St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Hutton - News
Hutton, December 2018
Christmas is creeping up on us good and fast.
It’s about 6 and a half weeks away – not that I’m
counting. Although I am because there is a lot to prepare and
also I am looking forward to all the family coming home. One
of the events that we are planning at the moment is ‘Follow
the Star’. We are inviting as many people as possible
to put a star in their front garden for the weekend of 15th
and 16th December. It can be a bought one or home-made. You
don’t have to have children in the house to do this. You
can then register your star and we will produce a map for you
to go on a star hunt and see how many you can find. Hopefully
many people will join in the fun!
Unlike the wise men in the nativity account, most
people don’t follow the stars today, though all people
follow something. It might be a sport, a football team, a hobby,
a pop star or group, others follow famous people – the
stars of today. Some people follow TV programmes – soaps
or Bake –Off or Strictly. Or you may be ‘a dedicated
follower of fashion.’ The thing is that we all like to
have things that we take an interest in and which we try to
find out about and even get involved with. We are all followers
of something, even if we don’t admit it.
wonder what or who you are following this Christmas? Are you
following the god of greed and consumerism or are you following
the way of doing things simpler. I am going to really try to
do Christmas differently this year and buy gifts carefully,
shop locally, be greener. I don’t want it all to be about
gifts that people don’t want and feeling as stuffed as
the turkey on Christmas Day due to eating too much. Because
that’s not what Christmas is all about. Christmas is about
being with people who are precious and being generous to those
in need. Christmas first and foremost is about Christ –
it’s about rejoicing that God has sent Himself to the
world out of love for us. He knew that we needed Jesus to sort
out our mess – and at the moment the pile of mess seems
to be growing!! Christmas is about celebrating the fact that
we are loved by God and that the greatest gift we will ever
be given is the gift of new life in and through Jesus. Ask yourself
this Christmas – who or what am I following? I pray that
you will choose to follow Jesus – He’s the real
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful
This Christmas we are going to be using the Church
of England theme of Follow the Star. As part of this we are
doing two events -
Find the Star - where we are inviting everyone in the parish
to have a star in their front garden. The star can be bought
or made, lit or unlit.
Please register your involvement at the Benefice office by Dec
7th. We will then produce a map of where you can find all the
stars on the
weekend of 15th and 16th December. These maps will be available
from church, school or the Mustard Seed café. See how
many you can
find. You don't need children in the family to take part in
this. The second event is the Night of Stars where we are hoping
to have a large lit star on the church or in front of it on
Friday, 21st December. Locking church will be doing the same
events in their parish. Do get
involved and have fun in finding the stars. Anne.
See Notice Board for
Whats's On this week - See Event Calendar
for events this month
Saturday 15th Dec ~ Messy Christmas
4pm – 6pm in Hutton School hall.
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 be 26th Jan, in Hutton
To receive email information, please give your email address
to Mary Potter.
St Mary's Church 5.00pm Monday 24th December
Bring an orange to make your Christingles
All children and families welcome
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
Saturday 23rd December 6pm
St Mary’s Church Hutton.
All Welcome to enjoy your favourite carols!
THE ALPHA COURSE
Have you got questions about life and faith?
you want a safe place to ask questions about being
a Christian? Then come and join us for a informal
time together to explore the big questions of life.
The course starts on 24th January at 10am in Locking Church
Everyone is welcome. To book your place call 823556
with Fish & Chip Supper
Friday 8th February 2019 at 7.30pm
Hutton Village Hall
BYO Drinks and glasses - Alternative menu available
£7.50 per person
Tickets available from from Kay Cole, 811424, Mustard Seed and
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
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
||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 - Locking
Church Centre. Mondays at 10am. Contact Hazel Hobden on
Tuesday Morning Home Group
- Tuesdays at 10am at 34 Vereland Road, Hutton. Contact
Virginia Hollis on 708924
Vicarage Home Group - Wednesdays
at 7.30pm at The Vicarage, The Green, Locking. Contact Chris
20 Old Banwell Road - Wednesdays
at 7.30pm at 20 Old Banwell Road, Locking. Contact Tony
Coles on 822678
The Green Lounge –
Locking Church Centre. Tuesdays at 10am. Contact Contact
Julie Hardy on 824575
77 Elm Tree Road. Thursdays
at 7.30pm. Contact Chris Sceeny on 82233
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 six trained Lay Pastoral Assistants, Jean Eldridge
(811346), Sue Orton (07449 330036), Jackie Williams (626833),
Kay Cole (811424), Chris Wilkins (823556) 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
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.
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.
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
Ringers in order:- 1 Reece S Wilkinson, 2 Lauren Ashford, 3
4 Dave Baker, 5 John Boorman (C), 6 Colin J Hornett (2 first
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
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
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
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and
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
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
you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to
And whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion
keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.