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28th April 2019


By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 24 April 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

And so it’s Easter – and what a Lent and Passiontide we have had. I was much encouraged by the response to our shared Morning and Evening Prayer at both churches this year:- having not been able to do it last year, this year there were sometimes as many as 8 of us getting to our churches in order to start and end the day in this way. The journey of prayer and saying the Daily Office this way has been really quite inspirational – and I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who has made the effort to share with us in this way. I hope you have found it as good as I have

Then, of course, we have had our series of speakers in Lent Holy Communion. Again the attendance has been extremely good and much better than last year (I don’t think the “Beast from the East” helped us in 2018!) I will happily confess that this was rather thrown together this year, as there were so many other things on my mind earlier in 2019. But again the reaction has been most positive, with almost all of us saying how helpful it was to hear the Christian journey of those we know on their calling to their various ministries. To my gratification I was also told that Bishop Michael and the Ministry department are thinking of taking up the idea for other parishes, as he leads us in our direction of travel in Discipleship, Vocation and Evangelism. Stone with Aston leads the way!

The biggest question will be “What is next?” of course – and I hope our Ministry Team will be able to meet and decide what kind of thing will help us most in our own journey of faith very soon. But in the meantime, I simply want to remind you that Easter is always a beginning and not an end in itself. Christ is raised – but he calls us all, ever onwards, to better and brighter things; the best is yet to be!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            80                                563

            355                              355

                        351                              237

272/488                       506/452

532                              474

 

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:

Marjorie Griggs

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 29th 10.30am Holy Communion – Summerfield Court

Tuesday 30th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café resumes – St Michael’s hall

Thursday 2nd 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICE  next Sunday, May 5th at St M&W 4pm. All welcome

 

LADIES OUTING– Wednesday 19th June to Buzzard’s Valley Vineyard and distillery. Final date for booking a place and paying is 19th May – please see Steph

 

UKULELE BAND CONCERT & FRIENDS: Saturday, 18th May 2019 at Aston Village Hall – 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets - £10 – (includes a glass of wine or a soft drink & light refreshments) Tickets available from Christine Burton – 813475

 

CONFIRMATIONBishop Geoff has agreed to come for a Confirmation service on Sunday 16th June at 6pm. If you would like to consider this in any way, please see the Rector as soon as possible. Preparation starts soon!




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