As you have probably already heard, in light of the Government restrictions imposed upon all Places of Worship during this second national ‘lockdown’ to help reduce the spread of Covid-19, all public services of worship (including all regular Sunday services at Alrewas, Fradley and Wychnor churches, and the Wednesday 10am Communion Service at Alrewas) are cancelled as from Thursday 5th November until the national lockdown restrictions have been lifted. (Although weddings are not allowed to take place, covid-secure funerals are allowed with a maximum of 30 mourners attending).
However, it is reassuring to know that during this lockdown period church buildings are allowed to be available for individual private prayer, and we are delighted that All Saints Alrewas and St Stephen’s Fradley will continue to be available daily for this purpose, during the times each one has established (after which relevant surfaces are all cleaned with anti-bacterial disinfectant).
We do hope that during this latest lockdown period, you will feel welcome not only to use our churches for personal prayer, but also to enjoy on-line worship resources which we will endeavour to continue to make available each week, through a variety of media including the on-line Parish Magazine, Facebook/You Tube and local social media, and church websites!
With love and blessings to you all,
St Stephen’s in Fradley Bulletin 8th November 2020
Firstly- a warm welcome!
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Please note that there will be no public worship in the church building until after 2nd December, pending restrictions being lifted. However, St Stephen’s Church is open 10am-3pm every day for private prayer
Please call in, stay awhile remembering the hygiene rules and keeping social distancing whilst there!
St Stephen’s now has the official NHS COVID19 App for Track & Trace.
Please log in when in the building if you have the app downloaded on your phone
The poppy features widely at this remembrance time. We began on 1st November with the Feast of All Saints when we celebrate all those in whose lives the Church has seen the grace of God most powerfully at work.
Then, a day later, on 2nd November -All Souls Day (The Commemoration of the Faithful departed) - is acknowledged. This day focuses on those whom we have known and loved but see no longer; those who have shaped our lives for good.
I have been watching the beacons of light shining on the top of the three spires of our Cathedral as it became dark on each evening. Entitled ‘Light in the dark’ it sent out a beacon of hope into the community.
And now we come to Remembrance Sunday when other issues come to the fore- war, peace, loss, damage, memory and forgetting. The poppy is the enduring symbol of remembrance. It continues to be sold worldwide to raise money and to rmember those who lost their lives in the 1st World War and subsequent conflicts. It is of course, a personal choice to wear one, but money raised helps and supports veterans and their families in all sorts of ways.
Coupled with the start of our second lockdown here in England and restrictions elsewhere in the UK and the poignant time of remembrance, we all face many more challenges. Some things are different this time – rules of meeting people may or may not be easier; our public worship has ceased but the church has not closed. Only its worship in the building has!
Please use the church for private prayer. It is cleaned daily by a wonderful team of volunteers who make it as safe as we can get it. In some ways, more is in place this time than when we were first in lock down in March. Please contact us for any support.
Our online worship will continue. Thank you to those who have told us how much it means to them whilst we work with the restrictions.
One hymn which is not included in our online worship tomorrow is one which is special to me. It is “God is love: let heaven adore hymn”. I have a particular affinity for it because of the second verse
“God is love and he enfoldeth all the world in one embrace;
with unfailing grasp he holdeth every child of every race.
And when human hearts are breaking under sorrow's iron rod,
then they find that self-same aching deep within the heart of God.”
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Remembrance Sunday 8th November
We continue with our Online Services. Today’s Service is especially for Remembrance Sunday and represents all three churches in the Benefice, with Alrewas Methodist Church and Alrewas Royal British Legion. It will be live on YouTube at 10am but should you wish to have the One-minute silence exactly at 11am please start the video at 10.45am. An Order of Service can also be downloaded.
The Collect for today
God, our refuge and strength,
bring near the day when wars shall cease
and poverty and pain shall end,
that earth may know the peace of heaven
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For the following weeks of lockdown there will be Online Worship available for each Sunday 15th, 22nd and 29th November.
Mondays 30th November, 7th December, 14th December 12 noon
On the 1st three Mondays in Advent there will be a short (30minute) service to include reading, prayers and some music and will be held by Zoom.
There will be an online link to access the service and an accompanying Service Booklet
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Harvest at Home – thank you very much to all our generous hosts who have entertained guests for harvest hospitality. And thank you to all who have participated. I know that much fun, chat and fellowship has happened across a table of food. £855 has been raised for Church Funds. A great effort!
Calling all cooks and chefs!
We thought it would be a good idea to put together a recipe book to sell in the spring to raise funds and demonstrating the wonderful culinary talent of our parishioners. Perhaps a Mother’s Day or Easter gift? I you have any favourite recipes please send us one. This could be a cake, pie, dessert, soup, curry, casserole anything at all! If it has a special meaning to you and you don’t mind sharing that then please write that down too.
We will start collecting in the New Year but if you have any delicious Christmas recipes then please send them in now. We look forward to reading them. Vanessa Wynn
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Walking to Bethlehem 3,173 miles!
This year several of us are making the journey, physically as well as spiritually to Bethlehem in time for the birth of Jesus. We continue our journey and the miles are adding up. An Online Carol Service ‘The Road to Bethlehem’ will mark our arrival in the week just before Christmas. More details later!
Update of our journey to Bethlehem
Supporting ‘Christmas Day Together’
Our collective miles so far amount to 1569
We have reached Bulgaria and are heading towards the city of Sofia
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Thank you to all who continue to support the Food Bank. There is even greater demand for assistance in the current crisis. Donations can now be left in Church. Their latest needs are:
Custard Instant Coffee Tinned fruit Rice pudding Jam
“We’re Good To Go” is the official UK mark to signal that we have follow Government COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. We have successfully applied for the ‘Good to Go’ Industry standard and this has been granted.
Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.
Mental wellbeing while staying at home
Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important if you are staying at home because of corona virus (COVID-19).
You may feel worried or anxious about your finances, your health or those close to you. Perhaps you feel bored, frustrated or lonely. It's important to remember that it's OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently.
Remember, for most of us, these feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you're helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.
There are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel if you're staying at home. Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it.
The government also has wider guidance on staying at home as a result of corona virus.
Get tips and advice on helping others struggling with their mental health.
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Warden: Mrs Frances Mayes, Blackenhall Lodge,
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