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2nd June 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 31 May 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


POPPY APPEALto commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1, there is to be a display of ceramic poppies in St M&W. A “making and helping” session is to be held this Wednesday afternoon in St Michael’s hall – would you like to help (or sponsor a poppy for £15)? Please see Lin Davies for details


HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICEThis Sunday 4pm in St M&W. Everyone welcome for a half hour of quiet music, prayers and readings


And so we are into “ordinary time.” :- that time of year when the predominant liturgical colour is green, save for the occasional Feast Day and the Sundays are always so many after Trinity. I have a bit of an issue with the nomenclature though

I used to have a Choir member who would ask me if it was an “ordinary Sunday” each week: that was because we could have baptisms during the service, or a special rite we used when uniformed groups of young people came into church. But I used to reply each time that we didn’t have “ordinary Sundays” in church, but that each week was extraordinary in its own rite. After all, each week we have an encounter with the living God! How could that ever be described as “ordinary”?

Once there was a Bishop of Pontefract who was known to be a great charismatic worshipper. He described how he had once preached at a church where he referred to worship as “an adventure with Jesus.” After the service one man had rounded on him and told him that he came to church for peace and quiet: life was difficult enough each week and he certainly didn’t’ want an adventure with Jesus! But beware, because surely the Bishop was essentially right: our faith is “comfort to the troubled – but trouble to the comfortable!” God will disturb our lives and have us doing all kinds of things we never thought we could!

May God bless us all these weeks of “Extra-Ordinary” time!

CONCERT: with the Choir of St Michael’s School and Stone recorder group29th June 6.30pm. Tickets available from Christine Burton - £7


SANDON ESTATE WALK:  Thursday 28th June (after Last year’s walk round Chartley castle.) Meet at 6.45pm at Sandon Church, ready to start at 7pm.  Visits made to the moated site of the original Sandon Hall and the recently restored Tower from Trentham Hall. Cost is £2 – sheets to sign at the rear of both Churches


 HOT POT SUPPER – a Victorian Evening:  Saturday June 30th in St Michael’s Hall. Speaker will be Brian Morris who will give a presentation of a "Victorian Magic lantern Show."  It is a light hearted account of life in Victorian England. Cost £7.50




Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            402                              402                 

                        484 (for Ps)                 5 (x2)

                        392                              501

                        244                              506/53

143                              143


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, 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


And for the departed:

Lilian Slater

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Tuesday 5th Visit of St Dominic’s School to St M&W

11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 6th 10.30am Visit of Bishop Geoff to Faith Matters

Thursday 7th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W