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November 2021


28th November 2021

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

CHEESE AND WINE EVENINGOn Friday 3rd December 7pm -9pm we shall be holding a Cheese and Wine Evening with entertainment, during the Christmas Tree festival.  Entry will be by ticket only – cost £10. Speak to Steph or ring 01785 812747 Last chance for tickets – need to know numbers!

 

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE4PM Sunday 5th St M&W in aid of the Children’s society

 

CAKES & MINCE PIESwill be on sale at Aston Church on Sunday 12th December

 

ST MICHAEL’S ORGAN IS DYING.  We had a few problems with it during various lockdowns, but now it has become apparent that its life is limited. The Speakers do not work at all in some areas; and the console itself is over 30 years old and occasionally produces two notes when only one is pressed

So the PCC has been faced with the unenviable task of raising funds for a new instrument. One that will fit a Church of this size and calibre is not cheap or small and is likely to cost in excess of £36K

However, having decided on a model, Johannus organs are kindly lending us a version of that which we would like to buy for over the Christmas season. This is to arrive this Tuesday (30th) and at 6.30pm the company will demonstrate its capabilities to us for anyone who would care to attend.

So the Organ fund is open for donations, both great and small. The “Sponsor a Stop” fund is starting so please see Alex for details of this

Sadly this has to be in tandem with the Restoration fund. As social conditions improve we can now gain estimates for works needing to be done. The Porch roof re-plastering is to cost over £3K in itself – and I am grateful to Philip who has found a stonemason who estimates stonework repairs to need a further nearly £7K

Challenges all round as we head towards a new year. I am confident that we can meet our needs with a generous spirit, though. After all, we have a Saviour who is generous and asks us to “Cast all your care upon him; for he cares for you.” ( 1 Peter 5: 7)             Ian Cardinal

21st November 2021

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

CHEESE AND WINE EVENINGOn Friday 3rd December 7pm -9pm we shall be holding a Cheese and Wine Evening with entertainment, during the Christmas Tree festival.  Entry will be by ticket only – cost £10. Speak to Steph or ring 01785 812747

 

 Margaret of Scotland, Elizabeth of Hungary, Hugh of Lincoln, Hilda of Whitby & Edmund of East Anglia! Goodness me, what a lot of names – and all celebrated as Saints this week! They span a considerable period of time, ranging through the first Millennium AD right through to the 1200s.

What do they have in common? They are all remembered as Holy people of course, but little else in their lives, save this: They are all people whose lives were shaped by the Kingdom of Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ wrought great things in them – and through them nudged our world towards things that are right and good

“I’m a Christian, but…..” usually an excuse of why people don’t attend Church, read the Bible, pray or take communion. But all those are only the outward things. The real question for people, including ourselves, is this: how much are our lives lived, shaped and schooled by the Master Carpenter of Nazareth?

This Sunday we celebrate Christ the King. Our gospel always reminds us of Jesus’s words to Pilate: “my Kingdom is not of this world.” We live as God’s people in this world, of course – but our focus has to be elsewhere, for we are citizens not ultimately of an earthly Kingdom at all. That doesn’t mean we have to be “holier than thou” of course – but it does mean that our lives, our values, our hope is in our Lord’s hand; and that is our witness

 

Ian Cardinal

14th November 2021

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

LADIES GROUP.Final chance to book your place for the festive lunch at Trentham – Friday 10th December 12.30pm. Cost approx. £20. Payment is now due – speak to Steph TODAY

 

CHEESE AND WINE EVENINGOn Friday 3rd December 7pm -9pm we shall be holding a Cheese and Wine Evening with entertainment, during the Christmas Tree festival.  Entry will be by ticket only – cost £10. Speak to Steph or ring 01785 812747

 

 

The tumult and the shouting dies;

   The Captains and the Kings depart:

Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,

   An humble and a contrite heart.

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

 

Far-called, our navies melt away;

   On dune and headland sinks the fire:

Lo, all our pomp of yesterday

   Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!

Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

 

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose

   Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,

Such boastings as the Gentiles use,

   Or lesser breeds without the Law—

Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,

Lest we forget—lest we forget!

 

Part of Rudyard Kipling’s poem “Recessional”

7th November 2021

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

 

One of the many “gifts” my time in the Car industry appears to have left me, is an increasing inability to hear, under certain circumstances. This is sometimes awkward, and I have made Steph giggle from time to time, when I have repeated a rather inaccurate version of what she has been trying to tell me

This Sunday’s gospel is the brief account in St Mark of the call of the first disciples. It all sounds so easy, as Simon and Andrew, James and John simply stop what they were doing and follow Jesus. St John explains things a bit more deeply when he tells us that some of them had already been disciples of John the Baptist, so maybe it wasn’t the first time they had met Jesus? Whatever, they heard the call and went with Jesus: but what if they had been deaf to the voice of God? What might have happened?

Dennis reminded us last week that every one of us has a calling to be a Saint. The fact is that we talk about Vocation as if it is something extraordinary, and only a few people are called – to be a Priest, to be Missionary etc. That is not so and in this gospel we are asked to be open to God’s call and not to shut our ears to it. That can be hard, in a rather raucous world that too often drowns out God’s call! However, the rewards of being what and who we are truly meant to be are true riches indeed

Ian Cardinal