Churches Together in Lichfield
25th November 2020
Out of Bethlehem – a cry: a vigil of reflection and support for today’s people of Bethlehem, Tuesday 15 December 7.00- 9.00pm (which will conclude with a service of Compline) An opportunity to consider the plight of the people of Palestine, and especially the people of Bethlehem, to meditate and to pray. All welcome. No tickets required. All pilgrims to Israel/Palestine are specially asked to support this event. (Please note new date and time).
17th November 2020
You will recall we discussed at CTL idea of sharing in a joint Christmas celebration. The idea is that we stand together as Christians in Lichfield at Christmas by recording, editing and sharing a service via our various on-line platforms.
Please find attached (below) a very basic outline for the service - can be amended. I'm sending this to those who have said they want to be involved - either with a musical item or reading. I've suggested a few bible readings but we can also weave in some non scriptural material if people have any good ideas. I'm happy to finalise the running order but will need to have a pretty good idea of what's in within next two weeks - by end of November.
Idea now is for participants to let me know asap what you might be able to offer. We can then look at the best way of editing this together - format of files, who's doing it etc. I think we can do this but if any of you have expertise please let me know. People with good visual and presentational ideas in using this media would be helpful.
Blessings to all
Revd Rod Clark
Rector - St Chad's, Lichfield
I have attached the latest Volunteer newsletter for the Lichfield Area.
You will find some interesting roles available at this time – could help with one?
As you know, Staffordshire has now moved into Tier 2 for Covid. This will repeat the sense of isolation and loneliness a good many people will feel again. The majority of the roles listed aim to minimise this real sense of loss of freedom and isolation.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Rick Hill OBE
Volunteer Officer – Lichfield
Direct Tel: 07729 883822
26th October 2020
Further to the discussion on Bethlehem and Palestine at the Churches Together meeting on Tuesday can you please announce via church notices and magazines that on Tuesday December 8th, from 7.30 to 9.30 there will be a Vigil for Bethlehem in the Cathedral. Details to follow.
Also, I mentioned a series of on-line conversations with Palestinian theologians and church leaders, which are being arranged over the next 2-3 months. These are offered to ministers and priests in relation to the 'Cry for Hope' letter which was launched on July 1st. The dates are November 26th, December 10th and January 21st. and are likely to be around mid-day. Further information can be obtained from Warren (255292). This is a unique opportunity to listen to the voice of the Palestinian Christian Community at the present time and to ask questions.
I do hope you are staying safe in these unsettled times.
I have attached my latest newsletter about volunteering and some training that’s worth considering.
There are some stretching and exciting volunteering opportunities out there. A good many are flexible, can be adapted to your availability and need filling.
Do have a look and let me know who you would like to be referred to.
If you have any queries, just give me a ring or drop me a line.
All the very best and I look forward to hearing from you.
Rick Hill OBE
A Christmas, like no other, is not too far off now. Many families within our own community, may have lost loved ones due to COVID-19.
This year, more than ever, we need the reassurance that Christ is with us as we celebrate His birth on Christmas Day.
Some....if not all, the Churches in our area of every denomination may wish to publish this, my Poem, in their Church Magazine or Pew Sheet at around Christmas time.
I hope it will bring reassurance to readers, that Jesus is, I’m fact, alive today and we can ALL share in His continual love.
Please find attached the agenda for the next Forum Meeting together with a copy of the minutes of the previous meeting. These can also be found online on our website at
The details you will need to join the meeting are as follows:-
Topic: Churches Together Lichfield - Forum Meeting
Time: Oct 20, 2020 07:30 PM London
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 890 9622 7449
Let me know if you require any further information.
A CRY FOR HOPE FROM THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY IN PALESTINE
On July 1st a historic letter was launched in Bethlehem. Written by a group of Christian clerical and lay leaders representing Kairos Palestine and Kairos for Global Justice, it is strongly supported by all the major Christian denominations, (Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox) in Palestine. The letter had already been endorsed by over 200 church leaders on five continents and is now being circulated to national, regional and local congregations.
The letter entitled A CRY FOR HOPE (1) contains an urgent appeal to the World Church at a time when the very existence of the Palestinian people and the survival of Christian communities in the Holy Land are under serious threat. It is significant that the letter was sent from the birthplace of Jesus, which (as the letter from Bethlehem clergy (2) makes clear), is facing an unprecedented crisis.
We hope you will take time to read both letters,from this besieged, resilient and hospitable people, a people which feels forgotten not only internationally but by its more immediate neighbours. As one Palestinian Church leader put it recently, 'we are invisible, not only to the world but in our own land'.
At a time when the state of Israel is planning to annexe large areas of Palestinian land in the Jordan Valley and other areas of the West Bank, contrary to international law - and the draconian siege of the Gaza Strip enters its fifteenth year- our sisters and brothers need our support now more than ever before. At this time, they like us are suffering the devastating effects of COVID19.
Please listen carefully to their words: 'We cannot serve God and the Occupation', and the understanding that this choice is about the integrity of the gospel and the soul of the church. Hear their call to decisive action. To turn away, to be silent in the face of truth is to be complicit in the continuing injustice.
This is not an appeal for money (though that is not unimportant). Nor is it primarily a call to prayer, which should undergird all we do.The emphasis is on action, clearly set out in these letters addressed to us. In the approach to Advent and Christmas we are calling on congregations and individual members to a) sign the letter (Cry for Hope)* .12,000 signatures have been registered worldwide and every signature counts. b) We are suggesting that the letter from priests and ministers in Bethlehem be made available to congregations as a particular exercise in the Advent/Christmas season and to consider our response. The Lichfield Concern for Palestine Group**has experience in this field and is willing to help any church asking the question 'What can we do?' We hope you will agree that the only option which is not acceptable in the face of this existential crisis is to do nothing.
In peaceWarren Bardsley (on behalf of the Lichfield Concern for Palestine group)
24th August 2020
As some of you already know sadly the Reverend Paul Brothwell, Vicar of Whittington from 1971 and also Weeford from 1978 to 1991, passed away on Thursday 6th August 2020.
He passed away after the sudden onset of a very rapid and aggressive form of lymphatic cancer.
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions Paul’s funeral will be a small family one. However there will be a Memorial service next year for those who wish to attend. I will keep you posted on that.
Paul was of course as well as our Vicar founder of St Giles Hospice, Whittington.
We all have our own memories of his time with us.
After the wonderful memories and tributes compilation I was able to pass on to Martin Iball's family from many of you, if you wish to send any memories of Paul to me I will put them together to send on to his family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul’s family at this time.
Stay safe everyone and God Bless,
JULY 20th 2020
I am looking to recruit someone who may be willing to host over the phone (probably one to one or very small groups) or over FaceTime (small group) sing-alongs for older people.
It’s a little obscure I know but I think it would be great for peoples wellbeing but would need the right kind of person to deliver it.
Is this something you may be able to help us promote?
Live at Home Scheme Manager
Tel: 07729 883822
The main voluntary organisations I have been working with over the past 3 months (ie they received the most volunteers) have been Christian based. They are Live at Home (Methodist Housing), Lichfield Foodbank and Burntwood be a Friend (St John's and St Anne's Church are the lead members).
I am keen to get more people to volunteer locally as I know it is a very simple way of showing our faith in action.
JUNE 26 2020
This is for URGENT circulation around the Churches, calling especially for signing the Avaaz petition which now has one and a quarter million signatures. Letters to Michael Fabricant are also recommended. The proposed annexation of the Jordan Valley and large areas of the West Bank by the apartheid state of Israel is not only immoral but illegal under international law, therefore a criminal act. The proposed annexation is about to happen - at the beginning of July. Any queries to me 01543 255292/ 07779898878.