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St Mary the Virgin Parish Church, Hutton - News

Hutton, March 2018

Dear Friends

Do you like a good story? I was an only child and I would spend hours with my nose in a book going on some adventure or in some mystery. I loved the Swallows and Amazon stories, stories by Noel Streatfield and animal stories. I guess it was a means of escape. I still love reading and entering into another world. I also loved to read stories to the children when they were young – they usually wanted their favourite stories read over and over again. One has continued to love stories and is studying English Literature at university.

Stories come in two categories – fictional made up stories and real life, true stories. I love both. In my ministry one of the wonderful things is hearing people’s stories about their lives. This especially applies to older people when they tell me what they have done in their lives, the jobs they have done, how they met their husband and wife. It is always good to be reminded that older people were young people once upon a time. Sadly I also hear stories about people after they have died when people are putting together the tribute. I always hope that the person knew what their family thought of them and felt for them when they were still alive. It’s always a reminder to go home and tell my family how much I love them.

Every one of us has a story to tell – I wonder if you have ever told somebody your life story or have even written it down. It might come in useful one day and there might be things that your family don’t even know. You may have noticed that the Diocese of Bath and Wells has a new strapline – Living the Story. Telling the story. They are wanting to encourage all Christians to tell their story of how they found out about Jesus, how and when they made a commitment to Him and what difference has Jesus made in their lives. In both the churches of Hutton and Locking recently I have been asking people to tell their story to the whole congregation. This has been a wonderful and moving experience, to hear how God has worked in different ways. Some people have grown up as Christians while others came to faith later in life. Also during Lent we are doing a course to help everyone be able to share their story with others.

The most amazing and wonderful story is that of Jesus – it is a true story. The other amazing and wonderful thing is when Jesus’ story impacts out story and changes our lives. I wonder if Jesus is there in your story. There is an old hymn called Tell me the old, old story.

Tell me the old, old story
Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory,
Of Jesus and His love.
Tell me the story simply,
As to a little child;
For I am weak and weary,
And helpless and defiled.

Tell me the old, old story;
Tell me the old, old story,
Tell me the old, old story
Of Jesus and His love.

Tell me the story slowly,
That I may take it in -
That wonderful redemption,
God's remedy for sin.
Tell me the story often,
For I forget so soon;
The early dew of morning
Has passed away at noon

Tell me the old, old story;
Tell me the old, old story,
Tell me the old, old story
Of Jesus and His love.

Tell me the same old story
When you have cause to fear
That this world's empty glory
Is costing me too dear.
Tell me the story always,
If you would really be,
In any time of trouble,
A comforter to me.

Tell me the old, old story;
Tell me the old, old story,
Tell me the old, old story
Of Jesus and His love.

The story of Jesus is still relevant today. It is still speaking to people and changing lives. On 4th March we have a Songs of Praise in the village hall. Part of that afternoon will be listening to the story of Revd Dr Hartmut Kopsch – and how the story of Jesus changed His life and that of His family. Do come along and hear it! May His story be your story this Lent and Easter!

Every blessing

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

Messy Church

March 17th
“Messy Detectives”
Come and meet Shyone and Whatsup
4pm – 6pm
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
April 21st “Messy Detectives”, who will be appearing
for the last time, 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!

Lent Lunches

This year we are holding LENT LUNCHES as shown below.
Money raised is going to: 'More than Food', a project within
Foodbank that aims to provide cookery classes for
families and more importantly meals for children during school holidays who
receive free meals during term time and Christian Aid. Please do invite neighbours and friends. A good
opportunity to enjoy friendship and raise money for those less fortunate than ourselves

Tues 6th March: 12 to 1.30pm, 19 Weston Way Kay and John Cole
Thurs 15th March: 11.30am to 2pm, Hebron Fellowship Hebron Fellowship
Sat 24th March: 12 to 1.30pm, St Marys Church St Marys Church

Charity Quiz Night

in St Augustine’s Church Hall, Locking
Saturday 3rd March 7.30 p.m.
In aid of Weston Hospicecare and
St. Augustine’s Church tower repair fund
Question Master Cliff Dumbell
£2.00 per person — teams of 6 max.

Tickets available from: Church Office 822857 or Cliff Dumbell 823099
Bring your own food and nibbles, coffee and tea will be available at half time!

Mothering Sunday

11th March 10am
With crafts for the children
Do come along and bring your family and friends.
Everyone welcome.
Flowers for all the ladies.
For more details call Mary Potter on 812788

Monthly Prayer Meeting

on Saturday 3rd March at 10.00am in church. All welcome.
Subsequent meeting to be held on Sat 7th April

Men’s Breakfast

Saturday 10th March 9.00am at
St Augustine’s Church Centre, Locking.
Bring a friend! All men welcome.
To book your place, please contact Chris at the Benefice Offic

Creative Prayer Days

St Augustine’s Locking
These prayer days will be held on: Wednesday 28th,
Thursday 29th March, Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and
Saturday 7th of April in the Church and the Church Centre.
This will be an opportunity to try different types of prayer
including: Journey through Holy Week (in church) along
with prayer and quiet in the Green Lounge.
Come and give it a go!

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
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 please contact Kay Cole Tel: 811424

March 2nd: 10 am Women’s World Day of Prayer Milton - Methodist Church, 2 Milton Hill, W-s-M BS22 9RA.
March 15the: Hebron Lent Lunch with speaker - Hebron Fellowship, Main Road, Hutton
March 29th: Tea and chat - Green Room Locking Church Centre

Men’s Breakfast

Saturday 10th March 9.00 am
At St Augustine’s Church Centre, Locking.
Bring a friend.
All men welcome.
To book your place, please contact:
Benefice Office ~ Tel: 01934 822857
(answer phone out of office hours)

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 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
Combined Service


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!


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.


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 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 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.


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


all welcome, practices most Thursdays at 7pm, contact Eric 813716


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” 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


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.