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January Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas news
Methodist Church News
Fradley news

Wychnor News
Contact details
Message from the Vicar....
                      IF You’re Serious About Making A New Year’s Resolution……
     ….then you may be interested in learning about the TOP TEN New Year’s Resolutions which (according to research published on the internet) the vast majority of people tend to make in any given year, and how this compares with the TOP TEN most commonly BROKEN New Year’s Resolutions:
TOP TEN Resolutions                  TOP TEN most commonly BROKEN resolutions
Spend more time with family and friends        Spend more time with family
‘Fit in’ fitness                                                   Lose weight and get fit
Tame the bulge!                                              Eat healthier and diet
Quit smoking                                                  Quit smoking
Enjoy life more                                                Be less stressed
Quit drinking                                                   Drink less
Get out of debt                                                Get out of debt and save money
Learn something new                                      Learn something new
Help others                                                      Volunteer
Get organised                                                  Travel to new places
     Needless to say, each and every one of these resolutions is very worthwhile and laudable in themselves; if any of them were actively fulfilled in our daily lives, each of us would, no doubt, feel positively transformed! On the other hand, anyone who regularly makes ‘New Year’s resolutions’ knows very well how very difficult it is to actually fulfil those personally made promises in our daily New Year’s lives. 
     If you compare BOTH LISTS, you’ll discover that virtually 9 out of the 10 New Year’s resolutions made, are also subsequently broken!   This may well lead us to conclude that we simply shouldn’t bother making ANY New Year’s Resolutions at all.
BUT…..perhaps we don’t typically succeed in fulfilling our resolutions because we haven’t chosen the SINGLE MOST EFFECTIVE resolution, which would give us the power and direction to realise all of the other very laudable resolutions on these lists.
“Don’t you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, who never grows faint or weary?
He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; He offers strength to the weary.
Those who wait upon the Lord will find new strength…they will run and not grow weary!”  (from the New Living Translation).

I truly hope you will make that one most important resolution before any others, and that, with God’s faithful help, you will indeed have a fulfilling and Happy New Year!
                                                With every blessing, 
                                                              Preb.  John Allan


Alrewas News

                                         Services In January
                                                at All Saints 


Sunday 6th January - 8am Holy Communion BCP
                                     10am First Sunday All Age Praise 

Wednesday 9th January - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 13th January - 8am Holy Communion BCP
                                      10am Sung Communion

Wednesday 16th January - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 20th January - 8am Holy Communion BCP
                                       10am Sung Communion

Wednesday 23rd January - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 27th January - 8am Holy Communion BCP
                       10am  ‘United Service’ commemorating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Wednesday 30th January - 10am Holy Communion

6th January    Sheila Pennell
13th January   Helen Newman
20th January   Norman Hunt
27th January   Sheila Pennell
                        10 am                                
6th Jan       Elizabeth & Colin Cox 
13th Jan    Viv W & Jenny Jenkins
20th Jan     Nick & Pauline Kilford 
27th Jan     Roger H & Pam Foster

Alrewas        Altar Flowers                                        
6th Jan         Mrs E Cox        
13th Jan       Mrs B Stonehouse     
20th Jan       Mrs B Stonehouse  
27th Jan       Mrs J Jenkins

Coffee Rota

6th Jan         Jean Emly
13th Jan       Sassi Ward      
20th Jan       Elizabeth Newton       
27th Jan       Helen Bacon

This month, on 6 January, we will be celebrating Epiphany.  This has been celebrated by the Western Church since the 4th century where it was, and still is, associated with the visit of the Magi (wise men) to the infant Jesus.  “Epiphany” means “manifestation” or “revelation” and celebrates the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles, who are represented by the Magi.  

The visit of the Magi is found in Matthew 2. 1-12. Matthew is the only Gospel which records their visit and he gives little detail about them, just referring to them as “Magi from the east”. He does not say that they were kings, nor how many of them there were, nor that they were Gentiles.  In later tradition they become kings and also receive names.  They are Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar and are thought to represent Arabia, Europe and Asia respectively, at that time the extent of the known Gentile world. Matthew does mention the gifts they bring to the baby Jesus as being gold, frankincense and myrrh but does not suggest their significance. However, tradition tells us that there is a deeper meaning for each of the three gifts which have a symbolic significance in the life of Jesus.

Gold is a symbol of kingship and divinity and is mentioned throughout the Bible. Pagan idols were often made from gold and the Ark of the Covenant was overlaid with gold (Exodus 25.10-17). The gift of gold was thus symbolic of Jesus’ kingship and divinity—God in flesh.

Frankincense is a white resin or gum. It is highly fragrant when burned and was therefore used in worship, where it was burned as a pleasant offering to God (Exodus 30.34).  The gift of frankincense to Jesus was symbolic both of his priestly role and his willingness to give himself up as a sacrifice.

Myrrh was a spice and was also used in embalming. It was also sometimes mixed with wine to form a drink. Such a drink was given to Jesus when He was about to be crucified.  It symbolizes bitterness, suffering, and affliction. The baby Jesus would grow to suffer greatly as a man and would pay the ultimate price when he gave his life on the cross as a sacrifice for all.

So who were the Magi? They were most likely a priestly caste from Persia or Babylonia famous for their learning and wisdom. They were very interested in astronomy/astrology and when they observed the movements of stars and planets they carefully recorded everything they saw.  Anything out of the ordinary was taken to be some kind of omen.  At the time of Jesus’ birth a star appeared which could not be identified.  Because of the Babylonian captivity of the Jews, the Magi would have known of the Jewish scriptures and might well have come across the Messianic prophecy of Balaam (Numbers 24.17) “a star shall come forth from Jacob”.  They were very likely familiar with the writings of Daniel, who was well-known as a wise man and an interpreter of dreams in the Babylonian court of Nebuchadnezzar.  For whatever the reasons, they followed the star which led them to Bethlehem.

So why did Matthew include this story in his Gospel? The writer of Matthew was thought to be a Jewish Christian, writing in a Jewish environment, and throughout his Gospel he emphasizes how Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies regarding the coming Messiah.  It is noteworthy that the Magi arrive at the palace of King Herod enquiring not for the saviour of the world but instead ask “Where is the one that has been born King of the Jews?”  God had opened the eyes of a group of Gentile mystics and drawn them to his son who had fulfilled the messianic prophecies of the Jewish Scriptures, yet Jesus was more than the King of the Jews.  He had come for all mankind and Matthew includes this story for the purpose of symbolizing the universal importance of the birth and to emphasize that, although salvation was to come from the Jews, it is intended for all peoples for all time.  It is intended for all of us today.
                                                                                                                     Helen Mullins
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
Christmas Tree Festival

The Christmas Tree Festival was once again a great success, starting with the wonderful hog roast preview on Friday night, through the weekend with the Alrewas African Singing group and carol singing on Saturday night and on to the closing on Sunday afternoon with the Christingle Service.  Thank you to all the organisations that provided the trees and decorated them so beautifully and individually, as well as the two lovely big trees provided by Alrewas PCC.  The winner was Church Road Allotments with their imaginative and amusing vegetable tree. Thank you also to the wonderful volunteers who manned the refreshment area throughout the weekend.  The event was very well attended and once again we had very positive feedback from our visitors.  In all about £1,800 was raised, which is a very good result. 
Alrewas Bridge Club

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

What should I do?
My heart is heavy.
What should I do?
My heart is sad.
I've gone my own way
And made my own choices
I've sinned I know,
I feel so bad.

What should I do 
To make things better?
What should I do 
To lift this weight?
I come to you Lord
To say I'm so sorry,
I come to you Lord
But am I too late?

You say "Come to me"
"And bring your burdens."
"Come to me"
"And bring your sin"
"Come to me"
"And I will cleanse you -
A chance for you
To begin again"

Thank you, Lord, 
That you're so caring.
Thank you, Lord,
That you're there for me.
No matter what I've said or done
You're always there
To set me free.

                                       Carole Ellis

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
                                                      THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

                                                               POPPY APPEAL
I have now completed the returns for the 2018 Poppy Appeal in Alrewas, including the counting and banking of money collected to date.
I can confirm that the amount for the local Appeal so far is (including collection boxes from businesses in the district and donations), at the time of this note is £8113.10. We do expect yet more donations to come in, so it will be a record year for Alrewas, raising the most it ever has.
The House to House collections raised £846.33 of the above total, which makes the task played by the collectors hugely worthwhile.
In addition, the Poppy Appeal Grand Draw which took place for the Centenary of the end of WW1 raised £634, so again a thank you to all who purchased tickets, and well done to those who won prizes.
All of the collection has been forwarded to the National Poppy Appeal, the Royal British Legion Charity which helps Ex-Service personnel and veterans of the Armed Forces, and their families. Without help such as yours, none of this would be possible.
Thank you again to all who donated to the cause.
Edward Gould
Honorary Poppy Appeal Organiser – Alrewas

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.
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 11th and 25th of January 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 February issue

If you would like anything included in the next issue then please email or ring 01283 791941
by Friday 25th 
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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 January
6th January 2019 - 10.30 am - Covenant Service led by Revd Dr Robert Bates

13th January - 10.30am - Morning Worship led by Mr Kevin Barry

20th January - 10.30am - Together in Worship!  (our all - age service with something for everyone! - young families are especially welcome!) - led by Revd Jo Thornton

27th January - 10am - United Service at All Saints to mark the week of prayer for Christian Unity.  

Every year we worship together towards the end of January to celebrate all that Christians have in common.  In Alrewas we appreciate so much the close relationship between All Saints and the Methodist Church, that enables great work to happen - like Drop In, Messy Church, Little Fishes, the prayer group, annual Lent course etc etc.  It's good to celebrate everything we can do together, to share God's love with our community!

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 11th January 
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 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th in January 

Ring or text Helen
on 07515 940060 to find out more

Fradley News
St Stephen’s, Fradley


Sunday 6th January (Epiphany)

9am Holy Communion (BCP)

10.30am All Age worship with The Music Group


Sunday 13th January

10.30am Family Communion


Friday 18th January

3.30-5.30pm Messy Church


Sunday 20th January

10.30am Family Communion


Sunday 27th January

10am United Service at All Saints, Alrewas

for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Find us on Fradley St.Stephen

Fradley Flower Club


Nearly 70 people enjoyed Fradley Flower Club’s annual Christmas Demonstration Evening held recently at the Village Hall. The title was A Touch of Gold and it was expertly delivered by Shirley Henderson. Shirley, an American, who has also lived in South Africa, showed us her love of colour in the beautiful, and varied flower combinations she put together. Each arrangement was enhanced by the use of unusual and dramatic containers. We would like to thank Shirley, and all who came to support us. You helped make it a most enjoyable evening.

The latest village defibrillator in now up and running in the BT Phone Box on the green on Worthington Road, Fradley South.
It was kindly donated by IMI Precision Engineering on Fradley Park.
This means that all parts of the existing village are now covered, the others being located at the Post Office, the Village Hall, the Pharmacy on the Stirling Centre and the Welcome Station at Fradley Junction.
There will be a training session for defibrillators in the new year and interested parties should contact Jo Spence on 01283 791492

Advent in Fradley


As part of the run up to Christmas children in years 1 & 2 from St. Stephen’s School attended Christingle services in the church. This included an entertaining demonstration by Bodge and Bodger (alias Revds Allan and Precious) of how not to make a Christingle involving a lot of squashed oranges, red tape and candles.  The collections were in aid of The Children’s Society. There was also a community Christingle service where Bob and Diane Dolphin proved that little candles are very important at Christmas


On Saturday 8 and 15 December an intrepid group sang carols outside the Co-op supermarket and raised funds for charity. Thank you to Dot Giles and Graham Griffiths for organising the events plus Graham G. and Dave Wynn for providing the guitar backing  


On Wednesday 19 December the church was filled with families who enjoyed a ‘Come and Sing’ Carol service which included Fradley Beavers who sang wonderfully. The service included 3 readings, 2 crib carol solos by Julia Usher, some interesting jokes by Revd Allan (What do you call a cat on the beach at Christmas?....Sandy Claws!) and post service refreshments of mulled wine, mince pies and chocolate sweets. 
Many thanks to the Co-op supermarket for donating the mince pies and sweets. 

Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in January
  13th January        11.30am – Holy Communion
27th January          10.00am – United Church Service – All Saints, Alrewas                                                                                                                                      
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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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