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1st December 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 27 November 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

NEXT SUNDAY 8th Decemberis our Town Mayor’s Carol service at 3pm in St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church. The invitation is for all to come and joyfully sing the carols as we celebrate our Civic life together


SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBERwe welcome the Province of Freemasons to celebrate our Saviour’s birth in their carol service at 3pm. The provincial Grand Secretary is most anxious that it should be stressed that this is an open service and that all are warmly welcomed to attend that afternoon


SHEILA HOWELLS:There will be a service of thanksgiving for Sheila’s life at Aston St Saviour on Thursday 5th December at 3pm. All are welcome


The season of Adventlasts for four Sundays leading up to Christmas. At that time, the new Christian year begins with the twelve-day celebration of Christmastide, which lasts from Christmas Eve until Epiphany on January 6. (Advent begins on Sunday that falls between November 27th and December 3rd each year.)  Advent 2019 begins on Sunday, December 1st and ends on Tuesday, December 24.

To balance the two elements of remembrance and anticipation, the first two Sundays in Advent (through December 16th) look forward to Christ’s second coming, and the last two Sundays (December 17th – 24th) look backward to remember Christ’s first coming. Over the course of the four weeks, Scripture readings move from passages about Christ’s return in judgment to Old Testament passages about the expectation of the coming Messiah to New Testament passages about the announcements of Christ’s arrival by John the Baptist and the Angels.

While it is difficult to keep in mind in the midst of holiday celebrations, shopping, lights and decorations, and joyful carols, Advent is intended to be a season of fasting, much like Lent, and there are a variety of ways that this time of mourning works itself out in the season. Reflection on the violence and evil in the world cause us to cry out to God to make things right—to put death’s dark shadows to flight. Our exile in the present makes us look forward to our future Exodus. And our own sinfulness and need for grace lead us to pray for the Holy Spirit to renew his work in conforming us into the image of Christ.


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            209                              309

            Ps 122                        196

                        98                                209

198                              566/529

566                              307


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Joan Lazonby,


And for the departed:

 Richard Stevens, Rosaleen Williams, Jean Jones, Sheila Howells

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 3rd NO Drop Inn café this week

Thursday 5th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad

            3pm Thanksgiving service for Sheila Howells – St Saviour’s, Aston

            7pm St Michael’s School Governors



CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL – December 6th -8th  at St Michael & St Wulfad. Do come and see what our community offers in the way of displays this year. Plus on December 7th at 10am there is a Christmas Coffee morning. Raffle items, Tombola and cakes are all very welcome


AlsoWe need welcomers at the door throughout the festival. There are rotas to sign up at the rear of St M&W


ADVENTIVITYThat time of year again. If any wish to host the figures of the Holy Family this year, please see Dennis (Stone) or Berwyn (Aston)


CHRISTINGLE SERVICE this Sunday (1st) at 4pm in St M&W; We are joined by the children from St Michael’s school. Do come and support some of the most needy children in our nation, through the Children’s society