This week we are called to Remember, both with thanksgiving and sorrow, those whose lives have been given and taken away in pursuit of the good purposes of freedom, justice and peace in wars and conflicts past and present. We do this at a time when our peace is somewhat distrurbed by the pandemic we are facing. So I wanted to consider what we might learn from those who have gone before us, from those who gave their lives to restore peace in the past and in particular how they were able to find courage, perseverance, strength and unity in times of adversity.Continue reading “We Remember ….”
This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday in the Church. At the time of writing the current Government Guidelines dictate that we cannot open our churches for a Service of Remembrance, however, it is permitted that local authorities or faith leaders can organise outdoor Remembrance Sunday events at a public war memorial or cenotaph. To do this we must you complete a COVID-19 risk assessment and take all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the virus as detailed in Government Guidance.
I wanted to let people know that it is my intention to have a brief act of Remembrance at Chebsey War Memorial at 10:50am on Sunday. This will include a minute silence, the laying of a wreath and the Last Post and Reveille.
This event will not be open to the public due to restrictions but limited to:
members of the armed forces, veterans of the armed forces, and/or their representatives or carers
people attending as part of their work (such as local councillors, local faith leaders, the local MP)
people attending in a voluntary capacity on behalf of a recognised organisation
It should be noted that those found not to be compliant with these regulations may be subject to financial penalties.
Should you be in one of the above groups and wish to attend could you please inform me in advance either via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01785 282829.
I am of course very disappointed that we cannot offer an official service of Remembrance of some sort for people but I do hope this Act of Remembrance at the Chebsey War Memorial will allow people to feel the moment does not pass unmarked. Should you wish to join us in the minute’s silence at 11am on Sunday by standing silently at your door step this will be appreciated I am sure.
Full details of guidelines for events are available at:
With assurance of the church’s continued prayers for our communities and villages in these tough times.
Rev’d Doug Heming
From this Thursday our 10am services will resume. They will take a similar format to before including receiving communion (wafer only) for all who wish to participate. However some things will of course be different.
It will be a requirement to sanitize hands at the door, to keep socially distanced throughout the service and it will be strongly advised to wear a facemask in the building mainly to protect others. We will not be able to have refreshments after the service and it is advised we do not stay to have fellowship in the building after the service!
Unfortunately things are not so straightforward with Thursday evenings as I think our post prayer gathering at the Hollybush will still be impossible with social distancing requirements as they are at the moment. However, I am hopeful we can safely pray together at least.
Due to the fact that we have a morning service on Thursdays our Evening Prayer gathering will take place at 7pm on Sunday evenings rather than Thursdays for the time being. This will allow maximum time between services and also for the cleaning on both Monday and Friday mornings in St Chad’s. I hope this will be favorable and will still allow for a regular turn out as far as possible.
It is hugely lamentable that we must take such precautions at the moment, which obviously distort and diminish our experience in church .. however we celebrate being able to return to corporate prayer in the sacred space of our buildings.
I hope to see many of you this Thursday and Sunday if you feel able to do so safely. If it does not feel safe yet then know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Please pass on info to anyone you know who does not have online contact.
St Michael’s Lichfield is hosting an online study week lecture series from 17-21 August for the both clergy and lay people. The theme is: ‘The Church of England: Where have we come from and where are we going?’
Each daily session will begin at 2.30pm with a 30-40 minute paper followed by discussion. Speakers include Revd Dr Stephen Barton on Biblical Interpretation (17 August); Mary Hawes & Murray Wilkinson on Education – Schools (18 August); Bishop Michael on Inter Faith Relations (19 August); Revd Canon Dr Ellen Loudon on Social Justice & Activism (20 August) and Revd Dr Sarah Brush on Liturgy (21 August).
We will have a localised discussion group on Saturday 22nd August in our benefice
All who might be interested in exploring the questions to be explored please do click on the link below and also let Rev Doug Heming know you will be joining at
The metaphor of life as a journey continues to be an important one to me. One of the most engaging pieces I have read on this theme is an interview with Alastair Humphrey’s a British traveller and dad! The whole interview can be read at
However the section I like most is transcribed below. It reminds us of the importance of engaging with the speed at which we travel. If we want to belong in the places we travel through we need to ‘slow down’! The mission of the disciples .. our mission .. to go into the world requires that we make this journey through life in a particular way. What follows is food for thought this morning! Continue reading “Slowness”