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23rd September 2018

By Nichola Abbott - Posted on 19 September 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone




In today’s gospel Mark paints quite a vivid picture. Arriving in Capernaum, Jesus and his disciples entered a house. Jesus asked his disciples about the argument they had whilst they were journeying. The Disciples were silent, which was unlike them and they were frightened to answer as they had been found out.

Jesus summoned the twelve and taught them that those who would be first in Gods kingdom must be servants of all.

Jesus then called forth a child and taught the twelve that to receive a child in Jesus name is to receive both Jesus and the one who sent him.

We might easily fail to understand the significance of this action. In first-century Palestine, children were without status or power, possessing no legal rights. In this action, Jesus is teaching his disciples and us that when we serve the least ones among us, we serve Jesus himself. Who are the people without power or status in our society that Jesus is calling us to serve? Do we do so willingly? Jesus teaches that God’s judgment of us will be based on this criterion alone.


Nichola Abbott


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            565                              304                 

                        124                              484

                        106                              372

                        334/452                       506/311

425                              541


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, 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, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells


And for the departed:

Doreen Knight, Graham Forrester, Rona Watkins




Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 25th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 27th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation


MESSY CHURCH - More volunteers needed! Next session is Saturday 29th September


HERITAGE OPEN DAYat St M&W Saturday 6th October. Lots of volunteers needed for the day when we often get a LOT of visitors! Please sign the list at the back of church.


HARVEST THANKSGIVINGHarvest Eucharist at St M&W 10.45am Sunday 7th October, at Aston Sunday 14th October. Harvest Supper Saturday 13th October at St Michael’s Hall 7pm with guest entertainment. Please sign the list at the back of church.


LICENSING OF REV JANE MORRIS- we are hoping to run a coach to Jane’s licensing on Weds 17th October. If you would be interested in going on the coach, please sign the relevant lists. There will be a cost, but until we know the coach is feasible we won’t know how much yet.