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7th October 2012

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 07 October 2012

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

THE MINISTRY OF HEALING is something that our Parishes have begun to explore over the last two years, but now we are to try to explore new ways of praying within it. On October 14th at 4pm there will be a SAID and NON-COMMUNION service in St Michael & St Wulfad’s with a more “meditation led” kind of feel.


MOTHERS UNION & LADIES GUILD MEETS THIS Tuesday (9th) in St Michael’s Hall – speaker Richard Moss



Harvest Festival is a celebration of the food grown on the land.

Thanksgiving ceremonies and celebrations for a successful harvest are both worldwide and very ancient. In Britain, we have given thanks for successful harvests since pagan times. We celebrate this day by singing, praying and decorating our churches with baskets of fruit and food in a festival known as 'Harvest Festival'

Harvest Festival reminds Christians of all the good things God gives them. This makes them want to share with others who are not so fortunate. In schools and in Churches, people bring food from home to a Harvest Festival Service. After the service, the food that has been put on display is usually made into parcels and given to people in need.

In America Harvest festivals are traditionally held on or near the Sunday of the Harvest Moon. This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox (about Sept. 23). In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. Unlike the USA and Canada, the UK does not have a national holiday for Harvest Festival.

The harvest festival of the Jewish religion is called Sukkot or 'Feast of Ingathering' or 'the 'Feast of Tabernacles'. It is celebrated at the end of the year, after Rosh Hoshanah, the third of the great Annual Festivals.


Article taken from the Internet


Hymns for today


Stone 4pm
55 101 504
Ps 8 116 Ps 84
466 524 466
277 137/506 246
380 534 475


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Val Gerrard, Dorothy Burton, Mavis Pick, Helen Zeter, Mary Townsend, Francis Wright, Mavis Foster, Tristan Simms, Kerris Sutherland, Malcolm Nixon, Neil & Pat Wynne, Malcolm Clark, Christine Thomas, Sarah Wright, Terry Malkin, Emma Davis, Angela Rose, Ben King, Philip Hulme, Peggy Simms, Dianne Harvey, Karen Povey, Margaret Hill, Ben Smith, Laura Riley, Jeff Taylor, Mary Mountford, Joan Astle, Barbara Ball, Vi Smith, Doreen Knight, Joan Taylor

And for the departed:

Linda Timms, Gordon Swinyard, Maureen Malpass

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 9th 10.15am for 10,30am Mothers Union & Ladies Guild

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

Wednesday 10th 7.30pm Messy Church Planning meeting – St Michael’s hall

Thursday 11th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad


FOOD BANK BOX there is a box at the rear of St Michael & St Wulfad’s: if you can help the neediest in our area with a few items to spare, Vanessa will be helping to ensure they get there!


STREET PASTORS this Sunday (7th) as part of our Harvest celebrations, the Stafford Street Pastors will be commissioning Vanessa Renshaw as an important part of their Team, during the 10.45am service. Do please come and support a member of our Benefice undertaking this valuable work – and maybe find out about the kind of thing this Ministry involves!


THE PRAYER BOOK SOCIETY exists to promote the Book of Common Prayer as a major act of worship in Parishes in England, and to promote its values and doctrines. This Sunday (7th October) at 3pm the AGM will be held at St Michael & St Wulfad’s, followed by Prayer Book Evensong at 4pm. Parishioners are welcome to both