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17th February 2013

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 17 February 2013


The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone



'Growing Leadership'-the Bishop's 2013 Lent Appeal

Bishop Jonathan writes:

It is a delight to see young Christians grow and mature. The blooming of confidence and wisdom of perspective are the outcomes of all sorts of training that we support – in youth groups, in lay ministry and in ordinands. Particularly encouraging in recent years has been the growth in Ordained Local Ministers which has brought to the church a number of gifted priests who otherwise may not have considered ordination. Indeed, Jesus initially chose people who weren’t considered as obvious religious leaders.This year, my Lent appeal focusses on tackling poverty and promoting dignity through encouraging local leadership.”

As well as giving via parishes, it is possible to donate to the Bishop's 2013 Lent Appeal online and via text message.

To give online, visit our “Just Giving page.”

To give via text messge, text "Lent80 £(insert amount) to 70070. Test messages are free to send on all networks, and the amount donated will be added to the user's bill or deducted from the account's credit.

Leaflets and posters have been distributed to churches, church schools and Christian bookshops across the diocese next week. Forms to be passed to Treasurers. Churches are urged to return donations and forms by the END OF MAY please – you may be surprised how many Lent Appeal 2012 returns dribbled in through the autumn and even this January!

The overseas element will enable young leaders in our partner diocese of Matlosane in South Africa to broaden their service and perspective, copying a scheme devised by the Link4Life Project here in Great Wyrley. The ‘home’ project is also aimed at providing dignity and recognising innate leadership in some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in our diocese. Neighbourhoods can receive great encouragement and benefit through being enabled to talk about and prioritise the issues and projects that matter to them. ‘Participatory Budgeting’ invites those communities in the diocese that are within the top 10% of National Deprivation Indices to propose the projects that they wish to see in their our neighbourhoods. All participating groups will be fully involved in the final decision-making at out ‘Practising Generosity’ day in Stafford on 29th June 2013.



Hymns for today













Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Dorothy Burton, Mary Townsend, Vi Smith, Rosie Kent, Bunty Beecham, Toyah Carter, Kathleen Pickering, Norma Deakin, Joan & Albert Pinfield, Maureen Evans, Noelle Emery, Marie Hawley & Frank Beech

And for the departed:

Anne Rogers, Mabel Fernyhough, Anne Smith, Dorothy Jackson, Jess Myatt, Betty Pearson, Paul William Martin

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 19th February 11.45-1pm Drop-Inn lunch – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 20th Feb 7.30pm Holy Communion & Lent address – St M&W

Thursday 21st 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad


THE BELLS! 1.30pm on February 24th we shall be delighted to welcome the Bishop of Stafford and some of our sponsors to rededicate the returned bells at St M&W. Do be with us for this extra service if at all possible.


LENT COURSE. This week we begin our series of Lent talks on “Burning issues – a chance to stimulate our minds and souls as we think about some of the great issues for the Church of our day. This week Preb. Michael Harding begins with “Darwin, Dawkins & a Christian response. “ Coffee and questions after the service at St Michael’s on Wednesday


PARISH NURSING: with this sheet you can pick up a leaflet outlining the initiative our Diocese is promoting. There is a meeting with a “Parish Nurse” on Feb 28th at 7.30pm in St Michael & St Wulfad’s. Please come along