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Thank you to everyone for staying safe and holding your two minutes silence on Remembrance Sunday
on your doorsteps this year.
Here is a video of the act of Remembrance that took place at the war memorial if you would like to watch it.
All Saints Church is going live!!
We are delighted to announce the launch of our Live Streaming service this Sunday 15th November, 10:00a.m.
The Reverends John Allan and Ashley Hines will perform the service, which you can view live on this website.
(This service is not open to our congregation due to lockdown restrictions)
This will be our first ever live stream so please bear with us in the event of any technical difficulties!
Click on the link below to get access and this will also provide a link to download the order of service before you start!
St Stephen’s in Fradley Bulletin 15th November 2020
Firstly- a warm welcome!
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Please note that there will be no public worship in the church building until after 2nd December, pending restrictions being lifted. However,
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 I write BBC Radio 4 is reminding all its listeners that we must remember to celebrate positivity. Of course that is right but for some there is no positivity and it is very difficult to celebrate anything. And it has, as usual, been a mixed week…
The restrictions seem clear now that England is in lockdown; Scotland has changed its tiers and is nearly in lockdown. Wales has just completed a ‘fire-break’ and has new restrictions and Northern Ireland has just extended its four week circuit breaker.
We have had a poignant Remembrance week which seems to have lost nothing from being simpler. It is just as moving as ever to remember sacrifice. Our public worship cannot happen in church buildings but the church has not closed. There is talk of Christmas; we will do what we can and not what we can’t and whilst it will be different, Christmas will happen.
Some have had a week where there has been a glimmer of hope; others have been filled with anxiety and grief. Some may be looking ahead and see some possibility for optimism. But as well as Remembrance, two major things have happened – major political changes (on which I will not comment, remembering my teaching as a dental student just before we went on clinic that some topics were inappropriate to discuss with patients!)…………….and the realisation that a Covid vaccine is on the immediate horizon. And on a lighter note, Scotland has scored a victory for the UK in qualifying for the Euros. We should perhaps celebrate positivity!
Whatever the week has been and next week might be for you, here are some words of a prayer which might be helpful………………
Loving God, you have called us, each by name.
You never forget your love for us and for your world.
We give thanks as we remember all who have helped us over these last months:
the smiles and greetings of strangers;
the patience and good humour of those working in so many ways to make life safe for us all.
May we never forget your love for us and remember to do all we can to take that love to others.
(shared by courtesy of Arthur Rank Organisation)
Dates for your Diary and other information
The 2nd Sunday before Advent
Online worship available through a YouTube link at 10.30am
Readings: Zephaniah 1.7, 12-end 1 Thessalonians 5. 1-11 Matthew 25. 14-30
The Collect for today
you long for the world’s salvation:
stir us from apathy,
restrain us from excess
and revive in us new hope
that all creation will one day be healed
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
For the following weeks of lockdown there will be Online Worship available for each Sunday 22nd and 29th November.
17th November 7.30pm Deanery Synod by Zoom
25th November 7pm PCC by Zoom
Mondays 30th November, 7th December, 14th December 12 noon
On the 1st three Mondays in Advent there will be a short (30minute) service to include reading, prayers and some music and will be held by Zoom.
There will be an online link to access the service and an accompanying Service Booklet
Please get in touch to express an interest - Elizabeth email@example.com
Calling all cooks and chefs!
We thought it would be a good idea to put together a recipe book to sell in the spring to raise funds and demonstrating the wonderful culinary talent of our parishioners. Perhaps a Mother’s Day or Easter gift? I you have any favourite recipes please send us one. This could be a cake, pie, dessert, soup, curry, casserole anything at all! If it has a special meaning to you and you don’t mind sharing that then please write that down too.
We will start collecting in the New Year but if you have any delicious Christmas recipes then please send them in now. We look forward to reading them. Vanessa Wynn
E mail Vanessa firstname.lastname@example.org or Carole email@example.com
Walking to Bethlehem 3,173 miles!
This year several of us are making the journey, physically as well as spiritually to Bethlehem in time for the birth of Jesus. We continue our journey and the miles are adding up. An Online Carol Service ‘The Road to Bethlehem’ will mark our arrival in the week just before Christmas. More details later!
Update of our journey to Bethlehem
Supporting ‘Christmas Day Together’
Our collective miles so far amount to 1745
Our walk from Fradley is still in Bulgaria,
but we are getting close to the Turkish border
Carole Griffiths: 01543258907 / 07813620622 firstname.lastname@example.org
if you need any more information
Thank you to all who continue to support the Food Bank. There is even greater demand for assistance in the current crisis. Donations can now be left in Church.
- The food bank says it is well stocked with beans, pasta and milk, but is still looking for other tinned and packet food donations.
“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.
Thank you from the Foodbank for the fantastic Harvest Festival collection, in all we were donated two and a half tonnes of food over the Festival period.
It was proposed to have a Foodbank collection at Tesco in Lichfield on Thursday 19, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 November. However Tesco (nationally) have decided that our volunteers should not be present in store due, understandably, to the lockdown.
Based on the last unmanned collection we risk a significantly lower level of donations so there will be notices around the store publicising the Foodbank activity. If you, your family, friends and neighbours who shop at Tesco could please donate something when they shop, that would be brilliant. There are collection points in the store and there is a collection box in church.
At this time of year we tend to have a push on certain items to create our 500 Christmas bags (large tins of potatoes, tins of ham, tins of salmon, tins of custard, tins of fruit, chocolate items, gravy granules, stuffing, Christmas biscuits, individual Christmas puddings, Christmassy cakes - dated beyond 25 December, mince pies, crisps and snacks). If any of these can be on your list, they will be well received
Your help is really appreciated and this service is required more than ever - we have fed 10% more clients this year (April to March) already than in the whole of last year, and our all-time number of meals provided has now reached 557,000.
Once again thank you for your support.
Associate Minister: Revd Elizabeth Wall Email: email@example.com
Gaia Cottage. 15 Gaia Lane, Lichfield. WS13 7LW 01543 254891
Curate: Rev'd Ashley Hines Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 07733 595893
Reader Mrs Carole Ellis
49 Heritage Court, Lichfield 01543 254448
Reader Dorothy Giles Email: email@example.com 01283 487831
Wardens: Mr Ian Kirkland, 29 Micklehome Drive firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Alrewas Methodist Church
Minister: Revd Joanna Thornton 01543 253744
61 Burton Road, Streethay, Lichfield WS13 8LR email: email@example.com
Steward: Mrs Pam Handscomb 01543 257594
Bookings: Mr John Henley 01283 752016