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October 2018


4th November 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 11TH NOVNext Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. There will be a said Communion Service at 9.30am followed by the ACt of Remembrance at the Cenotaph. There will then be a Service of Remembrance At Ss Michael & Wulfad at around 11.30am.Particularly poignat this year as it is 100 years since the end of World War 1.        

ADVENTIVITY The season of advent will soon be upon us and we will once again be running Adventivity and invite you to take part. It involves a Nativity Set travelling around the Parish from family to family during Advent, symbolising the journey Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem.

The journey begins on Advent Sunday 2nd December and ends in church at the Crib Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve.

The family changes hands every 24hrs, and we ask that you arrange the receipt of and handing over. Details will be given of where it is coming from and where it is going to.

If you would like to take part or would like to know more, please contact Dennis Abbott on 07866 341111.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Can you help? Due to losing a couple of members from the rota, we are in need of some volunteers for the coffee rota. It would be a shame if we had to go back to once a fortnight like we used to do. The more volunteers we have, the less frequently you will need to do it.

We are also looking for Sides people. If you can help with either of these roles please speak to Nichola. Thank you.

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            313                              9(v1-4,7)                    

                        282(for PS)                 163

                        163                              259

                        259/63                        297/53

122                              134

 

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 , Richard Kempa, Frank & Joyce Crowther.

 

And for the departed:

Jean Harris, Kathleen May Cooper

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 6th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 8th  10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

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

 

LADIES MEETING:Our next outing is Christmas lunch at Bridgemere on Thursday 13th December. Please see Steph for more details and to book your place

 

1918 – 100 YEARS ON Concert to mark the end of WW1 – Admission free, but a retiring collection between RBL and St M&W. Stone Choral Society, St Michael’s school, much more – but chiefly – yourselves. Do come Nov 7th at 7.30pm

 

MESSY CHURCH The next session is on Saturday 17th November from 3pm until 5.30pm In St Michaels Hall. Additional Help for this session would be welcome as it does tend to be one of our busiest sessions. If you can help please speak to Edith Leason.

 




28th October 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

          “Ah Vicar, I have  question for you – were Matthew and Mark Apostles or Prophets?” The phone was ringing when I was actually the Assistant Curate in Leeds – and you never quite know what you are going to get on these occasions! People ring at all times and for some funny reasons. Strictly the answer to the question was “neither – they were Evangelists” – but the lady concerned eventually joined our Adult Confirmation class

          This Sunday we have some Apostles to celebrate – Ss Simon and Jude. They are some of the least known of Jesus’s initial band though – and the New Testament is absolutely silent on what happened to them after the resurrection

          But ours is an Apostolic faith and an Apostolic Church. That refers to two things: firstly that we stand in the inheritance of faith that is handed down to us through the Apostles. It is not unchanging:- for example, in former times it was regarded as impossible for a Christian to charge or receive interest on any loan! That one went a long time ago. But even so, our faith is consistent with what is handed down to us

          Secondly it refers to the meaning of the word: and Apostle is one who is sent. We think of St Paul on his great missionary journeys of course – but we are all a sent people. You and I are sent to our neighbours and friends, in order to bring the love of Jesus to them

          So remember – God has sent you. Maybe it is to a stranger who sits in the pew next to you – maybe it is someone you speak to in the supermarket. The one thing is sure – very few of these encounters happen by chance!

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            393                              85                   

                        56                                4

                        163                              163

                        426/10                        276/10

464                              518

 

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, Frank & Joyce Crowther

 

And for the departed:

Victor Kimber, Jean Harris, Kathleen May Cooper

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 30th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 1st 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

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

 

LADIES MEETING:Our next outing is Christmas lunch at Bridgemere on Thursday 13th December. Please see Steph for more details and to book your place

 

ALL SOULS DAY is November 2nd. As usual we have a special service to commemorate the faithful departed. If you would like someone remembered, then please complete the list at the back of both Churches. Service is 7.30pm – do come and support our ministry to the bereaved

 

1918 – 100 YEARS ON Concert to mark the end of WW1 – Admission free, but a retiring collection between RBL and St M&W. Stone Choral Society, St Michael’s school, much more – but chiefly – yourselvesDo come Nov 7th at 7.30pm




21st October 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

            Many years ago I was invited to Lichfield Cathedral: the new Director of Training was to be licensed and appointed and all the Officers of the Board of Ministry were asked to attend. Usually at a Licensing or Induction the former parish would expect to be entertained by the new Parish. In this instance there wasn’t one, so all of us were to be there to welcome both the new Person and the former parishioners

            I found I was seated with the Archdeacons and visiting dignitaries. I had a marked seat with my name on it and I felt very grand. I must have been an important person to be seated as such. The Bishop of Lichfield was taking the service and the Chairman of the Board was preaching – now I had “made it” I thought!

            And then I found myself looking down the arches of our wonderful Cathedral. It was an Autumn evening and the lights were on, but you could not but be impressed by the scale of the thing. Suddenly I was reminded of St Chad – the Abbot of Lastingham  who became our Bishop; who was such a humble man, that he refused a horse,  so he would never look down upon anyone, but would tell them the good news of God’s love face to face. And I knew I was wrong. And I knew I was tiny in comparison to others

            In this week’s gospel James and John thought in worldly terms; they thought they could steal a march on their disciple colleagues by gaining places of honour in the Kingdom of God. The Servant King reminded them that, in God’s eyes, the real greatness is of those who serve the most

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            243                              243                 

                        5 (x2)                           330

                        287                              346

                        342/452                       463/73

380                              186

 

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:

Victor Kimber, Jean Harris

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 23rd 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 24th 7.30pm Ministry Team meeting - Rectory

Thursday 25th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

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

 

LADIES MEETING:Our next outing is Christmas lunch at Bridgemere on Thursday 13th December. Please see Steph for more details and to book your place

 

ALL SOULS DAY is November 2nd. As usual we would like to invite all those who have had funeral Ministry in this last year: letters now available to deliver – can you help?

 

1918 – 100 YEARS ON Concert to mark the end of WW1 – Admission free, but a retiring collection between RBL and St M&W. Stone Choral Society, St Michael’s school, much more – but chiefly – yourselvesDo come Nov 7th at 7.30pm



 

 




14th October 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

            And Harvest again. This time it is the turn of our brothers and sisters at St Saviour’s – and the year turns once again. Harvest was never so much as mentioned in the Book of Common Prayer – but that’s because Cranmer was used to using August 1st as a kind of Harvest – Lammastide – the first loaf Mass of the year

            But it’s worth considering what harvest meant to the people of the Old Testament:- for them Harvest was different in its meaning from all the nations that surrounded them. For those Nations, Harvest was a kind of prayer to the fertility God, that the year would be as fruitful as the last and that things could carry on as they were

            Very different for the Hebrews: for them Harvest was a thanksgiving to the God who changes things for the better! They always remembered that they had been slaves in Egypt, and that the land in which they dwelt was the gift of God himself. He was the God who had nurtured them – and the Harvest was a prayer of thanksgiving for the God who had good designs for them

            And so for us: Are we a people who hope for nothing ever to change in our church and in our lives? Or are we people of faith – who look at the Bible narrative and trust the God who has carried us so far – that he has a purpose in his love for us, whatever the future may hold; For the real Harvest is a challenging time that asks us to place our hands in the hand of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Whatever the future may hold, we can surely trust in him!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            101                              285                 

                        186                              175

                        524                              464

                        355/116                       426/53

534                              380

 

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:

Victor Kimber

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 16th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 17th 7.30pm Rev’s Jane Morris Induction at Little Drayton

Thursday 18th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

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

 

LICENSING OF REV JANE MORRIS- 17th at 7.30pm. The Coach is booked and will cost £8.50 per head  - leaves from Crown Street at 6.15pm – please meet at 6pm to make sure we set off on time.

 

LADIES MEETING:Our next outing is Christmas lunch at Bridgemere on Thursday 13th December. Please see Steph for more details and to book your place

 

ALL SOULS DAY is November 2nd. As usual we would like to invite all those who have had funeral Ministry in this last year: letters will shortly be available to deliver – can you help?




7th 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.