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July Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas News
Methodist Church News
Fradley News
Wychnor News
Message from the Vicar.......
Please click on the link below to hear this weeks message from John:

How Great Thou Art
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sings sweetly in the trees
When I look down from lofty mountain’s grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze
And when I think that God, His Son not sparing
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing
He bled and died to take away my sin
When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And then proclaim, my God, how great Thou art

Down the Mountain the River Flows
Down the mountain the river flows
And it brings refreshing wherever it goes
Through the valleys and over the fields
The river is rushing and the river is here

The river of God sets our feet a-dancing
The river of God fills our hearts with cheers
The river of God fills our mouths with
Laughter, and we rejoice for the river is here

The river of God is streaming with life
And all who touch it will be revived
And those who linger on this river's shore.
Will come back thirsting for more of the Lord

Up to the mountain, we love to go
To find the presence of the Lord
Along the banks of the river we run
We dance with laughter giving praise to the son


Alrewas News

Dear readers of our on-line Parish Magazine,


I very much continue to hold each of you, your love ones and all of the members of our worshipping communities and local villages in my daily prayers for wellbeing, protection, encouragement and hope as ‘living with Coronavirus’ continues in all of our daily lives!


I’m sure you will have heard by now that, as of 15th June, the Government gave permission for church buildings to be made Covid19-secure and to re-open for private prayer, and I hope many of you have found that valuable in light of the provision each of our three churches have been able to offer, in light of their own specific situation.


You also may well have now heard the Government’s most recent announcement that, from 4th July places of worship may additionally begin to offer communal worship as well as small wedding services, as and when they feel safely able to do so and in compliance with the latest specific guidance and restrictions. Apparently that important information will be made available to us sometime next week, so at this point I simply wanted to offer reassurance that we are very much looking forward to offering opportunities to come together for worship and fellowship (albeit in a rather different way than ‘normal’!) as soon as this is deemed practical and appropriate for each of our churches to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone, and we will share more information about all of this as soon as we are able to do so!


With my sincere appreciation for everyone’s continuing interest in and support of our Church’s ministries,


Vicar John

                                    THE BIBLICAL COVENANTS  - Part one

A covenant is an agreement between two parties and involves promises by each to the other.  The concept of a covenant between God and His people is one of the central themes of the Bible.  In the Biblical sense, a covenant implies much more than a contract or a simple agreement between two parties. The word for "covenant" in the Old Testament comes from a Hebrew root word that means "to cut." This explains the strange custom of two people passing through the cut bodies of slain animals after making an agreement, which is known as a type of blood covenant.  It was a ritual used in the culture of the Ancient Near East for royal grant land treaties at this time and it was done to “seal” the promises made.  It is seen in God’s covenant with Abraham and also in the Mosaic covenant where blood was sprinkled on the altar and on the people. (Gen 15.9-21: Exod 24.5-8 cf. Jer. 34:18).  

There are four covenants in the Old Testament, the first three of which are discussed below.

The Covenant with Noah
Noah lived at a time when the whole earth was filled with violence and corruption as a result of the sin of Adam and Eve.  “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on earth and….regretted that he had made human beings on the earth” (Gen 6.5-6).  God then decided to destroy the human race by way of a great flood but he singled out Noah “a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time” (Gen 6.9) and his family – eight people in all – to survive the catastrophe.  The story of Noah’s Ark is well-known and when the flood water subsided and Noah’s family and the animals came out of the ark, Noah built an altar to God and sacrificed burnt offerings on it.
God then promised never again to destroy the world with a universal flood and made an everlasting covenant with Noah and his descendants, establishing the rainbow as the sign of His promise (Gen. 9:1-17).   For their part, Noah and his descendants were forbidden to eat “meat that has its lifeblood still in it” (Gen. 9.4).  Another part of the covenant involved the sanctity of human life "whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed for in the image of God has God made mankind” (Gen. 9:6).

The Covenant with Abraham
After the time of Noah, the world again descended into sin, epitomised by the story of the Tower of Babel (Gen 11 1-8). God then called one man, Abraham, and made a covenant with him. The Lord promised Abraham land (Canaan), offspring (Isaac), and a blessing that would extend to the ends of the earth.  In return, Abraham was to remain faithful to God and to serve as a channel through which God's blessings could flow to the rest of the world; “all peoples on earth will be blessed through you”. (Gen. 12.3).  The sign of this covenant was circumcision.  Every male must be circumcised at the age of eight days: “My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant.  Any uncircumcised male…will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant” (Gen 17.14).

The Covenant with Israel (Mosaic covenant)
This covenant, made when the Israelites were living in the wilderness after coming out of Egypt, was between God and the people of Israel.  The stipulations of the covenant with Israel are summarized in the Ten Commandments and fleshed out in much more detail in the books of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.  This body of law is known as the Torah and covered such things as offerings and sacrifices, hygiene rules, the instigation of a priesthood and religious festivals.  God promised blessings if the Israelites obeyed his laws but if they violated them, they would suffer the consequences. Indeed, they would even be ejected from the land they had been promised and would go into exile.  The sign of this covenant was to be the keeping of the Sabbath.

                                                                                                  Helen Mullins

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

Covid-19 Support and Surgery. Mini update!

CV-19 SG

Where are we?! It’s fairly difficult to keep up with the government advice, balancing this with WHO advice and using your own common sense isn’t it?

We are all in the same boat - just not sure what sort of boat that is! What IS ok in terms of going out, staying in, when, and should we be wearing face coverings, which individuals are at greatest risk, and how do we protect them? So many dilemma’s we all daily have to wrestle.

Shielding is still in place. We are waiting for more advice on this. Most people now have their support networks in place, which is great. The Alrewas Covid-19 Support Group have continued their help with this. Thank you! As with all groups and organisations they are taking stock of the need and how to move forward.

Here are some changes and notes:

o The Call Handlers. This fab team of 14 are now held in reserve, as calls are now infrequent. The coordinators are on duty for the calls and the live time window is 10am until 1pm week days. Calls outside of this time will be picked up on the next day’s session. All of these calls go to answer machine - do leave a message.

o The coordinators have now contacted all volunteers, individuals and families they help to ascertain on-going needs. A great catch -up job.

o The Food Group. Jane is reviewing need for food boxes, pre-prepared meals and cakes, with recipients. We are also in discussions about the Food Bank and where to site it. Please let us know if you know of people receiving items that they no longer need or wish. Jane produced some lovely lunch packs for children last week. Included in these was an new Archive ‘Young Detective Trail’. This is a village walk, about a mile, wherein youngsters (from 3 to 103!) can complete the quiz. Do visit the website (Archive and /or Covid) a copy of the trail and a certificate!

The Covid-19 group liaises with the surgery and at least 4 members are active on the Patient Participation Group. Lorna, chair of the PPG will be compiling a Surgery Newsletter soon. This will contain updated information on Surgery services and plans on-going.


A reminder that the surgery is open and busy. We strongly encourage you to bring in your children for routine immunisations, to book for routine smear tests (if your test was due in April or May and it was deferred, you can now book in), and contact if you have any health concerns. Presently all calls are triaged, so that you get to speak to and see (if necessary) the best person for your query or problem. We are doing blood tests where necessary and are contacting people week by week for their annual reviews.

We are not sure yet how the annual Flu Clinics will be managed. As soon as we know more, we will let you know. All Flu vaccines are on order as usual and we should be starting in September. Watch this space!

You’ll probably know that everyone visiting a surgery or hospital is advised to wear a face covering (not small children). Most people have some now, however, if you don’t, do support the village teams who very kindly have been making them. They are available at the Bank Coffeehouse and in Post Office Road by the war memorial. If you visit the surgery without one, we have a supply there too. Here’s some advice on wearing and making:

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
15th June 2020
From the Methodist Manse:

Dear Friends

What difficult and strange times we live in!  It feels as though coming out of lockdown is more complex than going into lockdown, with each day bringing a new set of guidelines or arrangements.  At the time of writing, it’s good to see that All Saints and St Stephen’s will be opening at certain times on set days for personal prayer.  Alrewas Methodist church will remain closed for now, following Methodist guidance. 

There is certainly plenty to pray about, whether we are in a church or at home.  Many are still suffering from covid 19, and there are thousands of people who are grieving for a loved one.  Our health service, care homes and schools still need our prayers as the “new normal” is established.

The brutal death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis has triggered waves of protest both in the USA and here in the UK.  As Christians we need to pray for peace, but also for justice and for equality. 

Our church leaders have made statements that are worth reading and reflecting on.  The Secretary of the Methodist Conference, Revd Dr Jonathan Hustler, reminds us that racism is “a denial of the gospel”,  and encourages all churches to be places where diversity is celebrated and “where people from every background are welcome and are safe from abuse and discrimination.”

In their response to the killing of George Floyd, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York expressed deep sorrow for the harm caused by racism:  “God’s justice and love for all creation demands that this evil is properly confronted and tackled. Let us be clear: racism is an affront to God. It is born out of ignorance, and must be eradicated. We all bear the responsibility and must play our part to eliminate this scourge on humanity.”

The President of the Methodist Conference reminds us that:  “All people are made in God’s image.  We are one body in Christ Jesus.”  She also stresses that “There is no excuse for racism”

On the Lichfield Diocese website there is an article about a priest in Shropshire, the Revd Yejide Peters, who comes from New York.  She has personal experience of losing family members “in police action”.   She says:  "God is walking with those who are suffering...God is inspiring us to do things differently”  and as well as standing in solidarity with those who suffer racial discrimination and violence, she challenges us to be people who ask questions and who “wonder about the kind of people we want to be."

So - what sort of people are we?  Do we need to change?  What is our response as Christians to all that we are seeing and hearing?

Revd Dr Catherine Okoronkwo is a vicar in Swindon, and was a curate in Streetly.  She writes very powerfully on the Bristol Diocese website about what “Black Lives Matter” means to her.   She says: 

“Even if our churches are majority white, many of these churches are located in (or in close proximity to) communities where our friends, neighbours, shopkeepers, bus drivers, taxi drivers, nurses, cleaners, care workers, and other brown and black skinned people live and work. But even if we live in a remote white-only village, if we want to live in a society that offers human flourishing for all people, this issue affects us all. When Christians stand together to say “Black Lives Matter”, we offer a Christ-model that teaches we are all made in the image of God.”

She asks us to pray – to examine our hearts and consciences – to engage with the issue of racial injustice through conversation and becoming better informed – to challenge racist and derogatory comments – and to stand up against all forms of racism.  

Returning to the statement from the Archbishops, they conclude with a prayer:  “We pray that God’s abounding wisdom, compassion and love will guide leaders across the world to forge a better society.”
And Jonathan Hustler also ends his statement with prayer:  “Come, Holy Spirit, come!”

 May God bless us all with the gift of the Spirit as we pray for tolerance, peace, justice and equality. 
Rev Jo Thornton
Feel free to contact me on 01543 253744, or send an email to:
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                                                                                        Bless you,  Jo
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Fradley News
A note from Elizabeth………..
“Next slide please”!
I wonder if we will miss the daily Downing Street news conferences which had become a fixture of the UK’s Corona virus updates.
I watched the first ones in lock down avidly but after a while, I found myself catching up on the bullet points. Now, the lifting of some restrictions seems to have made life a bit more complicated!
However, the Government announcement on Tuesday of the lifting of further restrictions came as a very welcome boost. We have been in lockdown for exactly 3 months.
The Bishop of London said-
             "The last three months have been an extraordinary time - the first period without public worship and the sacraments in England in more than 800 years. There will be real joy as we begin to come together again – if even at a physical distance – but I also know that many will be understandably cautious at this news.
“We will not be returning to normality overnight - this is the next step on a journey.
“Churches and cathedrals have risen to the recent challenges, finding new ways of meeting for worship, of serving our neighbours, and of reaching new people with the love of God. The challenge before us now is to take the next steps carefully and safely, without forgetting all that we’ve discovered about God and ourselves on the way.”      
As I write, we await further directives form our own Diocesan Bishop.  
This poem was used as a Grace at a recent Zoom meeting I was part of.
It seems so appropriate for our current circumstances.
"When this is over,
may we never again take for granted
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbours
A crowded theatre
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine check-up
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
Life itself.
When this ends may we find
that we have become more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay that way — better
for each other
because of the worst."               The author: Laura Kelly Fanucci
                                                                               Elizabeth Wall
                                                                                          Associate Minister
St Stephen’s Church Fradley

Please join us for a celebration of the Feast of St Peter and St Paul in word and song. Thanks go to all who have contributed in organising the IT so this Service comes to you online.
Click on the link below to access the service.

The video will be live at 10.30am on Sunday 28th June
St Stephen's Church Fradley

This year has been a very challenging year for everyone & our Fradley Messy Church has been no exception.
The team have thought about everyone who has been to Messy Church over the years & we do pray that you are all keeping safe.
I thought that we could all remind ourselves of the happy memories we share of last year’s activities.
I have included a few photos of our June 2019 Session, when the theme was
‘Love your churchyard’
I went to look at the churchyard earlier this week & the conservation area is still looking really good & attracting much wildlife, I am sure.


Hope to see you all soon
Stay safe

Our theme for this week is St. Peter & St. Paul

I have included a stained glass window for you to colour in to keep you busy.
St Stephen’s Church


Messy Church Online

We have recorded a little video for our Messy Church friends.
Click the link below to access this short edition
Messy Church

Year of the Burial Ground 2020

                                                     What a Racket!
In July the sound of birdsong has diminished but it is time to listen again, this time for grasshoppers and crickets! Like birds, each species of grasshopper has a distinctive sound and they can be identified by this, saving you going down on hands and knees to search. Churchyards can be brilliant for these and other insects which thrive in grassland, particularly when there is a combination of short, long and tussocky grassland and many churchyards have all three. So, churchyards provide grasshoppers with lots to eat and some sites can have more than three grasshoppers per square foot.

Grasshoppers ‘sing’ or stridulate by rubbing their legs against their wings; when females are present the male sings a particular courting song. Eggs are laid, buried in the soil just below the surface or at the base of tussocky plants. The young can often be seen jumping about in early summer.
Spare a thought for these amazing insects, there are 30 species of grasshopper and cricket in the UK and you can make your churchyard a refuge for them and for other insects, by having a mixture of close mown grass, wildflower meadow and leaving a margin of tussocky grassland against a wall or hedge. This provides a refuge for insects to overwintering and lay eggs, ready for next year’s racket!
All the best
Andrea Gilpin


Great Fradley Sunflower Competition

Thanks to Fradley Open Gardens the Fradley Covid 19 support group was able to give a special treat to each household who has some one isolating or self shielding of a sunflower in a plant pot to grow.  Also pots of sunflowers have been offered to every child who attends St. Stephen's School for an opportunity to grow their own sunflowers. The plan is to run a competition for EYFS, KS1 and KS2.  Judging will be on Saturday 5 September so let's hope  Fradley becomes the Sunflower Village!
Due to lockdown during the Corona pandemic Fradley Community Choir has not been able to meet up for rehearsals and the April concert had to be cancelled.  So far there does not appear to be any time in the future that choirs may be able to resume rehearsals.  So it was decided that the choir should try to record a virtual song and As Long As I Have Music by Don Besig and Nancy Price seemed rather appropriate.  So please click on the link address to hear us. We do hope that you enjoy the result. Many thanks to Tim Chamberlin and Nigel Argust for their invaluable help in producing this video.

Wychnor News
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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

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 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 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:                  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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