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25th February 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 22 February 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


LENT. Two courses for you: The first concerns our home grown Lent booklet – all are invited for a half hour or so of discussion on what we have read and learned. This is on Tuesdays after the Drop Inn lunch

The secondis The folly of God: This is a contemplation on the various icons that are offered during a service of Holy Communion at St Saviour’s Aston, Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm.  This week will be “Cornerstone” with the speaker as the Rev’d John Cotterill


First a huge vote of congratulations and thanks from us all, to Dennis Abbott, for managing and running the mammoth “Bible Readathon” of the Old Testament in St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church. I know I speak for many when I say that sitting listening to the passages read has given a very different perspective for us all, particularly when we have heard the passages that are not so familiar to us! It has been a massive and a magnificent undertaking – and we look forwards to the second instalment, when we read the New Testament later this year

But the second vote of thanks goes to all the Readers! I have heard people read out loud that I have never heard before – and some of them are clearly hiding their light under a bushel! It is no small thing to read out loud in lengthy half hour portions – and we have all been impressed with the clarity and diction that has been forthcoming. Well done everyone

I suspect we all hope that this has not been just an empty exercise though: the Bible is, naturally, a sacred text – and has been for many thousands of years. Our former Archbishop, Rowan Williams memorably commented that the power of Holy Scripture is a “fluid” thing: it is not that the Holy Spirit sits dictating the text – but rather that the Holy Spirit, working in the people that faithfully hear and seek God can hear the “Word of the Lord.”

So let’s hope and pray that many will have heard God speak in a new way this Lent. And let us ask him that our faith in Christ Jesus may have been built up during this wonderful exercise


Ian Cardinal


PS. If anyone, having tried reading in Church, would like to join the list of Readers, please have a word with Nichola (St M&W) or Bryan (St S). Thanks

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

343                              343                 

                        77                                330

                        426                              344

                        159/53                        465/159

55                                480


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson,  Barbara Thornicroft, Roy & Barbara Ball, Tanya Hancock, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Rosemary Tranter, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Joan Pinfield, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Helen Mardling, Jackie Finnemore, Wendy Gee, James Astle

And for the departed:

Alice Webb, Linda Whittle, Colin Burgess




Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 19th 7.30pm Messy Church planning meeting – St Michael’s Hall

Tuesday 20th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s hall

                From 1pm discussion on “Journeys in Lent”

Wednesday 21st 7.30pm PARISH LENT COURSE & Holy Communion

Thursday 22nd 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


LADIES MEETING: Next meeting Thursday 8th March – 12.30pm Lunch at the “Star”. Please book your place with Steph Cardinal - £5 deposit needed- by 25th February


WALSINGHAM I am exploring the possibility of a Pilgrimage to Walsingham sometime in the future, in collaboration with Fr Graham Adamson from my previous parish of Berkswich in Stafford . At this stage I am seeking expressions of interest to give an indication of potential numbers. Please would those interested let me know.

Fr John (07734815838)


TWO SPECIAL SERVICESare looming: at 2.30pm this Sunday 25th February Bishop Geoff is kindly coming to Confirm three members of St M&W congregation. On Sunday 4th March at 3pm we receive the HMS St Vincent Standard for laying up in St M&W.