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January Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas News
Methodist Church News
Fradley News
Wychnor News
Message from the Vicar........

Dear Friends,                                                                                                                      January 2021
  Here’s to HOPE!
There’s no getting around it, 2020 was one of the most difficult, challenging and pain-filled years in virtually everyone’s living memory, due to the truly unprecedented situation caused by the Coronavirus pandemic and experienced throughout the world. The daily media reports and regular Covid-19 updates from the Government and medical experts have made us all critically aware of the statistics which confirm how significantly this deadly virus has altered our daily lives and livelihoods – and I haven’t the heart to share them again here! 
     And yet, when we look back over this past year, amidst all of the anxieties and difficulties, there were always some ‘signs of hope’ which could be discerned, giving strength to persevere and carry on.  Some examples which come to mind: 
  • the astounding efforts of our NHS in providing life-saving healthcare for tens of thousands of patients suffering from Covid, as well as ‘key workers’ in many sectors who continued to help us all to have the vital provisions and services we needed during the toughest of times (the nation-wide ‘clapping for carers’ not only conveyed our sincere appreciation for the risks they themselves were taking in order to serve others, but also was a sign of hope in the power of resilience, compassion and sacrificial service to meet and transform this pandemic)
  • the re-discovery of the importance of ‘community’, as neighbours reached out to assist those near them; as significant numbers of volunteers came forward to help Coronavirus Support Groups to deliver food, medicines, and emotional support to those who were ill, self-isolating or lonely; as people creatively and enthusiastically raised funds to support the NHS and others in need, and generously supported local Food Banks to help unprecedented numbers of families in need;
  • the world-wide race to create effective vaccines to offer protection against the life-threatening aspects of the virus, and to help control and curb its spread in due course (the sheer ingenuity, dedication and determination of the scientific community to accomplish this in a such a short time frame has been a continuing source of inspiration and indeed hope for us all!)
     As we look back over the past year to remember and give thanks for the positive, hope-full experiences which brought much welcomed ‘light to lighten our darkness’, I believe it’s also crucially important for us to recognise God’s own presence and power at work in this situation – for God is indeed the very source of the hope which we long for, as we pray and work for his loving purposes and vision for our world to be realised. This is beautifully reflected in some of the Church’s beloved hymns:                                                                              
                            “All my hope on God is founded, he doth still my trust renew;
                              me through change and chance he guideth, only good and only true…..”
                            “O God our help in ages past, our hope for years to come;
                              our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home.”

   We’ve recently celebrated Christmas…..
   although that experience was radically different
   this year for most of us because of Covid tier
   restrictions, it certainly was NOT the case that
   ‘Christmas is cancelled!’ as some headlines
   lamented – for the annual celebration of the birth
   of Jesus the Messiah, Son of God and Son of Man,
   Emmanuel (God with us) wonderfully reminds us
   that the very presence of God’s own powerful love
   and light is indeed with us even in the darkest
   moments of our existence, which gives genuine,
   constant, dependable hope for the renewal of our world.
As we begin 2021 with our hopes for a much improved New Year through the production and rolling out of Covid-19 vaccines, and the deep longing for a daily life with far fewer restrictions and much more ‘normality’, we begin a new season of the church year -  Epiphany – which reminds us that the light of God’s loving presence which came to us all in Jesus’ birth continues to shine in the midst of the challenges and anxieties we still face, and God indeed calls each of us to be ‘portals’ of that light through which His hope can shine through to others!  This is wonderfully captured in words from the much loved hymn by Graham Kendrick, 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…..
              As we gaze on your kingly brightness, so our faces display your likeness,
               ever changing from glory to glory; mirrored here, may our lives tell your story….”
May each of us allow God to shine the light of his powerful love and hope through the way we live our Christian faith in our daily lives in 2021 – with my prayers and blessings to you all for a very happy, healthy, hope-full New Year!   
                                                                                                    Vicar John
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Alrewas News

Services In January
       at All Saints 

We expect to offer all of our regular worship services unless the guidance from the Government or the Church of England changes. We will endeavour to keep you posted of any amendments as they arise.

Sunday 3rd January
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am - Said Communion Service

Wednesday 6th January - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 10th January
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Said Communion  Service

Wednesday 13th January- 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 17th January
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am  Said Communion Service 

Wednesday 20th January - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 24th January
8am Holy Communion BCP
10.30am Said Communion Service

Wednesday 27th January - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 31st January
8am Holy Communion BCP
10.30am Said Communion Service

Please follow the guidance of the wardens upon your arrival, and please note that a face mask must be worn unless you have an exemption. All necessary precautions have been taken for your safety.

All Saints Church now has a 'Just Giving' page!

All Saints Church is reliant upon its congregation and members of the wider local community to support its ministry and mission. A material portion of our income each year is generated from local fund raising events which have not been possible in 2020 because of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic and this situation will continue in the early months of 2021.

As a consequence it has been a challenge for us to meet all of the costs associated with maintaining our ministry and mission with a particular impact on our ability to support local charities and good causes.

We are therefore seeking your support in helping to bridge the shortfall in income until we are able to resume a full programme once again. 

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
Thank you!


The Book of Judges covers a period of about 300 years between 1500 BC and 1100 BC, although these dates are very tentative. Judges follows on from Joshua and tells how, shortly after the death of Joshua, the Israelites were already disobeying God by not destroying the Canaanite people but rather living among them.   The tribe of Judah seems to be the only one of the twelve that successfully conquered their portion of land and destroyed the indigenous Canaanites.  Judges 2. 6-9 tells again of the death of Joshua (cf Josh 24.29) and verse 10 explains that “another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel”. 

The remainder of Chapter 2 is effectively a summary of the rest of the book and a clear pattern emerges.   The Israelites turned away from God and worshipped the Canaanite gods of Baal and Ashtoreth. They intermarried with the Canaanites.  God was angry with them and gave them into the hands of their enemies.  God then raised up a deliverer -or a judge - who saved the people from their enemies and the Israelites repented and turned back to God.  When they fell back into their old ways, the cycle started again. 

Who were the Judges?
The word “judge” translates from the Hebrew term “shophet” and the position described is more one of an unelected non-hereditary leader than that of legal pronouncement.   Their authority came from God.   We are told that Deborah, who was the only female judge, “held court under the Palm of Deborah” in the hill country of Ephraim and “the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided” (Judges 4.4-5).  The Book of Judges actually mentions twelve leaders who judged Israel:  Othniel, Ehud, Shamgar, Deborah, Gideon, Tola, Jair, Jephthah, Ibzan, Elon, Abdon, and Samson.   But even they were something of a mixed bag.  After all his exploits, Gideon went on to make an ephod out of the gold won in battle which caused the whole of Israel to turn away from God yet again. (Judges 8.27).  Samson, probably the best known of the judges, was physically very strong but morally rather weak; he married a Philistine woman and then later became infatuated with Delilah who was working for the Philistines against the Israelites.

Israel in the time of the Judges
The Book of Judges describes the settlement of the land of Canaan.  Having won a foothold on the soil of Canaan, Israel faced the problem of adjusting to the agricultural ways of the land and the religious practices of the worship of the god Baal.  In Canaan, part of the Fertile Crescent, the whole culture was dependent upon the fruitfulness of the soil.  The Baal of a region was the “lord” or “owner” of the ground and its fertility was seen as being dependent upon sexual relations between him and his consort, Baalath.   It was believed that by ritually enacting the drama of Baal it was possible to assist the fertility powers to reach their consummation and thereby insure the welfare and prosperity of the land. As the Israelites settled into the agricultural lifestyle, they began to adopt its religious practices.  

The theme and purpose of the Book of Judges
Perhaps the major theme of the book is the sovereignty of the God of Israel, and the importance of being faithful to him above all the other gods.  This the Israelites failed to do and during this period of history we see their rapid downwards spiral.   The final chapters of Judges (17 – 21) show how God’s treasures are used to make idolatrous images (17.4), how the Levite priests are corrupted (18.19-20) and how the tribes of Israel turn on each other, making war on the tribe of Benjamin.  The book points out on two occasions that “In those days Israel had no king” (18.1 and 21.25).  God raises up the judges in response to Israel’s cries for help after it has already fallen into distress.  They are therefore thrown into a crisis already in progress.  The purpose of the Book of Judges was to demonstrate that Israel felt it needed, and would later demand, a divinely appointed king.  Such a person would offer leadership of a more permanent nature and could prevent such crisis situations arising in the first place.
                                                                                                    Helen Mullins

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

Alrewas Surgery News

For the latest news from the surgery please click on the following link
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 for Alrewas Methodist Church in January

Due to the recent changes with the Covid situation, we will not be open for services at this time. This will be reviewed and we hope to be able to resume soon.
Meanwhile please visit our website to find details of online services:

Deadline for the February issue

If you would like anything included in the next issue then please email or ring 01283 791941 by 25th January
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Fradley News
St Stephen’s Church, Fradley


Services in January

Sunday 3rd January

10.30am Holy Communion (BCP)-Traditional
10.30am Family Communion for Epiphany

Sunday 10th January
10.30am Family Communion (said)       
Sunday 17th January
10.30am Family Communion (said)
Sunday 24th January
10.30am Family Communion (said)
Sunday 31st January
10.30am Family Communion (said)
celebrating Candlemas
Every care has been taken to ensure safety and hygiene regulations. Please follow the advice and guidance in church upon arrival
Online Worship will be available
for Sundays 17th,24thand 31st January

Find us on Fradley St.Stephen

The Epiphany is the Christmas feast among Eastern Christians. The Gospel of Matthew (Ch.2:1-12) depicts that wonderful story of the sages (magi) from the east, who are led by a star – a natural revelation – to come and worship the ‘newborn king of the Jews.’

Throughout Christian history the journey of the magi has been variously portrayed in sculpture, visual art, medieval pageants and contemporary dramas.

Matthew’s night visitors – who are neither three nor royal – eventually become kings, increase in number and include people of colour. We don’t know where they came from – only that they came from east of the Holy Land. By tradition they are of different nations: one black, one Asian and one white. They were all gentiles – not Jews. The bounds of universality and inclusiveness are extended.

The wise men were following a star but somehow ended up in a field – or, rather, a palace instead of a stable. Maybe, once they got nearer their destination, they followed their heads and their inner sense of where a king should be born, rather than follow the star.

So they had to adjust, both their course and their expectations.
The wise men were wise indeed.
Wise enough to know that they had gone wrong…………………wise enough to be open to unexpected truth; that God may not be quite as they had imagined. These men were seekers. They may have been rich, they may have been clever, they may have been men of authority but above all, they were seekers and searchers. In their quest they risked their lives by travelling at night but they refused to be put off and chose to journey on.

The wise men who had looked for God in a palace chose to ignore Herod’s invitation, and they went home another way. The encounter with God had changed their perspective. No doubt they went home, back to their normal routine and life, but they went back differently. They had had an ‘epiphany’ moment when they realised that the king they were seeking did not live in a palace but came as a vulnerable child…………..unnoticed in a shed.

The wise men brought presents to Jesus. It is unlikely that Matthew meant each one to mean something. So, yes, we may see gold as a tribute to a king, incense as a gift for a great high priest, and myrrh to have solemn and serious overtones for someone who will suffer and die. The point of all the stories is not to see others give but to reflect on the question “What can I give him, poor as I am?”

Today we are invited to realise this gift of grace and follow its call, looking for ‘epiphany’ moments….sometimes called to travel and sometimes called, like the Magi who followed their star, to go home by a different route, trusting in the light it shines.
EAW January 2021

Mistletoe & Mistle Thrush 

Many churchyards contain mistletoe within one or more of the churchyard trees; most frequently found in lime, poplar, ash, hawthorn and fruit trees. It is a partial parasite, making some of its own food but taking minerals from the host tree. Known as a ‘cure-all’, herbalists have long valued the medicinal properties of mistletoe, particularly useful against fits and anxiety. Research is currently underway to investigate the anticarcinogenic properties of the plant.
Mistletoe is also a plant of druids, believed in the past to have magical powers perhaps due to its evergreen nature within a deciduous tree, plus its ability to live away from the ground with no obvious roots. Druids (including Getafix in the Asterix books!) favoured mistletoe from oaks, cut with a golden sickle, although oak is seldom a host tree.
Look out for mistle thrushes stripping mistletoe of its white berries in winter. The Latin name for mistletoe is Viscum album whilst the mistle thrush is Turdus viscivorus. Turdus is the Latin for ‘thrush’ and viscivorus comes from viscum for ‘mistletoe’ and vorare ‘to devour’. They certainly seem to favour mistletoe and will vigorously defend a good clump from other birds, saving the berries for hard times when other food might be scarce or covered in snow. The seed within the berry passes through the thrush and may land on a young bough of a tree where it can germinate. Churchyards are particularly good for all thrushes in winter, look for fieldfares and redwings as well, often feeding on yew or holly berries.
Andrea Gilpin
St Stephen’s in Fradley      Bulletin  

3rd January 2021                                                                             
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Public worship in the church building now resumes although we are in Tier 4 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

Happy New Year!

“Ring out the old, ring in the new” – some words from ‘In Memoriam’ by Tennyson and the entire text is worth a read at this time of year and especially as 2020 ends and 2021 begins. (I have included the text at the end of the Bulletin for those interested)
Many will be very pleased to see the end of 2020 and the poem suggests all the ways in which a new year could bring about change for the better. I hope 2021 is a better year for everyone and very soon we will find that restrictions ease and we can look forward to meeting family, friends and loved ones once again. I hope that it brings health and happiness for you all.                                                                            
                           Dates for your Diary and other information
A Prayer for Epiphany
“God of glory, thank you that you walk with us.
Fill us with your grace today, that others may see,
reflected in us, your glory, as we see you in them. Amen.” Church of England Prayers
Readings: Isaiah 60.1-6, Ephesians 3. 1-12 and Matthew 2. 1-12

Sunday 3rd January In Church
9am Holy Communion (BCP – Traditional)                                             
10.30am Family Communion celebrating Epiphany (transferred from 6th January)                               

Monday  4th January 12 Noon Funeral of the late Dorothy Mary Watson followed by burial in the

Friday  8th January 11.45am Funeral of the late Susan Barbara Watkins followed by cremation at Fradley Crematorium.Due to Covid 19 restrictions we are limited in numbers in church. Erica and Amanda (Sue’s daughters) have asked that if anyone who would like to pay their respects to Sue to be present in Church Lane as the hearse arrives (approximately 11.35-11.40am).

Walk to Bethlehem
Those participating completed their 3,173 miles to Bethelem just in time for the birth of Jesus! Well done to all. And many thanks to all who supported them and so generously donated £997-60 (without Gift Aid). It was a tremendous result and allowed us to support Christmas Day Together  and St Stephen’s Church. The project gave Christmas meals to those alone and was very much appreciated. Thanks would be incomplete without acknowledging the work of Carole Griffiths who masterminded the entire event. Thank you Carole!
CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION             Calling all young people!
Our stable is ready outside St Stephen’s. Would you like to photograph it and then draw your picture from your photo? Please put a suitable caption underneath your drawing which sums up the Christmas story. The winning design will be the cover picture for our Christmas Card in 2021.
Please ask a parent to send all entries to  (Closing date 10th January)
In Memoriam, [Ring out, wild bells]

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,                                         
The flying cloud, the frosty light:                                               
The year is dying in the night;                                                    
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.   
Ring out the old, ring in the new,                                              
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:                                          
The year is going, let him go;                                                       
Ring out the false, ring in the true. 
Ring out the grief that saps the mind                                      
For those that here we see no more;                                    
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,                                          
Ring in redress to all mankind. 
Ring out a slowly dying cause,                                                  
And ancient forms of party strife;                                             
Ring in the nobler modes of life,                                              
With sweeter manners, purer laws.                                        
Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.
Alfred Lord Tennyson - 1809-1892
This poem is in the public domain.
EAW 1/1/21
The Embroidery Group

Due to Covid 19 restrictions and lockdown our classes ceased in March 2020 and we worked at home, with tuition ‘online’ or by phone from our tutor, Ruth Chamberlin. Some have made more progress than others!  Here is one sampler finished…

Well done Iva!

But we will continue to work on the Burse and Veil project and hope that at some time this year we will resume classes when safe to do so and these will be finished.

Wychnor News
Services at St Leonard's during January
Sunday 10th January 11.30am  spoken Eucharist 
Sunday 24th January 11.30am  spoken Eucharist 
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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                       Rev'd Ashley Hines   Email:                   
 07733 595893

Reader                      Mrs Carole Ellis
                                  49 Heritage Court, Lichfield                                                                    01543 254448

Reader                      Dorothy Giles       Email:                                01283 487831

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 Maureen 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

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