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
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
weeks Stay Connected Sheet pdf
Calendar July pdf Prayer
Calendar August pdf
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 www.huttonsomerset.org.uk
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 www.parsleybox.com
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 - 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!
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
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CARING and CONFIDENTIAL
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.
• 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
• 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.
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 -
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
“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
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
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.
Letter from the Right Reverend Peter Hancock, Bishop
of Bath and Wells
Building a sustainable and hopeful future
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
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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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
Ideas for families to do at home at times
GINGER AND CARROT SOUP WITH LIME
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,
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 to taste, and season with salt and pepper if necessary.
Chill in the fridge until very cold. Serve in bowls with a
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
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.
Milk (or substitute milk)
White sliced bread
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
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!
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3 Castle Carey
How did you do?