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June Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas news
Methodist Church News
Fradley news

Wychnor News
Contact details
Message from the Curate....

Time to say goodbye…

Dear Friends,
Time passes so quickly.  In the time it takes you to read this post 3 babies will have been born, and 2 people will have passed away.  The world we live in is obsessed with time.  We are always complaining of not having enough time, of having too much to do; we apologise because we don’t achieve thirty hours work in every twenty-four.  Sleep is seen as wasteful- I’ll sleep when I’m dead.. and surviving on minimal sleep carries a badge of honour. 

God teaches us to see time differently.  Jesus takes time to be with people, to listen with compassion and truly see them.  He spent time with his disciples but he also spent time in prayer; not alone but in conversation with his Father, in conversation with the one who, because of Jesus, we can now call our Father.  Jesus was not afraid to move on when he knew God wanted him to, knowing that what he had begun would continue through his disciples and the Holy Spirit at work in the world.

Three years has passed in the blink of an eye, and yet during that time God has blessed us all with wonderful moments and lasting memories.  Curacy was always going to be a transitional ministry, as I completed training and looked to my first post of responsibility.  As that moment now approaches rapidly, I want to thank each and every one of you for your prayers, support, guidance and criticism which have fuelled my growth into the servant of God I now am.  A special thank you must of course be extended to Revd John and Revd Elizabeth, Carole and Dot, who by their examples of very different ministry, have shown me how to live out my own calling.  John of course bore the lion’s share of the load tolerating me as a curate for three years- I hope I haven’t put him off being a Training Incumbent!!!  There are far too many people to thank everyone individually here: to those who have coached and mentored me during my time in Alrewas- you know who you are- my grateful and enduring thanks.

I welcome seeing as many of you as possible on the 16th June for my final service in the benefice, a united 10am service at All Saints, and at my collation in Kinnerley on the 8th July at 8pm.  Revd John is organising transport for those able to join us. (Thank you John!)    I close with the heart-warming knowledge that God continues to bless the villages of Alrewas, Fradley and Wychnor, and I assure you of my continuing prayers in the months and years ahead.

With love and best wishes

Revd Chris

Alrewas News

   Services In June
       at All Saints 



     Sunday 2nd June  
8am Holy Communion BCP
      10am First Sunday All Age Praise 

Wednesday 5th June - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 9th June
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion

Wednesday 12th June- 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 16th June
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion  

Wednesday 19th June - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 23rd June
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am  Sung Communion 

Wednesday 26th June - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 30th June
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am  Sung Communion 

The festival of Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter (the name comes from the Greek “pentekoste” meaning “fiftieth”) when Christians celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit.  It is regarded as the birthday of the Christian church and the beginning of the church’s mission to reach out from Jerusalem to the world.

The Festival of Weeks
It is worth noting that Pentecost was originally a Jewish festival and the reason that there were so many people for Peter to speak to on that day was that they were all in Jerusalem for the Festival of Weeks, or more simply Weeks (Shavuot in Hebrew).  The name comes from an expression in Leviticus 23.16 which instructs people to count fifty days (approximately seven weeks; a week of weeks) from the Feast of Firstfruits.  Firstfruits was the beginning of the barley harvest and Pentecost the beginning of the wheat harvest.  Over time, the feast of Shavuot had also turned into a day to commemorate the giving of the law on Mount Sinai.

Pentecost and the Old Testament
The events of Pentecost are told in Acts Chapter 2 and there are noticeable similarities to the giving of the law on Mount Sinai. (Exodus Chapter 19).  Then there was a loud trumpet blast and fire descended on the mountain.  At Pentecost there is again a loud trumpet blast and then tongues of fire came to rest on the apostles, allowing them to speak in other languages so that all who were present could understand.  But whereas the revelation of God on Mount Sinai was reserved to Moses and Aaron, and the Israelites were warned very firmly that they must not approach the mountain, now God’s presence is freely available to all. 
The events of Pentecost also recall another event of the Old Testament in the book of Genesis (11. 1-9), namely the Tower of Babel.  Human beings decided to build a tower reaching up to the heavens to celebrate their own greatness, but from God’s perspective it was so small that he had to come down to look at it.  They had built the tower to entrench their power and to ensure they were not scattered throughout the earth but God scattered them anyway and caused them to speak different languages to limit their power.  The Tower of Babel brought division and alienation but Pentecost reversed it and the Holy Spirit drew people together in unity.  Humanity is unified once more:  not for its own greatness but to spread the word of God throughout the world.

The Day of Pentecost
Peter then addressed the crowds, citing the words of the prophet Joel.   “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams”. (Joel 2. 28-32).   At the end of his speech Peter called on everyone to repent and be baptised and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Acts notes that about 3,000 were baptised that day.
The events of Pentecost had transformed the apostles from simple countrymen into confident proclaimers of God’s good news.  Filled by the Holy Spirit they went into the world preaching the word of God and the truth of Jesus’ resurrection and what it meant to be a follower of Christ.  Today we, like them, are called upon to proclaim God’s presence and redemptive action.

Helen Mullins

The Bank Pop-In

Did you know that The Bank Coffeehouse hosts a Pop-In on the first Wednesday of every month between 9 and 10.30am?  If you fancy some company and a chat, do come along and sit at one of the meet-up tables. It’s fine to come on your own and is a great opportunity to share interests and experiences over a cuppa!  

This has been organised in conjunction with Alrewas Surgery's PPG (Patient Participation Group).

2nd June  Helen Newman
9th June  Norman Hunt
16th June Sheila Pennell
23rd June  Norman Hunt   
30th June  Sheila Pennell
               June         10 am                                
2nd      Viv Wilmer & J Jenkins
9th     Nick & Pauline Kilford
16th     Peter & Lynne Lerigo
23rd    R Hailwood & P Foster
30th  Barbara & Bill Stonehouse
Alrewas        Altar Flowers June                                        
2nd         Mrs B Newall   
9th       Pentecost - Mrs E Cox
16th       Mrs H Cocks
23rd       Mrs S Billington
30th       Mrs E Newton
Coffee Rota - June

2nd        Julie Willis
9th         Sassi Ward      
16th       Lyn Lerigo
23rd       Liz & Christine  
30th       Pam Foster
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 June are the 6th and 20th.
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 12.30pm on Fridays 7th and 21st of June 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

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

Message From Delyse Sanders:
I have closed my yoga classes after 40 years. thanks to all those who attended and hopefully carry some small part into there lives

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 July issue

If you would like anything included in the next issue then please email or ring 01283 791941
by Tues 25th June.
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 June
2nd June 10.30 am - we welcome Adam McLoughlin from Mickleover to begin our series on Colossians

9th June 11am - Pentecost Sunday - we will be travelling away from Alrewas to worship at Landau Forte school in Tamworth, along with friends from the other 7 churches in our Methodist Circuit.  There will be a coach leaving Alrewas soon after 10 that morning.  If you would like to book a seat on the coach please let the minister or a church steward know!

16th June 10.30am - Rev Jo Thornton will lead a Together in Worship service - informal and child friendly.

23rd June 10.30am - Rev Jo Thornton will lead a communion service

30th June 10.30am - Kath Leckey from Tamworth will lead our worship.
During June we will be joining in with Methodist Churches throughout the country to mark "Bible Month",  which means that we will be looking in depth at the letter to the Colossians.  This is the third year that we have been involved in Bible Month.  In 2017 we studied the letter of James - and last year we had a whale of a time looking at Jonah!  Colossians has many themes in it, including prayer and thankfulness, and the centrality of the hope found in Jesus.  In each service during June we will focus on a section from the letter.  You are very welcome to join us - or ask me (Rev Jo) for a booklet so you can study Colossians at home.

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
All Saints 3rd and 17th June
Methodist Church 10th and 24th 
Please ring Jo Thornton or John Allan for details

Messy Church is on Friday 14th June 
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 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th of June. 

Ring or text Helen
on 07515 940060 to find out more

Fradley News
St Stephen’s, Fradley

Services in June

Sunday 2nd June
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am All Age worship with The Music Group
Sunday 9th June
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 16th June at All Saints, Alrewas
10am Final Service in the Benefice for Revd Chris Precious
(no Service at St. Stephen’s as we join with All Saints to say farewell to Chris and family.)
Bring and Share Lunch

Friday 21st June
3.30-5.30pm Messy Church
‘Love your Churchyard’

A time of fun, play, craft and celebration for children with their parents, grandparents
and carers. In the Churchyard- weather permitting!
Sunday 23rd June
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 30th June
10.30am Summer Praise and Family Communion


Find us on Fradley St.Stephen

Fradley Community Choir Concert

Thank you to everyone who supported the ‘Magical Maytime Music’ concert on Saturday 11 May.  75 tickets out of 80 were sold raising approximately £600 to enable the choir to buy sheet music and support the church.  The audience enjoyed songs such as Locus Iste, Three Hungarian Folk Songs , Fly Me to the Moon and Will You Still Love Me.  The male members sang a rousing version of the British Grenadiers and a young member of the audience helped the ladies sing  A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman to great applause.  Joe Cooper the accompanist played most enjoyable renderings of Ballade pour Adeline and Unsquare Dance. The audience then had to sing for their supper by providing animal noises at the appropriate time in A Place In The Choir. Afterwards there was wine and delicious canapes proved by the fact that they all went and there were many compliments on the high quality of the singing.

Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in June
  9th June            11.30am – Holy Communion

23rd June            11.30am -  Family Service

10AM TO 5 PM
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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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