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While recently talking with my sister, Kathie (who lives in California), in an extended ‘catching up with each other’ telephone call, we found ourselves recalling childhood memories of growing up together in Arizona. ‘Do you remember when….’ was the phrase each of us kept saying to each other, as wonderful, sometimes silly, and often poignant memories were re-offered to each other, helping us to appreciate afresh what we shared together as older brother, younger sister, and as the Allan family as a whole. That lovely conversation concluded with Kathie’s timely reminder that our Dad, who died six years ago, would have been celebrating his 90th birthday on 13th November.


          As I joyfully recollected so many wonderful memories of my Dad during my lifetime, it dawned on me how the month of November, perhaps more than some other months in the calendar year, offers ALL of us several special opportunities to engage in the gift and task of ‘remembering’. In addition to the annual observance of ‘bonfire night’ on 5th November, when we remember as a nation the successful foiling of the terrorist plotting of Guy Fawkes (amongst others) to overthrow the King and Parliament in 1605, and the vital importance of our democracy and freedom, I remind you of two other important opportunities to engage in ‘remembering’ during this month:





As summer holidays finish and everyone who attends school will soon begin a brand new year of exploration, learning and personal growth, it’s important to remember that each of us as human beings are meant to be ‘life-long learners’ -  increasing our understanding, exploring possibilities, developing gifts and skills, trying things which are new for us, and learning with and from those around us!  This autumn, our Benefice churches offer a variety of opportunities to help you grow and flourish as a life-long learner, including……

 Opportunities to explore ‘questions of life’ and discover how Christian faith and discipleship give us unique resources for living life ‘to the full’. ALPHA (based in Alrewas) and Pilgrim (based in Fradley) are available for anyone hungry for ‘food for thought’ (and other refreshments too!).



This month John reflects on the importance of refreshing,renewing and refocusing.........




Time to say goodbye…

Dear Friends,

Time passes so quickly.  In the time it takes you to read this post 3 babies will have been born, and 2 people will have passed away.  The world we live in is obsessed with time.  We are always complaining of not having enough time, of having too much to do; we apologise because we don’t achieve thirty hours work in every twenty-four.  Sleep is seen as wasteful- I’ll sleep when I’m dead.. and surviving on minimal sleep carries a badge of honour. 


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One more step…

Dear Friends,

As I write this the Brexit vote hasn’t happened yet, so the future of this United Kingdom’s relationship with Europe is still uncertain.  We’ll continue to hold the whole process in prayer…  I’ve also just been given the go-ahead to announce where the next step of my ministry will be… I cannot tell you now, but on Sunday 31st March I’ll be making that announcement at All Saints and St Stephen’s. 


Our Lenten Journey


     Believe it or not, it’s time for yet another Lenten journey to begin – a journey which lasts for forty days until Easter (excluding Sundays, which continue to be celebrations of Jesus resurrection!), and which invites each of us to make personal time and space to explore our relationship with God, and deepen our personal faith in his wonderful presence and promises.


‘Presence’ is the Best ‘Present’ of All……

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