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‘From Now On’ – An Exciting Opportunity this Lent


            In case you’ve not yet checked your diary, the 40-day observance of the season of Lent begins in February on Wednesday the 26th , which is historically known as Ash Wednesday  –  a special Holy Communion including the Imposition of Ashes will be held at 7:30 pm in Alrewas Church,  for all interested persons from the communities of Alrewas, Fradley and Wychnor, and we do hope you will make time to participate!


            During the Lenten season, many people choose to ‘give up’ something they enjoy, as a means of appreciating the suffering and sacrifice Jesus made for us as he gave his life on the cross. Of course, that can be a very meaningful personal practice…..but, as Jesus also challenged us to ‘take up your cross and follow me’, another perfectly valid way of observing a Holy Lent is to ‘take up’ something that you might not normally do, as a way of entering more deeply into the joys and challenges of a Christian life-journey.


Sorting Out Your Life’s Priorities for 2020……

     As we all begin a brand new year and decade, and ask God prayerfully for ‘2020 vision’ to help us make the most of life’s opportunities and choices in this New Year,

I offer you this insightful and entertaining story to help you sort out what’s most important to you….


“When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar…and the coffee…


A professor stood before his class with some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with good-sized rocks. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They all agreed that it was.

 The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the rocks.  He asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

 The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured the contents into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up the space between all of the rocks and pebbles. He asked once more whether the students thought the jar as full. This time, they responded unanimously with a resounding ‘YES!’  The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the remaining space in the sand. The students laughed.


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. 


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