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July Issue.

In this issue:
Alrewas news
Methodist Church News
Fradley news

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

Alrewas News

   Services In July
       at All Saints 


Wednesday 3rd July - 10am Holy Communion

     Sunday 7th July  
8am Holy Communion BCP
      10am First Sunday All Age Praise 

Wednesday 10th July - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 14th July
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion

Wednesday 17th July- 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 21st July
8am Holy Communion BCP
 10am Sung Communion  

Wednesday 24th July - 10am Holy Communion

Sunday 28th July
8am Holy Communion BCP
10am  Sung Communion 

Wednesday 31st July - 10am Holy Communion


We are now in the period of the church calendar known as “Ordinary time”.  The Latin term for this is “tempus ordinarium” which literally means “measured time” and refers to the numbering of the weeks through a given period of time: “the first Sunday after…” and so on.  This is the season of Sundays after Trinity which began this year on 16 June with Trinity Sunday.  There was no general feast of the Trinity in the early Church and over time churches celebrated it locally at various times.  The post-Pentecost date that we use today celebrates the Trinity as the final celebration of the church’s year. Thus Trinity Sunday falls on the first Sunday after Pentecost.
As the name suggests, the season of Trinity celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity.  Essentially this is the belief that God is one in essence (Greek “ousia”), but distinct in person (Greek “hypostasis”).  Thus God is one God in three persons (God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit).  The three persons are all different (so the Father is not the Son is not the Holy Spirit), and yet all three persons are fully God, meaning that each person fully possesses the being or nature or essence of God.
Although the term is not used explicitly in the Bible, the Bible does imply the doctrine. It clearly teaches that:
God is Father: Genesis 1:1 presents God as the Creator of heaven and earth, after which the whole Bible affirms that God the Father is the sovereign Lord over all of the universe.
God is Son: John 1:1-4 clearly teaches that Jesus (the Word) was “with God” from the very beginning, and “was God”. Through him “all things were made”. In him was life, and that life was the light of all people.” (John 1:4)
God is Holy Spirit: Jesus affirms the Trinity in Matthew 28:19 when he commissions his disciples to “go and make disciples…baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
And yet…there is One God: One of the first scriptures the Jews would teach their children was Deuteronomy 6:4: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”
The Franciscan teacher Richard Rohr writes:
God for us, we call you Father.
God alongside us, we call you Jesus.
God within us, we call you Holy Spirit.
The doctrine of the Trinity was first formulated among the early Christians and fathers of the church as they attempted to understand the relationship between Jesus and God in their scriptural documents and prior traditions.  Various heresies had grown up in an attempt to explain the relationship between Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit and so the early church formulated statements of belief through which the Christian community could express its faith.  These statements are known as the creeds.  The word “creed” is derived from the Latin “credo” which means “I believe”.  Several creeds have originated throughout the history of the church but the main ones we use today are the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.
The Trinity is often described as a “mystery”.  By mystery the church does not mean a riddle but rather a reality above our human understanding.  If we could explain God, he wouldn’t be God.  The finite (us) cannot fully grasp the infinite (God).   There are some things that we have to admit that we cannot properly comprehend and we have to accept them in faith rather than in understanding.  The mystery of the Trinity would appear to be very near the top of the list! 

Helen Mullins

The Bank Pop-In

Did you know that The Bank Coffeehouse hosts a Pop-In on the first Wednesday of every month between 9 and 10.30am?  If you fancy some company and a chat, do come along and sit at one of the meet-up tables. It’s fine to come on your own and is a great opportunity to share interests and experiences over a cuppa!  

This has been organised in conjunction with Alrewas Surgery's PPG (Patient Participation Group).

               July         8am                                
7th        Helen Newman
14th      Norman Hunt
21st      Sheila Pennell
28th      Helen Newman   
               July         10 am                                
7th       Jeanette Hodgkinson
14th     Jenny Eastwood & Sarah
21st     Jean & Mark Emly
28th     Christine & Ian Kirkland
Alrewas        Altar Flowers July                                        
7th         Mrs K Buckman   
14th       Mrs J Jacks
21st       Mrs P Kilford
28th       Mrs M Goodbody

Coffee Rota - July

7th       Barbara Stonehouse
14th         Kim Thomas     
21st       Janet Goodwin
28th      Jenny Eastwood
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 at 2pm. Dates for July are the 4th and 18th.
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 5th and 19th of July 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

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 August issue

If you would like anything included in the next issue then please email or ring 01283 791941
by Friday 26th July.
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 July
7th - 10.30am Chapel Anniversary.  We will be celebrating the birthday of our church with an informal, child friendly service, "café style"!  Led by Rev Jo Thornton.  Everyone is welcome!
This service replaces the usual "Together in Worship" service.

14th - 10.30am  Morning worship led by Rev Warren Bardsley, a retired minister who lives in Lichfield.

21st - 10.30 am  Morning worship led by Mrs Dawn Turton, one of our Local Preachers

28th - 10.30am  Communion service led by Rev Dr Robert Bates

Afternoon Drop-in
Mondays from 2pm (except bank holidays)
A welcome to all for a chat and refreshments

Prayer Time
Each Monday at 9.15am a small group of Christians from All Saints Parish Church and Alrewas Methodist Church come together for half an hour of prayer, alternating between the two churches. We believe that by praying together we can grow closer, and that our praying can become more meaningful and supportive.
We would be delighted if you could come and pray with us (even if only occasionally)
Mondays 9.15 - 9.45
All Saints 1st, 15th and 29th July

Methodist Church 8th and 22nd 
Please ring Jo Thornton or John Allan for details

Messy Church is on Friday 12th July 
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 3rd, 10th and 17th July (We will then be closed for the school holidays returning on September 4th) 

Ring or text Helen
on 07515 940060 to find out more

Fradley News
St Stephen’s, Fradley

Services in July

Sunday 7th July
9am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am All Age worship with The Music Group
Sunday 14th July
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 21st July
10.30am Family Communion
Sunday 28th July
10.30am Family Communion
Messy Church resumes in September!

Find us on Fradley St.Stephen
St Chad's Pilgrimage

Over 100 pilgrims signed up to walk all, or part, of the the St Chad's Pilgrimage from Repton, Derby to Lichfield Cathedral.
This long awaited event took place on Saturday 8th June, on possibly the wettest day of the year till then.
St. Stephen's can be very proud of Bob Dolphin & Chris Precious who both completed the whole route of 19 arduous miles.
They were joined at Alrewas by a large group to continue the journey. This group included Elizabeth Wall, Lou & Rod Cooper, Diane Dolphin & Carole & Graham Griffiths from St. Stephen's Fradley. We proceeded to Lichfield Cathedral, with a short stop at St. Chad's well for a blessing.
The next pilgrimage takes place in 2022.
Diane Dolphin

St. Stephen’s Embroiderers Class
St Stephen’s Church has had an Embroiderers Class working now for over a year on Ecclesiastical Embroidery. The Class is fortunate to be tutored by Ruth Chamberlin- an Ecclesiastical Embroiderer of some renown. We have made progress on our samplers, learning stitches and patterns and working with silks and gold.
Our next venture is to make some Altar Linens for St. Stephen’s. Usually, Altar Linens reflect the colour of the season. St. Stephen’s only has one colour used all year round, which is a Portuguese fabric and of multicolour design.
We hope to make, under Ruth’s tuition, a Burse and Veil for each of the seasonal colours used during the church’s year – purple (Advent and Lent), White (Christmas and Easter), Green (Ordinary Time) and Red (Pentecost, Saints Days and the Kingdom Season) The Burse and Veil should be in the colour of the season.                                              
The name comes from the Latin "vela": a curtain or sail. The veil is the large cloth square used to cover the Chalice, Paten and Pall at the Eucharist.

The name comes from the Greek "byrsa" meaning, "a bag". The burse is the folding case made from two squares of rigid material covered in cloth. The burse is placed on top of the chalice, paten and veil, and serves to hold a corporal and/or an extra Purificator.
The Burse and Veil are often part of a matching set, with the "lectern falls" or "pulpit fall", in the colour of the Season.
The Class has an Open Afternoon on Friday 12th July (2-4pm) when Class will show their work and the new designs will be available for view. These will also be on display at 12noon on Sunday 14th July after the morning Service. Refreshments provided on both days.

If you would like to sponsor a Burse or Veil, or a set, we would be pleased to mark this with a special note on the back of the fabric, in memory of a loved one, or yourself.
Love your Churchyard 
Caring for God's Acre
Following the usual welcome, drink & biscuits the children receive as they arrive, we had a short time of worship for our Fradley's final Messy church of the academic year. 
The theme of the session took us outside to activities based around the churchyard. 
           The children had the opportunity to find out about:-
                        The Commonwealth War graves
                       Construct a hotel for God's small creatures
                        Plant a sunflower seed
                        Learn about the churchyards Conservation area
                        Create a flower arrangement. 
 Following the activities the children had a picnic bag & enjoyed sharing time outside eating & chatting to each other. 
After the picnic the children took part in a churchyard hunt, listening for things, finding things & looking for things. 
 It was a very successful time & the children becoming very engaged in all the activities, learning a lot about their churchyard & creating things with a nature theme. 

Fradley Messy Church Newsletter 2018/19
We have had yet another happy year at Messy Church!
This years themes have looked at-
David & Goliath
The Tower of Babel
Christingle Service

Simeon & Anna
The healing of the blind man
Helping others
Easter Messy Chirch

Love your churchyard
Ideas for you all to think about during the summer break-

Jesus - think of the ways he helped so many people

Love - think how wecan show God's loveto others in the way we live

Prayer - Thank God for all the love and happiness we share with our family and friends
For any of you who may be leaving us this time - We wish you the very best for the future, and may God's love go with you.

Our next Messy Chuirch will be Friday 20th September 2019

As well as Chris Precious, Cindy is also leaving the Messy Church team. Chris as you know is moving to Shropshire to take up his new parishes, whereas Cindy is not moving away, but with many other commitments she has decided to step down from Messy Church. We wish them God's blessing in all that they do.


Wychnor News
St. Leonard's Services in July
  14th July              11.30am – Holy Communion

 28th July              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

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 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 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:      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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