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Parish News - Extra - 12th December 2020

Please note that in last weeks December issue, there is an error on the services for All Saints on Sunday 27th December.
There will be no 8 am service on this morning, but everyone from all three churches is warmly welcomed to our 10 am service. Apologies for any confusion.
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Christmas at All Saints, Alrewas     

Join us Online live at 10.30am
The stable is installed at St Stephen’s!

Do go along and see it (lit up at dusk) and ponder the Christmas Story and the birth of Jesus.
And with thanks to Graham Griffiths for his vision and creativity in making the Stable and Crib figures.
I am sure you will agree that it is an impressive work of art.
Look out next week for an exciting project for our young people associated with the Nativity Scene!
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
Almighty God,
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 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.
Food Bank
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
And finally……                                                    

EAW 12/12/2020

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:                     Rev'd Ashley Hines      Email:                  07733 595893

Reader                      Mrs Carole Ellis
                                  49 Heritage Court, Lichfield                                                                    01543 254448

Reader                      Dorothy Giles       Email:                                01283 487831

All Saints, Alrewas

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:    
               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:

Alrewas Methodist Church
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

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