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August Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas news
Methodist Church News
Fradley news

Wychnor News
Contact details
Message from the Vicar.......

Alrewas News

   Services In August
       at All Saints 


     Sunday 4th August  
8am Holy Communion BCP
      10am First Sunday Summer Songs of Praise 

Wednesday 7th August - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 11th August
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion

Wednesday 14th August- 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 18th August
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion  

Wednesday 21st August - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 25th August
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am  Sung Communion 

Wednesday 28th August - 10am Holy Communion


The Transfiguration of Jesus is celebrated on 6th August.  The event is described in all three of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 17:1–8Mark 9:2–8Luke 9:28–36).  In all three versions it comes soon after Peter’s declaration that Jesus is the Messiah and acts as a further revelation of the identity of Jesus as the Son of God.  The event is also possibly alluded to in the Fourth Gospel: “...We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  (John 1:14).  It is also referred to in the second epistle of Peter (2 Peter 1:16–18).
What was the Transfiguration?
The Transfiguration is thought to have taken place on Mount Hermon which was some 14 miles north of Caesarea Philippi.  Jesus took Peter, James and John up the mountain with him and there he was “transfigured” before them: “His face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light” (Matthew 17:2).   The Greek word which we translate as “transfiguration” is “metamorpho” which means to change into another form. It also means to change the outside to match the inside and in the case of Jesus it means to match the outside with the reality of the inside.  Jesus’ divine nature was “veiled” in human form and the transfiguration was a glimpse of that glory.
Why did Moses and Elijah appear?
Moses and Elijah appeared on the mountain and were seen talking to Jesus.  Their appearance was highly significant as they represented the two principal components of the Old Testament – the Law and the Prophets. 
Moses was equated with the Old Testament law that God had given to his people on Mount Sinai. Jesus had come both to fulfil the law and to do what it could not do; provide an answer to the problem of sin.  The law pointed out the problem of sin but not how to deal with it.   Jesus’ death on the cross provided that solution.   Elijah was considered the greatest of the prophets and his appearance testified that Jesus was the fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy.  The prophet Malachi (4:5-6) had promised the return of Elijah before the “Day of the Lord”.
What did the Transfiguration mean?
Peter’s suggestion of building three shelters for Jesus, Moses and Elijah shows a desire to prolong the experience of the transfiguration.  This shows him to be focussing on the wrong thing.  As a seeming rebuke to Peter, a theophany occurs: "A cloud appeared and covered them… A voice came from the cloud saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”  Moses and Elijah were talking to Jesus about his “departure” (Luke 9:31) and the experience of the Transfiguration is meant to point forward to the sufferings Jesus is about to experience.  It was intended to strengthen the disciples’ faith, revealing to them in a powerful way how the hand of God was at work in the events Jesus would shortly undergo, including his death.
The Transfiguration also echoes the teaching that Jesus gave (as in Matthew 22.32) that God is not the God of the dead but of the living.  Although Moses had died and Elijah had been taken up to heaven many centuries before (2 Kings 2.11) they are seen as being alive in the presence of God, implying that the same return to life is available to all who face death and have faith in God.
The importance of the Transfiguration
The Transfiguration is a pivotal moment in the gospel narratives.  The setting on the mountain is presented as the point where human nature meets God: the meeting place for the temporal and eternal, with Jesus as the connecting point.  Here Jesus acts as the bridge between heaven and earth, a role he continues to play for us today.
                                                              Helen Mullins

The Bank Pop-In

Did you know that The Bank Coffeehouse hosts a Pop-In on the first Wednesday of every month between 9 and 10.30am?  If you fancy some company and a chat, do come along and sit at one of the meet-up tables. It’s fine to come on your own and is a great opportunity to share interests and experiences over a cuppa!  

This has been organised in conjunction with Alrewas Surgery's PPG (Patient Participation Group).

               August         8am                                
4th        Norman Hunt
11th      Sheila Pennell
18th      Helen Newman 
25th      Norman Hunt 
               August         10 am                                
4th       Elizabeth & Colin Cox
11th     Viv Wilmer & Jenny Jenkins
18th     Nick & Pauline Kilford
25th     R Hailwood & Pam Foster
Alrewas        Altar Flowers August                                       
4th         Mrs S Billington   
11th       Mrs C Kirkland
18th       Mrs B Walker
25th       Miss P Foster

Coffee Rota - August

4th        Nikki Burns
11th      Viv Wilmer     
18th      Maureen Johnson
25th      Helen Bacon
A warm welcome awaits you. Come and join us to share tea and biscuits, fellowship and fun!
Bring along whatever craft project you are working on or come along to be inspired by other people's handiwork!
Call Sally on 01283 790486 for more information.

All Saints Pastoral Care Team

Are you, or is someone you know facing difficulties? Would you like someone to talk to? Our Pastoral Care team can offer a listening ear and support. For more information please contact Rev. John Allan 01283 790486 or Julie Willis 01283 791719 or see the church website for more details

Dementia Friendly Coffee Mornings

Please come and join us at our coffee mornings for anyone with Dementia or related illnesses and their carers.
A very warm welcome will be given to all.                                                                    
It is a chance for you to relax and to talk and to get support
It’s at The British Legion, Rykneld St
on the first and third Tuesday of each month,
10-30 am to 12-30 pm.

Ring Maureen on 01283 790381 for more information
Alrewas Bridge Club

We meet each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
at the Royal British Legion at 2pm
Visit our website for more details

Alrewas Surgery News

For the latest news from the surgery please click on the following link

The over 50's Club

Do come and join us at our Club which is held at the British Legion on alternative Tuesdays.

 A friendly welcome will be given to all over a cuppa and a chat. Phone Yvonne on 791623 for more details

Alrewas Parish Council
The Parish Council have updated their website to a more phone friendly version. It contains lots of information about the Parish Council as well as what’s going on in Alrewas, including the Village News and the Village Directory where you can get links to all the village organisations and businesses as well as add your own.

Click on the link below to go to the website
Whist Drives
Welcome to our regular whist drives which are held on alternate Thursdays in the Methodist Hall at 2pm. Dates for August are the 1st, 15th and 29th.
Just £1 to include refreshments. We are a friendly club and newcomers are always welcome! Contact Georgina on 01283 790713 for more info.


 comes to Alrewas from 9.30 am to 12.30pm on Fridays 2nd, 16th and 30th of August and is parked in Post Office Road

Keeping fit in Alrewas

Barrie's Fitness class
Each Monday (except bank holidays)
From 10 to 11am in the Methodist Hall cost £3 contact Barrie on 01543 418242

Extend Class
Each Thursday from 10.00 to 11.00 am in the Methodist Hall
organised by Marilyn Feathers
Contact her on - 01283 791842

Otogo Class
Each Thursday from 11.15 to 12.15 in the Methodist Hall
organised by Marilyn Feathers

Move it or lose it
Exercise for the over 60's
All exercises are seated or standing
Every Tuesday 1pm til 2pm  in the Methodist hall followed by tea, coffee and biscuits. £4
Contact Cat Stuart 07973 819629

Art in Alrewas

Sylvia's Art Group meet each Wednesday at  10.30 til 12.30 and also 1.30pm til 3.30 at 30 Wellfield Road (except school holidays)
Check out Sylvia's workshops at:

Delyse's Art Group meets each Wednesday at 2.00pm in the Alrewas Scout Hut
William IV Road contact her on 01283 790832

Deadline for the September issue

If you would like anything included in the next issue then please email or ring 01283 791941
by Monday 26th August.
If you would like to subscribe and have this Parish News delivered straight to your inbox then please click on link below and enter your details.
Minister: Revd Joanna Thornton 01543 253744
61 Burton Road, Streethay, Lichfield WS13 8LR  email:  
Steward: Mrs Pam Handscomb 01543 257594
Bookings: Mr John Henley 01283 752016
Services in August
4th - 10.30am - Morning Worship led by Rev Jo Thornton

11th - 10.30am - Morning Worship led by Mrs Ann Seaton

18th - 10.30am - Communion service led by Rev Roger Cresswell

25th - 10.30am - Morning Worship led by Rev Dr Robert Bates

Afternoon Drop-in
Mondays from 2pm (except bank holidays)
A welcome to all for a chat and refreshments

Prayer Time
We shall not be meeting as a group during August, but please keep on praying!
The next time we meet will be on Sept 2nd at Alrewas Methodist Church

Please ring Jo Thornton or John Allan for details

There will be no Messy Church in August but we will resume in September

Alrewas Messy Church and Little Fishes toddler group are joint ventures between All Saints Church and Alrewas Methodist Church as we seek to share God's love with our village.

Come and join us at Alrewas Methodist Church on Wednesdays during term time. 9.15-11.15 am

We are closed for the school holidays. We will be returning on September 4th

Ring or text Helen
on 07515 940060 to find out more

Fradley News
St Stephen’s, Fradley

Services in August

Sunday 4th August
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am All Age worship with The Music Group
Sunday 11th August
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 18th August
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 25th August
10.30am Family Communion
Messy Church resumes in September!

Find us on Fradley St.Stephen

Fradley Open Gardens

Saturday and Sunday 22/23 June proved to be a fine weather weekend for Fradley’s first ever Open Gardens event.  11 Fradley gardeners had worked hard to showcase their beautiful gardens and there was no shortage of visitors to come and admire them.   Included a wild life garden, art and craft garden, hen garden, immaculate lawn garden, wash house garden, small cosy gardens to large spacious gardens many with home grown produce to whet the appetite.  This required a visit to St. Stephen’s church to savour the ploughman’s lunches, home made cakes, scones and biscuits while listening to some glorious music by U3A and church groups and watching Ryknild Rabble morris dance their way around the village.  Visitors came from all over the Midlands and a magnificent £5000 was raised to support St. Stephen’s Church plus other local charities which included a generous donation from Bellway and grant from Fradley Parish Council. 

The ‘Ecclesiastical Embroidery Group’ of St. Stephen’s church had two ‘open sessions’ on Friday 12th and Sunday 14th July, for people to view the Jap goldwork and silk floss embroidery completed under the tutelage of Ruth Chamberlin. The group displayed their ‘samplers’ showing work done in laid stitch, couching, trellis stitch, satin and long and short stitching in silk floss. Also, goldwork showing the use of brick stitch, basket stitch and raised gold including kid. The group enjoyed explaining the specialist techniques of using gold thread and how the different stitches are used to create different effects. There was also a display of designs for burses and veils created by Ruth, that the group will be sewing over the next year. Ruth explained the symbolism behind her designs, and the significant to the ecclesiastic year. The group are hoping to display the completed samplers and some bursers and veils next year.

Thoughts from Fradley
Not strictly true as I'm in France not Fradley at the moment! On Sunday I was a little 'mardy' with God so to let Him know about it, I did no religious activities. Lying on a sunny beach on a Sunday afternoon was lovely.  Crowds of locals began to fill up the bay and mostly we were all lying down reading or sunbathing.  THEN A KLAXON pierced the silence and we all stood up to see lifeguards sprinting to rescue 'un homme.
The KLAXON got everyone's attention. 

The following day I read the daily bible reading I'd deliberately missed:


A meeting in the air
Monday 1st July 2019
'We who are still alive... will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord.' 1 Thessalonians 4:17 TLB

The Living Bible describes Christ's return this way: 'For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a mighty shout and with the soul-stirring cry of the archangel and the great trumpet-call of God. And the believers who are dead will be the first to rise to meet the Lord. Then we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever. So comfort and encourage each other with this news' (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 TLB).

The second coming of Christ will be inaugurated by the trumpet blast of the archangel. Cemeteries and seas will give up their dead. 'Christ...will appear a second save those who are eagerly waiting for him' (Hebrews 9:28 ESV). The event will be witnessed by all humanity. 'Every eye will see him' (Revelation 1:7 NKJV). From Adam to the baby born as the trumpet sounds, every one of us will witness the moment. But not everyone will welcome it: 'The signal of my coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning all around the earth' (Matthew 24:30TLB).

You don't go to Heaven by chance, you go by choice. And God will honour your choice. Those who acknowledge Christ as their Saviour will arise to celebrate the greatest family reunion of all time. Are you going to Heaven? If you're not sure, don't let this day end until you put your trust in Christ and accept him as your Lord and Saviour.



                                                                              Dave and Vanessa

Many thanks to everyone donating stamps, coins and keys for Guide Dogs for the Blind. We are just £800 off our target of £2,500, so please keep collecting and donating. We will be having a fundraising BBQ on Sunday 1st September at ‘Haybrook’, Brookhay Lane, Fradley. Tickets are £10, all dogs welcome. Contact Jenny Watts on 07368427907 or Marian Derry on 07957844710.

Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in August
  11th August             11.30am – Holy Communion

 25th August              11.30am – Family Service


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Church Contacts

Vicar:                        Revd Preb John W Allan.  Email:
                                 The Vicarage, Church Road, Alrewas, Burton on Trent DE13 7BT        01283 790486

Associate Minister:   Revd Elizabeth Wall          Email:
                                 Gaia Cottage. 15 Gaia Lane, Lichfield. WS13 7LW                                01543 254891

Reader                      Mrs Carole Ellis
                                  49 Heritage Court, Lichfield                                                                    01543 254448

Reader                      Dorothy Giles       Email:                                01827 820218


Wardens:                  Mr Ian Kirkland, 29 Micklehome Drive                  01283 790622 
                         Mr John Feathers,                                                                                  01283 791842
Assistant Warden:    Mr Edward Gould                                                                                    07896 929113
PCC Secretary:       Ms Laura Jacks,                                                                                      07904 774589
PCC Treasurer:       Mr Nick Kilford,                                                                                        07912 359237
Organists:                 Mr David Hall and Mr Chris Greenhalgh
Captain of Ringers:  Mr David Hall                                                                                          01283 792464
Church Flowers:       Mrs E Newton,                                                                                        01283 790281
Pastoral Care:          Mrs Julie Willis,                                                                                       01283 791719
Children's society:    Mr and Mrs Peter & Lynn Lerigo,                                                            01283 791544

St Stephen's, Fradley
Warden:                  Mrs Cindy Davies 85 Church Lane                                                          01283 790317 
PCC Secretary:      Mrs Jenny Summers 12 Bailye Close, Streethay, Lichfield WS13 8LD   01543 263359
PCC Treasurer:      Mr Nick Kilford                                                                                          07912 359237
Altar Flowers:         Mrs Elaine Lloyd, 34 Long Lane                                                               01283 790655

St Leonard's, Wychnor
Warden:                  Mrs Frances Mayes, Blackenhall Lodge,
                               The Green, Barton under needwood                                                        01283 713058
PCC Secretary:      Mrs Jackie Coates, Keeper's House, Wychnor                                        01543 473173
PCC Treasurer:     Mrs Karen Mercer, Hill Farm, Wychnor                                                     01283 791515

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