St Stephen’s in Fradley Bulletin 13th December 2020
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Public worship in the church building now resumes although we are in Tier 3 restrictions
St Stephen’s Church is open 10am-3pm every day for private prayer
Please call in, stay awhile remembering the hygiene rules and keeping social distancing whilst there!
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
As Advent moves on it seems, as in previous years, difficult to slow the pace. We may be in Tier 3 or Lockdown (not much difference here!) but we learned about Zoom and Microsoft team early in our first lock down. Now Zoom meetings seem to fill the days.
Lauren Laverne is on Desert Island Discs and the talk is yet again about Vaccines. It was a boost to see the launch of the first administration of the vaccine this week; it gives us hope that we will conquer this virus in the coming months.
This week I was privileged to be part of a rather special Zoom meeting when a member of my family, a learned Medical Professional, lead a discussion on his thoughts about Covid, its treatment and the developing vaccine. During part of his medical career he served on the Committee for Safety of Medicines. He gave valuable advice about the safety of this new vaccine being rolled out at centres all around the country.
This Advent we watch and wait with hope….hope for the future hope for all the things we wish ourselves and those we love, and hope for the world. The medical developments this week give me hope; waiting for the birth of the Christ-child give me hope. For incarnation happens when we drink deeply of life’s chalice ……our faith is shaped in terms of hope as well as memory and experience.
Dates for your Diary and other information
We are back in Church for public worship!
10.30am Family Communion We will be socially distanced and follow the government guidelines on keeping safe in this pandemic.
Online Service live at 10.30am
Readings: Isaiah 61. 1-4, 8-end 1 Thessalonians 5. 16-24 John 1. 6-8, 19-28
A Prayer for the 3rd Sunday of Advent
as we prepare with joy
to celebrate the gift of the Christ-child,
embrace the earth with your glory
and be for us a living hope
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Monday 14th December 12noon Advent Reflections by Zoom
(Please email Elizabeth on email@example.com if you would like to join in this quiet, reflective service as we begin Advent). There will be an online link to access the service and an accompanying Service Booklet. This is the last in the series.
Sundays 20th December
10.30am Family Communion in Church and Online Service live at 10.30am
“We’re Good To Go” is the official UK mark to signal that we have follow Government COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. We have successfully applied for the ‘Good to Go’ Industry standard and this has been granted.
Sue Watkins RIP
We are sorry to announce that Sue died on Saturday 5th December following complications from hip surgery. She was a member of our congregation for the last couple of years and we will miss her warm and enthusiastic presence and all that she contributed to St Stephen’s.
Our sincere condolences go to Sue’s two daughters and their families.
Parish Christmas Card
Thank you to those who have generously paid for the printing of our Christmas Card. We aimed to send Christmas Greetings to every house in Fradley and Fradley South (nearly 1500 homes); your generosity has enabled this. Thank you to all those who have delivered the cards to all these homes. And….thank you to Sophie Morgan (age 8), one of our younger members of the congregation, whose stunning design is the focus of the card this year.
Thank you to all who continue to support the Food Bank. There is even greater demand for assistance in the current crisis. The food bank says it is well stocked with beans, pasta and milk,
but is still looking for other tinned and packet food donations
Christmas Food Bag Appeal 2020
Please help local people in crisis by donating items from this list for Christmas food bags
Large tins of potatoes Tins of Salmon Tins of garden peas Tins of Carrots
Large tins of Ham Small tins of Ham Stuffing Gravy Granules
Cartons / Tins of Custard Tins of Fruit Christmas Cake (slab or novelty)
Mince Pies Large box of Biscuits Small Shortbread biscuits
Individual Christmas Puddings Apple & Orange Juice Crisps / Snacks / Nuts
Adult Chocolates Novelty Chocolates (Gold coins etc)
Donations can be left in Church
Travelling to Bethlehem 3,173 miles
Our collective miles so far amount to 2,884
and we have travelled to Damascus.
We have 289 miles to go! This is our final push to get to Bethlehem (Unlike Mary and Joseph we need to be there before the Online Carol Service on Sunday 20th December!)
Don’t be deceived though, because there are mountains to cross and these can be treacherous.
Take care on the final stretch but please send your miles in to Carole this week.
We are supporting ‘Christmas Day Together’ as well as St. Stephen’s Church. Due to for this project. If you would like to contribute to the charity, organised through Churches Together in Lichfield, which will offer a Christmas Meal to those on their own
If you do feel you would like to offer a donation,
this can be made through our ‘Just Giving’ page – link below
Thank you so much to those who feel they are able to support.
Love Carole Griffiths
01543258907 Mob 07813620622