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From the Vicar - November 19

31/10/2019

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:

On Sunday 3rd November, 3:00 pm at All Saints Church Alrewas, we shall be holding the Annual All Souls Service Commemorating the Faithful Departed . This service is, first and foremost, for every person in the communities of Alrewas, Fradley and Wychnor who, during the past twelve months, has lost a loved one and has had to deal with the challenges of grief and bereavement; at the same time, this service warmly welcomes each and every person who would like to come and remember afresh the lives of their loved ones who are no longer with us, and to recall and take comfort once more in the promises of God, whose life and love are stronger than death itself. One of the most touching and special moments of this whole service is when the names of the faithful departed are respectfully read aloud, giving each of us the opportunity to remember their continuing presence in God’s perpetual care.
     Following the service, free refreshments will be available, and everyone is warmly welcome to share fellowship together.

 

 

 

On Sunday 10th November, we come together in each of our three communities to commemorate Remembrance Sunday, as we take time to remember and give thanks for all who have served our country in the cause of peace and justice, and especially to recall, with genuine appreciation, those whose lives were lost in the fight for freedom.
 

         Please come with your family to one of these very special services of remembrance

        (10:45 am in Alrewas, followed by the parade to the war memorial; 4:00 pm at Wychnor Church, and 6:30 pm at Fradley Church), and let’s use the freedom we’ve been given to remember and give thanks for those whose sacrifice has made our lives possible.

 

Your Vicar and friend,

 

   John Allan

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