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March Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas News
Methodist Church News
Fradley News
Wychnor News

Here is Wednesdays service with John's message for those who didn't get chance to see it. Please click on the link below to access the video:


Alrewas News

Services In March
       at All Saints 

Due to the recent changes with the Covid situation, we will not be open for services at this time. This will be reviewed regularly and we hope to be able to resume worship as soon as it is safe to do so.
We will be providing online worship with pre-recorded services.
Please see the poster below for details of our next service

Weekly Online Services

We are now offering two online worship services each week which you can access by going to our website.
Every Sunday at 10am there will be a longer pre recorded service (about half hour) which is a bit more like our traditional Sunday service.
Every Wednesday at 10am there will be the shorter video with worship by John and his guitar (which will also be sent out via the Parish news each week to our whole Parish for those who haven't seen it.)
These two services are being added to our website at the times that we used to hold our weekly services in church. We hope that you will enjoy both of these regular online videos and that it provides you with the spiritual refreshment you need until we can meet again for worship together!

Our next service is Sunday 28th February 10am. We look forward to welcoming you!

You can access the services by clicking on this link:

Benefice Lent Study 

We are continuing with our lent discussion group this week and will be looking at the next three stations of the cross. Go to to watch the next video. It still isn't too late to join our discussion group which is for the whole benefice. Email Rev'd Ashley at to register so that she can send you the zoom link. The next discussion is on Wednesday 3rd March at 7pm where we will be discussing stations 4, 5 and 6.

The Book of Ruth is set in the time of the Judges.  It tells how, because of a famine in the land, a man from Bethlehem, Elimelek, took his wife, Naomi, and two sons to live in the land of Moab.  Elimelek died there and his two sons, Kilion and Mahlon, married Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth.  After about ten years, both sons died, leaving Naomi and her two daughters-in-law.
Naomi then heard that the famine in Judah was over; “the Lord had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them” (Ruth 1.6).  She decided to return to her homeland but advised Ruth and Orpah to return to their family homes in Moab and to find other husbands.  Orpah eventually agreed to this but Ruth would not leave Naomi “Where you will go, I will go and where you stay, I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God.” (Ruth 1.16).  So the two women returned to Bethlehem, at the time of the barley harvest.
The Book of Ruth then tells how Naomi found Ruth work, gleaning in the fields after the harvesters.  The owner of the field was Boaz, who was a distant relative of Naomi and “a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek” (Ruth 2.1).

The role of Boaz
The Jewish law required that a widow should not marry outside her husband’s family.  Thus, if the widow was left without a son to look after her, her late husband’s brother was expected to marry her.    This requirement is set out in Deuteronomy Chapter 25 verses 5-10.  Their first son would carry on the name of the dead brother “so that his name will not be blotted out from Israel” (Deut. 25.6).
If there was no brother, or the brother did not want to fulfil that duty, then the nearest male relative would become the “kinsman (or guardian) redeemer”.  Thus when Naomi wanted to sell the land and property “of Elimelek, Kilion and Mahlon” (Ruth 4.9), Boaz approached her nearest male relative to ask him to fulfil this duty and also explained the attached obligation:  “On the day you buy the land from Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the dead man’s widow, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property” (Ruth 4.5).  The man was willing to take the land, but not to take on Ruth, the widow of Mahlon.  Thus Boaz, the next eligible “kinsman redeemer” bought the land and also married Ruth, who later gave birth to Obed, the grandfather of David.

What does the story of Ruth tell us?
The story explains how Ruth became the great grandmother of David and also an ancestor of Jesus.   It also shows how God had a plan for both Naomi and Ruth, even in the midst of their tragedy, and that he will always bring his plans to fruition, even when the situation seems impossible.  A strong theme that also comes through is that kindness and loyalty will be rewarded.
On a deeper level, we see that Ruth, as a non-Jew, represents humanity.  The other relative, who had the legal rights to the property, but would not also take Ruth, represents the law.  Boaz represents Christ, the redeemer of all mankind, who came as our kinsman redeemer and accepts us all, no matter what our lineage or status.
                                                                                                                         Helen Mullins

All Saints Church is heavily dependent on voluntary donations and income from events in order to fulfil its ministry to the local and wider communities. The continuing pandemic is having a material impact on our income. If you feel able, and would like to support us at this time, donations can be made as detailed below. With our huge thanks and appreciation for your support!


To Donate


21ALREWAS followed by the amount

To 70085

e.g. to donate £10 text 21ALREWAS10


Texts cost the amount of your donation plus one standard rate message.

Alternatively go to our Just Giving page :
Alrewas Volunteer Coordinators want to say a great big thank you to all the children from Little Fishes Toddler Group, All Saints and Methodist Churches. They have made the most wonderful cards for us to give to people that we are in touch with in the village. The cards are made with lots of love and enthusiasm.  Those receiving them were very pleased and cheered to have one. The cards were a huge success. 

Well done, Little Fishes (and thanks to their parents for their help) here’s a selection. 


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

Alrewas Surgery News

For the latest news from the surgery please click on the following link
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 for Alrewas Methodist Church in March

Due to the recent changes with the Covid situation, we will not be open for services at this time. This will be reviewed and we hope to be able to resume soon.
Meanwhile please visit our website to find details of online services:

Deadline for the April issue

If you would like anything included in the next issue then please email or ring 01283 791941 by 25th March.
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Fradley News
St. Stephen’s Church


Sunday 28th February

 Online Worship

2nd Sunday of Lent    
Please click on the link below

to access

live at 10.30am

Can you help to support St Stephens Church?

St Stephens Church is heavily dependent on voluntary donations and income from events in order to fulfil its ministry to the local and wider communities. The continuing pandemic is having a material impact on our income.
If you feel able, and would like to support us at this time,
donations can be made via our Just Giving page or by text.
With our huge thanks and appreciation!

Text -  21FRADLEY to 70085

followed by an amount

e.g. to donate £10 –  text 21FRADLEY10

Texts cost the amount of your donation plus one standard rate message.


A Flash of Gold  

Here at Caring for God’s Acre, we believe that there is a flash of gold to be found in every churchyard containing a few large yew trees. These are Goldcrests, the joint smallest bird in Europe (along with the equally small Firecrest). Goldcrests are only 9cm long from beak to tail, weighing the same as a 20p piece. They get their name from a band of gold-coloured feathers across their heads, like a mohican, flanked by parallel black bands. Goldcrests are resident in Britain, meaning that they do not migrate and many live out their lives, feeding sheltering and breeding within a single churchyard, possibly entirely within the canopies of the yew trees.   


Goldcrests prefer evergreen trees, hiding in the dense foliage and rarely coming out into the open, so despite their bright crests, are difficult to see.  They feed on tiny morsels like spiders, moth eggs and small insect food which they pick out from the undersides and between the needles of yew and other evergreens using their thin beaks to push into small spaces. They are constantly on the move, searching or ‘gleaning’ for food, so you may see the movement of a Goldcrest within the tree canopy and can then take time to seek out and see them.  


Alternatively, you can rely on sound to find and identify Goldcrests if you have good hearing as their call is so high-pitched that many people cannot hear it. Listen for a repetitive call, slightly wheezy and described as saying ‘needle-needle-needle’. They don’t use nest boxes but build a tiny nest within the twigs of the tree canopy, shaped like a near spherical hammock. It is made from moss, lichen, small bits of other vegetation and lined with warming feathers. Please let us know if you see or hear Goldcrests in your churchyard. We are building a picture of the wildlife to be found across the burial grounds of England and Wales, and this is a classic churchyard bird. 


Happy spotting!

Andrea Gilpin 


Wychnor News
Services at St Leonard's during March
Due to the recent changes with the Covid situation, we will not be open for services at this time. This will be reviewed and we hope to be able to resume worship as soon as it is safe to do so.
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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                       Rev'd Ashley Hines   Email:                   
 07733 595893

Reader                      Mrs Carole Ellis
                                  49 Heritage Court, Lichfield                                                                    01543 254448

Reader                      Dorothy Giles       Email:                                01283 487831

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,  Email:
                   07912 359237
Organists:                 Mr David Hall and Mr Chris Greenhalgh
Captain of Ringers:  Mr David Hall                                                                                          01283 792464
Church Flowers:       Mrs Maureen Johnson,                                                                                        
Pastoral Care:          Mrs Julie Willis,                                                                                       01283 791719
Children's society:    Mr and Mrs Peter & Lynn Lerigo,                                                            01283 791544
St Stephen's, Fradley
Warden:                  Vacancy
PCC Secretary:      Mrs Jenny Summers 12 Bailye Close, Streethay, Lichfield WS13 8LD   01543 263359
PCC Treasurer:      Mr Nick Kilford   Email:             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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