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Stay Connected 26th July 2020

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.

For Video Online Morning Services with Rev Anne Wilkins - Click Here

Dear friends,

I have lost count of the number of days since lockdown, but it is well over 100. So much has changed over that time for so many people. Some things for the worst and some for the good. Many of you have been shielding and are allowed out on 1st August. Perhaps you are overjoyed about that or maybe really anxious. Two messages keep coming out recently - firstly to be kind to each other because everyone will be dealing with things differently. It is all too easy to criticise and point the finger at what people are doing or not doing. As Christians we are in the business of showing love and kindness as well as empathy and compassion too.
'Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.' Colossians 3: 12

' Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians' 4: 32

This is not just to those within the church family but to those around us at home, our neighbours, friends and people in the community. Church is going to be different and the worship especially, which will need us to exercise kindness and patience. A lot of hard work has been done by the wardens to get everything ready and I have been thinking and praying about how best to do the worship. Please bear with us.

The second message that keeps coming out through talking with people in church, colleagues and organisations who I'm in touch with, is that people are feeling tired and lethargic. It's been a long haul of re-imaging ways of doing things and of learning quickly to do things differently. It is so much harder now than during total lockdown. We need to be aware of our tiredness and look after ourselves, to not feel guilty about it but instead to offer it to the Lord. He invites the tired and weary to Him anyway.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28 - 30

I myself am trying to pace myself as there is much to do. It's important to get a balance between rest and work, recreation and chores, doing and being. We are in a marathon and not a sprint.

So as we return to worship together in Hutton - approach it with kindness, patience and compassion and bring to the Lord your tiredness and lethargy and find your rest in Him.

With every blessing

See:    This weeks Stay Connected Sheet pdf         Prayer Calendar July pdf        Prayer Calendar August pdf

Church re-opening

St Mary’s Hutton is opening this Sunday 26th July for worship at 10am and then at 11am. There are a limited number of seats at each service due to social distancing. Because of this we are asking everyone to REGISTER EVERY WEEK to say that they are coming to either service. In order to do this please ring Phil Etchells on 814461 from 12noon – 5pm any day. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. The C of E strongly recommend the wearing of a face covering. Masks - if you need a mask and haven't got one, I have several - just phone or e-mail me. Anne

St Mary’s Hutton church building is open for private prayer on Thursdays 10am - 1pm. Each session is supervised and all seating is at a distance of 2 metres.

St Augustine’s Locking church building is open for private prayer on Thursdays 10am - 1pm. Each session is supervised and all seating ise at a distance of 2 metres.

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 where there is a list of volunteers available to help you for Hutton. 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

The Coach House pub in Locking is now open and welcoming back customers. You are required to use the sanitising stations located at all entrances and asked to keep 1 metre away from other customers and staff by following signs and floor markers. Following government guidelines every customer's details name and contact number will be taken at the door by a member of staff before being seated.

The Old Inn in Hutton is now open. We strongly advise that you book if you want to guarantee a table. Tel: 01934 812336 Please enter via the front door, where you will be allocated your seat by a member of staff. We ask you to exit via the back door! The rest of the guidelines will be explained clearly throughout the pub.

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 etc. also greeting cards. Catalogues can be dropped off if anyone needs them – Locking too. Please phone 01934 813716

Vicarage garden
Vicarage garden - 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

Peter Carr - it was with great sadness that we heard that Peter died peacefully last week, surrounded by his family. Peter was a very loved member of the church family and he will be greatly missed. We give thanks that he is no longer suffering and is now with his Lord. As we mourn his loss please pray for Ann his wife and for the whole family. We will inform everyone of the funeral details once we receive them.

Alex Robertson – Alex’s funeral will take place on Monday 3rd August at 9.30am at Weston Crematorium. The family have allocated spaces for friends, which are limited. If you wish to attend the service then please contact John Parfitt on 07538 470230. We would kindly ask that you only attend the crematorium if you have given your name to John. Please wear colourful clothing to the service and not black. If you wish to watch the service by live-streaming at home then please contact Anne by e-mail or phone and she will send you the link. We will hold a special memorial service for Alex as and when social distancing is relaxed. Do pray for Alex’s family – for Lorraine and Simon – and for all his friends and his church family as we all mourn his loss.

Daily Hope
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Collect for The Seventh Sunday after Trinity
Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of your great mercy keep us in the same; 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 week
Why not read the readings through slowly twice and before you do ask God to speak to you today. We are currently reading through Matthew and Luke

Sun 26th July - Matthew 13: 31 - 32 and 44 - 52
Monday 27th July - Luke 22.24–30
Tuesday 28th July - Luke 22.31–38
Wednesday 29th July - Luke 22.39–46
Thursday 30th July - Luke 22.47–62
Friday 31st July Luke - 22.63–end
Saturday 1st August July - Luke 23.1–12

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 each church as we open our doors for private prayer that many will come in and enjoy the peace and feel close to the Lord
• For Hutton church as we open for worship. That we would be filled with joy and thanksgiving and our hearts would be glad.
• For those who are watching our services online – especially those who do not usually come to church – pray that the Lord will be working in their lives.
• For the finances of each church as we are facing troubled times. Pray that Lord will provide for all our needs as He has done in the past.

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.

Nature Notes
While on holiday in Cornwall, and in an effort to avoid the weekend crowds at the beach we took a trip up onto Bodmin Moor. Above the parishes of St Breward and Blisland is an area of Common Land called Kerrow Downs, bisected by the De Lank river – a beautiful crystal-clear moorland stream the colour of amber due to the minerals in the rocks and soil. At Delford Bridge it is crossed by an old granite clapper bridge, and appeared to be a popular picnicking and paddling spot for local families. The dark peaty soil sparkled with quartz and mica fragments, and heath bedstraw, tormentil and the tiny blue ivy-leaved bellflower grew on the banks. Little side streams flowed down to join the main river. Dragonflies drifted lazily among the rushes and willow warblers were feeding on insects in small willow copses nearby. We walked across the common and discovered a Bronze Age settlement with hut circles half-hidden in the bracken; standing in the broken down walls it seemed incredible to think that these people were living here about 2000 – 1000 years before Jesus walked on earth.

Reading for 26th July 2020 - Matthew 13: 31 - 32 and 44 - 52

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

The Parable of the Net

47 “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.
48 When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.
49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous
50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51 “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.
“Yes,” they replied.
52 He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

Reflections on Matthew 13: 31 - 32 and 44 - 52

One of the things that I enjoy doing, have done it a lot and even now still find it fascinating, is making bread. I know some people love making it by hand, kneading the dough to get the gluten in the flour working, but I take the easier way and use a bread maker. The part I find intriguing is the action of the yeast. If you have ever looked at dried yeast, the grains are so small and tiny, but put with: warm water, sugar and flour, they start to ferment and produce carbon dioxide, causing bubbles in the dough, making it rise and become light and airy.
The yeast produces change and growth. Jesus knew this, as probably when he was a child he watched his mother Mary make bread. Jesus was also good at telling stories, or parables, which is a story with a meaning and today, we have five parables in a row.

This year, I have been planting seeds and watching the plants grow. It has given us all great joy at home - I had forgotten the taste of nasturtium leaves (quite peppery) and the tomatoes and runner beans are forming fruit and pods. Like the parable of the yeast, the parable of the mustard seed is all about growth. Jesus said that the Kingdom of Heaven is like two items which start off tiny, but grow. They grow so big so as to make bread rise and shelter birds of the air. In our lives, the effects of the Kingdom of Heaven will start small, but (if we let them) will grow and cause good change within us and also affect others around us (like the mustard seed and the birds of the air).

Though there quite often comes a time, when we know enough about the Kingdom of Heaven, which requires a personal response. The next two parables are a lovely illustration of this - treasure and pearl. One of the things that can happen to a person when they have encountered God in their life, is to have a feeling of overwhelming love and great joy flowing from this unconditional acceptance by God of themselves. This is the treasure beyond all other treasures. One has great joy and an overwhelming desire to want this in one’s life forever - but there is a cost - the man in the parable gave up everything for the ability to purchase the field containing the treasure - which won't disappoint or tarnish.

To reinforce the message, Jesus tells the parable of the pearl. Now, I'm not into pearls and probably wouldn't know a good one if I saw it - but this pearl merchant did; he went away, and sold everything he had and bought it. The Kingdom of Heaven is worth this much and so much more, its effects are life changing, not only to one's self, but to others around one, it is worth everything and will last for eternity.

This eternal consequence of having joyfully accepted the Kingdom of Heaven into one's life is shown in the last parable, The Net. This one is scary. At the end of time, there will be a sorting out of the good and the bad, the wheat and the weeds (which Anne talked about in last week's spiritual communion). Will this really happen? Yes, I believe it will. Those that know and love God and are known and loved by him will go to be with him forever in the new heaven and the new earth at the end of time. But those who rejected him and didn't allow the yeast of the Kingdom of Heaven to grow and change them will be sent to where God isn't, somewhere outside his kingdom.

My prayer and desire is that this won't be you. So I hope that the yeast of the Kingdom of Heaven is growing and flourishing in your life. If this isn’t you, then please don’t despair as Jesus is always there, waiting to enter in to your life and change you to be more like him. Ask him, he is trustworthy and true and will bring great joy. Amen.

Chris Wilkins

Letter from the Right Reverend Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells
Building a sustainable and hopeful future

One 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

The Bible Course
An eight-session course helping you explore the world's bestseller.

The Bible is a big and complicated book to read and for many it can be difficult to know where to start. Maybe you’ve been part of a Bible study group and want to build your confidence so you can study the Bible on your own, or maybe you need help connecting together the bits you’ve been reading. The Bible Course is a great resource, whether you are familiar with the Bible or just starting out.

• The Bible Course helps you see how the books of the Bible are part of one big story.
• Using a unique storyline, The Bible Course will show you how key events, books and characters fit together.
• The video teaching, course guide and daily readings will help you grow in confidence as you read the Bible for yourself.
• Acts as a great follow-on resource for those who have done introductory courses like Alpha and Christianity Explored.

Please get in touch with Anne if you would be interested in doing this course on Zoom using the video and following it with discussion.


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.

GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the 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 the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or 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 in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. By Max Ehrmann © 1927

The Journey Prayer – St Brendan
God, bless to me this day,
God bless to me this night;
Bless, O bless, Thou God of grace,
Each day and hour of my life;
Bless, O bless, Thou God of grace, Each day and hour of my life.
God, bless the pathway on which I go;God, bless the earth that is beneath my sole;Bless, O God, and give to me Thy love,O God of gods, bless my rest and my repose;
Bless, O God, and give to me Thy love, And bless, O God of gods, my repose.

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 a go?

My top 10 of likes/loves and what I've learned during lockdown.

Here is the list from Chris Wilkins. This is in no order of preference:
1. Having time to work on the Vicarage Garden and planting lots of flowering plants.
2. Planting runner bean seeds and little tomato plants and watching them grow and flower.
3. Producing Stay Connected, Morning Prayer and Spiritual Communion with Anne and receiving people’s feedback.
4. Clear skies and no aeroplane trails. Much less traffic noise.
5. Time to be with myself and my family.
6. Time to read books and do jig-saw puzzles.
7. Cycling more and driving less.
8. Turning off the alarm so it doesn’t go off in the morning.
9. Time to watch nature and listen to the birds.
10. Time to cook.

If you would like to share your list of your top 10 of likes/loves and what you've learned during lockdown, please contact us

Quiz - just for fun - no prizes - answers below!

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

Answers below

Ideas for families to do at home at times of isolation:

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, then
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 by
little to taste, and season with salt and pepper if necessary. Chill in the fridge until very cold. Serve in bowls with a swirl of
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

More ideas:

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.

Toast painting
You need
Milk (or substitute milk)
Food colouring
White sliced bread
paint brush

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
You need
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!

Quiz Answers
1. Watchet
2. Blue Anchor
3 Castle Carey
4 Street
5 Catcott
6 Edithmead
7 Locking
8 Worle
9 Wincanton
10 Westhay
11 Wellington
12 Banwell

How did you do?