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Parish News - Extra - 20th March 2021
From the Vicar...............
Dear Friends,
 
     Tuesday 23 March represents quite a significant day for our country and all of its residents…..it marks one year to the day that the first UK Lockdown was introduced, in recognition of the serious threat posed by the Coronavirus pandemic we’ve all come to know as Covid-19. Since then, an astonishing 2.7 million people world-wide have died with or from this novel virus, including 126,000 in our own United Kingdom. Many lives have been tragically cut short, tens of millions of people have experienced bereavement, and every single death occurring during this past year (whatever the cause) has been devastating for all those left behind.
 
     The Marie Curie charity – well-known and respected for providing valued care and support for terminally ill persons and their loved ones – has organised a National Day of Reflection to mark this milestone anniversary on Tuesday 23 March, and numerous national organisations are joining in to support it. The day has been called to encourage each of us to reflect on our collective loss, and give valued support to those who are grieving and mourning the loss of a loved one during this truly unprecedented and most difficult year – but also to join together in hope for a brighter future. The national Church of England, along with many other Christian organisations, are desirous to support this much needed opportunity to ‘reflect’, ‘connect’, and ‘hope’.
 
     I warmly encourage all of our residents in the villages of Alrewas, Fradley and Wychnor to participate in this national observance, which you are warmly invited to do in any or all of the following ways:
 
  • A National Silence will be observed at 12 noon – wherever you might be at that time, if possible please do pause to remember, reflect, and pray for all who have experienced tragic loss over this past year.
  • Many churches will be tolling a bell at 12 noon as a call to pause, remember and reflect – and I’m delighted to confirm that All Saints Alrewas. St Stephen’s Fradley, and St. Leonard’s Wychnor will be doing so for our village communities, each of which has experienced a number of Covid-related deaths during the past 12 months.
  • Although not every church is able to be open at the present time, All Saints Alrewas and St Stephen’s Fradley are open daily for private prayer – do feel warmly welcome to call in during opening hours on Tuesday, or indeed any other day and use these ‘holy houses of God’ to pray for all who have died, all who mourn, and all who are in need of healing and hope.
  • Everyone in the nation is also invited to light a candle at home 8:00pm on Tuesday as an act of solidarity and remembrance.
  • In addition to these opportunities, you are welcome to use the attached special prayers for the National Day , as well as visiting the Marie Curie, and Church of England websites (www.mariecurie.org.uk/, churchofengland.org/)  which offer a variety of additional resources and ideas marking this occasion in a way which is meaningful to you, and those you desire to remember and support, at this time in our lives.
 
With the assurance of my continuing personal prayers for you and your loved ones, and with every blessing –
 
                                                                                        Vicar John
         
Here is Wednesdays service for those who didn't get chance to see it. Please click on the link below to access the video:
                                                                
 



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

Text

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 - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/All-Saints-Church-Alrewas
 

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 21st March 10am.
We look forward to welcoming you 




You can access the services by clicking on this link:
https://www.alrewasallsaints.church/
 
 

We are in the process of finalising our 'Holy Week' provision, so please check in next weeks Parish News for full details of all our services and reflections!
 
St. Stephen’s Church
 Fradley
 
Sunday 1st March
 
Online Worship
for
PASSION SUNDAY
 
Please click on the link below
to access

https://youtu.be/ESA7DJ1BNDI

live at 10.30am
St Stephen’s in Fradley                                21st March 2021 
Bulletin                                                          Lent 5 Passion Sunday 
 
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There is currently no Public Worship in the church building.
 St Stephen’s Church remains open 10am-3pm daily for private prayer but we urge you to observe the hygiene rules and keeping social distancing whilst there.
The Government Guidelines specify the following where a church is open for Individual Prayer:                  ‘A person or single household entering the bulding to pray on their own’.
St Stephen’s now has the official NHS COVID19 App for Track & Trace.
Please log in when in the building if you have the app downloaded on your phone.
 
 
            This week sees an important anniversary which I expect we are all aware of – 23rd March – and one year since the first anniversary of lockdown. A recent research study by the Church of England revealed that two-thirds of respondents had experienced a bereavement of someone whose funeral they could not attend because of the pandemic.  So many have been unable to comfort loved ones or find comfort themselves because of isolation. Corona virus has brought mortality to the forefront of people’s minds. The study suggests that young people have been affected more than older people.
            Next Tuesday has been marked as a National Day of Reflection when churches across the country will be open for private prayer and reflection, holding a minute’s silence at 12 Noon. Bells will be tolled throughout the land.
    (See the Diary Notice later in the Bulletin).
It will be an opportunity to stop and remember and take stock of all that has happened in the last year when we have all had to cope with ever-changing circumstances.
            We mourn the loss of those who have died and those who have experienced loss of so many things. We give thanks for the care of the NHS, front-line workers and others who have kept essential services going. We have appreciated the care in our local communities, given by individuals and groups alike.

Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’           Matthew 25. 37-40
Elizabeth


A Prayer for Passion Sunday (Lent 5)
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us
that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters
we do also for you:
give us the will to be the servant of others
as you were the servant of all,
and gave up your life and died for us,
but are alive and reign, now and for ever.
 
Readings:        Jeremiah 31.31-34                 Hebrews 5. 5-10          John 12. 20-33
 

The Diary
 
Sunday 21st March 10.30am        Online Worship for the 5th Sunday of Lent
 
Tuesday 23rd March        National Day of Reflection
Take a minute’s silence at 12 noon to show your support for the millions of people who are bereaved. The church bell will toll at 12 noon and some short prayers will be said the  silence.
We will remember loved ones no longer with us but who have shaped our lives for good.
 
Wednesday 24th March 7pm PCC meeting by Zoom
               
Thursday 25th March 7-8pm Discussion Group following Session 5 of the Lent Study Course.
Please email revdashleyhines@gmail.com for the Zoom link to join this discussion.
Please note the change of date!
The Lent Study Course on The Stations of the Cross can be accessed on
                                                    https://vimeo.com/showcase/8127560
 
Sunday 28th March Palm Sunday               Online worship goes live at 10.30am
Palm Crosses will be available in church.
 
Thursday 1st April Pre- recorded Service for the Benefice for Maundy Thursday
 
 
 Please do contact us if you have any prayer requests.  Morning Prayer (said privately by the clergy) and Sunday Services all include prayers, for the world, for the church, for the community and for individuals. If you would like us to pray for anyone please get in touch.
Light an online candle to make space to pray
  Click here to light a candle

 

 

 

                      Calling all cooks and chefs! Last call for Recipes!
We thought it would be a good idea to put together a recipe book, as a fundraiser, but also to demonstrate the wonderful culinary talent of our congregation and community.  If you have any favourite recipes please send them in – sweet or savoury.
 Many recipes have been submitted but we would like a few more.
Please send recipes by email to Vanessa
vjwynn82@gmail.com  by Easter day April 4th
as we will collate for printing shortly after that.

 

Altar Flowers -help needed!                                          

We often get compliments about how lovely the church looks. It is thanks to the generosity of all those who clean, tidy and generally make it look lovely and we are extremely grateful. One thing which always looks lovely is flowers on the altar. The team who provide and arrange these weekly has become smaller and we really need a few more to join it! Are you able to arrange flowers in vases or even donate flowers and these will be arranged for you? You may like to commit to a certain date in memory of a loved one.

If you can help please contact Elaine Lloyd on 07939 129114               
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!

 
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ststephensfradley
 
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.
               

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                                                                                          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   Email:  treasurerststephensfradley@gmail.com            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
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