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January 2019


20th january 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Churches Together in Stone

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Friday 18th to Thursday 24th January 2019

 

Saturday 19th   Christ Church at 8.30am    

Ecumenical Prayer Meeting 

Followed by Breakfast

 

Sunday 20th 

United Service Hosted Christ Church At 6.00pm

 

Monday 21st  

St Saviour’s Church, Aston 12 Noon

Short act of worship together followed by simple lunch

 

 

Tuesday 22nd       

Christ Church 10.00am     Coffee Followed at 10.30am  

by  Holy Communion  

 

Wednesday    23rd

St Dominic’s Church at 7.30pm               Taize Worship

 

Thursday 24th                       

St Michael’s Church at 10.30am     Holy Communion    

Followed by Coffee

 

Walton Community  Centre

2.00pm to 4.00pm

CAMEO (come and meet each other)

Tea, Coffee and Cakes

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            174                              122

            71                                375

41                                41

127/10                         342/10

532                              532

 

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, Richard Kempa, Frank & Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright

 

And for the departed:

Pat Mitchell, William Jackson

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 21st 12 Noon Unity service & light lunch – Aston St Saviour

Tuesday 22nd 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café– St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 24th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            7pm Evaluation & Strategy meeting – St Michael’s school Governors

 

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITYOnce again the week runs from 18th – 25th January. On Sunday evening (20th) there is a United service at Christ Church Stone to which all Christians are invited

 

Also there is the United service and light lunch  (Soup and bread) at St Saviour’s Aston at 12 Noon on Monday 21st. All other activities are detailed opposite

 

HOT POT SUPPER– Aston Village Hall 23rd February. More details to come. Tickets will be available from any member of Aston Social Committee. Please note the change of date




14th january 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

So this Sunday has the readings for the Baptism of Christ – and I wonder how many of you think very much about baptism? In fact we do a lot of baptisms each year in this benefice – usually about 60 each year. For most of the time in our congregations they remain hidden:- we do them around lunchtime after the main Sunday services – and yet I would like to suggest to you that they are some of the most important moments of our life! Do you remember your own baptism? For most of us I guess not.

When Jesus was baptised, it was a hugely significant moment. According to the gospels, it was at this moment that the Holy Spirit descended upon him – and it was at this moment that John the Baptist recognised him to be the “lamb of God.” But, just as it is today, I also think that most of the people around on the occasion didn’t recognise what was happening! In the same way that people were blind to him at the resurrection, for most of the bystanders, this was just another person being dipped into the Jordan. They missed the moment!

And what a moment to miss – because this was God’s moment! When we read about baptism in St Paul’s letter to the Romans, it is very clear that this is the moment that God does something wonderful in our lives. This is the moment when we start our new life in Christ – this is when we are sealed for being people of God and not just belonging to ourselves. God touches our lives.

I tell the story of how, as a small boy, a Sunday School teacher encouraged me to ask God what he wanted of me. I thought I heard the answer “Go and be a Missionary” – which at aged 7 I thought meant snakes and cannibals! I often reflect that I slightly misheard that voice – and my real vocation was to be a Priest. Thank God that he marked me out at my baptism, when I was just 3 months old!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            113                              113

            464                              69

193                              209

491/367                       287/367

394                              71

 

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, Richard Kempa, Frank & Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright

 

And for the departed:

Peter Harvey, Mirella Mason, Valerie Roycroft

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 14th 7.30pm Aston PCC meeting – Church

Tuesday 15th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café resumes – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 17th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

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

 

HOT POT SUPPER– Aston Village Hall 23rd February. More details to come. Tickets will be available from any member of Aston Social Committee. Please note the change of date




5th January 2019

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!

 

Epiphany

It might have been just someone else’s story,

Some chosen people get a special king.

We leave them to their own peculiar glory,

We don’t belong, it doesn’t mean a thing.

But when these three arrive they bring us with them,

Gentiles like us, their wisdom might be ours;

A steady step that finds an inner rhythm,

A  pilgrim’s eye that sees beyond the stars.

They did not know his name but still they sought him,

They came from otherwhere but still they found;

In temples they found those who sold and bought him,

But in the filthy stable, hallowed ground.

Their courage gives our questing hearts a voice

To seek, to find, to worship, to rejoice.

 

Malcolm Guite

 

Postscript:

Now the Feast of the Epiphany is both the end of Christmas and the beginning of the Church’s Epiphany Season which she keeps until the Feast of the Presentation (or Candlemas), on February 2nd. On the Sundays of this Epiphany season it is traditional to move from the this first great ‘epiphany’ or manifestation of glory to the Gentiles, to contemplate the other ‘epiphanies’ that mark the beginning of Christ’s Ministry; the Heaven’s opening at his baptism, the Calling of his disciples, especially the ‘epiphany moment’ granted to Nathanael, and promised to all of us, and then finally the first of his miracles, his ‘signs whereby he manifested his glory’; the Miracle at Cana in Galilee

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            71                                451

            Ps 72 1-9                     118

113                              sheet

514                              320/542

394                              394

 

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:

Monday 7th 10.30am Peter Harvey’s funeral – St M&W

Wednesday 9th 7.30pm STONE PCC meeting - Church

Thursday 10th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

Friday 11th 11am Valerie Roycroft’s funeral – 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