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Month: November 2018

Prayers & Readings for the Week Ahead

PARISH INTERCESSION

Sunday 16th December – 3rd Sunday of Advent

God for whom we watch and wait, you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son: give us courage to speak the truth, to hunger for justice, and to suffer for the cause of right, with Jesus Christ our Lord.

As a corporal act of mercy, please offer the following topics for prayer this week:

  • Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham, Borg (Norway), Divu (Rwanda) and all their Archbishops, Bishops and clergy.
  • Justin our Archbishop, John our Bishop, Graham the Bishop of Dudley, for Nikki our Archdeacon, Andrew our Rural Dean, Sue our Curate-in-Charge/Priest, for the Clergy, Readers and Layminsters of the Stourbridge Deanery, our ALM Team and visiting Clergy, the Church Wardens of our group of Churches; our Musical Directors, Organists and Choir, and our Administrators Christine & Chrissy.
  • The homes and families of: Dark Lane, Belbroughton; Clatterbach, Clent; Swan Lane, Fairfield
  • Lenny’s • Residents and staff of Breach House

We pray for those suffering in body, mind or spirit; may they know your presence alongside them in their time of need, including: Felicity Willows, Peter Woollaston, Glynn Ashman, Marilyn Hiscock, Ted Anstey

We pray, for those mourning the death of loved ones especially for the family and friends of Len Hollyhead, Ursula Strong, Ernest Lane, Bill Carter

COLLECT FOR THE WEEK

O Lord Jesus Christ, who at your first coming sent your messenger to prepare your way before you: grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready your way by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at your second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in your sight; for you are alive and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Amen

READINGS

First Reading:  Zephaniah 3.14-20

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;   shout, O Israel!  Rejoice and exult with all your heart,   O daughter Jerusalem!  The LORD has taken away the judgements against you,   he has turned away your enemies.  The king of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst;   you shall fear disaster no more.  On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:  Do not fear, O Zion;   do not let your hands grow weak.  The LORD, your God, is in your midst,   a warrior who gives victory;  he will rejoice over you with gladness,   he will renew you in his love;  he will exult over you with loud singing   as on a day of festival.

I will remove disaster from you,   so that you will not bear reproach for it.  I will deal with all your oppressors   at that time. And I will save the lame   and gather the outcast,  and I will change their shame into praise   and renown in all the earth.  At that time I will bring you home,   at the time when I gather you;  for I will make you renowned and praised   among all the peoples of the earth,  when I restore your fortunes      before your eyes, says the LORD.

Second Reading: Philippians 4.4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The Gospel Reading: Luke 3.7-18

John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.’ And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’ In reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’ Even taxcollectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.’ Soldiers also asked him, ‘And we, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.’ As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’ So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

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Give Criminals the Cold Shoulder (and it’s not going to cost you a penny)

If you have not yet received your FREE Property Marking Kit, contact your Community Association email admin@fvca.org.uk or tel. 01527 833583 to arrange a home delivery.

Please tell your neighbours, many do not receive the FVCA circulars, let’s get our community SmartWater covered.

Smart Water Protecting Our Community From Crime

Free Rollout of SmartWater® Kits – PLEASE ACTION

Fairfield Village Community Association & Wildmoor Residents’ Association have teamed up with Belbroughton & Fairfield Parish Council and West Mercia Police to make Fairfield, Wildmoor & Stoneybridge a “We Don’t Buy Crime” community by supplying all households with a SmartWater® kit to protect their homes.

To be eligible for your FREE SmartWater® your house MUST be in the Fairfield Ward of Belbroughton & Fairfield Parish. If not, e.g. your house is in Wildmoor, Bournheath, please contact your Parish Council.

SmartWater® is an easy-to-apply liquid that enables the Police to trace valuables back to the owner. Full details of what’s Smart Water is visit  What is SmartWater.

If you already have SmartWater® please do collect a second kit.

The Parish Council have obtained a grant from the Police Commissioner as well as part-funding the cost of the packs to provide them free of charge to all residents.

Our aim is to ensure that every household in Fairfield, Wildmoor & Stoneybridge is equipped with a SmartWater® pack.

Subject to 80% of dwellings sign and return the SmartWater® registration form, there will also be signage installed in the village to send a clear message to criminals that our community is united and determined to protect our valuables against acquisitive crime. It is, therefore, vital that all residential properties support this initiative to help make our community safer.

In addition to SmartWater® and the signage, we need vigilance to deter criminals from visiting our community, if you are suspicious that a crime is being committed in Fairfield, Wildmoor or Stoneybridge, please help your community and contact West Mercia Police to report it. In an emergency use 999. However, for less urgent matters for example; if your car has been stolen, if your property has been damaged, if you suspect drug use or dealing; or to give the police information about crime in your area please ring 101.

To share your suspicions with others and raise an awareness so that others do not fall victim of being a crime, Fairfield Village Community Association is the verified Neighbourhood Watch Group for Fairfield & Stoneybridge.