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9th February 2020

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 07 February 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


Ordinary Time

Some of you may have realised that the name “Joyce Crowther” in our intercessions is my Mother in Law. The last year has been difficult for her since Steph’s Father died in January 2019, but in recent months things became a lot worse:- frequent admissions to hospital, a severe bout of shingles and eventual admission to a Nursing Home

Sadly Joyce died on Monday last. This was fairly unexpected as she had been relatively well up to the time she died, enjoying visits from her close family. Steph and I were called early last Sunday morning and we are now in the process of organising all the details that need to be considered on these occasions

This Weekend begins “Ordinary Time” – a label much disliked by our former colleague and friend, Jane Morris. It signifies days when there is no special season e.g. Christmas, Epiphany etc. It was disliked because it doesn’t imply the riches of our time:- we live in the New Testament, where God’s love for his human family has been extravagantly shown in the birth and ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus. How could that ever be “ordinary”? Better to call all our days extraordinary – because for the Christian, that is what they are. What will God do next, for those he loves so much?

There have been some terrible years for the Rectory family, with deaths almost every year around Christmas and New Year. For Joyce and for us, what keeps us going is the firm knowledge that, behind every hurdle, there is still a blessing: and for every awful event, there is something better yet to come

God bless you all for your prayers and support in these days. May Joyce rest in peace – and Rise in Glory!


Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            70                                70

            466                              53

                        309                              106

257/175                       257/463

388                              522


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, Norman Latham,


And for the departed:

John Owen, Veronica Cooper, Ken Johnson, Joyce Crowther, Pauline Matthews


Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 11th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Thursday 13th 9.30am Holy Communion – The Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W


WEDDING FAIR:Sunday 23rd February – from 11am till 3pm.  Margaret Moss and Christine Connolly have a list of help they need over the weekend. Please do whatever you can!

There will be no 10.45am Service that day. Opportunities to take communion will be as usual at 8am and 9.15am that day


LADIES OUTING:  Wednesday March 11th 12.30pm, lunch at Amerton Farm. Please see Steph in order to book your place and get information


MARCH 1ST GOLF CLUB LUNCH, hosted by Aston Church Social Committee. – cost £17.50. Tickets available from all members and Sheets for choices are available at the back of each church