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7th October 2018

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 04 October 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


The Origins of Harvest Festival

Robert Stephen Hawker, the eccentric Parson of Morwenstow in coastal North Cornwall, is credited with creating the Harvest Festival we celebrate today.

Two weeks prior to this first Harvest Festival service, a notice went up in the village which read:

"Let us gather together in the chancel of our church, and there receive, in the bread of the new corn, that blessed sacrament which was ordained to strengthen and refresh our souls."

On the 1st October 1843 “Parson Hawker” gathered his parishioners for the very first Harvest service thanking God for providing such plentiful food. The local corn bread was taken at communion during this service.

Although Christians had always given thanks for the Harvest, Parson Hawker turned it into the annual ritual it now has become. News of his Harvest service was spread by high church magazines and universally adopted.  (from the internet)


Although this is a universally accepted part of the Christian year,  I am not altogether sure that we would welcome Parson Hawker as a Rector here today. He was very eccentric and his foibles included:


Dressing in multi-coloured clothes, including a pink fez and yellow horse blanket he said was the ancient habit of St Padarn. No one really knew if he was joking or not.


He had a phase of only eating clotted cream


He ex-communicated his cat for mousing on a Sunday


He used to pretend to be a mermaid by dressing up complete with wig, swimming out to sea, sitting on a rock and singing!


Ian Cardinal


Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            197                              101                 

                        Ps 8                             557

                        277                              137

                        368                              414/328/Sheet

380                              534


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


And for the departed:

Clifford Haines, Victor Kimber

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 9th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

            2pm Deanery Mothers Union Eucharist – St M&W

Thursday 11th 9.30am Holy Communion – the Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation


HARVEST THANKSGIVINGHarvest Eucharist at St M&W 10.45am Sunday 7th October, at Aston Sunday 14th October. Harvest Supper Saturday 13th October at St Michael’s Hall 7pm with guest entertainment. Please sign the list at the back of church.


HEALING SERVICE:Sunday 7th October at 4pm in Ss M&W.


LICENSING OF REV JANE MORRIS- we are hoping to run a coach to Jane’s licensing on Weds 17th October. If you would be interested in going on the coach, please sign the relevant lists. There will be a cost, but until we know the coach is feasible we won’t know how much yet.