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22nd July 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 19 July 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


HOLIDAY AT HOME.Our annual day of crafts and activities is to be held in St Michael’s hall on Tuesday August 21st this year. As usual, this is open to all age groups – and helpers will be welcomed in all areas. Please have a word with Rev. Jane


This Sunday we celebrate a Saints Day – St Mary Magdalene. Hers is a name we know well, but who was she? The New Testament has several references to her:- St Luke tells us she had seven devils cast from her, St Mark that she stood with Jesus at the foot of the Cross – and that she, with two other women heard the angel on Resurrection morning. St Matthew says that she was one of those to whom Jesus specifically appeared on Easter Day – and St John elaborates this with a graphic account of her weeping at the tomb in Chapter 20.

But there is a whole lot more of this. For one thing, Mary has been repeatedly identified with the fallen woman who wept over Jesus’s feet at Simon’s house (and wiped his feet with her hair.) And what of Mary and Martha? There are repeated inferences that this may yet be the same Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha, who chose to listen to Jesus rather than to carry on with domestic tasks. Be that as it may, there are legends that she sailed to Southern France after Easter – and there was a time when her supposed tomb was venerated by Christians at Aix-en-Provence

These things mask the two most important items about Mary Magdalene: the first is that she was someone in whom the power of Christ to save is most evident – and the second is that she was the first witness to the Resurrection, utterly transformed by the presence of the risen Lord. This Sunday’s collect refers to her as a witness of the resurrection. All of us, with her, are called by his touch and power to save to be the same!


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            220                              564                 

                        500                              39

                        346                              346

                        80/474                         355/474

237                              372


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

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:

Gwen Warrilow, Ron Burton

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 23rd 10.30am Holy Communion – Summerfield Court

Tuesday 24th 11.45am – 1pm LAST Drop Inn café – St Michael’s Hall

            7.30pm STONE PCC meeting - Church

Thursday 25th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            7.30pm ASTON PCC meeting - Church


LADIES GROUPthe 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



Alison Hudson Licensing– Sept 5th 10am Said Communion St M&W

Jane Morris Final Sunday- Sept 9th at both Churches

Jane Morris Installation and Induction– October 17th at Little Drayton

                                    (time to be finalised)


DROP INN CAFÉ closes after this week for the summer. Very many thanks to those who feed and water us throughout the year