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23rd february 2020


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 20 February 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

BISHOP MICHAEL’S VISITThe Bishop of Lichfield will preach and preside at both 9.15am at Aston and 10.45am on that day. Do make a special effort to attend – we have not seen a Bishop of Lichfield at our services since 1996 and 2008 respectively!

 

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

 

CAFE CHURCH FOR FAMILIES,is 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.

When we lived in Lincolnshire, we shared one car. On Wednesdays, we would go into town together and Steph would go shopping, whilst I did other jobs, banking etc. The theory was that I would then catch her up in the Supermarket, and we would finish the shopping and go home together. All too often I would wander up and down aisles, looking for her, aware that if I had to ask, I couldn’t say what she was wearing!

How good are you at noticing things? This week’s gospel of the transfiguration is our last Sunday before Lent. The disciples with Jesus catch a glimpse of Jesus as he really is, the Lord of Glory. Most of the time, nobody saw Jesus as anything other than another ordinary man

So we are challenged this week to take another look. The sad truth of our age is that most people wouldn’t recognise the glorious Lord if they fell over him! Yet he is with us all the time and especially in our churches as he comes to us in word and sacrament. Maybe that’s what Lent is really all about:- stope, take time and look again

We shall have more details of our Lenten speakers next week. But in the meantime, let’s take time on Ash Wednesday to mark our new beginnings in Christ.

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            364                              Wedding Fair

            442                             

                        186                             

127/452                      

188                             

 

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 24th 10.30am Holy Communion – Summerfield Court

Tuesday 25th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 26th 7.30pm – Blessing and imposition of Ashes with Holy

 Communion for both parishes – St Michael & St Wulfad

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

 

WEDDING FAIR:THIS SUNDAY 23rd February. No 10.45am service at St M&W, but do come along to see what is happening – and, maybe, who you can encourage!

 

LADIES OUTING:  Wednesday March 11th 12.30pm, lunch at Amerton Farm. Please see Steph in order to book your place and get information. Final date to book and pay is March 1st

 

MARCH 1ST GOLF CLUB LUNCH, hosted by Aston Church Social Committee. – cost £17.50. Tickets available from all members and Sheets for choices are available at the back of each church

 

ASH WEDNESDAYis February 26th. There will a service of Holy Communion with the blessing and imposition of Ashes held at St Michael & St Wulfad at 7.30pm. Details of our Lent Speakers are to follow

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