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Parish News - Extra - 18th July 2020
         
For John's latest video message please click the link below:
                                   
                                                                                                   
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Lord Make Me a Mountian
 
Lord make me a mountain, standing tall for you
Strong and free and holy, in everything I do
Lord make me a shepherd that I may feed your Sheep
Lord make me the servant of everyone I meet
 
Lord make me a candle shining with your light
Steadfastly unflickering standing for the right
Lord make me a fire burning strong for you
Lord make me be humble in everything I do
 
Lord make me a mountain, strong and tall for You
Lord make me a fountain of water clear and new
Lord make me a river, of water pure and sweet
Lord make me the servant of everyone I meet
Shine Jesus Shine
 
Lord, the light of your love is shining
In the midst of the darkness, shining
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us
Set us free by the truth you now bring us
Shine on me, shine on me
 
Shine, Jesus, shine
Fill this land with the Father's glory
Blaze, Spirit, blaze
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river, flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth your word
Lord, and let there be light
 
Lord, I come to your awesome presence
From the shadows into your radiance
By the blood I may enter your brightness
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness
Shine on me, shine on me

"Alrewas and Fradley Charities are keen to support anyone, families or individuals, struggling to make ends meet as a result of the Corona Virus Pandemic and are starting a Food Voucher Scheme.

If you are interested in being included or would like to know more, you can contact them in strictest confidence by email to: alrewasandfradleycharities.org.uk, by post to: 156 Main St Alrewas DE13 7ED, or by phone on : 01283 790085, with a brief description of your circumstances."

A note from Elizabeth………..

I did a Webinar this week – ‘Everybody welcome to the future’ (and as if I needed any more screen time!).  It was designed to make us reappraise this experience and bring up the positives as well as the negatives. So what has happened in Lock Down?
 
Well…………we have reconnected in our community………..we have exposed fragility; much service has been encouraged ………….…people have volunteered and done things which they would never have done before. There have, reportedly been 10 million volunteers. Interest in all sorts of things has been stimulated.
But many leaders have got tired and things have got more complex. We have responded very ably I think, to the crisis, and now the slow process of recovery starts. And then …hopefully… there will be reconstruction. ‘Normal’ is hard to predict. Some schools of thought suggest that things will go back to 80% of how it was and 20% won’t. And it is that 20% which will shape the new ‘normal’ – things waiting in the wings which crisis both exposes and accelerates.
 
“Treasures formed in darkness”
 
We do, perhaps, need to take time to pause………………to utilise our resources and settle expectations. But one thing I think we must take time to do is explore possibilities. We may have an online fringe of church connections now having been catapulted into using IT in a new and innovative way.  And then there are those who had been part of a church and now have got out of the habit. How do we reconnect?
And new church communities seem to be emerging out of all of this. Is this a new spirituality? How do we stimulate and nurture this new interest?
The pandemic will mean that we cannot do things quickly; we don’t know when we might move to the ‘new normal’. I think we need to stand back a bit ….pause…wait…and reflect…………….and dialogue.

We have always admired those who were able to ‘make things happen’. We want results, and we want them instantly. Perhaps we should have explored the parables Jesus told and which we are hearing in Church at present; Jesus tells many stories and parables to explain that this is not the way it will be in the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom is sown; then there is a lapse of time…………………………. and then there is the harvest. A few weeds along the way; a bit of a drought perhaps, a few swarms of locust or plague or pandemic……………………but there will be a harvest.

Perhaps what we need to look for is those “treasures formed in darkness”……perhaps that will be our ‘reconstruction’; that will be the ‘new normal’.

And perhaps that will echo what is at the heart of the Christian faith – Resurrection. ………that new life which comes after all hope is lost and darkness descends on the land. Easter Day tells a different story.
Elizabeth Wall
Associate Minister
 
 
Fradley Notices

St Stephen’s Church open 10am-4pm every day for private prayer
Please call in, stay awhile remembering the hygiene rules and keeping social distancing whilst there!
 
Sunday 19th July
10.30am Common Worship Communion (said) In Church

Guidelines will need to be followed but we will do all possible to keep our church
and those who use it safe.
10.30am Online Worship- prayer and music
Grateful thanks go to Katie Levitt who has edited the video, with Tim Chamberlin and Julia Usher providing incidental music and vocals. Find us on YouTube and Face book or the individual link.
 
Diary Dates
Saturday 12th September
Churchyard Clear Up – 10am-12noon. Refreshments provided. Do come along and help keep our lovely Churchyard in good shape. We won a ‘Silver’ Award last year and, with your help, we hope to keep this up!
 
Ride & Stride
The Staffordshire Historic Churches Trust’s ‘Ride and Stride’ takes place also on Saturday 12th September, in line with guidance from the National Churches Trust. The annual sponsored bike ride or walk between churches raises money to restore and preserve church buildings nationwide. We have benefited from this Trust in the past and will be offering hospitality to riders and striders on the day. Would anyone like to do a sponsored walk or ride and raise some money for the Trust? (and our own church as well!) It is always a really fun day!
St Stephen’s Church
Fradley

 
Sunday 19th July

10.30am

Family Communion in Church
(said)

Every care has been taken to ensure safety and hygiene regulations
Please follow the advice and guidance in church upon arrival
 
Online Worship

Live at 10.30am

Click on the link below to access

  https://youtu.be/XvgVfYJh0N8
Hope to see you all soon
Stay safe
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

Reader                      Mrs Carole Ellis
                                  49 Heritage Court, Lichfield                                                                    01543 254448

Reader                      Dorothy Giles       Email: dot_giles@hotmail.co.uk                                01827 820218



 

Wardens:                  Mr Ian Kirkland, 29 Micklehome Drive    ianrjk@icloud.com                  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,                                                                                        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:                  Mrs Cindy Davies 85 Church Lane                                                          01283 790317 
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
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