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July 2019


28th July 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Bishop Geoff to retire

 

The Bishop of Stafford, the Right Revd Geoff Annas, has announced that he is to retire from his role at the end of November.

Bishop Geoff and his wife Ann came to the Diocese of Lichfield in 2010 to join the episcopal team led by the Bishop of Lichfield. As Area Bishop of Stafford, he has overseen a region that includes Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Burton-on-Trent and many rural communities across North Staffordshire. He will leave shortly before his 66th birthday and he and Ann will return to live in Southampton, where he previously served, close to their family.

Bishop Geoff said: “We will be leaving many friends but taking with us happy memories of this special part of Britain that was previously unknown to us. The creativity and warmth of the people of North Staffordshire and the glorious and beautiful countryside make it a most attractive place to live and we are only sorry that bishops are expected to move away from the area and diocese they have served!

“When we came to the diocese, it was making plans until 2020. Now, we are starting a new Direction of Travel which looks way beyond then and, as I shall be 66 at the end of November it seems a really good time to move and allow a new bishop to work with Bishops Michael, Clive and Sarah in guiding the diocese in its exciting journey.

“I do not regard myself as ‘retiring’ but simply joining that magnificent band of clergy and lay ministers who work their socks off but for no financial payment and without whom the Church of England as we know it would collapse!”

The Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, said: “Bishop Geoff has served the communities and churches of North Staffordshire faithfully for almost a decade – making him one of the longest serving Bishops of Stafford. I will be very sad to see Ann and Geoff leave but I am pleased that they will now be closer to family and have more time to spend with them.”

By way of farewell to Bishop Geoff and Ann, Bishop Michael will lead a service of celebration of the good things happening in Church of England churches and the communities they serve across North Staffordshire in Stoke Minster on Sunday 24 November at 4pm. All are welcome.

 

Bishop Geoff will also be with us that day, Stir up Sunday, when we make our annual Church Christmas puddings at 10.45am

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone Civic service               

            432                              427

            316                              565

                        26                                425

325/120                       518

188                              National Anthem

 

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,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott

 

And for the departed:

Liz Osborne, John Wood, Mary Wesson, Michael Tranmer, Doreen Pearson, Gillian Bond and Dorothy Read

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

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

 

LADIES OUTINGBook your places for Afternoon Tea at Aston Marina on Wednesday 18th September at 3.30pm. See Steph (from 21st July) – cost £16.

 

A BIG THANK YOUto the ladies from the Drop Inn Café for their stalwart service throughout the year. The café is now closed until September, but the job they do in supporting us is legendary!




2019-07-21

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Dear Friends,

 

Today’s Gospel Reading tells of the visit of Jesus to the house of Martha and Mary and it both follows and complements the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke’s Gospel. The reading opened last week with the words “a certain man”, and todays reading with “a certain woman”. The story of the Good Samaritan is exactly how a disciple should act and the story of Mary is exactly how a disciple should listen. Mary, as a woman is a marginalised woman in society, like the Samaritan. Both do what is not expected of them. Mary, as a woman, would be expected, like Martha to prepare hospitality for a guest. Just as a Samaritan would not be a role model for neighbourliness, so the woman would not sit with the men round the feet of a teacher.

 

Both stories show how a disciple is to fulfil the dual command which begins chapter 10 – the love of God (Mary) and love of a neighbour (the Samaritan). These are 2 essentials of life in the Kingdom. By using these examples, Jesus is telling us something more – social codes and boundaries were very strict in Jesus time. Yet, to love God and ones neighbour with all ones heart might require us to break those rules. The Kingdom of God is a society without distinctions and boundaries between its members. It is a society that requires times for seeing and doing and times for  listening and learning at the fee

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            485                              63

            39                                39

                        231                              Sheet

392/404                       506/392

388                              388

 

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,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott

 

And for the departed:

Simon Howard, Liz Osborne, John Wood, Mary Wesson, Graham Cooper, Michael Tranmer, Doreen Pearson, Gillian Bond and Dorothy Read

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 23rd 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

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

 

LIZ OSBORNE’S FUNERALtimes are now confirmed as 11.30am for a private family Committal at the Crematorium, followed by a Thanksgiving and memorial service at Aston St Saviour at 12.30pm on Thursday 25th July. All are welcome at Aston

 

MARY WESSON’S FUNERALwill be held at St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church on Friday 26th July, 1.30pm. It will be followed by a private cremation. The family would like to invite everyone back to Aston Mill Farm after the service.

 

LADIES OUTINGBook your places for Afternoon Tea at Aston Marina on Wednesday 18th September at 3.30pm. See Steph (from 21st July) – cost £16.



t of a teacher.

 

 

 

 

Nichola Abbott




14th June 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Dear Friends,

 

As I prepare this pewsheet, I have just been to see an amazing performance of the musical Godspell. Performed entirely by a cast of youngsters who sang and danced their socks off.

For those of you unfamiliar with the musical, it is based on the parables in the Gospel According to St Matthew.

 

The word “Gospel” is derived from the old Anglo Saxon word “Godspell” meaning good message or good news.

 

One of the parables got me thinking about todays’ Gospel reading – which is from St Luke – the parable of the Good Samaritan. In Matthews Gospel, Jesus is asked about the greatest commandment, but in Luke, the lawyer asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus responds with amongst other things, love your neighbour as yourself. The lawyer asked who was this neighbour whom he should love as himself.

We all know how the story of the Good Samaritan goes. – the hated enemy is the compassionate neighbour in this parable.

Jesus has demolished all boundary expectations.  It is not social definitions such as class, religion, gender, or ethnicity that determines who is our neighbour. A neighbour is a person who acts with compassion toward another. The point becomes not who deserves to be loved as I love myself, but that I become a person who treat

6th July 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

The new Bishop of Shrewsbury, Sarah Bullock looks forward to discovering Lichfield Diocese.

 

When I read the Bible I hear the voices of God’s people and their stories of faith. These are not always straightforward or easy, but God is faithful and his heart is for all people to come to know him. In the New Testament we encounter God in his son, Jesus, and the Good News he brings is a message of love and justice for all people.

As Christians we are called to live out this message of love and justice in our relationships as we share in God’s transformational work among his people and build communities of hope. Together we need to be open to the transforming message of God’s love for us.

As Bishop of Shrewsbury I will be taking every opportunity to connect with people as we journey together as ‘pilgrims on the road’, discovering this message of hope for ourselves, our families, friends and communities, through conversation, relationship, worship, prayer and encounter. I believe that God has gifted me with a loving heart and a passion to walk with others as together we discover our place in God’s story and our home in God’s heart.

The gospel message is also a call to dynamic living - stimulating progress, hopeful in attitude and encouraging of others as we live the Good News. We need to be brave and ambitious, creative and entrepreneurial if we are to be truly outward-facing believers, engaged with the world.

I am really looking forward to our journey together!

Sarah Bullock

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            349                              164

            Ps 125                        285

                        325                              172

197                              525/429

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

 

And for the departed:

Bob Philips, Simon Howard, Liz Osborne, Peter Gallagher, John Wood, Errol Hiscock, Mary Wesson, Graham Cooper

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 9th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 11th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICE4pm this Sunday (7th) at St Michael & St Wulfad’s. All welcome for a half hour of quiet prayer and reflection

 

LIZ OSBORNE’S FUNERALtimes are now confirmed as 11.30am for a private family Committal at the Crematorium, followed by a Thanksgiving and memorial service at Aston St Saviour at 12.30pm on Thursday 25th July. All are welcome at Aston

 

MARY WESSON’S FUNERALwill be held at St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church on Friday 26th July, 1.30pm

 

LADIES OUTINGBook your places for Afternoon Tea at Aston marina on Wednesday 18th September at 3.30pm. See Steph (from 21st July) – cost £16