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24th March 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 21 March 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


MAUNDY THURSDAY WATCH OF THE PASSIONAs usual we shall hold our Maundy Thursday Eucharist at St Michael & St Wulfad’s at 7.30pm. This is followed by the Watch, where we take it in turns to watch with Jesus, before his arrest. Please can you complete the slot you would like to take, in 30 minute periods. List at the rear of each Church



What are you doing on Thursday lunchtimes? At St Michael’s we are holding a Frugal lunch at 12 Noon each week, where proceeds are collected for Christian Aid and for Church funds


Lent is a time for reflection and self-denial, of course.   We have various opportunities on offer in our Benefice – Morning and Evening Prayer on Mondays and Tuesdays, the Lent talks on our separate vocations on Wednesdays – and, of course, Bishop Michael’s Lent appeal for help in Mental Health concerns. But I should like to commend to you especially these Thursday lunchtimes. They  give us an extra time to meet together, to “live simply, that others may simply live” – and, of course to help a world that is all too often of people in the most severe need across our Globe


So do come and join us. Frugal does not mean the same as “hunger” – and we are offered some delicious home-made soups, bread and cheese and the like. Fellowship in Christ is priceless, of course – and we celebrate the good things we have in our own lives


“What can I do to change the world?” is a question we often ask ourselves. This gives us a small chance to do what we can – and you will be warmly welcomed as meet together


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            249                              249

343                              339

259                              426

316/312                       506/536

282                              22

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin

And for the departed:

Richard Kempa,

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 25th 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer St M&W

Tuesday 26th 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer St Saviour’s

                        11.45am – 1pm Drop In Café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 27th Lent Holy Communion & Address – St M&W

Thursday 28th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


LENTEN ADDRESS AND HOLY COMMUNION:St Michael & St Wulfad’s Wednesday 7.30pm. This week’s speaker is Julie Birkin, Ordinand in training who was with us in 2017 on placement


CHURCH STREETis now a one way street around the entrance to St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church. Please be aware you can no longer turn left on to Church Street from the Church entrance there! Signage will be arriving in due course, but it is likely that enforcement will be strict from this point onwards


PLEASE HOLD REVD ALISON IN YOUR PRAYERSduring her trip to the Diocese of Matlosane in South Africa from 15-30 March. Please pray for safety in travel and good health, for positive learning experiences and good social interactions with fellow curates, the host families, and churches she visits. There will be an opportunity to hear about her visit over afternoon tea at Shallowford House on Monday 6 May.