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1st March 2020

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 27 February 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


WEDDING FAIRChris and Margaret, Jean, Phil and Edith would like to thank everyone who ,by their support, encouragement and practical help ,made the Wedding Fair such a happy and resounding success. (And we want to thank all of them for the energy and commitment they put into arranging this event)


CAFE CHURCH FOR FAMILIESis on Saturday 7 March 3-5pm at St Michael's Community Hall. Families who like Messy Church and want to explore further what it means to live as a Christian family, are invited to come along. There are leaflets at the back of church.

If you would like to help in any way, or could make some cakes, please speak to Revd Alison. Also, kitchen roll cardboard tubes and large newspapers are wanted for the craft activity.

TED ANDERSON’S FUNERALwill be held on Monday 9th March at 10.30am at Aston St Saviour

LENT MORNING AND EVENING PRAYERwill be said on Mondays at St M&W and Tuesdays at St Saviour’s.  All welcome to join in

One of today’s readings this week is the traditional one from Genesis Chapter 3. It describes the Fall of Humanity: - how Adam and Eve become disobedient to God’s will and they eat of the tree on the centre of the garden of Eden. All things that are wrong in the world begin from there

But have you ever thought about what this figurative story is all about? God asks his children not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In other words, they would rely on him for judgement between right and wrong. What happens is nothing about women leading men astray! Rather it is about a human species that says to itself “I know best – I don’t need God to tell me what to do!”

I’d like to suggest to you that this is a very important story for our time. Humans make so many mistakes – from dire pollution of our planet, to the small ones we make in daily living. Lent is a time for us to think again about asking God for his wisdom and direction in our lives. Only is this way can we ever be really happy and fulfilled.

Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            145                              145

            293                              285

                        319                              536

312/463                       276/231

73                                10


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,  Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh

And for the departed:

Joyce Crowther, Pauline Matthews, Patricia Lowe, Ted Anderson, Lillian Ward, Evelyn Cotterill,


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 2nd 7.30pm Messy Church Planning meeting – 5 Rolt Close

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

Wednesday 4th 7.30pm – Lent talk and Holy Communion – Aston Church

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

Friday 6th 2pm World Day of Prayer – Christ Church: All welcome

Saturday 7th 3- 5pm – Café Church for families – St Michael’s hall


BISHOP MICHAEL’S VISITThis Sunday we welcome Bishop Michael to preach and preside at 9.15am and 10.45am


LADIES OUTING:  last chance to book your place and lunch this Sunday


MARCH 1ST GOLF CLUB LUNCH, this Sunday – 1.30pm for 2pm


HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICE:This Sunday March 1st 4pm St M&W. All welcome


WEDNESDAYS IN LENT:We start a series of “Saints of encouragement” – Holy Communion at St Saviour’s Aston, at 7.30pm. Do come – a chance to worship and think together about our own sources of encouragement