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18th February 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 14 February 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

LENT….LENT…LENT…  This most important season: have you got your copy of “Journeys in Lent” yet? – freely available in each Church – take one for interested friends and family. Discussion of the contributions after Drop Inn Lunch on Tuesdays. The Lent course is held at St Saviour’s Aston  7.30pm and Wednesdays: this week we contemplate the icon of “Surrender” – which will be given out on the day. Do join us for something rather different this year


TWO SPECIAL SERVICESare looming: at 2.30pm on Sunday 25th February Bishop Geoff is kindly coming to Confirm three members of St M&W congregation. On Sunday 4th March at 3pm we receive the HMS St Vincent Standard for laying up in St M&W.


The Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, has appointed six clergy from the diocese to fill vacant Prebendary stalls at Lichfield Cathedral.

They are:

  • The Revd Ian Cardinal, Rector of St Michael and St Wulfad Stone with St Saviour Aston, Rural Dean of Stone and Interim Rural Dean of Eccleshall – to the Prebend of Bobenhull
  • The Revd Philip Moon, Vicar of Bishopwood and of Brewood – to the Prebend of Stotfold
  • The Revd Brian Leathers, Vicar of Alton with Bradley-le-Moors and Denstone with Ellastone and Stanton and Mayfield, and Rural Dean of Uttoxeter – to the Prebend of Dassett Parva
  • The Revd Helen Morby, Rector of Kinnerley with Melverley and Knockin with Maesbrook and or Maesbury – to the Prebend of Wolvey
  • The Revd Sarah Morris, Managing Chaplain HMP/YOI Drake Hall and Bishop’s Advisor for Prison Chaplaincy – to the Prebend of Whittington
  • The Revd Mark Salmon, Vicar of Harlescott and Area Dean of Shrewsbury – to the Prebend of Tarvin.

Prebendaries are members of the cathedral foundation, and become part of its extended community. The award of a Prebendary stall is an honour, recognising the contribution and service of the recipient to the life of the Diocese. In times past, it was also associated with rights and income from a parcel of land after which the Prebend is named.

Bishop Michael said: “I am delighted to offer these six clergy Prebendary stalls to recognise their dedication – whether in parish ministry or, as in Sarah’s case, serving as a chaplain at the heart of the prison community. I look forward to installing them at the Cathedral in April.”

The six will be installed at Cathedral Evensong on Sunday 15 April at 3pm.


I am humbled and delighted to receive this great honour

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

145                              145                 

                        39                                77

                        206                              261

                        386/227                       379/127

285                              285


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson,  Barbara Thornicroft, Roy & Barbara Ball, Tanya Hancock, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Rosemary Tranter, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Joan Pinfield, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Helen Mardling, Jackie Finnemore, Wendy Gee, James Astle

And for the departed:

Leslie Pitt Alice Webb, Linda Whittle, Colin Burgess




Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 19th – Wednesday 21st – 7am – 12 midnight BIBLE READATHON

Monday 19th 7.30pm Messy Church planning meeting – St Michael’s Hall

Tuesday 20th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s hall

                From 1pm discussion on “Journeys in Lent”

Wednesday 21st 7.30pm PARISH LENT COURSE & Holy Communion

Thursday 22nd 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


ST MICHAEL & ST WULFAD 260  Bible readathon. Begins today after 10.45am Eucharist. If there is any way you can help with tea and coffee – see Jean, with the few gaps of readings, see Dennis


MESSY CHURCH PLANNING7.30pm Monday 19th in the hall – all new helpers welcome

LADIES MEETING: Next meeting Thursday 8th March – 12.30pm Lunch at the “Star”. Please book your place with Steph Cardinal - £5 deposit needed- by 25th February


WALSINGHAM I am exploring the possibility of a Pilgrimage to Walsingham sometime in the future, in collaboration with Fr Graham Adamson from my previous parish of Berkswich in Stafford . At this stage I am seeking expressions of interest to give an indication of potential numbers. Please would those interested let me know.

Fr John (07734815838)