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October Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas News
Methodist Church News
Fradley News
Wychnor News
Contacts
Message from the Vicar.......

“The Harvest of Our Lives”

 
 
     As the farming community is nearing the end of harvesting this autumn, and the season of Harvest Thanksgiving in our churches is also underway in September and now October, I found myself recollecting the following anecdote from a (comparatively large!) church in the United States:
 
There are 560 members in our church
But 100 are frail and elderly
That leaves 460 to do all the work
But 74 are young people at university
That leaves 386 to do all the work
But 150 are tired businessmen
So that leaves 236 to do all the work
And 150 are housewives with children
That leaves 86
A further 46 have other important interests
That leaves 40 to do all the work
But 15 live too far away to come regularly
So that leaves 25 to do all the work
And 23 say they have done their bit.
So that leaves you and me
And I’m exhausted.
Good luck to you!
 
If this strikes you as a strange sort of story to connect with the festival of Harvest Thanksgiving, let’s stop and consider what typically happens – we come to church usually bringing a harvest-related gift in our hands (perhaps a tin of food, a basket of goods, or a selection of flowers) which serves both as a visible sign of all the food and good things God blesses us with throughout the year, and also is something which can be genuinely shared with others to extend God’s blessing to those in need around us.  And that’s a perfectly valid and meaningful way to join in the life of the worshipping community at harvest-time.
 
However, at the very same time, along with the tins and packets of food, are you aware of the many other gifts you are bringing in to Church which wonderfully reflect the talents and abilities God has given to you personally, which could also serve as visible signs of the wonderful way God has blessed you and, if offered and shared with those around you, could truly bless the members of our local churches and the communities they serve? So often I experience people who come to church either not recognising the many gifts and talents they have to offer, or discounting their gifts  (’I’m sure lots of people are so much better at doing this than I am, so I won’t offer myself’) and de-skilling themselves, which sadly deprives everyone of the personal gifts God has given you to build up the community of Christ, and can too easily result in the scenario suggested in the anecdote outlined above!
 
In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says these famous words – “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (9:37-38). Please note – the lack of available workers is not suggesting that in the church there are only  a ‘select few’ who are ministers with gifts to use and share – for the truth is, each one of us is a minister whom God has entrusted with a variety of gifts to share with, and for, the Christian family to strengthen and enhance its outreach of love and service. The real question is, do we believe and live out that truth in our lives?
 
As each of us gives thanks to God for the harvest of food he has provided for us to enjoy and to share, may we also experience a fresh awareness, and willingness, to use the many wonderful God-given gifts which are inside of you and me, for the benefit of others and to glorify God!
 
                         Your Vicar and friend,    John Allan

Alrewas News
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   Services In October
       at All Saints 

 

Wednesday 2nd October - 10am Holy Communion
   
     Sunday 6th October  
    
8am Holy Communion BCP
      10am First Sunday All Age Praise

Wednesday 9th October - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 13th October
    
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion

Wednesday 16th October - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 20th October
       
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion  

Wednesday 23rd October - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 27th October
       
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am  Sung Communion 


Wednesday 30th October - 10am Holy Communion

 


ABRAHAM – FOUNDER OF A NATION
The story of Abraham

 
The story of Abraham begins in Chapter 12 of the Book of Genesis.  When we meet him (then called Abram) he was living with his wife Sarai in Ur in the land of the Chaldeans, which was probably situated in what is now southern Iraq. At the age of 75 he was called by God to leave his homeland and travel to the land of Canaan.  At the time of his calling, Abram was promised three things by God: land “Go from your country… to the land I will show you” (Gen 12.1); descendants; that he would become a “great nation” (Gen 12. 2) and blessing “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse” (Gen 12.3).

The Bible records “So Abram went” (Gen 12.4); a remarkable act of faith as Abram was shown no sign or miracle, nor did he have any scriptures or traditions on which to draw.  Yet despite his faith and trust, Abram did query how he could be the father of a nation as he had no child to inherit. Sarai had less faith than Abraham and could not believe God’s promise that she could conceive in her old age. Thus, at her suggestion, Abram fathered a child with Sarai’s Egyptian maid, Hagar.  This was not an uncommon practice in the culture of the time as having a large family and many descendants with loyalties of kinship was very important.  This child was Ishmael and it is through him that Islamic descendants trace their origins.  Indeed, Abraham is recognised as the father of the three great monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

When Abraham was 99 years old God appeared to him and made a covenant with him.  His name would change from Abram to Abraham, meaning “father of many” and God tells him that “I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants….The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants…” (Gen 17.7-8).  In return for this, God commanded that Abraham and his descendants must also keep this covenant “and walk before me faithfully” (Gen 17.1) and as a sign of this all males must be circumcised.  God also made Sarai part of this covenant, despite her initial lack of faith, and changed her name to Sarah, meaning “princess”.

Sarah did conceive and bore a son, Isaac.  Abraham’s trust and obedience to God had been rewarded.  However, the ultimate test of his faith came when he was told by God to sacrifice Isaac (Gen 22). The level of faith he displays is astonishing; he takes his son, as directed, up a mountain and prepares to offer him up to God.  At the very last minute, God intervenes by providing a ram to be slaughtered so that Abraham does not have to sacrifice his son. This provision of a substitute sacrifice points towards an event many centuries later when God does allow the sacrifice of his only son - the ultimate substitute for our sins. But for Abraham the test of obedience is complete and God again re-states his promises to him of land, descendants and a blessing.

The significance of Abraham
By Chapter 11 of Genesis, Adam’s descendants had moved eastwards to Shinar and settled there, where they conspired to build a city and a tower (the Tower of Babel) which would be tall enough to reach heaven.  As punishment God confused them by causing them to speak different languages; previously “the whole world had one language and a common speech” (Gen 11.1).  God also “scattered them over the face of the whole earth” (Gen 11.9).

With the calling of Abraham, we see the beginning of the special place of Israel in God’s plan for mankind.  God selects one man from the displaced peoples – Abraham – and promises to make him a great nation.  God has now selected his chosen people who will live in his promised land.  He has made promises to Abraham, but Abraham and his descendants must also make, and keep, a covenant with God.  The story of Israel begins with the Patriarchs – the fathers of the nation - Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 

                                                              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).

All Saints Church Choir

Would you like to join our church choir?
Our choir, involving children and adults, help to support the singing at our Sunday 10:00am Communion services and helps to lead special services such as Christmas.

We meet for practise in Church on Friday nights from 7.00 pm till 8.00 pm. New singers warmly welcomed.

For further details, please contact David Butcher on 01283 791032.


HYMN WRITERS AND THEIR HYMNS
CHARLES WESLEY 1707 - 1788

 
Charles Wesley was born in Epworth, Lincolnshire, the son of Anglican cleric Samuel Wesley and his wife Susanna and the younger brother of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.  Charles took his degree at Christ Church, Oxford and after graduating with a master’s degree in classical languages and literature he was ordained into the Anglican church in 1735.  He was a prolific hymn writer and is said to have written no less than 6,500 hymns celebrating many different occasions in his life – his marriage, an earthquake panic, the rumours of a French invasion and even the defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden!  In 1749 he married Sarah Gwynne.  It was a happy marriage and his wife often accompanied him on his evangelistic journeys. Unlike his brother, Charles always considered himself an Anglican. When he died, aged 80 years, on 29 March 1788 he was buried in the graveyard of his local parish church.
Wesley’s more famous hymns include:
                                       Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
                                    Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
                                         Rejoice, the Lord is King
                               Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending
    ALREWAS SIDEPERSONS
               October         8am                                
6th      Norman Hunt
13th      Sheila Pennell
20th      Helen Newman 
27th    Norman Hunt 
 
      ALREWAS SIDEPERSONS 
               October         10 am                                
6th       Christine & Ian Kirkland
13th     Elizabeth & Colin Cox 
20th     Viv Wilmer & Jenny Jenkins
27th     Nick & Pauline Kilford

 
Alrewas Altar Flowers October                                      
6th         Mrs B Newall   
13th       Mrs J Hodgkinson
20th       Mrs J Tams
27th       
Coffee Rota - October

6th        Nikki Burns
13th       Lyn Lerigo     
20th      Sassi Ward
27th     Jenny Jenkins 


All Saints Church Alrewas secures National Lottery funding

Today the All Saints Church benefice in Alrewas, which includes St Stephen’s Church in Fradley and St Leonard’s Church in Wychnor, has received a grant of £26,600 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for an exciting project, ‘The Pilgrim Way Church Trail’. Made possible thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to create a church trail from St Leonard’s Church in Wychnor to Lichfield Cathedral. It will follow an ancient trail identified as ‘Pilgrim Way’.

A series of new resources will bring the rich history of the churches and the trail between them to a wider audience. These include guide books, family trails and learning resources for local schools. Virtual tours of the church will be created for smartphones and tablets, as well as a comprehensive trail booklet. The revived 12-mile pilgrimage path will join an increasing number of spiritual trails in the UK.

The National Lottery-funded project will also enable the PCCs to update the churchyard survey that was carried out as part of the previous project which ended in 2019 and created a web-based database of over 7,000 graves.

Commenting on the award, Reverend John Allan said, “We are thrilled to have received this support, thanks to the National Lottery, and are confident the project will support the promotion of and involvement with the heritage of these two beautiful churches and encourage more people to take part in some, or all, of the intended trail route.”

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund
Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.
 
Follow @HeritageFundUK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #NationalLotteryHeritageFund 
 
 
Further information
For further information, please contact Peter Ralley, on peter@rali.org.uk, 07792 075855 or 01283 790054.
A project website has been set up at https://pilgrimwaychurchtrail.weebly.com/
The Pilgrim Way Church Trail
 
The idea came from working with All Saints Church in Alrewas and St James Church in Barton under Needwood. All Saints lies on the crossing point of two ancient trade routes as identified by Norman Stubbs in his 1980s book ‘A History of Alrewas’. The north/south route was labelled ‘Pilgrim Route’ hence the name.
 
Tracing the ‘Pilgrim Way’  it became clear that other churches lay along its route and roads and footpaths link them still.
 
St Chad was a 7th century Bishiop of Lichfield and was renowned for his walking round the country rather than travelling by horse. We cannot of course know, but would like to think, that St Chad may have followed a path not too dissimilar to the one we are proposing. This route down the Trent Valley is one that has been utilised by the Romans, Canal and Railway builders due to its flatness and suitability for building on level land.
 
The Pilgrim Way Church Trail will allow visitors to experience six very different churches that lie along the path of an ancient trade path.
Each church would have a similar suite of interpretive mediums following the same design brief, these will be:
  • A guide book following a similar format and including references to the other churches
  • A family activity trail to encourage families to explore the churches
  • A digital self-led tour that could be followed when the churches are not ‘manned’ with volunteers. Visitors can access the tour via their own smartphone. It would give them access to unseen areas such as the belltower and the ability to see the church in use. This would be of particular interest to St Leonard’s in Wychnor as the church is not open so much as the others and will allow visitors to see the inside via a series of short films.
  • A suite of learning resources for formal and informal learners
  • Links to archive/heritage materials for each location.
  • Visitors will be able to collect a sticker from each church with a view to completing their ‘Pilgrim Way Church Trail’ Booklet’. Completion will result in the receipt of a certificate which will be downloadable from the website.
  • A graveyard survey of St Stephen’s and St Leonard’s to add to our existing database.
  • There will be a website to cover the trail with links to church websites that may exist.
Alrewas Bridge Club

We meet each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
at the Royal British Legion at 2pm
Visit our website for more details
www.bridgewebs.com/alrewas/
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
http://alrewasallsaints.church/services/pastoral-care/


 
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
                                              
                                        
The Year Out - Christian gap year
 
Hello everyone! My name is Connor and I am a twenty-two-year-old bass guitarist from Alrewas. In September I started my adventure with Youth for Christ as part of their touring worship band, The Sense. and i thought i would share with you what happens through this year as a thank you to everyone who is supporting me and to let you know how i am getting on.

For those who don't know, I had spent the last four years in the ‘working world’ and have always said that if I could choose, my dream ‘job’ it would be something in music. At the start of June I was told about Youth for Christ and The Year Out. I thought it sounded great, but I remember saying “I could only ever do that if I was made redundant” as it is a voluntary position and couldn't think of leaving a well paid job. Two weeks later, I had a meeting at work explaining that I was being made redundant! 

So, feeling I was having a bit of a push from God, I applied for the position and had an audition at the start of July, and I was successful! 

Youth for Christ is an organisation based in Birmingham who have centres all over the UK, and they do mission and evangelism work in schools, prisons, churches and local communities, with a focus on bringing Jesus’ love to youth using sport, music, the arts and more. They work with over 250,000 young people every month and are passionate about taking the good news relevantly to every young person in Britain. They also do something called ‘The Year Out’ which is what I am doing.. There are multiple streams, The Sense (touring band), Stance (touring dance), Home Grown (year placement at one of the centres) and The Cube (Virtual Reality teaching tool).
             
 

After a lot of waiting and excitement, my year out with Youth For Christ began on the 1st September with a 10 day training conference in Kidderminster at the Pioneer Centre.There are 27 of us in total split across multiple different streams, and being placed in lots of different areas across the UK. 

The training conference was an amazing experience! Due to the intense schedule there were some early mornings and late nights, but these days were full of team games, bible study, worship and talks from some great speakers. Other sessions were on areas such as leadership, 'how to' sessions, and of course... safeguarding! The family atmosphere that developed between us all over the course of the 10 days was a real highlight.

My team, The Sense, also had a bit more time to rehearse thanks to an emergency plea for help from some friends of Joy and Andy, our leaders, for an event being held at Whitemoor Lakes a few days after the training conference ended. The 10 days ended with a prayer day at St. Martin's, Birmingham, before I moved into my new host home in Stourbridge.
 

Meet the Team!

There are six of us on The Sense this year... and they are all incredible people!!! Despite not knowing each other for very long we have all clicked and gelled together with ease!

From left to right in the below photo...
Evan from Fife (via the USA!) - Singer and Guitarist
Nathan from Norwich - Drums
Tabea from Frankfurt - Cello and Keys
Holly from Kansas - Singer
Me! - Bass Guitar
Jesse from Romford - Sound Desk


I know God is going to do some amazing things this year through us and I am so excited to see what those are and where He takes us!!! These first couple of weeks have grown my faith so much just through seeing and hearing how God has worked in the lives of the people I have met, and through learning more and more during the conference.
Please pray that we continue to gel as a team, both musically and as friends... Pray for us as we continue to learn the songs we will need for the year... Pray for our wonderful leaders, Joy and Andy, and for the work they do leading The Sense... and finally, pray for us as we get used to living in a new place far from our home comforts and families!!!

If you would like to follow my blog please click the link and subscribe : https://connorburns.home.blog/
 

Alrewas Surgery News


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

http://www.alrewassurgery.co.uk/news.aspx?pr=M83035

 
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

https://www.alrewasparishcouncil.org.uk/
Whist Drives
Welcome to our regular whist drives which are held on alternate Thursdays in the Methodist Hall at 2pm. Dates for October are the 10th and 24th.
Just £1 to include refreshments. We are a friendly club and newcomers are always welcome! Contact Georgina on 01283 790713 for more info.


THE TRAVELLING LIBRARY

 comes to Alrewas from 9.30 am to 12.30pm on Fridays 11th and 25th of October 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


Blissful Baby Massage
Alrewas Village Hall
Group sessions - ring Alice for details - 07579 764567

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:

http://www.sylviaroyalart.org/






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




 

Afternoon Drop-in

Mondays from 2pm (except bank holidays)

Alrewas Methodist Hall
A welcome to all for a chat and refreshments
 
A big thank you from the Monday Drop-in group for the generosity of everyone who came along Monday afternoon to support Macmillan.  You kindly donated £717.35 for this worthy cause - which is staggering given that it was only £1 to join us and have a cuppa.

Please feel free to come along to the Methodist Hall any Monday afternoon for a cuppa, fun and friendship .

Our next event is a ‘Food Glorious Food’ talk by highly entertaining Kath Reynolds on Monday October 7th, followed swiftly by one of the infamous quizzes by Patrick on Monday October 14th .... 

And just to get Christmas in your diaries, don’t forget to get your names down for the outing on 18th November and the Lunch on 9th December.
Minister: Revd Joanna Thornton 01543 253744
61 Burton Road, Streethay, Lichfield WS13 8LR  email:
revjo@hotmail.co.uk  
Steward: Mrs Pam Handscomb 01543 257594
Bookings: Mr John Henley 01283 752016
Services in October
 
 
6th October - 10.30am - Harvest Festival.  We are delighted to welcome back a much loved minister, who served in Alrewas a few years ago - Revd John Rowe, who is now retired and lived in Nottingham.   Donations of tinned goods and packet foods are welcome and will be given to Lichfield Food Bank.

13th October - 10.30am - Morning service led by Ms Anne Houghton

20th October - 10.30am - Together in Worship - our family friendly service - led by Rev Jo Thornton

27th October - 10.30am - Communion service led by Revs Elizabeth and Roger Cresswell


Prayer Time
Each Monday at 9.15am a small group of Christians from All Saints Parish Church and Alrewas Methodist Church come together for half an hour of prayer, alternating between the two churches. We believe that by praying together we can grow closer, and that our praying can become more meaningful and supportive.
We would be delighted if you could come and pray with us (even if only occasionally)

Mondays 9.15 - 9.45
Methodist Church 14th and 28th October
All Saints 7th and 21st


Please ring Jo Thornton or John Allan for details


Messy Church is on Friday 11th October
 
All welcome. 5 - 7pm
Alrewas Methodist Church

Crafts - Celebration - Food
Children must be accompanied by an adult
 
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

Dates for October are  Wednesdays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd. ( we will not be meeting on the 30th as it will be half term school holidays)

Ring or text Helen on 07515 940060 to find out more
Deadline for the November issue

If you would like anything included in the next issue then please email nikkiburns152@hotmail.com or ring 01283 791941
by Friday 25th October.
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Fradley News
St Stephen’s, Fradley


Services in October

Sunday 6th October  Harvest
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am Harvest Praise with The Music Group
 
Sunday 13th October
10.30am Family Communion
 
Friday 18th October
3.30-5.30pm Messy Church

A time of fun, play, craft and celebration for children with their parents,
grandparents and carers.
 
Sunday 20th October
10.30am Family Communion
 
Sunday 27th October
10.30am Family Communion and Baptism
 

Find us on www.achurchnearyou.com Fradley St.Stephen
Guide Dogs for the Blind fundraiser

‘Many thanks to all those who supported the BBQ on Sunday 1st September to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind. ( and to those who couldn’t make the event but made donations) A total of £500 was raised bringing us so close to the £2,500 needed to name a dog ‘Fradley’. Particular thanks to Marian and Rob Derry for hosting the event in their beautiful garden and providing great food and drink with such generosity. The weather was sunny, the garden beautiful , the food was tasty and the company excellent. What a great ways to spend a lovely afternoon. Please keep bringing in the stamps, keys, coins and jewellery to St Stephen’s church or Fradley Post Office, so we can achieve such a worthwhile cause.
Places of Welcome
 
On Wednesday 4th September Fradley’s Wednesday Welcome coordinators Dorothy Giles and Julia Usher attended an afternoon tea party at The Bishop’s House in Lichfield with coordinators of other Places of Welcome within the Lichfield District. We were welcomed by the Right Reverend Dr Michael Ipgrave who gave a brief history of Places of Welcome when it started as an urban project in 2012 in Birmingham to help refugees integrate into the community. He was followed by a brief chat from Lichfield District Councillor Doug Pullan who related how Places of Welcome in Lichfield had also helped local war veterans find and receive support. Apparently Fradley’s Wednesday Welcome which started in 2007 proved a catalyst for the formation of the Lichfield branch of ‘Places of Welcome’ as it showed that this type of project also worked well in rural situation. Well done Fradley although it must be admitted that the Alrewas Monday Afternoon Drop In inspired setting up Wednesday Welcome. Everyone is invited to come to St. Stephen’s Church meeting room in Fradley every Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 4pm for a chat and refreshments.

                  Messy Church does Climate Action!                                  

Friday 20th September was designated Climate Action Day.

Parliament has declared a climate change emergency and a series of climate strikes have taken place all over the country and across the world, led by young people who are urging us to take care of our planet. Our four bishops have encouraged churches to show solidarity with these young people to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels and to encourage climate justice for everyone.
 
Our young Messy Church participants at St Stephen’s certainly knew their stuff!
 
   
 On Friday afternoon 20th September, supporting Climate Action, they made recycling Boxes decorated appropriately to recycle green waste, glass and plastic. They planted sycamore, oak and horse chestnut seeds to grow into trees to improve our landscape. They made bird feeders out of rectangular juice cartons. The Altar Frontal was decorated to urge us all to look after our planet (Do call in and see it - St Stephen’s is open daily!). They encouraged us to reduce plastic waste and recycle.

 
And looking towards Harvest and giving thanks for all the lovely things we enjoy, they made Harvest Mice and took away harvest boxes to fill with a small item for someone less fortunate. They will bring these back at Harvest Praise on 6th October.

At the end of the day, we heard the news of so many stories of young people urging us all to work to stop climate change. The Messy Team are so proud of our young participants in Messy Climate Action! They urged us all to protect and care for the world they will grow up in.

Elizabeth Wall for the Messy Church Team

St. Stephen’s Church Autumn Clear up


Thank you to the enthusiastic 14 people who helped tidy up the churchyard for winter on Saturday 14 September.  The weather was good which enabled hedges to be cut, wildlife area strimmed, weeds pulled, paths brushed and graves generally tidied up.  Volunteers were kept fortified with coffee and homemade cakes by the dedicated 3 ‘spring’ cleaners doing the inside of the church. Once again thanks must go to Graham Ward who provided tractor and trailer to remove the debris.    In addition there were 20 plus visitors from Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust ‘Ride and Stride’ project to St. Stephen’s on that day who commented on the beautiful church and yard and delicious cakes. The awards for Lichfield Diocese Best Kept Churchyard competition will be announced in November.


 
Confirmation Service & Holy Communion
at St John the Baptist Church, Shenstone 22nd September 2019.

A total of 14 candidates from Christchurch, Lichfield & Longdon, St Chad’s, Lichfield, St John the Baptist, Shenstone, St John’s Hospital, St Peter’s, Little Aston, St Peter’s, Stonnall & St Stephen’s, Fradley were confirmed at this 6.30pm service on Sunday evening.
 The Right Rev’d Clive Gregory, Bishop of Wolverhampton presided over a very moving service in which the candidates all declared their belief & trust in God, Father, Son & Holy Spirit & vowed to remain faithful to their Baptism into the Christian Faith.
Both Benefice clergy from Alrewas, Fradley & Wychnor,  Rev’d Elizabeth Wall & Rev’d John Allan, as well as several others from the churches in Fradley & Alrewas were thrilled to be able to attend the Service to support all the candidates.
It was a lovely service of songs of praise, prayers & laying on of hands by Bishop Clive to confirm these 14 new Christians in their faith.
After the service there was time to chat over very nice refreshments provided by the host church of St John the Baptist, Shenstone. All in all it was a wonderful occasion of fellowship, celebration & unity amongst churches,  enjoyed by all who attended. 
 

Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in October
 
  13th October           11.30am – Harvest Festival - Family Service

 27th October            11.30am – Holy Communion

                                                                                                                
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Church Contacts

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

Associate Minister:   Revd Elizabeth Wall          Email: ayton265@gmail.com
                                 Gaia Cottage. 15 Gaia Lane, Lichfield. WS13 7LW                                01543 254891

Reader                      Mrs Carole Ellis
                                  49 Heritage Court, Lichfield                                                                    01543 254448

Reader                      Dorothy Giles       Email: dot_giles@hotmail.co.uk                                01827 820218



 

Wardens:                  Mr Ian Kirkland, 29 Micklehome Drive    ianrjk@icloud.com                  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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Editors:                   Mrs Nikki Burns                                               email: nikkiburns152@hotmail.com

 
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