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February Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas news
Methodist Church News
Fradley news

Wychnor News
Contact details
Message from the Curate....
Dear friends,

As I write this we have just enjoyed a wonderful ecumenical service to celebrate The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  As we celebrated together, I reflected on the importance of relationships.  The service was planned and delivered beautifully by Revd Elizabeth Wall and Revd Jo Thornton, and its message is relevant for all of us. 
During the service we filled out coloured cards, pledging to pray for specific things in our communities that we could do to make things more equal; to make justice something lived out in our communities.   We pledged to pray more intentionally, to speak out against injustice; to challenge the powers of this world through the power of Christ; being a visible and vocal presence where there is injustice.  As people in the villages of Alrewas, Fradley and Wychnor, we are a living presence of the power of Christ in our communities.
In this coming month of February we celebrate Candlemas, thinking again of Christ being presented to Simeon and Anna in the temple; reflecting on their patient waiting and the promises Christ’s incarnation means for us as people and His divine presence and power now in us as the body of Christ.
Candlemas marks the end of Christmastide and the beginning of turning towards Lent, Easter and the cross.  The hours of daylight start to increase, the weather becomes warmer and spring flowers raise our spirits.  The warmth of our relationships is a reflection of how we are living our lives.  As we nurture existing relationships, and develop new ones with young and old, let us think about how God’s Holy Spirit within us should be transforming those relationships, how God’s presence and power can transform how we live as His people.
                                      With Every Blessing,
                                                                 Revd Chris

Alrewas News

   Services In February
       at All Saints 


Sunday 3rd February  
8am Holy Communion BCP
      10am First Sunday All Age Praise 

Wednesday 6th Feb - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 10th Feb    
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion

Wednesday 13th Feb - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 17th Feb  
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion

Wednesday 20th Feb - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 24th Feb 
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am  Sung Communion

Wednesday 27th Feb  - 10am Holy Communion

3rd Feb    Helen Newman
10th Feb   Norman Hunt
17th Feb   Sheila Pennell
24th Feb   Helen Newman

                        10 am                                
3rd Feb      Peter & Lynn Lerigo 
10th Feb Barbara & Bill Stonehouse
17th Feb     Jeanette Hodgkinson 
24th Feb Jenny Eastwood &Sarah

Alrewas        Altar Flowers                                        
3rd Feb         Mrs J Jenkins       
10th Feb    Mrs N Boucher-Giles    
17th Feb      Mrs J Butcher  
24th Feb      Mrs J Beardsmore

Coffee Rota

3rd Feb         Julie Willis
10th Feb       Lynn Lerigo      
17th Feb       Pam Foster     
24th Feb       Barbara Stonehouse

The first three Gospels in the New Testament are known as the “Synoptic” (seen together) Gospels because they contain much of the same narrative, often in a similar sequence.  The first of these books in order is Matthew, although it was not the first Gospel written.  It has been suggested that it was placed first because it is the most “Jewish” of the gospels and thus forms a link between the Old and New Testaments.

Who was Matthew?
The Gospel is traditionally attributed to Matthew the apostle who was a tax collector.  Indeed, money is discussed far more in Matthew’s Gospel than in any other book.  However, whilst the apostle Matthew himself may have written an early collection of Jesus' sayings he probably did not write the full Gospel, which was likely completed by a later second generation Jewish Christian writer.

The date and place of writing
The Gospel as we have it was probably not finalized until the late 70's or 80's of the first century and was almost certainly after the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in AD 70 (see 22:7; 24:15-16).  It was probably written in or around the city of Antioch, the capital of the Roman province of Syria, where there was an influential early Christian community. 

The characteristics of the Gospel
Matthew was writing for Jewish Christians and his purpose was to show that Jesus was the Messiah who had come in accordance with the Old Testament scriptures.  He frequently states that the things Jesus did were to fulfil what was spoken of through the prophets (for example 8.17), reinforcing the connection between Jesus’ life and ministry and the Old Testament.

The Gospel of Matthew is also the only book to point out that Jesus came not to abolish the law, but to fulfil it and that “not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (5:17-18). This quote from Jesus firmly roots his teachings in the tradition of Jewish Law—which was very important not only to the strict Jewish tradition but also to the new Christian Jewish groups.

Matthew also tells stories in a way to elicit memories of tales from Jewish history.  The story of Herod ordering the killing of the male children under the age of two reminds the reader of the Exodus from Egypt and the killing of the first-born. His is the only Gospel to include the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus stands on a mountain to deliver God’s rules for how his followers should live, just as Moses brought down the Ten Commandments from Mount Sinai.  Jesus delivers five different sermons of this sort, calling to mind the five books of Torah - the Pentateuch – being the first five books of the Old Testament.

Although Matthew writes for the Jews, he is also critical of the Jewish establishment, namely the Pharisees.  They are shown as being Jesus’ main opponents throughout his life although, in Jesus' own time, they were not such a prominent group as they had become by the time of Matthew’s Gospel.  By then they were becoming the main opponents of his Christian Jewish group.  It is interesting that Matthew’s is the only Gospel to tell the story of Pontius Pilate washing his hands.  In doing so, Matthew was showing that the responsibility for Jesus’ death did not lie with the Romans, but with the Jews themselves, an assertion that remained a source of conflict between Jewish and Christian communities for many centuries and, sadly, still does today.   
                                                      Helen Mullins

Women’s World Day of Prayer

The service this year, written by Christian women in Slovenia, will be held at Alrewas Methodist Church on Friday 1st March at 7.30pm. Everyone is very welcome to attend and if you would like to take part in the service rather than just attend, please phone either Jane Jacks 01273790116 or Pat Winter 01283790534. We would love to have more people involved.

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 February are the 14th and 28th.
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 1.30pm on Fridays 8th and 22nd of February 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

Delyse's Yoga class
Each Monday in the Methodist hall
8 til 9pm - contact 01283 790832

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

This is a meeting for christians of any denominations with a view to encourage renewal, encouragement and a focus on rural communities. There are meetings across the UK , Ireland, France and other locations abroad.
The nearest one locally is Barton-under-Needwood. It is not a new independent church movement but an opportunity for existing church members to work together. Over the past year christians from many local areas have met for worship and to listen to inspirational speaker. (Barton, Yoxall, Lichfield, Burntwood, Tamworth, Fradley, Alrewas, Burton and Uttoxeter to name a few)
Meetings are at 7:30 on the 3rd Wednesday in each month. There is no charge! Fellowship, food and refreshments are always available.
More information:
Deadline for the March issue

If you would like anything included in the next issue then please email or ring 01283 791941
by Monday 25th February.
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 February
3rd - 10.30 Morning Worship led by Mrs Ann Seaton

10th - 10.30 Communion service led by Rev Jo Thornton 

17th - 10.30 - Together in Worship led by Rev Jo Thornton (this is an informal service for children of all ages!

24th  - 10.30 - Morning Worship led by Mrs Ann Hazell - Smith

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

Prayer Time
For Alrewas, it's people and the wider world
Mondays 9.15 - 9.45
 Alternates between All Saints Church &
Alrewas Methodist Church.
Please ring Jo Thornton or John Allan for details

 Messy Church is on Friday 8th February 
All welcome.  5 - 7pm

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

We are meeting on the 6th, 13th, and 27th in February. ( We won't be meeting on Wed 20th due to it being half term)

Ring or text Helen
on 07515 940060 to find out more

Fradley News
St Stephen’s, Fradley


Services in February

Sunday 3rd February
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am All Age worship with The Music Group
Sunday 10th February
10.30am Family Communion
Friday 15th February
3.30-5.30pm Messy Church
A time of fun, play, craft and celebration for children with their parents, grandparents and carers

Sunday 17th February
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 24th February
10.30am Family Communion

Find us on Fradley St.Stephen

Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in February
10th February     11.30am – Holy Communion

24th February     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

Curate:                      Revd Chris Precious         Email: 
                                  23 Croft Close, Elford, Staffs  B79 9BU                                                  01827 383933

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 Colin Cox, 22 Micklehome Drive                                                       01283 790343
Assistant Warden:    Mr Edward Gould                                                                                    07896 929113
PCC Secretary:       Ms Laura Jacks,                                                                                      07904 774589
PCC Treasurer:       Mr Richard Newton,                                                                                01283 790281
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:      Mrs Jenny McKean, 31 Jackman Road                                                    
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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