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June 2018


1st July 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

It’s Ordination time again: this weekend our former placement student, Richard Hume, will be ordained a Priest in his parish Church at Longton – and last weekend a Curate from our Deanery, Drew Walker was also made Priest in Uttoxeter. Our congratulations to them both and our prayers go with them.

Where do these people come from? We have been deeply blessed with Curates and students in training in our Benefice – but perhaps also slightly blinded by the fact that these people seem to just “appear.” The fact is that they come from faithful Christian churches where they have been encouraged to explore their own vocation – calling. Just as Jesus called those first disciples to follow him, each Christian is called by God for some specific purpose. In the wisdom of our God we don’t always see exactly what that is to begin with – but truthfully every single one of us is called.

“I couldn’t do something like that!” I hear you say – and maybe we are right. But consider this:- those first disciples were hardly perfect – in fact each one of them failed Jesus in some way or another; but they were still the people that Jesus made into his church and who, by the power of God’s spirit, changed the world in which they lived

So what is your calling? Our PCCs have been debating Bishop Michael’s call to our Diocese to explore his three themes:- Discipleship, Vocation and Evangelism. There is much for us all to think about – how the Good News of Jesus can be transmitted to those around us – how our daily walk with the Lord can be strengthened and fed by our discipleship. But this weekend we are challenged to think hard about what God wants for us and for our lives. The simple truth is – it is so much better than anything else we could possibly imagine!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            243                              Civic service               

                        Ps130                          427

                        349                              313

                        359                              518

313                              310

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, 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

 

And for the departed:

Clare Austin, Eric Simpson, John Rowley, Mary Rigby, June Parnell

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 3rd 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 5th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            (12 Noon Eccleshall Deanery Chapter)

 

LADIES GROUPAfter our successful tour of Lichfield Cathedral, the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 5th September – The World of Wedgwood. Afternoon tea at 1.30pm – cost £16 with optional guided tour at a further cost of £5. Please book your place with Steph – with money – by August 12th

 

CHRIST CHURCH FLOWER FESTIVALOur brothers and sisters in our next door parish are celebrating 180 years this year. On 6th/7th/8th they have a flower festival – do go and support them!

 

St M&W OPEN CHURCH – to coincide with the July Farmer’s Market Saturday 6th July from 10am till 2pm. Can you volunteer any time as a welcome?  - list to sign at the back of church

 

JOHN ROWLEY’S FUNERALwill be held at St M&W on 11th July at 11.45am. Prayers for Glenda and the family at this time of course




24th June 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

And so to a Saint’s day: but this Sunday is an unusual Saint: John the Baptist is, in many ways, a pre-Christian figure, certainly stemming from the inheritance of the Old Testament faith.

So perhaps a good question for us would be as to what makes a Saint in the first place? The original word is simply ‘Agioi – someone dedicated to God. But that doesn’t help us very much because there is a degree to which that describes all of us. We are dedicated, consecrated and put aside for holy use at our baptism – and the New Testament does describe all Christians as being Saints

That said, there is a very long tradition of Saints particular – in other words people whose lives were so very different that their faith shines out from down the centuries. We could name so many, of course – and on Thursday mornings we often keep a “Saints day” rather than just repeating the Sunday readings

So what makes a particular Saint? – and surely now is the answer that they are people whose lives are best described as signposts – people whose whole being is a signpost to our Lord and Master, Jesus himself. And in this respect John the Baptist is a wonderful example. According to St John’s gospel he always refused to be identified as a possible Messiah – and when Jesus passes by he says to his hearers “Behold the Lamb of God!”

John met a sticky end at the hands of Herod the Tetrach of course, at the instigation of his conniving wife, Herodias. In the tradition of the Eastern Church he is always shown as holding his own head on a platter (!) and there are many churches that are dedicated to him. This sunday we celebrate his miraculous birth (he has another day in August that deals with his martyrdom) and remember that our God does extraordinary things in order to fulfil his promises

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            401                              82                   

                        197                              401

                        158                              158

                        163/452                       276/463

425                              427

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, 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, 

 

And for the departed:

Clare Austin, Eric Simpson, John Rowley

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 26th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 27th 7.30pm St Michael’s Hall AGM – St Michael’s Hall

            7.30pm Aston PCC meeting - Church

Thursday 28th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            7pm St Michael’s school Governors

 

SANDON ESTATE WALK:  Thursday 28th June (after Last year’s walk round Chartley castle.) Meet at 6.45pm at Sandon Church, ready to start at 7pm.  Visits made to the moated site of the original Sandon Hall and the recently restored Tower from Trentham Hall. Cost is £2 – sheets to sign at the rear of both Churches

 

CONCERT: with the Choir of St Michael’s School and Stone Recorder Group29th June 6.30pm. Tickets available from Christine Burton - £7

 

HOT POT SUPPER – a Victorian Evening:  Saturday June 30th in St Michael’s Hall. Speaker will be Brian Morris who will give a presentation of a "Victorian Magic lantern Show."  It is a light hearted account of life in Victorian England. Cost £7.50




17th June 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

DEANERY SYNOD this week is held at Astonand we host a speaker in the Rev’d George Fisher, on Evangelism (one of Bp Michael’s directions of travel.) All are welcome to this meeting – Tuesday 7.30pm

 

How do we expect to see God at work? Many people would expect to see an obvious miracle – a stream of lava changing direction in Hawaii. Maybe it would be another Lazarus rise from the dead – or even if we have financial problems, an unexpected inheritance or something like that

There’s quite a contrast to this in this week’s gospel. Instead of the abrupt interruption, lightning from Heaven kind of thing, Jesus talks about something that takes time. In an agricultural society he talks about seeds and the way that they grow. It’s a good illustration, because it often masks a tremendous amount of power: tree roots can shatter stone in time – and those of us that search for lost canals will know how fast nature takes over any site that is not carefully maintained

So Jesus says the Kingdom of God is often like a tiny seed. It may not look much – but, in the end, that seed accomplishes mighty things. In the case of the mustard seed it grows into something that can even accommodate birds nesting within its shade! So, if we are tempted to think that God doesn’t hear us, has gone away, or even is doing nothing, look for the small signs that he is at work.

In my first Parish in Leeds there was a family where the Son wanted to be Confirmed. His mother was anxious because his father was very much against all religion. But the son was Confirmed and something happened in her too, because she was Confirmed the following year. To everyone’s amazement, the next year it was the turn of the father – who then became leader of the Church cub scout group!  The last I heard of the family, the Son visited me on the way to a selection conference for Ordination. Truly God did mighty things and changed everything beyond recognition – in his own good time!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            277                              17                   

                        53                                485

                        501                              226

                        364/127                       61/127

380                              466

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, 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,  John Rowley

 

And for the departed:

Lilian Slater, Clare Austin and Eric Leonard Simpson

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 19th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s Hall

          7.30pm – STONE DEANERY SYNOD – Aston Church ALL WELCOME

Wednesday 20th 7.30pm Team meeting - Rectory

Thursday21st 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

EVENSONG AT ST SAVIOURS:This Sunday June 17th 6.30pm

 

SANDON ESTATE WALK:  Thursday 28th June (after Last year’s walk round Chartley castle.) Meet at 6.45pm at Sandon Church, ready to start at 7pm.  Visits made to the moated site of the original Sandon Hall and the recently restored Tower from Trentham Hall. Cost is £2 – sheets to sign at the rear of both Churches

 

CONCERT: with the Choir of St Michael’s School and Stone Recorder Group29th June 6.30pm. Tickets available from Christine Burton - £7

 

HOT POT SUPPER – a Victorian Evening:  Saturday June 30th in St Michael’s Hall. Speaker will be Brian Morris who will give a presentation of a "Victorian Magic lantern Show."  It is a light hearted account of life in Victorian England. Cost £7.50




10th June 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

 

HOT POT SUPPER – a Victorian Evening:  Saturday June 30th in St Michael’s Hall. Speaker will be Brian Morris who will give a presentation of a "Victorian Magic lantern Show."  It is a light hearted account of life in Victorian England. Cost £7.50

EVENSONG AT ST SAVIOURS:on Sunday 15th July. This will be preceeded by an Afternoon Tea at 5pm. If you would like to attend, please assign the list at the back of church. Everyone is welcome.

 

In our Gospel reading today, Jesus says something amazing. As he sits teaching, surrounded by a large group of people from all different places, families and backgrounds, all eager to hear what he is teaching them about God, he tells them that he counts each one of them as a member of his family – God’s family! And that makes all of us in the Church part of the same family. Our distinguishing family likeness is how well we obey God by living the Jesus way

Being called to be sons and daughters of the living God, a part of God’s family is the greatest blessing that can be bestowed upon us.

 

Nichola Abbott

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            133                              13                   

                        514                              54

                        346                              Sheet

                        10/352                        227/10

205                             

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, 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,  John Rowley

 

And for the departed:

Lilian Slater and Clare Austin

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 12th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s Church

Tuesday 12th 7.30pm – Joint PCC – St Michael’s Church

Thursday14th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

DROP INN CAFÉ:   This Tuesday, 12th June, Drop Inn will be held in church as the hall is playing host to Rene’s Café.

SANDON ESTATE WALK:  Thursday 28th June (after Last year’s walk round Chartley castle.) Meet at 6.45pm at Sandon Church, ready to start at 7pm.  Visits made to the moated site of the original Sandon Hall and the recently restored Tower from Trentham Hall. Cost is £2 – sheets to sign at the rear of both Churches

CONCERT: with the Choir of St Michael’s School and Stone Recorder Group29th June 6.30pm. Tickets available from Christine Burton - £7