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December Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas news
Methodist Church News
Fradley news

Wychnor News
Contact details
Message from the Vicar....
‘Presence’ is the Best ‘Present’ of All……
Having been away on an Extended Study Leave - aka ‘sabbatical’ - the past three months (with huge thanks to my colleagues for making this special opportunity possible), it’s really great to be back with all of you in Alrewas, Fradley and Wychnor!
In addition to studies and research I did in connection with how we might be able to select and train lay and ordained ministers using local contexts and resources, a significant portion of my sabbatical was the privilege of spending five weeks with my family in the USA whom I hadn’t been able to visit for the past six years, and assisting my 85 year old Mum in relocating from Arizona to California to be closer to my two sisters and the support they can offer her as time goes by. It meant so much to me to have plenty of time and opportunity to talk and share with each other, reminiscing about special events and memories, and simply ‘being together’ for as much time as we could. Having stayed with my Mum in her new flat in California for the month of October, as we said our tearful goodbyes to each other, she said ‘Your presence here with me has been the best gift you could ever give me!’.
As it happens, my Mum’s birthday is on Christmas Day….her mother conceived but sadly miscarried eight children before my Mum was successfully born, and as an only child her ‘presence’ in my grandparents’ lives was the very best Christmas present they could have ever wanted! And that simple but profound appreciation makes me wonder what will be most important in our Christmas celebrations this year. I trust we will all look forward to giving and receiving gifts, enjoying Christmas parties with yuletide food and drink, and spending special time with family and friends, and I hope these opportunities will bring joy to you – but even more so, I hope that at the heart of your Christmas celebrations you will remember, give thanks for and truly celebrate the birth of God’s own Son Jesus amongst us, our ‘Emmanuel’ (God-with-us), welcoming his unconditional love and his desire to be in relationship with us and journey with us every day of our lives. Although many of the presents we receive this Christmas might get used up, forgotten or discarded shortly thereafter, the amazing ‘presence’ of God in Christ lasts forever, and is certainly the very best Christmas ‘present’ we could ever hope to receive.
I warmly invite you and your family to unwrap the gift of God’s presence by joining in the special Christmas services at All Saints, St. Stephen’s and St. Leonard’s churches (detailed inside this Magazine), and most sincerely wish each of you a Christ-filled, joy-filled Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year!
                                                               With every blessing, 

                                                                              Vicar John

Alrewas News

Services In December
at All Saints 

Sunday 2 December,
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am First Sunday All Age Praise - Advent Songs of Praise
4 pm – Christingle Service (following the conclusion of the Christmas Tree Festival)

Wednesday 5th December
10am Holy Communion

Sunday 9th December
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am Sung Communion

Wednesday 12th December
10am Holy Communion

Sunday 16 December
 3 pm – Family-Style Carol Service
 6 pm – Traditional Nine Lessons and Carols

Wednesday 19th December
10am Holy Communion

Sunday 23rd December
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am Sung Communion

Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December
4pm – Waiting for Jesus
(remember to bring along your favourite ‘soft toy’ to wait with you!)
11:30pm – Candlelit Midnight Mass

Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December
 8am – Traditional  Christmas Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
10 am – Festive Family Christmas Communion Service

Sunday 30th December
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am Sung Communion

2nd December     Helen Newman
9th December      Norman Hunt
16th December     Sheila Pennell
23rd December     Helen Newman
30th December     Norman Hunt          
                        10 am                                
2nd Dec         Peter & Lynn Lerigo 
9th Dec  Barbara & Bill Stonehou 
16th Dec        Jeanette Hogkinson 
23rd Dec Jenny Eastwood &Sarah
24th Dec         Chris & Ian Kirkland
30th Dec          Jean & Mark Emly  
Alrewas        Altar Flowers                                        
2nd Dec         ADVENT 1         
9th Dec          ADVENT 2       
16th Dec        ADVENT 3        
23rd Dec Christmas - Mrs J Tams
30th Dec        Mrs E Cox
Coffee Rota

2nd Dec         Jenny Eastwood
9th Dec          Liz & Christine      
16th Dec        Jenny Jenkins        
23rd Dec        Jean Emly
30th Dec        Liz & Christine

December sees the highly anticipated return of the Alrewas Escape Room, which launched during the 2018 Arts Festival.
The popular DOOMSDAY themed room will be running on four dates over Christmas and
New Year - 21st, 22nd, 28th December and 1st January.
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.  
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

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. Our dates are 6th and 20th December commencing at 2pm. Just £1 to include refreshments. We are a friendly club and newcomers are always welcome! Contact Georgina on 01283 790713 for more info.

THE TRAVELLING LIBRARY comes to Alrewas from 9.30 am to 1.30pm on Fridays 14th and 28th of December 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

Deadline for the January issue

If you would like anything included in the January issue then please email or ring 01283 791941
by Friday 21st  December (slightly earlier due to Christmas)
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 December
Sunday 2nd December - 10.30am - Morning Worship led by Mr Brian Whitehouse

Sunday 9th December - 10.30am - Communion service led by Rev Jo Thornton

Friday 14th December 5 - 7pm - Christmas Messy Church

Sunday 16th December - 10.30am - Advent Together in Worship (a service for all ages - young families especially welcome)

Sunday 23rd December - 10.30am - Carol Service

On Christmas Morning we won't be having a service in our church, but our members will either join with friends at All Saints, or with our sister Methodist Church in Shenstone at 9.30am.

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

 Messy church is on Friday14th December 
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 5th, 12th, and 19th in December and then we will back on the 9th January. 

Ring or text Helen
on 07515 940060 to find out more

Fradley News
St Stephen’s, Fradley

Services in December

Sunday 2nd December  Advent Sunday
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am All Age worship with The Music Group
Sunday 9th December     
10.30am Family Communion
Wednesday 12th December
2pm Wednesday Welcome Carol Service
followed by tea and cakes in our ‘Places of Welcome’
Sunday 16th December
10.30am Family Communion

     Wednesday 19th December
6pm Carol Service for all the family

       Saturday 22nd December    
4pm Christingle service 
Sunday 23rd December
10.30am Family Communion
Monday 24th December Christmas Eve
4pm Birthday Service
11.30pm Midnight Mass
Tuesday 25th December Christmas Day
10.30am Family Communion with Carols
Sunday 30th December
10.30am Family Communion

Find us on Fradley St.Stephen

NSPCC Concert

‘We did it, we really did it’ to misquote Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady.  Fradley Community Choir gave an entertaining performance at Lichfield Guildhall on Sunday 7 October in aid of the NSPCC.  The concert entitled Musical Memories spanned songs from Tudor times such as Pastyme with Good Company, traditional country songs such as Afton Water and Haul Away Joe through to more modern times with Tell Me It’s Not True from Blood Brothers and Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King.  Songs with children in mind included Teddy Bears Picnic and Evening Song from Hansel and Gretel.  The homemade canapes by members of the NSPCC during the interval were delicious and it is hoped that over £1000 will have been raised from the evening which will pay for 250 children being able to contact Childline.  

Victorian Christmas Fayre


What a great way to get Christmas off to a roaring start. On Saturday 24 November Fradley Village Hall was a buzz with people attending the Christmas Fayre.  There was a full compliment of festive stalls selling books, Christmas wreaths, beauty and essential oil products, home crafted products, toys, games and sweets.  There were various table games that the children could play including a tombola with good prizes. Sweets had to be counted in a jar and visiting Santa was a must particularly as he had arrived with his wonderful vintage tractor. This year refreshments included baked potatoes with cheese or baked bean fillings, cakes and scones. The Grand Christmas Draw was well supported and 1st prize of £100 was won by Sue Thompson. There were over 16 entries in the Christmas Card design entry and the winner was thrilled to receive a family ticket to Lichfield Cathedral Christmas Illuminations followed by a fish supper from Fradley Fryer. 
In all over £1300 was raised to help maintain St. Stephen’s Church.  Thank you to everyone who helped or supported the event and especially to organiser Gill Mynott.    

We are all familiar with the Christmas story – Bethlehem, the virgin birth, God in human flesh lying in a manger, a Saviour for mankind born of the line of David, the later flight to Egypt and the murder of the children under the age of two years by King Herod.  The story is often told in church through readings from the New Testament Gospels in Matthew and Luke.  But what is not so well known is that the Christmas story was first proclaimed not by the Gospel writers but by the Old Testament prophets hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus.  They foretold specific details about the life of the promised Messiah and a number of these details surrounded his birth.
A birth in Bethlehem was foretold by the prophet Micah who lived around seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus.  Micah 5.2 proclaims “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah though you are small among the clans of Judah out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” This passage also tells us that Jesus was with God in the beginning which is exactly what the New Testament confirms of Jesus in John 1.14 when “the Word became flesh…”
A virgin birth was revealed by the prophet Isaiah in a well-known passage (7.14) “.. the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
Isaiah goes on to reveal that this child will be a saviour for mankind born of the line of David (9.6-7) “For to us a child is born… and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom establishing and upholding it with justice and with righteousness from that time on and forever”. 
The flight to Egypt and the murder of the children under the age of two is told in Matthew’s Gospel. Joseph was warned in a dream to flee to Egypt with Mary and Jesus to escape from King Herod who wanted to kill the baby Jesus. The prophet Hosea foretells this seven hundred years earlier:  “When Israel was a child I loved him and out of Israel I called my son”. (11.1-2).  Herod’s subsequent murder of the children in Bethlehem was prophesied by Jeremiah – “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted as they are no more”. (31.15)
As we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus it is interesting to ponder how this event, which happened at a specific time some 2,000 years ago, cannot be viewed in isolation. It was foretold many centuries before by the Old Testament writers and it is still relevant for us today, many centuries later, as we rejoice in the living Jesus who is with us now and for always - a light shining in the darkness in our troubled world.
Happy Christmas!

Helen Mullins
Fradley's November Celebrations

Christmas celebrations start early in Fradley!  Following the successful Christmas Fayre fund raising event, over 30 people attended the Christmas Luncheon party at Chapters, The Close, Lichfield on Sunday 25 November. The party enjoyed their own private room and the food, drink and company were first class especially as everyone received a Ferraro Roche chocolate presented in a delightful home knitted case by Karen Smith. Thank you Karen.

On Tuesday 27 November a coach picked up a full complement of church attenders from Fradley, Alrewas and Lichfield to attend the Birmingham Royal Ballet's performance of 'The Nutcracker' at The Hippodrome in Birmingham.  
A huge thanks goes to Rev'd Elizabeth for arranging our theatre trip.
It was truly magical performance which enthralled everyone. 

Carole and Graham Griffiths would like to express a huge vote of thanks to everyone who helped in our fundraising for Edward's Trust, whether you bought Christmas cards, chocolates or made a donation while having a cuppa, cake & a chat. 
Edward's Trust is a small charity who supports bereaved families & was a great help to our family during & after the long illness & loss of our grandson. 
Thanks again. Carole & Graham x

Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in December
  9th December       6.00pm -   CAROL SERVICE
25th December        9.00am -   CHRISTMAS DAY - Holy Communion
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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


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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