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December 2018


30th december 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

LADIES GROUPPut Thursday 14th March 2019 into your diaries – further details to come!

 

PETER HARVEY’S FUNERALPeter and Dianne have been long standing stalwarts of St M&W of course and are well known to many folks in our church family. His funeral will be on Monday 7th January at 10.30am. Our love and prayers are with Roger, Paul and their families of course

 

We often use an expression among our English idioms:- when we are hard pressed or pushed to the limit, we are likely to say to someone that we can’t do that because “I’m only human!”

Just suppose that’s only true as far as it goes. Underlying that expression is the assumption that humans are limited, incapable are ultimately unable to accomplish all that we would like to do or be – but let’s think about what being human is really meant to be. Because Christmas gives us a new challenge – instead of being the old limited human, we see humanity as it is meant to be in the Lord Jesus. Far from being incapable, now humans are made into something new. We may not yet be all that we can be – but in Christ there is a new Creation. God has become Man in Christ in order that, in Christ, Humans can become divine

We are used to reading Genesis 3 at our Carol services – how Adam and Eve become so much less than they should have been through disobeying God. The Christmas message is that this curse has been reversed.

 

Ian Cardinal

 

MORE SAD NEWSValerie Roycroft died over the weekend. More love and prayers to Peter and the family

 

A most blessed New Year to you for 2019

Hymns for todayAll numbers from carol sheet

                        Aston                          Stone              

            1                                  3

            11                                17

9                                  9

14/13                           14/13

20                                20

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, 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 & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells, Richard Kempa, Frank & Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright

 

And for the departed:

Brenda York, Peter Harvey, Mirella Mason, Valerie Roycroft

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Thursday 3rd 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

PARISH DIARIES Please buy a diary.We still have 45 to sell!!

 

SUNDAY LUNCH AT STONE GOLF CLUB – JANUARY 13TH 2019.All welcome. Please sign the sheets at the back of both churches, or see a member of Aston Social Committee

 

DEFIBRILATOR TRAINING. Although it is simple to use, a date has been set – Jan 12th from 10am in St Michael’s Hall. More information is available from Dennis Abbott on 07866 341111. Members of all congregations are welcome

 

SUNDAY 6TH January 4pm Healing and meditation service at St M&W – all welcome

 

Sunday 13th January– Parish Lunch at Stone Golf club – see Social Committee




23rd december 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Christmas services in the benefice of Stone with Aston

 

 

24th December     4pm Crib service    

St Michael & St Wulfad

 

                             6.30pm Parish carol service       

St Saviour

 

                             11.30pm Blessing of Crib

                             & First Mass of Christmas                                                     St Michael & St Wulfad

 

25th December            8am  Holy Communion

St Michael & St Wulfad

 

25th December            9.15am Holy Communion                St Saviour

 

                             10.45am Christmas Family Communion

                                      St Michael & St Wulfad

 

A most happy and blessed Christmas season to you all

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            467                              467

            136                              136

448                              448

404/198                       463/198

513                              307

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  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, Evelyn Cotterill

 

And for the departed:

Ray Barraclough, Brenda York, Peter Harvey

 

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Thursday 27th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

(St John the Evangelist)

 

PARISH DIARIES Please buy a diary.We still have 75 to sell!!

 

SUNDAY LUNCH AT STONE GOLF CLUB – JANUARY 13TH 2019.All welcome. Please sign the sheets at the back of both churches, or see a member of Aston Social Committee

 

DEFIBRILATOR TRAININGSt Michael & St Wulfad’s has a defibrillator, purchased by kind donation about 4 years ago. Training was given at the time, but it has been raised at PCC that more people should know how to use it. Although it is simple to use, a date has been set – Jan 12th from 10am in St Michael’s Hall. More information is available from Dennis Abbott on 07866 341111. Members of all congregations are welcome




24th December 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

Thank youto all those who have greeted us with cards and gifts this Christmas: It has been very much appreciated

 

And thank youto all our Musicians, Church decorators, cleaners, duplicators, servers, Carol singers, you name them, for all the hard work to make Christmas special!

 

 

Carols for Christmas services

            Midnight                    9.15 am                       10.45 am

            19                                19                                20

            3                                  11                                7

            16                                7                                  14

            Choir/6/13                  13/2                             14/13

            10                                12                                11

            12       

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  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, Evelyn Cotterill

 

And for the departed:

Ray Barraclough, Brenda York, Peter Harvey 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Thursday 27th St John Evangelist 10.30 am Holy Communion – St M&W

A most happy and blessed Christmas to you all

SUNDAY 6TH January 4pm Healing and meditation service at St M&W – all welcome

Sunday 13th January– Parish Lunch at Stone Golf club – see Social Committee




16th december 2018

The parishes of Stone St Michael & St Wulfad and Aston St Saviour

 

DEFIBRILATOR TRAINING. For the last 4 years St Michael & St Wulfad’s has had a defibrillator, kindly donated by a member of the congregation. Although initial training was given, it is felt that some do not know how to use it. Members of all our congregations are invited to training on Saturday 12th January from 10am in St Michael’s Community hall

 

CHRISTMAS CARDSt M&W has a large card for us to sign to eachother and donate money to a good cause, once again. This year’s cause is the Hospice at Home

            If you think this pewsheet looks different from normal, you are correct. In the midst of preparing for things, my computer suffered a catastrophic breakdown on Wednesday afternoon. All my files, emails etc have gone, and I hadn’t backed them up sufficiently recently. Needless to say a new machine is having to be purchased!

            Of course, the Scout motto was “Be prepared” – and I wasn’t! And John the Baptist would reprimand me thoroughly. His great call was to be prepared for God’s moment when it came – a far more important matter than losing work on the computer.

            So – are you ready for God’s Kingdom? Are your lives prepared? That day is surely coming for us all, when the things of this world will be small in comparison to what really matters. John calls us all to be aware that the Kingdom begins here and now

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for this Sunday

                        Aston                           Stone

                        401                              401

                        196                              470

                        209                              358

                        452/520                       452/520

                        358                              513

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery, Peter & Diane 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, Evelyn Cotterill

 

And for the departed

Maurice Bunn, Brenda York, Ray Barraclough

 

This week:

Tuesday 18th 1pm Trinity Skills Carol service – St M&W

Wednesday 19th 7.30pm Aston WI Carol service – St Saviour’s

Thursday 20th 10,30am Holy Communion – St M&W

Saturday 22nd 11.45am – 12 Noon Churches Together carol singing Market Square

 

CAROLS BY CANDLEIGHTThis Sunday (16th) 3pm St M&W – all welcome

 

ASTON GOLF CLUB LUNCHSunday 13th January 2019. Sheets to sign up in both churches




9th december 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

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.

 

A VERY BIG THANK YOUto everyone who worked towards, attended or simply spent money at both Aston Christmas Fair and the Christmas Tree festival over the last two weekends. Both events were extremely successful and it was a great pleasure to see so many people supporting each other’s churches. Well done everyone!

 

AND ANOTHER BIG THANK YOUto everyone who read for the New Testament leg of the Bible Readathon in this last week. The final chapters of Revelation just crept over into Wednesday morning! Again, so many thanks to Dennis who organised this for St M&W’s 260th year

 

 “Are you ready yet?” – Surely a cry heard in many family homes down the years. But this week the cry comes from none other than John the Baptist – that great titanic and abrasive figure that makes his first appearance this Advent as we move to our second Sunday. John resembles the last of the Old Testament prophets – someone who continually nudges God’s people and tells them that his Kingdom is on the way

And John tells us simply that we have to repent – a very unfashionable word for our times. In our age so many people believe that no-one should dare to criticise or comment on the way that they live. But John’s message is imply one that says that “where we are” is not where we should be:- in God’s time things have to change – and we must be ready for his Kingdom when it comes

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            49                                49

            519                              98

358                              513

98/566                         198/295

307                              566

 

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, Evelyn Cotterill

 

And for the departed:

Ted Bourne, Winnie Lyons, Maurice Bunn, Frank Clark

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 10th 7pm 5th Stone Scouts Carol service – St M&W

Tuesday 11th 7pm Aston Scouts Carol service – St Saviour’s

Thursday 13th 9.30am Holy Communion – The Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

Ladies group lunch at Bridgemere today

 

PARISH DIARIES Please buy a diary.We still have 75 to sell!!

 

LADIES: Please see Steph regarding arrangements and transport for Thursday 13th.

 

CIVIC CAROL SERVICE.The Mayor’s Carol service will be held this Sunday, 9th December at 3pm at St M&W. Do come and support a great event in the life of our town

 

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHTSunday 16th 3pm at St Michael & St Wulfad’s – all welcome