10am to dusk. Enjoy the wonderful building
and an opportunity for peace and quiet.
Please sign the Visitors Book at the end of your visit
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
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 822331
St Mary's Church Mission Action Plan.
Please commit to praying for the following events that will
be taking place in the next six months:-
• Outside Service at Elborough
• Prayer Walks around the parish
• Afternoon tea in the Village Hall
• Film Afternoons
• Pray for new people to come along
• For the provision of resources
• For the love of God to be shown
Opportunities to serve in Hutton Church.
Would you be interested in: Reading the lesson, leading the
prayers, helping with young people, being a welcomer,
joining a homegroup, joining the choir, cleaning, helping with
If yes, please see one of the wardens who would love to get
ST MARY'S CARES……..
Lord, teach us how to pray. Never has it been more important
for us to repeat this request made
by the disciples so many years ago. Many of us find it difficult
and as the church throughout the land is
now on its knees we, at St Marys, recognise our need to give
ourselves more time in prayer.
Would you like a home visit?
In Hutton our visiting team consists of our Reader Jane Barry
(813802) and three trained Lay
Pastoral Assistants, Kay Cole (811424), Chris Wilkins (814483)
and Virginia Hollis (708924). We also have four LPAs available
in Locking church. 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
more visits and showing God’s love in a practical way.
All visits are confidential and we hope that you will pass on
information to neighbours who you feel may benefit from a chat
with one of us. If you are in church, please complete a contact
form to be found on the table at the back of church and someone
will contact you. If you are not able to attend church, just
ring Virginia Hollis (708924) and she will make the necessary
arrangements for someone to contact you.
Are you in need of practical help?
If you are unable to do necessary shopping perhaps because of
the weather or illness, we may be able to help you. Do you feel
quality of life could be improved by some home improvements
or extra help? We could put you in touch with someone who can
direct you to
the right organisation to help you.
Unable to visit church?
If you are unable to visit church but would like home communion,
let us know and this can be arranged in your home. We have a
team of four
people, who have been given permission by the Bishop to do this
work and would consider it a real privilege to visit you.
This means that a prayer request can be made via Kay Cole (811424)
and she will send this
to a list of people who want to be actively involved in the
prayer life of
the church. Your requests for prayer can also be pinned to the
New Neighbours? Patch is the answer!
New neighbours will be visited by a local church member and
given a patch pack to welcome them to the village and inform
them about the local church.
Patch stands for Parish and the Church. We, you and I, are the
body of the church, and we need to work together to make it
work efficiently for
our future generations.
If you would like personal prayer on any Sunday
please ring Kay Cole 811424 to send a prayer request to the
or Virginia Hollis 708924 to arrange a visit.
Diocese of Bath & Wells
This letter is to introduce to you one of our lay pastoral assistants
appointed to St Mary the Virgin Hutton and St Augustines, Locking.
It has become apparent with the intended expansion
of both Locking and Hutton parishes,
that provision has to be made to provide assistance to our clergy
if we are to maintain a good level of pastoral care.
The Rector Revd Anne will always be available to you but the
team in Hutton will now include our Reader Jane Barry and three
trained LPA’s, Kay Cole, Chris Wilkins and Virginia Hollis,
who will be happy to visit you. Each
person has been fully trained and appointed by the Bishop to
do this work. We do so hope that this will enable us
to be out in the community; making more visits and showing God’s
love in apractical way.
All visits are confidential and we hope that you will pass on
this information to neighbours who you feel might
benefit from a chat with one of us. The contact numbers are:
Reader, Jane Barry (813802), Kay Cole (811424),
Virginia Hollis (708924) and Chris Wilkins (814483).
We look forward to hearing from you
Prayer meetings in the South Aisle of St Mary’s
church are held every Wednesday from 9.30-10.00am
We pray for the village, the church, the wider
community and anything else following the prompting of
the Holy Spirit. All welcome. For more details please contact
: Anne (823556) or Jane (813802)..
THE PASTORAL CARE TEAM
The Pastoral Care Team wish to offer contact
numbers for shopping
and other necessary errands when people are stuck at home because
of the weather or illness. Please contact one of the following
are in need of help and we will tryto assist
Virginia Hollis - 01934-708924
Val Harris - 01934-814676
Opportunities to serve in Hutton Church
Would you be interested in: Reading the lesson,
leading the prayers, helping
with young people, being a welcomer, joining a homegroup, joining
choir, cleaning, helping with refreshments? If yes, please see
Anne or a
warden who would love to get you involved!
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
Perhaps you are thinking about baptism - either
for yourself or your child.
Give Revd Anne Lee a ring 823556.
We are a friendly group of people who meet in
Hutton church on a Wednesday evening at 8pm.
You can be any age from 10 upwards to 80 and don’t need
to be physically fit.
We would like to recruit some new ringers.
If you would like to have a go join us on a Wednesday evening.
On 8th July the young bell ringers from Bath
and Wells, including our two ringers Reece and Lauren, left
Gordano Services quite early for amazing day in in Birmingham.
They were to join other young ringers in the Ringing World National
Youth Contest which is held annually and this year was held
in Birmingham. There were 19 teams taking part and competition
high. We all enjoyed the day not only ringing their competition
piece at Harborne but also the opportunity to ring other towers
including St Martin’s in The Bullring which has 16 bells.
An interesting experience!
We are always seeking new ringers of any age.
It is an interesting hobby as well as our duties of ringing
for services. If anyone is interested please visit us on a Wednesday
evening from 7.45. You will be most welcome to see what we do
and for a cup of coffee.
For any further information please contact Margaret
Bailey Tel 815308
ST MARY'S CHURCH CHOIR
all welcome, practices most Thursdays at 7pm,
contact Eric 813716
LAY LED HOME COMMUNIONS
Over the last year the number of people receiving
Home Communion in their own home risen considerably.
In order to cater for this, We have formed a team of lay people
from both churches trained to do this
and who also have the Bishop’s permission to do so. If
you yourself would like to receive Communion at home,
please let the clergy know and they can make arrangements for
MISSION PRAISE BOOKS
Following recent purchase of fifty-two of the
new black Mission Praise Song Books the PCC have purchased another
thirty. Jane Barry is co-ordinating the purchase and would like
to give you the opportunity to buy them in memory of a loved
one, at a cost of £6.60 each. This has proved very popular,
with Menna writing wonderful calligraphic memorial plates, for
a small donation to support her relatives’ work in Africa.
Please see Jane and Menna to arrange payment and memorial plate.
WELCOME TO LIFE
"Welcome to Life” is Weston’s
new independent Christian bookshop,
based at 13 The Centre, Weston-super- Mare.
Here at “Life” we aim to be more than a book shop.
Yes we sell books,
cards and gifts, as well as daily Bible reading notes etc. But
this is not our sole purpose.
Come and visit us!
We look forward to welcoming you at “Life”!
Andrew, Lydia and Rob
MOTHER TERESA'S PRAYER
A prayer written on the wall in Mother Teresa's
home for children in Calcutta:
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and
self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish,
ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful
friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive
you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could
destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be
jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be
enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It
was never between you and them anyway.
A Psalm by David Sutton
I pray to God
I pray in quiet or aloud to Him to hear me
I turn to Him in times of trouble or distress
I worship him in praise and glory
And God hears me
He listens to me and answers me
He speaks to me
But he speaks in so many different ways
Lord your voice can be powerful
But it is often soft
And when I hear you Lord
You speak to me with wisdom and encouragement
Lord always when I falter you remind me
You remind me of the path I must follow
Of my need to pray to you
Thank you Lord God for being with me
Yesterday Today and Tomorrow
David Sutton :12th August 1940 - 2nd April 2012.