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1st July 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 28 June 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


It’s Ordination time again: this weekend our former placement student, Richard Hume, will be ordained a Priest in his parish Church at Longton – and last weekend a Curate from our Deanery, Drew Walker was also made Priest in Uttoxeter. Our congratulations to them both and our prayers go with them.

Where do these people come from? We have been deeply blessed with Curates and students in training in our Benefice – but perhaps also slightly blinded by the fact that these people seem to just “appear.” The fact is that they come from faithful Christian churches where they have been encouraged to explore their own vocation – calling. Just as Jesus called those first disciples to follow him, each Christian is called by God for some specific purpose. In the wisdom of our God we don’t always see exactly what that is to begin with – but truthfully every single one of us is called.

“I couldn’t do something like that!” I hear you say – and maybe we are right. But consider this:- those first disciples were hardly perfect – in fact each one of them failed Jesus in some way or another; but they were still the people that Jesus made into his church and who, by the power of God’s spirit, changed the world in which they lived

So what is your calling? Our PCCs have been debating Bishop Michael’s call to our Diocese to explore his three themes:- Discipleship, Vocation and Evangelism. There is much for us all to think about – how the Good News of Jesus can be transmitted to those around us – how our daily walk with the Lord can be strengthened and fed by our discipleship. But this weekend we are challenged to think hard about what God wants for us and for our lives. The simple truth is – it is so much better than anything else we could possibly imagine!


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            243                              Civic service               

                        Ps130                          427

                        349                              313

                        359                              518

313                              310


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

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


And for the departed:

Clare Austin, Eric Simpson, John Rowley, Mary Rigby, June Parnell

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 3rd 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 5th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            (12 Noon Eccleshall Deanery Chapter)


LADIES GROUPAfter our successful tour of Lichfield Cathedral, the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 5th September – The World of Wedgwood. Afternoon tea at 1.30pm – cost £16 with optional guided tour at a further cost of £5. Please book your place with Steph – with money – by August 12th


CHRIST CHURCH FLOWER FESTIVALOur brothers and sisters in our next door parish are celebrating 180 years this year. On 6th/7th/8th they have a flower festival – do go and support them!


St M&W OPEN CHURCH – to coincide with the July Farmer’s Market Saturday 6th July from 10am till 2pm. Can you volunteer any time as a welcome?  - list to sign at the back of church


JOHN ROWLEY’S FUNERALwill be held at St M&W on 11th July at 11.45am. Prayers for Glenda and the family at this time of course