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3rd March 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 28 February 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


LADIES OUTING TO MIDDLEPORT POTTERY (14th March). Please speak to Steph if you can offer a lift OR need a lift


And so it’s Lent again – very late this year, almost as late as it can possibly be! It’s all calculated on phases of the Moon, you know, according to the Jewish calendar and how the feast of Passover is worked out

But recently there has been a move to make Easter a fixed date. Older folks amongst us may remember when “Spring Bank Holiday” was the Whitsun (Pentecost) Holiday, and was so subject to the same shifting about. From a secular point of view, one can understand why Schools and businesses would prefer a fixed date - all so much more convenient!

Therein lays a tale, though: how convenient do we want to make God? CAN we make God convenient? In the wonderful “Narnia” books by CS Lewis there is an expression that crops up from time to time – “Aslan is not a tame Lion!” In other words, God does not dance to our tune, but rather asks things of us

All of which brings us back to Lent. Lent is a time for Christians to reflect and pray – how much are we treating God as a convenience – someone to turn to when we are in trouble? And how much are we seriously offering out lives to him? “Send us out in the power of your Spirit” we pray in the modern rite Communion service – but then find things that are more pressing in our lives that seeking what Jesus might ask us to do!

Come near to God and he will come near to you.-James 4: 8. Lent is the time to start afresh and start again. In our service on Wednesday we commit ourselves to a new start in our Faith journey. Come and join us on our road together


Ian Cardinal



Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            70                                197

            Ps99                            293

127                              531

293                              525/222

304                              304

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, Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin


And for the departed:

Robert George Spicer, Richard Kempa, John Harris

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 4th 10.30am Holy Communion Summerfield Court

Tuesday 5th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café– St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 6th 7.30pm Blessing & imposition of ashes and Holy Communion

                                                St M&W

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

            2pm Deanery Standing Committee – 11 Farrier Close


ELECTORAL ROLL2019 is the year when our roll is legally started over again. Forms for every member of our Church to be registered will be available soon. Please see Glenda at St M&W and Mary at St Saviour’s. The applications for the roll will need to be closed very soon – fill in your form today!


PARISH LUNCHAT St M&W on March 17th. If you would like to share lunch with us, please have a word with Nichola Abbott – 814134


ASH WEDNESDAYLent begins on March 6th and we have a service to begin this very important season – 7.30pm at St Michael & St Wulfad for both our parishes. The Lent leaflet is also available this weekend – do take one and see what we can make of this special season