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Church Services in August

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.

News and Events

The Church of England: Where have we come from and where are we going?

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

Link To Web Page

Thursday Reflections


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

Alastair Humphreys On Traveling The World At 10 mph, Microadventures, And Not Quitting

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”

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Church Services July 2020

Dear Church Friends,
You will have heard that the Government has issued guidance that places of worship can open for services from the 4th of July. This is welcome news but comes with some caveats regards health and safety.
You may not be aware that all our local church buildings are managed as though they have individual charitable status whose maintenance and finance are managed through local PCC’s (Parochial Church Council’s) whose members are all Trustees of the building. As such all activities including our services are the responsibility of the PCC’s and the Wardens locally.
I therefore wanted to be in touch to let you know I am meeting with our church Wardens next week and subsequently will meet with the PCC’s to talk about whether we can begin services in the churches in our Benefice in compliance with the extensive guidelines for safe meeting at this stage. The guidelines are extensive and can be found at the link below if anyone is interested:
COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of places of worship from 4 July

Our church services will therefore not be resuming this week. Please bear with us as we take seriously our responsibility to the worshiping community and our wider friends and neighbors in the villages. I expect to be able to offer some further advice on when we will be able to meet for worship in around 2 weeks time.
Until then I will continue to send out reflections and services on Thursday and Sunday which I hope will allow us to feel united in prayer and worship.
The Peace of the Lord be always with you x
Rev Doug Heming
Thursday Reflections

Built on Rock

In a conversation recorded in Matthew Chapter 7 Jesus tells his disciples a story of a man who built his house on rock. We know the rest of the story and the implied wisdom of building on a foundation that is solid and will withstand the storms of life. Elsewhere Jesus tells us He is the rock on which we can build.

Below is a slideshow of some images of rock. The photographer Marian Kraus took them as an ode to the ancient wisdom and symbolism of rock and stones. As you look through the images I invite you to reflect on her observations abbreviated here:

‘Whether dense, heavy boulders, chiseled to size, which become the foundation stones of great architectural structures. Or large slabs, intricately designed, becoming altars. Or the Statues of Easter Island, 887 stone heads embodying great clan ancestors, surely our forebears must have labored endlessly to achieve such lasting feats. It’s not hard to understand why stone was so often chosen for these endeavors, the symbolism of stones was known to the ancients. It is a material of integrity, it patiently bears loads, and its sturdy make up allows it to weather well. To this day, 887 heads still gaze out over the land of their clans, and serve as architectural masterpieces of power and permanence.

The longevity of structures made of rock and stone often means that they are associated with the divine and the eternal. In the Christian church we hear a congregation belting out “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand”.  Or you might hear a sermon on “The Rock of Ages,” the God of eternity who is the beginning and the end. The Church is joyfully proclaiming the metaphor of a reliable God.  It seems only natural to associate God with a substance that is so permanent; a substance that endures age through age’.

And so it is clear that Christ in this conversation with those who would follow him encourages us to build with good things like love, patience, compassion and hard work, and in doing so, we build on the dame stuff as these steadfast rocks and stones that have seen it all and remain standing.

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