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2nd December 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 29 November 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!Can you help? Due to losing a couple of members from the rota, we are in need of some volunteers for the coffee rota. It would be a shame if we had to go back to once a fortnight like we used to do. The more volunteers we have, the less frequently you will need to do it. We are also looking for Sides people. If you can help with either of these roles please speak to Nichola. Thank you.


CIVIC CAROL SERVICE.The Mayor’s Carol service will be held on Sunday 9th December at 3pm at St M&W. Do come and support a great event in the life of our town


MOTHERS UNION & LADIES GUILD are listening to the Readathon with coffee and Mince pies on Tuesday 4th in Church


This is a very special year for Christingle, as it marks 50 years since we held the first Christingle service in this country at Lincoln Cathedral on 7 December 1968.

But Christingles themselves actually date back even earlier, and began in the Moravian Church in Germany.  

At a children’s service in Marienborn in 1947, Bishop Johannes de Watteville looked for a simple way to explain the happiness that had come to people through Jesus. He decided to give the children a symbol to do this. This was a lighted candle wrapped in a red ribbon.

At the end of the service, whilst the children held their candles, the bishop said the prayer, ‘Lord Jesus, kindle a flame in these children's hearts that theirs like thine become.’ 

How Christingle grew

In 1968, John Pensom of The Children's Society, known as ‘Mr Christingle’, brought Christingle to this country and introduced it to the Church of England. This involved children decorating an orange with a red ribbon, dried fruits, sweets and a candle to create a new visual representation of Christ, the light of the world, celebrated by the lighting of the Christingle candles.

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            470                              358

            Ps25 vs 1-9                  196

98                                209

198                              566/529

566                              307


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Jocelyn James, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore, Wendy Gee, James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells and

Richard Kempa, Frank & Joyce Crowther


And for the departed:

Ted Bourne, Cynthia Bailey, Winnie Lyons, Maurice Bunn, Frank Clark

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 4th 10.30am Mothers Union & Ladies Guild – St M&W

11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – IN CHURCH!

Bible Readathon NT – from 6am Tuesday till Weds middle of day

Thursday 6th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            7pm St Michael’s School Governors meeting


PARISH DIARIES Please buy a diaryWe still have 75 to sell!!


LADIES MEETING:Your menu choices and money are now due. Transport needed? Please speak to Steph


CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL  Friday 30th Nov – Sun 2nd Dec. We are looking for volunteers to man the church, provide refreshments etc during the weekend. We need a minimum of 3 people in church at any one time. If you can help, please sign the list at the back of church. Thank you.


CHRISTINGLE SERVICE.4pm this Sunday 2nd December. All proceeds to Children’s’ Society – do support them in this 50th year