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8th September 2019

By Nichola Abbott - Posted on 05 September 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


This week we face a real challenge. How do we respond to the call to “renounce” all we have so that we can be a disciple of Jesus? Someone once pointed out that you and I may be the only Bible some people ever read. Do we truly mirror the Lord in every aspect of our daily lives? Is the joy of the Lord our strength? What have you had to deny, or put aside in order to follow Jesus? Was it worth the cost? What have you depended on in the past that you left behind to follow Jesus? Wealth? Fame? Relationships? Leisure time? Remember, there is no such thing as cheap grace. Everything comes at a cost. We are promised a cross when we sign on to follow the Lord. Authentic discipleship requires radical commitment. What will it cost you this week? What is the cross you bear? Pay the price, carry the weight, and anticipate the joy that will be yours when you hear from Jesus, “well done, good and faithful servant.” 


LADIES OUTING:   Ladies, please meet at Aston Marina at 3.15pm for Afternoon Tea at 3.30pm.


MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING:Nichola is hosting a coffee morning on Friday 27th September from 10am until 12 noon in St Michaels Hall. Lots of Tea, Coffee and Cake will be served. Everyone welcome.


MESSY CHURCH:The next session is on Saturday 28th September in St Michaels Hall from 3pm until 5.30pm. Any offers of help would be greatly received. Please contact Mary Babb if you can assist.

SHALLOWFORD HOUSE OPEN GARDENS AND ART EXHIBITION. Today 2-4pm. Cream teas for sale. For more information speak to Revd Alison Hudson 07725 467246


AUTUMN FAIR Saturday 14th September – St Michael & St Wulfad’s, from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30; A replacement for the garden party that was due to be held earlier in the year. We are looking for items for the tombola, or cakes for the cake stall etc. If you can help with any of these, please speak to Philip Leason.



Spiritual Essentials is a course written by Paula Gooder, a writer and lecturer in Biblical Studies. It covers the essentials of the Spiritual life

We shall be running this course as a study group, this autumn, starting on Thursday 26th September. The first session will be held at the Rectory at 7.30pm and is entitled “Compass – Finding Direction. It is hoped it will be a fun session. Everyone is welcome.

Nichola Abbott

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone  

            466                              467

            136                              466

                        422                              237

308/463                       452/222

304                              122


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright


And for the departed:

Janet Chattaway, Joyce Watson, Thomas Linstead

Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 9th 7.30pm at Cotes Heath – Deanery Synod

Tuesday 10th in St Michaels Hall 11.45 – 13.00 Drop Inn Café resumes

Thursday 12th 10.30am Holy Communion – St Michael & St Wulfad