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St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Hutton - News

Hutton, April 2018

Dear Friends

I am writing this on 6th March – when you read these words it will be April. The two things that I will remember about this year so far are the snow that we had last week and for me the number of funerals that I have had to take. At the end of this week I will have taken 8 so far this year and also 2 interments, one postponed due to the blizzard. At one point I was dealing with 5 and trying to liaise with families and plan the services. It has been a busy time, in fact I can’t ever remember having so many in such a short space of time. My colleagues from other parishes have had similar numbers. Funerals are something that are a part of my ministry to the parishes and are a real privilege, honour and responsibility to take. Each one is different as each person and family are different. Some are full of thanksgiving and even joy. Some are heavy and sad. Some are just numb and empty. For some death is a friend, for others it is an enemy who has taken their loved one. Others are full of hope.

Billy Graham, the famous evangelist died recently at the grand age of 99 years. He touched many lives and many people became Christians as a result of his preaching about Jesus Christ. Billy often spoke about heaven and his going there. ‘Some day you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.’ Billy Graham, like all Christians, viewed death as not being the end. Many people hope that there is something there. Many people think that we will be spirits that go somewhere else – but they are not sure. I don’t want to be a spirit that goes somewhere else.

As a Christian I base my hope in life after death on what we will celebrate at Easter. That Jesus died on the cross and then on that first Easter Day He rose from the dead. This is a historical fact that changed the world. Because of this event Christians know for sure various things. That there is a heaven. That we will be met by God there and see Jesus face to face. That we can go there, not because of who we are or believing that we are a good person, but because Jesus died for us. Billy Graham said ‘I’m counting totally and completely on the Lord Jesus Christ, and not on Billy Graham. I’m not going to heaven because I’ve read the Bible, nor because I’ve preached to a lot of people. I’m going to heaven because of what Jesus did.’ Also we will not be spirits but have a real resurrected body as Jesus did. Jesus said that He was the resurrection and the life and then He demonstrated this. The Easter message is for us all, because all of us will die. There is real hope and assurance for all who know and follow Jesus. Come along this Easter and find out more.

Happy Easter – Christ is risen!

Every blessing

See Notice Board for Whats's On this week - See Event Calendar for events this month

Messy Church

21st April and 19th May 2018
4 pm - 6 pm Hutton School hall

Lots of crafts, songs, story, active prayer and tea.

For more details call Mary Potter on 01934 812788
Parents and children come together for a great time.
To receive email information, please give your email address to
Mary Potter.

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

At the APCM on Tuesday 17thApril, 7.30pm we will be electing new members to the PCC.
We have vacancies this year and welcome new people. PCC members serve for 3 years.
You need to be on thechurch electoral roll, be over 16 years of age and a Communicant.
We also need people who are prayerful and who love the Lord and His church and want to see it grow in faith and numerically.
If you feel thatGod is calling you to serve the churchin this way then please see a Warden or PCC member to fill in a form.

Creative Prayer Days
at St Augustine's Locking

These will be on Wednesday 28th, Thursday 29th
March and then Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and Saturday 7th April.

There will be more reflective prayer in the green lounge (with music, bean bags,
a prayer wall, candles, pictures) and a Journey through Holy Week trail inthe church, which will take us
through the stages of Holy Week using objects and things to reflect on. There will also be a cross
covered in knitted flowers. Outside the Church Centre will be a large cross which is being planted
up by the Ark pre-school. It will be situated there during Holy Week and then moved to the Coronation
Garden for Easter Week. Do come along and try something new and take some time out for peace
and quiet and to draw close to God.

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
For further information or to arrange a lift from Hutton please contact Kay Cole Tel: 811424

Thurs 5th April – Tea and Chat
Thurs 19th April – Dave Bradley ~ ‘A Christian Copper’
Thurs 3rd May – Flower Arranging ~ Gillian Jones
Thurs 17th May – Hebron Lunch with Speaker
Thurs 31st May – Weston Hospice Tea Afternoon

Monthly Prayer Meeting

on Saturday 7th April at 10.00am in church.
All welcome.Subsequent meetings to be held on: Sat 5th May and Sat 2nd June

Drop in .. Drop Off

Saturday 7th April 10 til noon
Coffee morning & Raffle Hutton Village Hall
Drop in for coffee - Drop off your spare clothes
I n aid of Weston Hospicecare

Church Meal

Tuesday 22nd May The Old Inn, Hutton.
Menu with sign up sheet available inchurch after Easter.
Limited to 40 places!!

Easter Flowers

Our church always looks even more amazing once our
dedicated flower arrangers have been at work at Eastertime,
but as we all know this comes at a cost. Flowers are quite
expensive but it is a time when we can all contribute in some
small way. If you would like to give money in remembrance
of loved ones, or to celebrate an event, there will be a tin at the back
of church and a list for you to share the reason for your donation. This
will then be in church on Easter morning, another opportunity to give
thanks. Many thanks.

TAKE 5

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

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

Sunday Morning - Hutton Morning - Locking Evening
1st Holy Communion Family Service Hutton - Music & Meditation
2nd Morning Worship Holy Communion Hutton - Evensong
3rd Holy Communion Family Service Locking - Evening Prayer
4th Mattins Celebration Sunday followed by lunch Locking - Holy Communion
5th
Combined Service
None

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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 refreshments?
If yes, please see one of the wardens who would love to get you involved!

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 this
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 that your
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.

Prayer Cascade
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 board at

New Neighbours? Patch is the answer!
New neighbours will be visited by a local church member and will be
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.

PRAYER REQUESTS

If you would like personal prayer on any Sunday please ring Kay Cole 811424 to send a prayer request to the prayer cascade
or Virginia Hollis 708924 to arrange a visit.

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 if you
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 the
choir, cleaning, helping with refreshments? If yes, please see Anne or a
warden who would love to get you involved!

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.




BELL RINGING

We are a friendly group of people who meet in Hutton church on a Wednesday evening at 8pm.

Y ou 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.

Monday 16th October was a special occasion. It was the culmination of an ambition that our ringers had held since Hutton bells were re hung and augmented to 6 in 2010. We achieved our first quarter peal of 1260 changes with a local Hutton band. It has taken patience, training and a few disappointments to finally achieve our goal. For a band of more experienced ringers it would not have been a problem. We decided that trying to achieve our goal would coincide with Anne and Chris’s wedding and so the dedication of our quarter peal would go to them.
Ringers in order:- 1 Reece S Wilkinson, 2 Lauren Ashford, 3 Margaret Bailey,
4 Dave Baker, 5 John Boorman (C), 6 Colin J Hornett (2 first inside)

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 this.

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.

Desiderata - Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.