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May Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas news
Methodist Church News
Fradley news

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

Dear friends,
We may not think of it too much, but every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we pray ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’ What an awesome thing to be asking for…..that God’s reign of love, justice, peace and reconciliation will be personally known and embraced by all people in every nation on earth!
The ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative began a few years ago at the invitation of the Archbishops of the Church of England, but very quickly was embraced by Christian churches throughout the world (currently 65 different denominations in 114 countries!). It’s become a special opportunity to join in 11 days of prayer between Jesus’ ascension and Pentecost Sunday, to pray that God’s Holy Spirit will inspire and equip us to share the Good News of God’s unconditional, transforming love in Christ with our families and friends, our communities and networks, that those who do not yet know God’s powerful, loving presence may hear it for themselves, and respond and follow him. During these 11 days, each Christian is invited to pray specifically for five friends, that God’s spirit might work in their lives such that they may personally experience God’s presence, promises and power!
I hope everyone who reads this will desire to participate in this world-wide, yet very personal, prayer opportunity – at Alrewas, Fradley and Wychnor churches we have free resources to assist you (including a Novena booklet for personal prayer, and a Prayer Journal), and there are plenty more to explore and use for free on the website listed below.
With every blessing to you as you pray for God’s Kingdom to come and renew us all,
                                                                                                                          Vicar John

Alrewas News

   Services In May
       at All Saints 


     Wednesday 1st May - 10am Holy Communion

     Sunday 5th May  
8am Holy Communion BCP
      10am First Sunday All Age Praise 

Wednesday 8th May - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 12th May
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion

Wednesday 15th May- 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 19th April 
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion  

Wednesday 22nd May - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 26th May
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am  Sung Communion 

Wednesday 29th May - 10am Holy Communion

Ascension Day celebrates Jesus's ascension to heaven after he was resurrected on Easter Day.  It occurs 40 days after Easter and therefore always falls on a Thursday.  The story of the ascension is told in both Mark and Luke but the most detailed version is found in the book of Acts 1. 6-12.  (It is perhaps worth noting that Mark 16. 9-19, where the story is told, is considered to be a later addition to Mark and thus not part of the original gospel).

From Resurrection to Ascension
The Bible tells us that during the 40 days between his resurrection and ascension, Jesus appeared to his disciples and followers on many occasions, notably on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24. 13-32) and then on two occasions to the disciples in a locked room; on the first occasion Thomas was absent and at the second appearance he needed to be convinced of the risen Jesus by actually seeing the nail holes in Jesus’ hands (John 20. 24-29).  Also during this time Jesus meets the disciples on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and effectively “reinstates” Peter after Peter had denied him three times at the court of the high priest after Jesus’ arrest (John 21.15-23).  Jesus spent these 40 days teaching his disciples about the kingdom of God and preparing them for his departure from earth.
On the day of the ascension, Jesus had taken his disciples to Bethany, a village on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives which was just over a mile from Jerusalem. Whilst he was talking to the disciples “he left them and was taken up into heaven” (Luke 24.51).
The Ascension
The ascension of Jesus proves somewhat problematic to us today. There are many works of art which portray Jesus being taken up to heaven in a whirlwind, with the bemused disciples staring at his disappearing legs as he takes off from the earth, like a primitive spaceman, and vanishes into the sky,  wherein apparently lies heaven. With our modern-day knowledge we know that outer space is not to be equated with heaven and that Jesus, as fully human, would not anyway survive for very long on such a journey. Thus, nowadays, the story of the ascension at a literal level seems rather difficult to accept.
However, we need to realise that the biblical accounts of the ascension were written at a time in which people thought that heaven was directly above the earth – in the clouds – and that reaching it meant going straight upwards. They had no conception that the earth was in fact round and that it would be possible to take off from different places on earth and go in completely opposite directions.  What is important here is not that Jesus has gone upwards but that he has gone.  Perhaps a clue to this is given in Acts 1.9-11a; “…he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood before them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky?...’.  Heaven is not a physical location.  Heaven is God’s space and earth is our space and sometimes they overlap which allowed Jesus to apparently come and go at will during the post-resurrection appearances.
The cloud, as so often in the bible, is the sign of God’s presence and on that day on the Mount of Olives Jesus had passed into God’s dimension, although we are told that he will return; “… This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven”. (Acts 1. 11b).  The bible tells us that he is now sitting at the right hand of God; he is no longer present on earth but represents us and our concerns directly to God.  One day, when God’s space and our space are brought together once and for all, Jesus will return to us.  This is the promise which we are given.
                                                                                        Helen Mullins

Alrewas Surgery Patient Participation Group (PPG)
Who are we?
We are a small, friendly group of patients working together with the practice staff to improve the services of Alrewas Surgery for everyone.
What do we do?
We focus on patients’ feedback, patient education, health promotion and the practice environment. One of our past projects involved the introduction of defibrillators into Alrewas and Fradley.  We also provided training on how to use them and workshops on essential first aid skills. This year’s projects include under 18’s health education, organising activities to help counter loneliness and working with Barton and Yoxall PPGs on their Health and Wellbeing Event.
Please join us – we’d love to hear your views!
We warmly welcome more volunteers to join us and share their ideas, skills and enthusiasm! You can join our PPG group, which meets four times a year. Or, if you wish to contribute but can’t attend the meetings, you can join our Virtual PPG email group. We ask the members of this group some questions from time to time - such as what you think about our opening times or the quality of the care or service you have received. We will also send out the agenda and relevant documents prior to each meeting so that a virtual group member can raise any practice related matters.
How to join
If you’re interested in joining our PPG meeting group or the Virtual PPG, please fill in a joining form. They are available at the surgery or to download from For further information please contact:
The Practice Manager:
Chair: Lorna Lewis  01283 790799     Deputy Chair: Ralph Seville  01283 790527
5th May   Sheila Pennell
12th May   Helen Newman
19th May  Norman Hunt
26th May   Sheila Pennell

               May         10 am                                
5th            Jenny Eastwood & Sarah
12th          Jean & Mark Emly
19th          Christine & Ian Kirkland
26th          Elizabeth & Colin Cox

Alrewas        Altar Flowers May                                        
5th         Mrs G Jack   
12th       Mrs M Allen
19th       Mrs C Kirkland 
26th       Mrs M Jaques

Coffee Rota - May

5th          Nikki Burns
12th        Jan Tams      
19th        Jenny Jenkins 
26th        Jean Emly


It is that time of year again when we have the pleasure of gathering the collection boxes and we would like to thank you all for supporting the Children's Society.  

If you are able, please could you drop your box in at 14 Fox Lane or give us a call on 07580-101361, and we will pop around and collect it.

Once again thank you for supporting the Children's Society
Lynn & Peter Lerigo
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

The Alrewas Escape Room, which launched during the 2018 Arts Festival, has some new dates!
The popular DOOMSDAY themed room will be running during May on 7th, 25th and 26th  & June 7th, 11th, 15th & 21st.  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 May are the 9th and 23rd.
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 10th and 24th of May 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 June issue

If you would like anything included in the next issue then please email or ring 01283 791941
by Monday 27th May.
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 May
5th May - 10.30 - our service, led by Revd Jo Thornton, will include our General Church Meeting, in which we will discuss the life of our church and look ahead to the future.

12th May - 10.30 - Communion service led by Revd Elizabeth Cresswell

19th May - 10.30 - Together in Worship, led by Revd Jo Thornton.  This is our lively, informal service, suitable for families and children of all ages!

26th May - 10.30 - Morning Worship led by Mrs Anne Hazell - Smith.

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
Alternating between All Saints Church &
Alrewas Methodist Church 
Please ring Jo Thornton or John Allan for details

Messy Church is on Friday 10th May 
All welcome. 5 - 7pm

Crafts - Celebration - Food
Children must be accompanied by an adult
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 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd of May. We will not be meeting on the 29th due to it being school holidays.

Ring or text Helen
on 07515 940060 to find out more

Fradley News
St Stephen’s, Fradley

Services in May

Sunday 5th May
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am All Age worship with The Music Group
Sunday 12th May
10.30am Family Communion
Friday 17th May
3.30-5.30pm Messy Church
A time of fun, play, craft and celebration for children with their parents, grandparents and carers

Sunday 19th May
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 26th May
10.30am Family Communion

Find us on Fradley St.Stephen
Burying the Alleluia!
Had you noticed that in our Liturgy during Lent we don’t say ‘The Gloria (Glory to God in the Highest)’ and we don’t say ‘Alleluia’ during these 40 days of Lent.
And it has been the custom to miss these out since at least the 5th Century.
But there is another custom of actually ‘saying goodbye’ – bidding ‘farewell’ to these words - which developed in the Middle Ages.
It is called ‘Burying the Alleluia’’!
And we did just that at St. Stephen’s………….
One Sunday morning in Lent in our All-Age Worship we decorated the letters of ALLELUIA, enlarged and cut out in card and placed these in a sack and symbolically buried them behind the Altar.
It felt appropriate to put away the ‘Alleluia’ only to bring it out again after Jesus’ Resurrection at Easter. It was a way to put the ‘Alleluia’ into the “tomb,” only to discover it again at Easter when the stone is removed and the ‘Alleluia’ is “resurrected.”
On Easter Day the young people with the young-at-heart Carole and Vanessa ‘resurrected’ our ALLELUIA and hung it on the Altar…..
Alleluia, Christ is Risen. He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!
St Chad Pilgrimage
On Saturday 8 June 2019, Midland Church Leaders, priests, pastors and people will walk together in prayer and fellowship over the 19 miles between Repton and Lichfield. The St Chad Pilgrimage will take around nine hours to complete, including pauses for prayer and refreshment en route.
Section 1 is from Repton to Burton, Section 2 from Burton to Alrewas and Section 3 from Alrewas to Lichfield Cathedral.
Some of the religious leaders walking some or all of the route include
  • The Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, 99th successor of St Chad as Bishop of Lichfield
  • The Rt Revd Jan MacFarlane, Bishop of Repton in the Anglican Diocese of Derby
  • The Rt Revd Pat McKinney, Roman Catholic Bishop of Nottingham
  • Mgr Tim Menezes, Vicar General in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham
  • Revd Rachel Parkinson, Chair of the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church
  • Revd Mike Fegredo, Regional Minister for the East Midlands Baptist Association
  • Revd Adrian Argile, Regional Minister Team Leader for the Heart of England Baptist Association
  • Revd Steve Faber, Moderator of the West Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church
The official description of Section 3 is as follows. Leaving Alrewas, the route follows the canal towpath to Fradley Junction, then encompasses fields, woods and rough terrain to the railway line which separates Curborough and Lichfield. The final part of the walk follows roads/paths to St Chad’s Church and on to Lichfield Cathedral. Walkers on this section of the pilgrimage will need to be able to climb stiles and to cope with undergrowth and uneven ground in the Fradley-to-Curborough part of the route. 
So that we can participate in this celebration, I am going to lead a group for Section 3 from Alrewas, leaving there at around 2.30pm on Saturday 8th June, recognising that not all of us who would like to be a part of this event can manage the full 19 miles!  There are further details on the Staffordshire Churches website.
You will need to register with the walk for insurance purposes, so please email for a form, or I can register us on a group form, but I will need your name by 16th May please, as it has to be returned to the organisers. or text me  07711 539844.
 Late registrations may not be accepted!

St. Stephen’s Churchyard Spring Clear up 2019
It proved a glorious morning for a Spring clear up and once again there were plenty of volunteers to clear both the churchyard and spring clean the church.  Sacks of Christmas wreaths were removed from graves, paths were swept, graves were weeded, grass cuttings raked up and daffodils / narcissi bulbs planted.  Most importantly the yew bushes were trimmed and mounds of leaves raked up. The churchyard looked beautiful for Mother’s Day and Easter.  It was also a big help towards the church and village obtaining a possible gold in this year’s Best Kept Churchyard and Best Kept Village competitions. Can we do it?  Of course we can!

Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in May
12th May             11.30am – Holy Communion

26th May             11.30am – Family Service

10AM TO 5 PM
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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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