has been a very strange week and we are living in a very
different world it feels. Many of you will have heard the
government directive that churches must now close. In the
light of this St Mary's and St Augustine's churches will
be closed until further notice. We would ask that any key
holders do not go into the churches for whatever reason.
I will keep an eye on Locking to check the doors are locked
and the wardens will check the doors in Hutton. We will
not be going in. I know that this will be upsetting to many
but we must do as we are instructed. I have often said that
the church is not the building but that it is you and I
wherever we are. useful things so that you don't feel so
We have called this sheet 'Stay Connected' as during
this time we need to stay connected more than ever. Stay
Connected to each other by e-mail, delivered sheets, the
phone, skype - whatever works for you. Please email me
if you would like a Facetime call. Stay Connected with
the Lord every day - and we have much more time to spend
with Him now. We have produced services for you to use
each day if you wish. Many are lighting a candle every
evening at 7pm. Also on a Sunday please join me in lighting
a candle at 10am and using the Morning Prayer sheet. It's
a way of being together even if we aren't physically.
Thank you to all those who have helped in any way - we
can all pray and we can all have a chat with someone. Please
do contact me if you need help with shopping etc or you
know someone who does. Please be assured of my prayers for
you all every day and call me if you want to chat or for
a prayer over the phone. I would love to hear from you.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through
him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death
nor life, neither angels nor demons,either the present nor
the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor
anything else in all creation, will be able to separate
us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8: 37 - 39
With my love and prayers for you all.
See: Morning Prayer
Worship from Home
Collect for The Fifth Sunday of Lent:
Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection
of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we
may triumph in the power of his victory; 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.
Reading Isaiah 41 v 10 - 13 : which spoke
to us this morning bringing comfort and hope which we thought
we would like to share with everyone. Love and Blessings.
Maggie and Brian.
The VE Day event being organised at the
Parish Hall in Locking has been cancelled.
A message from Margaret McNerlin to all on their
We’ve lived through rationing and bombs when they
But were still here, our stories to tell.
But we're still here, our stories to tell.
Loneliness is a killer, so keep it at bay.
Pick up the phone, ring someone today.
To hear their voice, and hear what they say.
Will give them pleasure, and perhaps make their day.
We need interaction, we don’t need to touch.
To hear someone's voice, well it matters so much.
Go out in the garden, where there is plenty of space.
I wish you all well. And take heed what I’ve wrote.
I’m one of the oldies, and in the same boat.
Finances - we kindly ask that you all
continue to give to each church as we will have a much reduced
income due to lack of fees, collections, fund raising and
for Locking centre rent. Even though we are closed the Parish
Share, insurance and bills still have to be paid. If any
of you feel able to give a little more for this duration
then that would be wonderful and a great help. We are just
one of thousands of churches who are facing this situation.
Prayer Chain - If you need prayer for
yourself or another then there is a team of people ready
to pray. For Locking, please contact Christine Sceeny phone
822331 or for Hutton Kay Cole phone 811424 and they will
send out the prayer request.
Many of you know how much I love being out and about nature
watching. God’s world is amazing and always lifts
my spirits, so I have decided to share some of what I see
each week: I hope it blesses you too! In Canada Coombe the
bluebell leaves are growing well, soon to be joined by the
starry wood anemones, while on Windmill Hill the sweet violets
have been flowering since January; even their leaves are
scented. The blackthorns in the Old Banwell Road hedges
are covered in blossom, like a selective dusting of late
snow, and last week I saw my first two brimstone butterflies.
Hutton churchyard is awash with primroses and the scent
from the viburnum in my back garden greets me each time
I go out. Walking down Hutton Moor Lane recently three white
little egrets flew up together from the marsh, (aka ‘Superpond’),
and a kestrel was hunting over the remains of the airfield.
So much to see, so close to home! What can you see? ‘God
saw all that He had made, and it was very good’. Gen
1 v 31. Gillian
Foodbank Emergency Box Appeal
It has been a week like no other for all of us and the Foodbank
has been stretched to a whole new level. Offers of help
are coming all the time but it is very difficult to maximise
them at a time where we have to be mindful of avoiding overcrowding
and exhaustion. With that in mind I have put together a
Foodbank Emergency Box appeal, similar to the well know
Shoebox appeal. If your group, business, family or yourself
would like to be part of it, please let us know and we will
get empty boxes to you (we have several drivers available
for drop-offs). What we are asking is that you fill a box
or more with either the content of a single box or a family
box ready to be collected and then re-despatched directly
to our crisis outposts. We have stock to last us for a couple
of weeks but if boxes make their way to outposts, it will
free our depleted teams to serve the clients at the food
Thank you for your help , Frederique, Foodbank Manager
tel: 01934 708906 www.westonsupermare.foodbank.org.uk. As
an alternative to the above, 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.
Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death....
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours
in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
So we pray and we remember that...
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
'Tears may flow in the night, but joy comes in the
Brother Richard, of the Capuchin Franciscans
John 11: 1 - 45 New International Version - UK
The death of Lazarus
Now a man named Lazarus was ill. He was from Bethany, the
village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (This Mary, whose
brother Lazarus now lay ill, was the same one who poured
perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3
So the sisters sent word to Jesus, ‘Lord, the one
you love is ill.’
4 When he heard this, Jesus said, ‘This illness will
not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that
God’s Son may be glorified through it.’ 5 Now
Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when
he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed where he was two
more days, 7 and then he said to his disciples, ‘Let
us go back to Judea.’
8 ‘But Rabbi,’ they said, ‘a short while
ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going
9 Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours of
daylight? Anyone who walks in the day-time will not stumble,
for they see by this world’s light. 10 It is when
a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have
11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, ‘Our
friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to
wake him up.’
12 His disciples replied, ‘Lord, if he sleeps, he
will get better.’ 13 Jesus had been speaking of his
death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
14 So then he told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead,
15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that
you may believe. But let us go to him.’
16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest
of the disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die
Jesus comforts the sisters of Lazarus
17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already
been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less
than two miles from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come
to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their
brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she
went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
21 ‘Lord,’ Martha said to Jesus, ‘if
you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But
I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.’
23 Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’
24 Martha answered, ‘I know he will rise again in
the resurrection at the last day.’
25 Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and
the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though
they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never
die. Do you believe this?’
27 ‘Yes, Lord,’ she replied, ‘I believe
that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come
into the world.’
28 After she had said this, she went back and called her
sister Mary aside. ‘The Teacher is here,’ she
said, ‘and is asking for you.’ 29 When Mary
heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus
had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place
where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been
with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly
she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she
was going to the tomb to mourn there.
32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw
him, she fell at his feet and said, ‘Lord, if you
had been here, my brother would not have died.’
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come
along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit
and troubled. 34 ‘Where have you laid him?’
‘Come and see, Lord,’ they replied.
35 Jesus wept.
36 Then the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’
37 But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened
the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’
Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It
was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 ‘Take
away the stone,’ he said.
‘But, Lord,’ said Martha, the sister of the
dead man, ‘by this time there is a bad odour, for
he has been there four days.’
40 Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you
believe, you will see the glory of God?’
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and
said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me.
42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the
benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe
that you sent me.’
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice,
‘Lazarus, come out!’
44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with
strips of linen, and a cloth round his face.
Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and
let him go.’
45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary,
and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
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.
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