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16th September 2012

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 16 September 2012



The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


It’s over 38 years since I was Confirmed at the age of 16. Confirmation is a very ancient rite of course – and you can see its beginnings even in New Testament times. The Apostles baptise and then lay their hands on people, invoking the Holy Spirit: and on Sunday we shall see Bishop Geoff do exactly the same thing in St Michael & St Wulfad’s

But it’s always a case of “beware of what you wish for!” When St Paul had Ananias lay hands upon him after the Damascus road experience, it was just the start: After a long period (at least two years) of prayer and learning he became the “Apostle to the Gentiles” as we all know – and his Missionary journeys are almost legendary, culminating in his trip to Rome and the Emperor

And it’s still the same! During the years of my own Ministry, it has been a privilege to see how Confirmation has been a pivotal moment in people’s lives: the gentleman in Lincolnshire who told me that he was intending being an “Occasional church-goer” after Confirmation – yet became a pillar of the place, after Confirmation: the lady who found herself turned around after her daughter’s death and her own Confirmation: the people in our own Churches who have simply found an excitement and a vision in life that they never thought they would have. These folks have met with the risen Lord on their own “Damascus Road” and with them we rejoice!

Within 2 years of my own Confirmation I found myself in front of Bishops and DDOs on the long journey to Holy Orders! What will God do with our newly Confirmed? We pray for them today


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                                Aston                                    Stone   

465                                         133        

77                                           73          

                                308                                     46              

10/404                                  308/463/452

246                                         103


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Val Gerrard, Dorothy Burton, Mavis Pick, Helen Zeter, Mary Townsend, Francis Wright, Mavis Foster, Tristan Simms, Kerris Sutherland, Malcolm Nixon, Neil & Pat Wynne, , Malcolm Clark, Christine Thomas, Sarah Wright, Terry Malkin, Emma Davis, Angela Rose, Ben King, Philip Hulme, Peggy Simms, Dianne Harvey, Karen Povey, Margaret Hill, Ben Smith, Laura Riley, Jeff Taylor, Mary Mountford, Joan Astle

And for the departed:

Tracey Richards, Gwen Harvey, Linda Timms

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

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

                6.30pm Coach leaves Crown St For Sally’s Licensing

Wednesday 19th 7.30pm Stone PCC meets - Church

Thursday 20th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad


COACH TO SALLY’S LICENSINGSally, our former Curate,  is to be Licensed at St Mark’s Church Shelton on Tuesday 18th September at 7.30pm. Do comne if you can – or at least remember to pray for her on that day!


CONFIRMATIONBishop Geoff is coming This Sunday 16th to the 10.45am Service to Confirm candidates from this Benefice. Please uphold the Candidates in your prayers and come and support them.


HARVEST SUPPERThis year at St Michael’s Hall, 7pm Saturday October 6th. This is a Bring and Share event, but it would be nice to have some idea of numbers – sheets to sign at the back of each Church