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19th May 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 16 May 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


Alleluia, Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!


The new Area Bishop of Shrewsburywill be The Venerable Sarah Bullock, who is currently serving as Archdeacon of York. No 10 Downing Street announced that the Queen has approved Sarah’s nomination in succession to the Right Revd Mark Rylands, who moved to parish ministry in Exeter Diocese in July 2018 after almost nine years as Bishop of Shrewsbury.

Sarah (55) trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall, University of Durham, a theological college in the evangelical tradition of the Church of England. She was ordained 26 years ago after a short career in teaching and children’s and youth work in the Diocese of Manchester. She then served there in a variety of parish and diocesan roles including Bishop’s Adviser for Women’s Ministry and Borough Dean for the City and Borough of Manchester. She was made an Honorary Canon of Manchester Cathedral in 2007

In 2013 Sarah was appointed Archdeacon of York, a largely rural area which includes market towns, the deep rural communities of the Vale of York and the edges of the Yorkshire Wolds as well as the City of York. Building relationships in the rural communities has been a vital part of supporting and encouraging the churches and she has worked creatively with colleagues to develop new approaches to mission and ministry in such communities. While Archdeacon she has also learned to drive a tractor, operated a milking parlour, led a Carol Service in a cowshed at Askham Bryan (Agricultural) College and ridden a racehorse!

She said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been invited to become the Bishop of Shrewsbury. I’m looking forward to really getting to know the communities of this area and those who live, work and worship here.

Sarah is married to Peter, a physicist, and they have one son, Joseph, who is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Durham


From the Diocesan Website


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            232                              501

            355                              355

                        563                              563

404/359                       4/359

321                              321


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


And for the departed:

Doreen Smith


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 21st 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

            7.30pm Archdeacon’s Visitation for Wardens, Clergy etc. Stafford

Wednesday 22nd 7.30pm Stone PCC meets - Church

Thursday 23rd 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


MESSY CHURCH- The next session is on Saturday 1st June from 3pm until 5.30pm. The theme is to be “Fathers Day”. If you are able to help at this session, please speak to Edith Leason or Mary Babb.


LADIES OUTING– Wednesday 19th June to Buzzard’s Valley Vineyard and distillery. Final day to book your place – See Steph


CONFIRMATIONBishop Geoff has agreed to come for a Confirmation service on Sunday 16th June at 6pm. If you would like to consider this in any way, please see the Rector as soon as possible.



June 14th – Cantiamo Chamber Choir concert – St M&W

June 22nd – Garden Party at Aston Mill Farm in aid of BOTH CHurches