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1st May 2022

By Nichola Abbott - Posted on 27 April 2022

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


OPEN DOOR PROJECT:We have been asked by St Michaels First School to run this project again this year on Friday 20th May between 9.30am and 3.30pm. We are appealing for helpers on this day as several regular helpers are not available on this day. The children will be going on a Pilgrimage, making replica seals, learning the ropes of bellringing,writing prayers and making stained glass windows If there is a particular activity that you fancy helping with, please have a word with Margaret Moss, Dennis Abbott or Edith Leason. You do not have to commit to the whole day, any help you can give on the day will be appreciated.

LADIES GROUP:A date for at 12.30pm our diary – our next outing will be lunch on Weds 24th August. Further details to follow.


In todays Gospel the disciples are back in Galilee, returning to fishing. When Simon Peter, still in the role of leader, announces he is going fishing, the other Disciples follow. They spent an unsuccesful night fishing. Jesus called to the disciples from the shore but they did not recognise him immediately.Still, they followed the strangers instructions and brought in a large haul of fish. At this point, one of the disciples (the disciple who Jesus loved) realised that Jesus was appearing to them. Simon Peter, leading the way, jumped from the boatand swam to shore; the other disciples following in the boat dragging the fish. On the shore, they saw that Jesus had already prepared bread and fish on a charcoal fire. He instructed the disciples to bring their catch of fish as well. Jesus was the host at the meal that followed, feeding the disciples the bread and fish.We see allusions to the miracle of the five loaves and fishes as told in John 6.

In the Eucharist, we too are fed by Jesus in the Bread and Wine that have become his body and blood. The gifts we bring to the altar are made from gifts that God  gave first to us – grain and grape, the fruits of the earth. He has no need for anything else, He accepts the gifts we bring and transforms them into the gift of his very presence.

After the meal, Jesus directed himself to Simon Peter.This dialogue with Simon Peter is a reversal of Peters 3 denials. Petwer was forgiven. Simon Peter was then sent on a mission – Feed my Lambs, Tend my Sheep, Feed my Sheep. These commands indicate Peter is to be as Jesus, even unto sacrificing for the flock. As Jesus fed Peter at this meal and feeds us at the Eucharist, so he also sends us out to followhim, asking that we offer our lives in service and sacrifice. Nichola.

Hymns for today

Aston                                      Stone

422                                          474     

Ps 121                                    509

333                                          25

484                                          325/73

259                                          186

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler, Catherine Ritchie, Miles Brain, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Margaret Wright, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Gillian Wright, John Hargreaves, June Stringer, Pam Miles, Jean Gulliver, Margaret Tomlinson, Dave McGlynn, Sue Kenchington, Carl Hartley, Mike Thompson, Helen Tallent, Gillian Robins & Joan Hartley

For the recently departed, remembering their families and friends:

 Roger Green, Elizabeth May Barlow, Terry Thorley & Kathleen Whittle

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 3rd  11.45 am Drop Inn Lunches St Michaels Hall

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

SPRING FAYRE:Saturday 7th May from 10am until 1.00pm. Stalls include Tombola, Raffle, Games, Cakes, Preserves, Plants – cuttings & seedlings. If you can help man a stall or provide items for the stalls,  or virtual items such as an Afternoon Tea please speak to Edith and Philip Leason. All proceeds to Church Funds and Fabric Restoration.

SUMMER CONCERT:Our first summer concert is on Saturday 7th May at 4pm.  The Revellation Choir will be performing a wide range of music. Entry is £5 per person payable on the door. Refreshments available.


This will take place at Ss Michael & Wulfad on Saturday 4th June at 3pm. Further details to be announced.

AFTERNOON TEA & SONGS OF PRAISE: At St Saviours Church Aston on Saturday 4th June. Tea at 5pm followed by Songs of Praise at 6.30pm. Please sign the list at the back of church if you wish to attend for catering purposes.

PARISH JUBILEE LUNCH: in Church on Sunday 5th June at 12.30pm. Tickets on sale from 8th May priced at £5 which includes a glass of fizz for a toast. Contact Nichola on 01785 814134. You must purchase a ticket so we know how many to cater for. Everyone welcome.