Churches in Fulford Parish




St Nicholas Church

Parish Magazine

Services at St Nicholas

Church closure: In line with over 50% of churches and cathedrals in the country, St Nicholas and Christ Church are currently closed to the public for regular worship and private prayer. We are very sorry that we have to take this action but we do need to ensure that we keep not only ourselves but others around us as safe as possible from C19 infection. 

As the government are not reviewing Lockdown3 until the last week in February, I am afraid that the churches will remain closed until further notice.

Christmas Wreaths

We respectfully ask that all Christmas wreaths and ornaments in St. Nicholas' churchyard are removed from graves by Monday 15th February 2021. Any remaining after this date may be removed by the church.

Please be aware that Lichfield diocese produces Churchyard regulations which we are bound by. We reserve the right to remove any items not in accordance with the diocesan regulations.

Rev Marion and Church Wardens


From the Vicar

Did you know …?

Epiphany (also known as Twelfth Night, Theophany, or Three Kings Day), 6th January, marks the occasion of a time-honoured Christian tradition of “chalking the doors.” The ritual, adapted for 2021, is simple: take chalk of any colour and write the following above the entrance of your home: 20 + C + M + B + 21.

The letters have two meanings. First, they represent the initials of the Magi, Caspar, Malchior, and Balthazar, who came to visit Jesus in His first home. They also abbreviate the Latin phrase, Christus mansionem benedicat: “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross, and the “20” at the beginning and the “21” at the end mark the year. Taken together, this inscription is performed as a request for Christ to bless those homes so marked and that He stay with those who dwell therein throughout the entire year.

The chalking of the doors is a centuries-old practice throughout the world. It is an easy tradition to adopt, and a great practice whereby we dedicate our year to God from its very outset, asking His blessing on our homes and on all who live, work, or visit them there.

The timing for the chalking of the doors varies somewhat in practice. In some places, it is done on New Year’s Day. More commonly, it is performed on the traditional Feast of the Epiphany, the Twelfth Day of Christmas, and can be done at any church, home, or dwelling. Traditionally the blessing is done by either a priest or the father of the family and can be performed simply by just writing the inscription and offering a short prayer asking for God’s blessing.

Practicing traditions like the chalking of the doors helps us to live our Faith more concretely and serve as an outward sign of our dedication to Our Lord. Our homes are also the place where many of us will make the greatest strides in our spiritual growth, through observance of daily prayer, spiritual reading, and work offered as an oblation to God. The chalking of the doors of a home encourages Christians to dedicate their life at home to God and to others. Seeing the symbols over our doors can help to remind us, while passing in and out on our daily routines, that our homes and all those who dwell there belong to Christ. It also serves as a reminder of the welcome the Magi gave to Jesus. We should strive to be as welcoming to all who come to our homes to visit us!

Marion


Clergy:

Reverend Marion Reynolds, 20 Tudor Hollow, 01782 397073

Churchwardens:

Mrs Rowena Robinson, Fulford Dale Cottage, Tel 01782 397838
Mrs Shirley Rawlings, 14 Carters Croft, Tean, Tel 01538 724392


Churchyard

I’m sorry to report that recently we have had a few issues with dogs in the churchyard not on a lead and fouling the area (sometimes even on a grave). Please do obey the signage in the churchyard, keep dogs on leads and clean up any mess they leave. Thank you

We have a mole problem in the churchyard, some of which are making runs just under memorial stones in graves. I have checked with the diocese and we can set humane traps to stop them.

St Nicholas churchyard is bound by the rules for churchyards set by Lichfield diocese (which families agree to when they sign the application for a memorial in the churchyard). One rule concerns placing artificial flowers on graves. This is allowed under strict circumstances. If you do put artificial flowers on your loved one’s grave please remove them within a month of placing them. Thank you.

Prayers

We pray for the Church, for all who are ill, bereaved, troubled or confused. If you cannot get to church and would like a visit and/or Holy Communion, contact the Vicar (397073) or Shirley Rawlings (01538 724392).



Parish Profile

The parish profile for the Benefice of Fulford-in-Stone with Hilderstone (2017):

Fulford Hilderstone Parish Profile 2017



St Francis of Assisi, Meir Heath

http://www.mhandn.org/


The Methodist Church (Blythe Bridge): Rev'd Ian Coates 01782 395370

The Roman Catholic Church (Meir & Cresswell): Fr Kazimierz Stefek 01782 313734; Fr Jan M Berny


Fulford Residents

Third Thursday 10 am at the Village Hall ~ All welcome

Coffee and a chat.

Currently suspended.