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April Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas news
Methodist Church News
Fradley news

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

One more step…

Dear Friends,
As I write this the Brexit vote hasn’t happened yet, so the future of this United Kingdom’s relationship with Europe is still uncertain.  We’ll continue to hold the whole process in prayer… I’ve also just been given the go-ahead to announce where the next step of my ministry will be….. I cannot tell you now, but on Sunday 31st March I’ll be making that announcement at All Saints and St Stephen’s. 
This waiting, holding on to uncertainty, waiting for decisions made by others before we can know the next step for us and for our country, is all the more poignant in this season of Lent.   I want to thank you for your prayers and, as I prepare to take this step from Assistant Curate to Rector, I humbly ask for those prayers to continue.  For as I travel from the old to the new, I will take with me all I have learned and enjoyed during my time with you at Alrewas, Fradley and Wychnor.
I’m not so naïve that I’m unaware of how hard leading parishes is going to be, there’s going to be lots of new and unknown things I will see.  Yet I know that God is gracious and, as 1 Corinthians 10 reminds us, never tests us beyond our capabilities…  Our prayers and relationships with those who journey with us help us through the bad and good; giving us courage when the world is rough and helping us love one another when the world is tough.
As we journey towards the cross this Lent, help us to remember the footsteps of those who have travelled before us.  Our God who is ever old and ever new, who created the world, and continues to create the beauty around us as winter gives way to spring.  Let us encourage one another to keep travelling alongside our wonderful God whatever the future brings.

With every blessing
Revd Chris

Alrewas News

   Services In April
       at All Saints 


     Wednesday 3rd April - 10am Holy Communion

     Sunday 7th April  
8am Holy Communion BCP
      10am First Sunday All Age Praise 

Wednesday 10th April - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 14th April - Palm Sunday
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion
with procession of Palm crosses around the church

Wednesday 17th April- 10am Holy Communion

Thursday 18th April - Maundy Thursday 7:30 pm
Holy Communion with symbolic hand washing, and Night Watch from 9 pm to 12 midnight

Friday 19th April - Good Friday
9:30 – 10:45 AM – Children’s workshops (at Methodist Church)
11 AM – All-Age Worship (at Methodist) Followed by the walk of witness
2:00 – 3:00pm – ‘ An hour at the cross’ ( All Saints) Meditative service

Saturday 20th April - Easter Eve
4:00 PM ‘Service of Light’ (a short service for the whole family in preparation for Easter)

Sunday 21st April - Easter Sunday  
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion  Festive Family Communion with Easter treats for everyone!

Wednesday 24th April - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 28th April
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am  Sung Communion followed by AGM


7th April    Helen Newman
14th April   Norman Hunt
21st April  Sheila Pennell
28th April   Norman Hunt

               April         10 am                                
7th            Peter and Lynn Lerigo
14th    Roger Hailwood & Pam Foster
21st        Barbara & Bill Stonehouse
28th           Jeanette Hodgkinson

Alrewas        Altar Flowers April                                        
7th          LENT 5       
14th        LENT 6   
21st    Easter Day Mrs G Cogman 
28th        Mrs M Johnson

Coffee Rota - April

7th       Mary-Lou Goodbody
14th        Gail Cogman      
21st        Helen Cocks   
28th        Pauline Kilford

Alrewas All Saints Bowling Club
You may have heard rumours concerning the demise of the bowls club but we are delighted to tell you that any such reports are far from the truth and that the club faces a new lease of life in a rejuvenated form for the benefit of all its members.

For some years now the club has concentrated on competitive bowling with teams in various leagues around the region. However, the ravages of time have led to the loss of many experienced players through physical disability and others have moved on. Unfortunately, the lack of a magic conveyor belt to provide new experienced players has severely impacted the viability of this model and it did appear that the club lacked a future. Fortunately, a recruitment drive last year brought forth a number of new and keen players anxious to take advantage of the wonderful and peaceful surroundings of the club as well as the opportunity to enjoy some gentle exercise and good company without the pressure of competition and so the All Saints Bowls has been revived as a purely social enterprise.

Initially, we intend to meet two or three afternoons per week to enjoy a gentle game of bowls, drink in the surroundings, put the world to rights and enjoy some light refreshments although the new set up will allow members to play at will. The annual subscription allows members access to the club at all times and there is a subsidiary daily fee payable only if you play; a small charge allows unlimited access to the green for the whole day except for times set aside for maintenance. A cup of tea or coffee with biscuits is provided for a nominal fee (even if you might have to make it yourself!). The system operates on an honesty basis with members buying books of vouchers for playing sessions and refreshments so that no cash is kept on the premises.  If you don’t wish to play, you can still enjoy the company for free! If you have never played but wish to try it you will find volunteers only too willing to help you and we do have a selection of bowls (or more correctly, woods!) for your convenience. We offer two free sessions without obligation for any potential new member.

The club is maintained almost entirely by volunteers so that the costs are kept as low as possible although we do face charges for things such as power, water, insurance, green maintenance products and various professional services which are unavoidable. The club is financed mainly by the membership subscriptions and playing fees although we also run a weekly lottery (based on the lotto bonus ball) to help supplement the kitty.  As many of these charges are fixed, the more members we can get the lower the fees will be! Why not come along and join us?

For more information, contact either:
Mrs C Cadman (secretary), tel:01283 790060       email:
Mr M Morriss (treasurer),     tel:01283 790807      email:

or simply come along to the green when you find us playing!
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

It is said that by the time Jesus had completed his time on earth, he had fulfilled over 300 prophecies from the Old Testament.  Many of those relate to his death and resurrection and many of them are found in the books of the prophets, notably Isaiah and Zechariah, and in the Book of Psalms.
Perhaps the most well-known Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament are the four “servant songs” found in the Book of Isaiah between chapters 40 and 53.  Of these, the final one in Isaiah 52:13 -53:12, written some 600 years before Jesus’ life and ministry, foretells his death and resurrection.  It tells how he will be “despised and rejected by mankind” (53:3) and put to death: “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (53.5). 
 Isaiah further explains “It was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer and … the Lord makes his life an offering for sin...” (53.10). It is our sins being placed on him that causes his suffering and death; an early statement of how Christ died so that we could have peace with God.  Immediately following the prophecy of the servant’s death, Isaiah makes a startling prophecy of the servant’s victory; that he “will see his offspring and prolong his days… After he has suffered he will see the light of life and be satisfied. . . .”  The whole passage is a prophetic portrait of the gospel.
Zechariah was a prophet in Jerusalem, some 200 years after Isaiah. He also gives precise details about Jesus’ trial and death.  He foretells that Jesus would enter Jerusalem riding on a donkey: “See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey”. (9.9) He speaks of the 30 pieces of silver that Judas took when he betrayed Jesus and which were later used to purchase a potter’s field (11.12-13; cf Matthew 27.7).  He tells how Jesus would be deserted by the disciples: “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered” (13.7) and that he would be pierced “the one they have pierced…” (12.10)
Several of the Psalms make reference to Jesus’ suffering and death.  Possibly the most well-known passages are those found in Psalm 22, written by David some 1,000 years before Christ.  It tells of Jesus’ crucifixion; how the people mocked him: “But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people.  All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.  “He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him”. (v 6-8) and divided up his clothes “They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment”. (v 18)
Perhaps it is appropriate to take our final passage from what is thought to be the oldest book of the Bible, written even before Moses wrote the Pentateuch, the Book of Job.  Job prophesied from the ash heap where he suffered and he declared in verses 19:25-26:
"For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God." (KJV)
                                                                              Helen Mullins

The Alrewas Escape Room, which launched during the 2018 Arts Festival, has some new dates!
The popular DOOMSDAY themed room will be running during April. It’s £20 for 4 people to play and the money will be donated to the Arts Festival to help fund 2020’s activities as well as creating new rooms in the future. The room is relatively challenging, so we do recommend over 16’s. Please dress for cold weather and don’t forget your reading glasses!
So head on over to the Arts Festival website (below) and book your date and time. We’ll be waiting to see you.


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 April are the 11th and 25th.
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 12th and 26th of April 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

Delyse's Yoga class
Each Monday in the Methodist hall
8 til 9pm - contact 01283 790832

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


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 May issue

If you would like anything included in the next issue then please email or ring 01283 791941
by Friday 26th April.
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 April
7th - 10.30 - Morning Worship led by Revd Jo Thornton

14th - 10.30 - Palm Sunday service led by Mr Albert Wright

21st - 11am (note change of time!) - informal Family Celebration for Easter Day - with Communion - led by Revd Jo Thornton

28th - 10.30am - Morning Worship led by Mr Patrick Hughes

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 Church 1st and 15th April
Alrewas Methodist Church 8th and 29th
(we are not meeting on 22nd due to it being Easter Monday)
Please ring Jo Thornton or John Allan for details

There is no Messy Church in April but please come to our Good Friday Workshop instead on Friday 19th April at 9.30 

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 3rd and 10th of April and then we will be closed for the Easter school holidays. We will then restart on 1st May

Ring or text Helen
on 07515 940060 to find out more

Fradley News
St Stephen’s, Fradley

Services in April

Sunday 7th April
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am All Age worship with The Music Group
Sunday 14th April Palm Sunday
10.30am Family Communion
Friday 19th April
10 – 11am Messy Church Good Friday

A time of fun, play, craft and celebration for children with their parents, grandparents and carers

Sunday 21st April EASTER DAY
10.30am Family Communion
and blessing of the Easter Garden
Sunday 28th April
10.30am Family Communion

Find us on Fradley St.Stephen
Pancake Party  5/3/19

Shrove Tuesday this year saw another very successful Pancake Party, generously hosted at Vanessa & David Wynn’s house in Fradley village. This is the 3rd year they have hosted this event and 27 people attended so the rooms were ‘buzzing’ with animated chat and laughter.
The food consisted of lots of pancakes, no surprise there, including oat & gluten free options, with several different fillings, both savoury & sweet, including bacon, chicken & bacon in a light creamy sauce, a large bowl of fresh mixed fruit, maple syrup, ice cream & my personal favourite-lemon juice & sugar!
Wine, tea, coffee & soft drinks were also available & flowed freely.
The evening started at 6.00pm & continued ‘til about 9.00pm & a good time was had by us all as well as raising £120 for the ongoing mission & charitable work of St Stephen’s church.
 Next year be sure to get your tickets early!

                              Dot Giles

Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in April
14thApril               11.30am – Family Service – followed by PCC AGM    

21st April                9.00am -  EASTER SUNDAY Holy Communion

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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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