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February 2019


3rd March 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

LADIES OUTING TO MIDDLEPORT POTTERY (14th March). Please speak to Steph if you can offer a lift OR need a lift

 

And so it’s Lent again – very late this year, almost as late as it can possibly be! It’s all calculated on phases of the Moon, you know, according to the Jewish calendar and how the feast of Passover is worked out

But recently there has been a move to make Easter a fixed date. Older folks amongst us may remember when “Spring Bank Holiday” was the Whitsun (Pentecost) Holiday, and was so subject to the same shifting about. From a secular point of view, one can understand why Schools and businesses would prefer a fixed date - all so much more convenient!

Therein lays a tale, though: how convenient do we want to make God? CAN we make God convenient? In the wonderful “Narnia” books by CS Lewis there is an expression that crops up from time to time – “Aslan is not a tame Lion!” In other words, God does not dance to our tune, but rather asks things of us

All of which brings us back to Lent. Lent is a time for Christians to reflect and pray – how much are we treating God as a convenience – someone to turn to when we are in trouble? And how much are we seriously offering out lives to him? “Send us out in the power of your Spirit” we pray in the modern rite Communion service – but then find things that are more pressing in our lives that seeking what Jesus might ask us to do!

Come near to God and he will come near to you.-James 4: 8. Lent is the time to start afresh and start again. In our service on Wednesday we commit ourselves to a new start in our Faith journey. Come and join us on our road together

 

Ian Cardinal

 

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            70                                197

            Ps99                            293

127                              531

293                              525/222

304                              304

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,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth, Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin

 

And for the departed:

Robert George Spicer, Richard Kempa, John Harris

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 4th 10.30am Holy Communion Summerfield Court

Tuesday 5th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café– St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 6th 7.30pm Blessing & imposition of ashes and Holy Communion

                                                St M&W

Thursday 7th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            2pm Deanery Standing Committee – 11 Farrier Close

 

ELECTORAL ROLL2019 is the year when our roll is legally started over again. Forms for every member of our Church to be registered will be available soon. Please see Glenda at St M&W and Mary at St Saviour’s. The applications for the roll will need to be closed very soon – fill in your form today!

 

PARISH LUNCHAT St M&W on March 17th. If you would like to share lunch with us, please have a word with Nichola Abbott – 814134

 

ASH WEDNESDAYLent begins on March 6th and we have a service to begin this very important season – 7.30pm at St Michael & St Wulfad for both our parishes. The Lent leaflet is also available this weekend – do take one and see what we can make of this special season




24th February 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

This week’s gospel of the stilling of the storm is a favourite story for many of us. In fact, following a theme in the “Adventurers” group this term, it’s been one that Dennis has recently told the children at St Michael’s school

Dennis told the story from a different angle though:- in fact it was thoroughly interactive. The children were sat on benches arranged into a boat shape – the tallest was made into the mast for the sail and some of the children were inside the boat, ready to be terrified at the storm. “Jesus” was in the stern, fast asleep, naturally. The story was acted out for the parents at the end of the session – together with the children singing a song. For those with small children, you might recognise a faint similarity to “The Pirate Song”

 

When I was one

I banged my drum

The day I went to Sea

I climbed aboard a fishing boat

The disciples said to me

We’re going this way, that way

Forward and back on

The Sea of Galilee

“Peace, be still

It is God’s will”

And that’ll do for me

 

So I had best sign this

 

Ian Cardinal, pp

 

Dennis Abbott

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            364                              514

            442                              293

186                              103

127/452                       535/186

237                              237

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,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth, Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin

 

And for the departed:

Beryl Daw, Robert George Spicer, Richard Kempa

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

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

            1.15pm Clergy Fraternal – Christ Church

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

 

ELECTORAL ROLL2019 is the year when our roll is legally started over again. Forms for every member of our Church to be registered will be available soon. Please see Glenda at St M&W and Mary at St Saviour’s

 

LADIES GROUPNames and money are needed ASAP for our visit to Middleport Pottery on Thursday 14th March. See Mary at Aston and Nichola at Stone. Book your place this week (24th)

 

There has been a request for gentlemen to join in with this outing. If any would like to go, on this occasion, please also give your names to Mary or Nichola

 

PARISH LUNCHAT St M&W on March 17th. If you would like to share lunch with us, please have a word with Nichola Abbott - 814134




17th February 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

LADIES GROUPNames and money are needed ASAP for our visit to Middleport Pottery on Thursday 14th March. See Mary at Aston and Nichola at Stone. Book your place this week or next 24/2/19

 

PARISH LUNCHAT St M&W on March 17th. If you would like to share lunch with us, please have a word with Nichola Abbott - 814134

 

There is a hymn we have sometimes sung in our churches

O Lord, all the world belongs to You

and You are always making all things new.

What is wrong, You forgive,

and the new life You give

is what’s turning the world upside down.

It seems very appropriate to the verses we have as this week’s gospel reading:- every verse ends with the same words – “Turning the world upside down.” It emphasises the topsy- turvy nature of what Jesus is preaching. To the world of First Century Palestine it must have seemed almost incomprehensible.

It is plain that Jesus is preaching a radical reversal of the world in which we live. Here God seems rather to suggest that those who are important are those who are of least significance in the world’s eyes. It simply isn’t going to be riches or property that matter in his Kingdom. The really great thing is about those who are the forgotten or left out

It sounds very like idealism. But perhaps we are asked simply to remember those who live like this. Remember Mother Theresa? One of the lasting impressions she gave the world was where she spent time helping to cut the toenails of a man who was dying, that she had literally found living in a dustbin. In the end it isn’t things that matter – rather people. And we are challenged by Jesus words today, to think about the least in our society. The Kingdom of Heaven is where true riches will be found – not the passing trifles that this world values

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            82                                82

            63                                63

544                              311

500/342                       127/73

319                              sheet

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,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth, Richard Kempa, Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright

 

And for the departed:

Beryl Daw, Robert George Spicer

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

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

Thursday 21st 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

Saturday 23rd 7.00 for 7.30pm Hot Pot Supper – Aston Village hall

 

HOT POT SUPPERSaturday 23 February at 7.30pm at Aston Village Hall.  Tickets are £10 from Aston Social Committee members. Revd Alison will be sharing stories and pictures from a visit to Swaziland with 'Hands At Work in Africa' at the start of her training for ministry, and will be telling us about her visit next month to our link Diocese of Matlosane in South Africa. Do buy a ticket and come along to this very popular evening in our social calendar.

 

HOLY DUSTERS NEEDEDAT St M&W. Currently a very small band meet once per month on a Thursday at 9am. Not everyone can attend at that time and age is catching up with some of us:- Can you help? Please see Glenda or Jean

 

ELECTORAL ROLL2019 is the year when our roll is legally started over again. Forms for every member of our Church to be registered will be available soon. Please see Glenda at St M&W and Mary at St Saviour’s




9th February 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

Today’s Gospel reading shows us the developing relationship between Jesus and Simon Peter. Jesus is teaching from Simon’s boat. He turned to Simon and instructed him about where to lower the fishing nets. Now Simon and others had been fishing all night and had not caught anything. Simon protested, claiming that such an effort would be futile. However, he lowered the nets into the deeper water as Jesus instructed. They caught so many fish that the nets had torn. Jesus had created an abundance out of scarcity. Just as he did at the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee.

Simon Peter immediately became a follower of Jesus. He called him Lord – the title given to Jesus after his Resurrection.

James and John, the sons of Zebedee were also witnesses to this event, yet Jesus words were only addressed to Simon. Jesus gave Simon a new job, telling him that he would become a different type of fisherman. He would no longer catch fish, but instead would catch people.

His task would be to bring others to Jesus. In fact, todays gospel tells us that all the fisherman with Peter left their nets and followed Jesus.

 

Nichola Abbott

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            70                                70

            242                              53

309                              106

257/175                       257/463

388                              522

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,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth, Richard Kempa, Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright

 

And for the departed:

Frank Crowther, Val Howard and Beryl Daw

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 11th 10.30am – Holy Communion Summerfield Court

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

Thursday 14th 9.30am – Holy Communion The Moorings

Thursday 14th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

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

 

LADIES GROUPNames and money are needed ASAP for our visit to Middleport Pottery on Thursday 14th March. See mary at Aston and Nichola at Stone

 

HOLY DUSTERS NEEDEDAT St M&W. Currently a very small band meet once per month on a Thursday at 9am. Not everyone can attend at that time and age is catching up with some of us:- Can you help? Please see Glenda or Jean

 

ELECTORAL ROLL2019 is the year when our roll is legally started over again. Forms for every member of our Church to be registered will be available soon. Please see Glenda at St M&W and Mary at St Saviour’s