Copy
View this email in your browser
         
For the latest video message please click the link below:                                 
                                               
                                                https://vimeo.com/497660723

 

Dear Parish Magazine readers,

In case you haven't had chance to read the announcement that went out on Thursday, i have included it again to make sure that everyone is aware of our current positon in regards to public worship and private prayer:

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 4th January of a new national lockdown in order to deal with the rapidly increasing spread of Covid-19  (fuelled by a ‘new variant’ of the virus) and to save lives, emergency consultations with the PCCs of each of our three churches were held so that the leadership of each church could consider their local situation, examine the available options, assess risks and make well-informed decisions concerning the provision of worship and the availability of church buildings for public access during the lockdown.

 

After thorough deliberation, each of the PCCs of our benefice formally decided – particularly in light of information suggesting that our local area is one of four in Staffordshire where the virus is spreading most rapidly – that the most appropriate course of action was to suspend all weekly public worship services with immediate effect (weddings and funerals under Covid-secure conditions may still take place), and to continue offering  on-line worship provision for the whole benefice through All Saints and St. Stephens so that worship can be safely experienced in our own homes. Each PCC wishes to assure their congregation and local community that this painful decision was not taken lightly, and is committed to resuming in-person communal worship as soon as it is deemed wise and sensible to do so in each context; this decision and the evolving situation will be carefully reviewed at regular intervals, and any changes will be communicated as soon as possible.

 

With regard to the availability of church buildings during this lockdown, once again each PCC carefully explored and assessed the situation in light of what was deemed to be appropriate and practical for their own community, each of which has its own unique context, and each has decided the following

 

St. Leonards Wychnor – which until springtime is not normally open anyway – will continue to be closed for the time being, but will happily continue the provision (established during the first lockdown) to make the building available, for anyone wishing to use it for private prayer, by contacting a local church officer or the Vicar whose information has been publicly displayed.

 

All Saints Alrewas has decided, based on an assessment of the situation in its own village context, to keep the building closed for the time being, but also to happily offer the opportunity of private prayer for anyone wishing it, by contacting Vicar John via his published contact details.

 

St Stephens Fradley, based on an assessment of the situation in its own particular context, has decided to continue opening the building for private prayer, for the days and times it has established locally – residents should consult the usual sources of church information for up-to-date information.

 

As with the situation concerning public worship, each PCC is committed to reviewing these decisions regarding the availability of their local church building during the lockdown restrictions at regular intervals, and will communicate any changes concerning the above provisions as soon as possible to the communities they serve.

 

Finally, on behalf of all of our PCCs, please be assured of our continued desire and commitment to be of service  and support to all in our benefice communities, and our earnest prayers for the safety and well-being of you and your loved ones as this extremely challenging situation continues on in this new year –

With every blessing,

Vicar John Allan

Can you help to support All Saints Church?

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 via our Just Giving page.
With our huge thanks and appreciation!

 
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/All-Saints-Church-Alrewas
St Stephen’s Church
Fradley

 
St Stephen’s Church is open for private prayer daily 10am-3pm
Please use the sanitiser on entering and leaving and respect social distancing whilst in the building.
The church complies with hygiene and personal safety guidance
of the Diocese of Lichfield and Government
 
St Stephen’s in Fradley   10th January 2021               
                                                            
A note from Elizabeth……
 

It is with great sadness that we made the difficult and painful decision to suspend public worship in the building as national lockdown is imposed and the corona virus cases continue to rise. Although not a decision taken lightly, it was felt that this was the most appropriate course of action in the circumstances and the situation will be reviewed in a few weeks time. Worship each Sunday will be either live-streamed or pre-recorded and a link will be made available for those who wish to join.

The Church may be used for Private Prayer (see details above) and is cleaned and sanitised at the end of each day. Grateful thanks to those who continue to perform this essential task so that the church may remain open.

On a more positive note, it is so uplifting to see the beginnings of the rollout programme of the vaccine with the hope that all of us may receive this in due course.

It is often out of the mouths of young people that we receive our most profound statements. I spoke to my 10 year old great nephew over Christmas, apologising that he would not have his Christmas presents as travel to Scotland had been banned. “Whatever!”, he said.(As they do!) ‘’We’ll have five Christmases – all through the year!”

Eternal hope and optimism! As the days lengthen, we see in the future the hope that restrictions will ease and we will be able to meet again.

So a prayer for hope……

 

Author of life, Lord of all creation,

from whom comes the beauty of each flower bud and every new born child.

Thank you for your everlasting forgiveness and eternal hope. You turn the pages of our lives, encouraging us to try again.

You are the author of life, who brings fresh expectation into each day.

Come flood this heart with your hope. Amen

 
Elizabeth Wall
   Associate Minister
 
St. Stephen’s Church
 Fradley
 
Sunday 10th January

1st Sunday of Epiphany
The Baptism of Christ


 
 

Our online worship will be streamed live from church at 10.30am and can be accessed via FaceBook
by this link


 www.facebook.com/ststephensfradley

 
St Stephen’s Church Fradley
Online Worship
 
So that we can continue to provide worship opportunities during the current restrictions, we are reviewing the online content we have been providing via YouTube and Facebook.
 
We are considering going live to Facebook some weeks instead of providing pre-recorded worship with a link for YouTube.
 
As we are keen to ensure we provide worship opportunities for as many of our congregation as possible, please let us know by email and advise which group you fit into:
 
A) I watch the online service via the YouTube Link only
B) I watch the online service via YouTube but have a Facebook account and could watch there
C) I watch the online service via Facebook already
 
If you are in group B but would need assistance in watching there, this can be provided.
 
Thank you for your feedback.
Katie
Video Editor

Church Contacts

Vicar:                        Revd Preb John W Allan.  Email: revdjohnallan@revdjohnallan.plus.com
                                 The Vicarage, Church Road, Alrewas, Burton on Trent DE13 7BT        01283 790486
 

Associate Minister:   Revd Elizabeth Wall          Email: ayton265@gmail.com
                                 Gaia Cottage. 15 Gaia Lane, Lichfield. WS13 7LW                                01543 254891

Curate:                     Rev'd Ashley Hines      Email: revdashleyhines@gmail.com                  07733 595893

          
Reader                      Mrs Carole Ellis
                                  49 Heritage Court, Lichfield                                                                    01543 254448

Reader                      Dorothy Giles       Email: dot_giles@hotmail.co.uk                                01283 487831

All Saints, Alrewas
http://alrewasallsaints.church/

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: treasurer@alrewasallsaints.church    
               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:                 Vacancy 
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

 
Parish News

Editors:                   Mrs Nikki Burns                                               email: nikkiburns152@hotmail.com

 
Alrewas Methodist Church
Minister: Revd Joanna Thornton 01543 253744
61 Burton Road, Streethay, Lichfield WS13 8LR  email:
revjo@hotmail.co.uk  
Steward: Mrs Pam Handscomb 01543 257594
Bookings: Mr John Henley 01283 752016
Twitter
Facebook
Website

Our mailing address is:
info@alrewasallsaints.church 

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.


 






This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
All Saints Church · Church Road · Alrewas · Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE13 7BT · United Kingdom

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp