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16th June 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 14 June 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


LADIES OUTINGto Buzzard’s Valley vineyard. Steph now has directions, drivers and passengers sorted. Please see her for details


So this week sees our two parishes celebrating Confirmation. This is a most ancient service, with roots right back into Biblical times – Jesus said to Nicodemus that to be one of his folk entailed being born again of Water and the Spirit. Many, though not all, of us will not remember our baptism, as we were infants, brought into the New Covenant by the promises of parents and Godparents. But whereas that promise was important, it is nothing like as important as the promise that God makes to us in the ancient rite of Confirmation

So the Bishop of Stafford will be with us, on Sunday and Monday; he will lay his hands on the candidates at both occasions and pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit upon them. After that he will anoint them with oil and seal them with that “outward and visible sign of inward and invisible grace.” All of us that are present will be blessed in remembering our own profession of faith and will celebrate the wonderful sacrament of the Eucharist together. What a privilege for us all!

One of the things of which we shall be reminded is that it is never too late! Since coming to Stone, we have seen 90+ year olds being confirmed, both at Summerfield Court and the former Manor House Nursing Home! On that occasion, a former Bishop of Stafford spoke words that are almost prophetic:- “for the Christian, the best is always yet to be!” They have stayed with me over the years and they continue to ring true. God always has plans for us, whether we are 90 or 9 weeks

So do pray for the candidates – two at Summerfield Court and two in Church. What shall we see from the seeds that are being sown is part of the wonder of God at work. Do come and support us in the special moments


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            133                              212

            514                              124

                        567                              567

10/315                        126/10

212                              133


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall,

Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler,   

Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, J

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Mary Wesson


And for the departed:

Josephine Ryland, Thomas Weaver, Bob Philips


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 17th 10.30am CONFIRMATION – Summerfield Court

Tuesday 18th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

2pm Confirmation preparation – 14 Sheridan Way

Wednesday 19th 9.30am Visit of St Michael’s school yr 1 to Church

Thursday 20th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


CONFIRMATION:6pm this Sunday with Bishop Geoff. PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT THE CANDIDATES!! Also 10.30am at Summerfield Court – all welcome


GARDEN PARTY AT ASTON MILL.  Sadly, with Mary Wesson poorly in hospital, the family have asked for the Garden party scheduled for June 22nd to be postponed. Our love, prayers and understanding are with them all


COACH TRIP TO LLANDUDNOJuly 13th depart Stone approx. 8.30am, leave Llandudno 5.30pm. Cost approx. £15, depending on numbers. To book seats speak to Nichola Abbott 07866 101988