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Jesus is the Name We Honour
Jesus is the name we honour,
Jesus is the name we praise:
Majestic Name above all other names,
The highest heaven and earth proclaim
That Jesus is our God.
We will glo-rify, we will lift – on high,
We will give Him honour and praise:
We will glo-rify, we will lift – on high,
We will give Him honour and praise.
Jesus is the name we worship,
Jesus is the name we trust:
He is the King above all other kings,
Let all creation stand and sing
That Jesus is our God.
Jesus is the Father’s splendour,
Jesus is the Father’s joy:
He will return to reign in majesty,
And every eye at last will see
That Jesus is our God.
Will You come and Follow Me?
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know, and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
will you let my name be known,
will you let my life be grown in you, and you in me?
Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind, and never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare, should your life attract or scare,
will you let me answer prayer in you, and you in me?
Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the pris’ners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen,
And admit to what I mean in you, and you in me?
Will you love the ‘you’ you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside, and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to re-shape the world around,
Through my sight and touch and sound in you, and you in me?
Lord, your summons echoes true when you but call my name,
Let me turn and follow you, and never be the same.
In your company I’ll go, where your love and footsteps show;
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you, and you in me.
One Solitary Life
He was born in an obscure village
The child of a peasant woman
He grew up in another obscure village
Where he worked in a carpenter shop
Until he was thirty
He never wrote a book
He never held an office
He never went to college
He never visited a big city
He never travelled more than two hundred miles
From the place where he was born
He did none of the things
Usually associated with greatness
He had no credentials but himself
He was only thirty three
His friends ran away
One of them denied him
He was turned over to his enemies
And went through the mockery of a trial
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves
While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing
The only property he had on earth
When he was dead
He was laid in a borrowed grave
Through the pity of a friend
Nineteen centuries have come and gone
And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race
And the leader of mankind's progress
All the armies that have ever marched
All the navies that have ever sailed
All the parliaments that have ever sat
All the kings that ever reigned put together
Have not affected the life of mankind on earth
As powerfully as that one solitary life
Dr James Allan © 1926.
As you know, the Festival is cancelled this year. We do however have a couple of things happening, in what would have been Festival week. 22nd to 29th August.
Sally has worked hard to coordinate lots of our Festival friends including Knitwits to create an Installation for the War Memorial. It's called, 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'. She and the team will be setting up on Friday 21st. We are also hoping for a very subtle and simple 'sound-scape' as a background (remember the waves sound at the Beach installation?).
During the first and second weekend we hope to have a small stall (as in a table!) with some goods to sell as a fundraiser. There should be some walks leaflets available too. There will be an opportunity for people to buy some of the items within the installation too during the second weekend.
The second item will be available on our website. This will be a compilation of day by day Festival films curated by Peter. At the end of the week, all will be available to peruse ongoing.
Thirdly, at some point in the next few months we'll be holding a 'Short Film Festival'. As you know, we've done lots of these in the past and they have been held in the Village Hall. This year - online!
Best wishes to you all
St Stephen’s Church
Sunday 23rd August
Family Communion in Church
Every care has been taken to ensure safety and hygiene regulations
Please follow the advice and guidance in church upon arrival
Prayers, Readings and Music
Live at 10.30am
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St Stephen’s, Fradley Corona virus Update 22 August 22nd
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One of the things which many of us missed during lockdown was the inability to meet with people in the flesh. We’ve used Skype, Zoom, Teams and the like –some had used these before but for others they were a new experience. I have been so impressed by those who tackled new ventures in IT! There is no doubt about it – talking and meeting with others provides the fellowship to give us hope.
Someone I worked with for many years had a favourite hymn – “Lord of all hopefulness”. Indeed, it is apparently a favourite hymn of the nation. It is usually set to the tune of an Irish folk song called “Slane”. It’s named after the place where St Patrick is supposed to have lit an Easter fire in defiance of the pagan king, Lóegaire
. He kept the hope of his faith alive, inspiring others to do the same. I’ve been to the site in County Meath in Ireland and somehow the place inspires; one senses the spiritual nature of the ground, and its history.
So as the sun shines on us all (at least as I write!) we thank God for those who give us hope; those who inspire us so that we glimpse the hope of a different, better world.
St Stephen’s Church open 10am-4pm every day for private prayer
Please call in, stay awhile remembering the hygiene rules and keeping social distancing whilst there!
Sunday 23rd August
Sunday after Trinity
10.30am Common Worship Communion Service
with pre-recorded music
– Prayers and Music live at 10.30am
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Readings: Isaiah 51. 6-8 Romans 12. 1-8 Matthew 15. 21-28
The Collect for the 11th Sunday after Trinity
God of glory,
the end of our searching,
help us to lay aside
all that prevents us from seeking your kingdom,
and to give all that we have
to gain the pearl beyond all price,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Next Sunday 30th August
10.30am Family Communion (said) in Church
Online Worship – Songs of Praise live at 10.30am
During lock down a Prayer Trail has been developed with four stations around the Churchyard and one in Church. Each numbered station has been marked up now with a pallet board. Do pick up a leaflet from the Porch and make your own reflection as you spend time at each site.
Saturday 5th September The Walking Group
Leave from Waitrose Car park, Lichfield at 2.30pm for a socially distanced walk of approx. 4 miles. Led by Angela and Nick. For more details please phone Angela on
Sunday 6th September
10.30am Holy Communion (Traditional) – Book of Common Prayer (in Church)
Please note that there will be NO 9am Communion Service
There will not be an Online Worship available this Sunday
Table Top Sale of plants, produce and unwanted gifts will take place outside Church after the 10.30am Service. Bring and buy!
We plan to have a sales table on the first Sunday of each month, after the 10.30am Service where you can purchase a gift or two, a plant or two and other goodies. All proceeds to Church Funds.
Saturday 12th September Churchyard Clear Up – 10am-12 noon.
Refreshments provided. Do come along and help keep our lovely Churchyard in good shape. We won a ‘Silver Award’ last year and with your help we hope to keep this up!
Ride & Stride - 12th September
The Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust’s ‘Ride and Stride’ takes place also on Saturday 12th September, in line with guidance from the National Churches Trust. We have benefited from this Trust in the past and will be offering hospitality to riders and striders on the day. It is always a really fun day!
Thank you to all who have already signed up; there are just a couple of slots to be filled!
Offers of wrapped cakes or biscuits will be appreciated.
Sunday 13th September
10.30am Common Worship Communion Service in Church followed by Act of Remembrance at the Commonwealth War Graves (approx. 11.20am)
3pm Online Service for Battle of Britain
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:
- Tinned tuna Tinned vegetables
- Biscuits Tinned fruit
Worship in Church
We are committed to keeping everyone who enters our building, and those who worship in it, safe. We have already introduced a number of new measures to ensure this happened as we reopened for private prayer and reflection. Now we are continuing with the directive issued by The Church of England and Lichfield Diocese to implement further measure as public worship resumes.
- You will be asked for contact details (these will be kept for 21 days)
- We ask that all who come to Church sanitise their hands on entry and exit.
- Please keep to a social distance of 2 metres. Please note that face coverings are now mandatory in public buildings unless you fall into one of the exemption categories.
- There will be no singing but we have tried to have some pre-recorded music. We have tried innovative ways of exchanging The Peace whilst socially distancing – signing, a smile, or a wave seem to work well!
- Please sit only in a pew or seat marked with a ‘green tick’ Of course, those who are from the same household may sit together.
- During a Communion Service, please sanitise your hands before taking Communion. Only bread will be administered, with no words spoken to avoid aerosols when closer than 2 metres. You will be asked to stand at the altar rail and not kneel.
- A Steward will guide you and if possible a one-way system will be operational, depending on numbers and weather.
EAW 22nd August 2020
Associate Minister: Revd Elizabeth Wall Email: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org 01283 487831
Wardens: Mr Ian Kirkland, 29 Micklehome Drive email@example.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 M Johnson
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
Alrewas Methodist Church
Minister: Revd Joanna Thornton 01543 253744
61 Burton Road, Streethay, Lichfield WS13 8LR email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steward: Mrs Pam Handscomb 01543 257594
Bookings: Mr John Henley 01283 752016