Pew News

FROM YOUR VICAR – Sunday 18th November 2018


PrayerGod the Father, be the light that shines upon us. God the Son, be the love that dwells between us. God the Spirit, be the life that grows within us. Three in One, be the unity embracing us this day and all days.


Baptism – today we welcome the family and friends of Isabella Jessica Nutt and Hilton James Lee Matthew Grainger as the infants come to our church to be baptised.


Pastoral Shepherds - there will be a meeting today at 3.30pm in the Lady Chapel. Hope you can make it.


Midweek Communion - on Wednesday @ 10am


Christmas Market – next Saturday (November 24) in the Church Hall (10am-2pm). Please come along and bring as many of your family and friends as you can. Please ask Irene Watson about how you can support the event in practical ways, beforehand and/or on the day. This is a major fund-raising event for our church, and YOUR support is vital. Thanks.


Thanks – my thanks to everyone who supported our Remembrance Day services last Sunday – at the Bourne, at the Memorial Gates and at our own church. I’ve received a number of very positive comments from local people who are truly appreciative of the support that our churches offer to them.


Reverse Advent – this is an invitation to support the local Food Bank by donating food and non-food gifts throughout the Advent period. You are invited to put aside one item per day (7 per week) and to bring your gifts to church on each of the Sundays in Advent (December 2, 9, 16 and 23). These will be gathered at the beginning of our services. Please give as generously as you can in order that others too might have a ‘special’ Christmas! Thank you.


Nativity Challenge – this is yet another opportunity for the imaginative and creative ones among you to produce and show a series of Nativity displays for our church. It is hoped that these can be planned and produced so that they can be displayed in church from Advent 4 (December 23) onwards. You may wish to base your display on one of the following sentences, or you can choose a more general theme:-

  • ‘She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger’ (Luke 2:7)
  • ‘There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night’ (Luke 2:8)
  • ‘The star they had seen in the east went ahead of them (the Magi) until it stopped over the place where the child was’ (Matthew 2:9)
  • ‘Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, incense and myrrh’ (Matthew 2:11)
  • ‘a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God …’ (Luke 2.13)

Christmas Services and Events – a full list of our Christmas services and events is available today as a separate leaflet … beginning on December 2nd (Advent Sunday) with our annual Service/Tree of Light (at 4.30pm). I do hope that you will be able to attend some of these additional services and events. Please invite your family, friends and neighbours to come too!


‘Simply Worship’ - please note that there will be no SW services during November and December. We will restart again in January 2019!


Advent Course 2018 - please note that there will be no Advent course/reflection this year.


HolidayDebbie and I are taking a week’s holiday later this month to gear ourselves up for Christmas! We can do with a break! One of the highlights will be a visit to Twickenham to watch Barbarians play the Pumas … can’t wait! A proper game of rugby!


Celebration – this week we celebrate the birthday of Mark Jowett (November 24). May he receive God’s blessings in abundance.





Times Past – on Monday November 26th @ 10.30am in Heath Hayes library.


The Service/Tree of Light – on Sunday, December 2nd (Advent Sunday) @ 4.30pm


PCC meeting – December 5th @ 7.30pm in the Lady Chapel


Cannock Crematorium - a public meeting to discuss the plans for a new crematorium at Five Ways – on December 6th at Heath Hayes library (time to be confirmed)


Baptism of Ffion-Mae McGinn and Lexi-Mae McGinn – on December 9th @ 12 noon


Baptism Preparation - on December 10th @ 7.30pm in the Lady Chapel.


Carol Singing -  at Tesco (Heath Hayes) on Friday, December 14th @ 6.15pm (in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice)





This week we pray that local businesses and commerce continue to prosper and so provide employment, income and stability to our households and community.


We also pray for those who work to encourage greater dialogue between the major faith groups of our land … fostering greater levels of inter-faith conversation,  engagement, trust, fellowship and hospitality.


We pray for our local PCSOs … Natalie Baggott and Joshua Rees.


From our church pastoral shepherding flock, we pray this week for the Kershaw clan (Graham, Glenys, Jenna, Carl and Olivia), Barbara & Allen Langley, and Rosemary Larkin.


Within our parish, we pray for the residents of Newlands Lane, Nicholls Way, Nightlark Way, Norton Road and Nuthatch Close.





Until the end of this month, we continue to pray for the people of Guatemala (see Pew News of November 4th for details).


We also pray for the worsening socio-economic and political crisis in Venezuela, which has led to 90% of the population now living in poverty. Political corruption, shortages, closure of companies, unemployment, deterioration of productivity and high dependence on the fluctuating oil industry have contributed to the worsening situation.


Let’s pray too for the families that were affected by two events that have been generally overlooked during the recent focus on the WW1 centenary commemorations. The first event - called the ‘Kristallnacht’ - occurred on November 9/10, 1938 (80 years ago) and was a pogrom against Jews throughout Nazi Germany, carried out by paramilitary forces and German civilians. The German authorities looked on without intervening. Jewish homes, schools, businesses and hospitals were ransacked. There were hundreds of Jewish deaths, and over 30 thousand Jewish men were arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps. The second event was referred to as ‘Kindertransport’ – this was an organised rescue effort where 10 thousand German Jewish children were evacuated to foster homes in the UK in the face of increased persecution within their homeland. Many of those children were the only members of their families to survive the Holocaust, and their offspring make up a significant part of today’s UK Jewish community.


The Archbishop of Canterbury recently wrote that the 80th anniversary of the Kristallnacht, and the resurgence of anti-Semitism in this and other countries, is ‘an urgently needed reminder that we must stand in solidarity with our Jewish friends and tear anti-Semitism up by its roots wherever we see it’. Let us echo the Archbishop’s views and pledge ourselves to work for greater love and justice in our world.




‘and all who touched him were healed’ (Mark 6:56).


Jesus and his disciples anchored at Gennesaret, a small fertile plain on the western edge of the Sea of Galilee. The people there recognised Jesus instantly. The sick were carried to Him by their friends. Wherever Jesus went in the locality, the people pleaded that the sick be allowed to touch him. And all who did so were healed.


Points to Ponder:-

  • Why were the people at Gennesaret so confident that Jesus would be able to heal the sick? Was it, perhaps, because they knew already of Jesus’ miraculous healing ministry? How important is Jesus’ healing ministry to us today, and do we have any experience of it?
  • Are we prepared to ‘carry’ our friends and relatives into the healing presence of Jesus today – perhaps in prayer? What will our ‘healing prayers’ consist of? What will they ask Jesus to do for our friends?
  • Do you know of anyone who needs our healing prayer today? Quite apart from those who we know who are physically unwell at this time, do we know of anyone who needs to receive the kind of healing that brings peace, courage, joy and freedom to their lives?
  • Do we have a need of inner healing prayer ourselves? Has someone hurt us emotionally? Do we need to forgive or receive someone’s forgiveness? Are we bearing some form of anxiety? Will we ask our friends to ‘carry’ us into the healing presence of Jesus in prayer?