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25th August 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 22 August 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


New Archdeacon of Walsall.

Julian moved to the West Midlands when he was Associate Minister at St Andrew’s, West Bromwich, and Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns Officer for Lichfield Diocese, from 1999-2002, and has served in the region ever since. Currently Vicar of St George’s Edgbaston in Birmingham Diocese, he is eagerly anticipating his new role in which he will have responsibility for churches across a large part of South Staffordshire and the Black Country including Walsall, Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.

Julian was ordained in 1991 in Southwark Diocese and served as a curate in Wimbledon before becoming vicar in Cottingley, Bradford. After his time in Lichfield Diocese, he became Team Rector in Coventry before he was National Training Co-ordinator for Minority Ethnic Anglicans from 2008-2011. Julian has spent the last eight years as vicar in Edgbaston, an area with great ethnic, socio-economic and religious diversity where his focus has been on using the church as a “community catalyst” through school partnerships and special events. He also served recently as Interim Archdeacon of Birmingham.

Julian (59) is married to Jane who has a lead role in Birmingham Children’s Trust adoption service. They have four children. Julian enjoys golf, cricket and going to the theatre and cinema in his spare time.

The Diocesan Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, added: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Julian back to Lichfield Diocese and to my senior staff team. He brings a wealth of experience to the role as a church leader in a variety of diverse and challenging areas. I am sure that the churches across South Staffordshire and the Black Country will benefit from his enthusiasm and experience.”

Julian will begin the role following his installation and licensing service at Lichfield Cathedral on 8 November

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone  

            467                              249

            242                              500

                        287                              319

364/342                       276/392

186                              186


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,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright


And for the departed:

Michael Tranmer, Beryl Brookes, Janet Brenda Chattaway


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 27th NO DROP INN CAFÉ

            7.30pm TEAM meeting – 11 Farrier Close

Thursday 29th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad


INTERCESSIONS LISTThe list has been growing for some time and some of the long term sick names have been transferred to the intercessions board. No-one is being forgotten – but if you feel a name needs to be brought back, please see the Rector


LADIES OUTINGFinal day for booking a place and paying. See Steph


AUTUMN FAIR Saturday 14th September – St Michael & St Wulfad’s, from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30; A replacement for the garden party that was due to be held earlier in the year.



Spiritual Essentials is a course written by Paula Gooder, a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. It covers the essentials of the Spiritual life

We shall be running this course as a study group, this autumn, starting on Thursday 26th September. Details to follow in our pewsheet