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Each week Rector Ian Cardinal writes an article for the pew sheets and includes details of intercessions, diary dates and other information. Here you will find an archive of some of these, to read the full article please click on link on the navigation menu to the right.

17th June 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

DEANERY SYNOD this week is held at Astonand we host a speaker in the Rev’d George Fisher, on Evangelism (one of Bp Michael’s directions of travel.) All are welcome to this meeting – Tuesday 7.30pm

 

How do we expect to see God at work? Many people would expect to see an obvious miracle – a stream of lava changing direction in Hawaii. Maybe it would be another Lazarus rise from the dead – or even if we have financial problems, an unexpected inheritance or something like that

There’s quite a contrast to this in this week’s gospel. Instead of the abrupt interruption, lightning from Heaven kind of thing, Jesus talks about something that takes time. In an agricultural society he talks about seeds and the way that they grow. It’s a good illustration, because it often masks a tremendous amount of power: tree roots can shatter stone in time – and those of us that search for lost canals will know how fast nature takes over any site that is not carefully maintained

So Jesus says the Kingdom of God is often like a tiny seed. It may not look much – but, in the end, that seed accomplishes mighty things. In the case of the mustard seed it grows into something that can even accommodate birds nesting within its shade! So, if we are tempted to think that God doesn’t hear us, has gone away, or even is doing nothing, look for the small signs that he is at work.

In my first Parish in Leeds there was a family where the Son wanted to be Confirmed. His mother was anxious because his father was very much against all religion. But the son was Confirmed and something happened in her too, because she was Confirmed the following year. To everyone’s amazement, the next year it was the turn of the father – who then became leader of the Church cub scout group!  The last I heard of the family, the Son visited me on the way to a selection conference for Ordination. Truly God did mighty things and changed everything beyond recognition – in his own good time!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            277                              17                   

                        53                                485

                        501                              226

                        364/127                       61/127

380                              466

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, 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,  John Rowley

 

And for the departed:

Lilian Slater, Clare Austin and Eric Leonard Simpson

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

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

          7.30pm – STONE DEANERY SYNOD – Aston Church ALL WELCOME

Wednesday 20th 7.30pm Team meeting - Rectory

Thursday21st 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

EVENSONG AT ST SAVIOURS:This Sunday June 17th 6.30pm

 

SANDON ESTATE WALK:  Thursday 28th June (after Last year’s walk round Chartley castle.) Meet at 6.45pm at Sandon Church, ready to start at 7pm.  Visits made to the moated site of the original Sandon Hall and the recently restored Tower from Trentham Hall. Cost is £2 – sheets to sign at the rear of both Churches

 

CONCERT: with the Choir of St Michael’s School and Stone Recorder Group29th June 6.30pm. Tickets available from Christine Burton - £7

 

HOT POT SUPPER – a Victorian Evening:  Saturday June 30th in St Michael’s Hall. Speaker will be Brian Morris who will give a presentation of a "Victorian Magic lantern Show."  It is a light hearted account of life in Victorian England. Cost £7.50




10th June 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

 

HOT POT SUPPER – a Victorian Evening:  Saturday June 30th in St Michael’s Hall. Speaker will be Brian Morris who will give a presentation of a "Victorian Magic lantern Show."  It is a light hearted account of life in Victorian England. Cost £7.50

EVENSONG AT ST SAVIOURS:on Sunday 15th July. This will be preceeded by an Afternoon Tea at 5pm. If you would like to attend, please assign the list at the back of church. Everyone is welcome.

 

In our Gospel reading today, Jesus says something amazing. As he sits teaching, surrounded by a large group of people from all different places, families and backgrounds, all eager to hear what he is teaching them about God, he tells them that he counts each one of them as a member of his family – God’s family! And that makes all of us in the Church part of the same family. Our distinguishing family likeness is how well we obey God by living the Jesus way

Being called to be sons and daughters of the living God, a part of God’s family is the greatest blessing that can be bestowed upon us.

 

Nichola Abbott

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            133                              13                   

                        514                              54

                        346                              Sheet

                        10/352                        227/10

205                             

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, 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,  John Rowley

 

And for the departed:

Lilian Slater and Clare Austin

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

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

Tuesday 12th 7.30pm – Joint PCC – St Michael’s Church

Thursday14th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

DROP INN CAFÉ:   This Tuesday, 12th June, Drop Inn will be held in church as the hall is playing host to Rene’s Café.

SANDON ESTATE WALK:  Thursday 28th June (after Last year’s walk round Chartley castle.) Meet at 6.45pm at Sandon Church, ready to start at 7pm.  Visits made to the moated site of the original Sandon Hall and the recently restored Tower from Trentham Hall. Cost is £2 – sheets to sign at the rear of both Churches

CONCERT: with the Choir of St Michael’s School and Stone Recorder Group29th June 6.30pm. Tickets available from Christine Burton - £7




2nd June 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

POPPY APPEALto commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1, there is to be a display of ceramic poppies in St M&W. A “making and helping” session is to be held this Wednesday afternoon in St Michael’s hall – would you like to help (or sponsor a poppy for £15)? Please see Lin Davies for details

 

HEALING AND MEDITATION SERVICEThis Sunday 4pm in St M&W. Everyone welcome for a half hour of quiet music, prayers and readings

 

And so we are into “ordinary time.” :- that time of year when the predominant liturgical colour is green, save for the occasional Feast Day and the Sundays are always so many after Trinity. I have a bit of an issue with the nomenclature though

I used to have a Choir member who would ask me if it was an “ordinary Sunday” each week: that was because we could have baptisms during the service, or a special rite we used when uniformed groups of young people came into church. But I used to reply each time that we didn’t have “ordinary Sundays” in church, but that each week was extraordinary in its own rite. After all, each week we have an encounter with the living God! How could that ever be described as “ordinary”?

Once there was a Bishop of Pontefract who was known to be a great charismatic worshipper. He described how he had once preached at a church where he referred to worship as “an adventure with Jesus.” After the service one man had rounded on him and told him that he came to church for peace and quiet: life was difficult enough each week and he certainly didn’t’ want an adventure with Jesus! But beware, because surely the Bishop was essentially right: our faith is “comfort to the troubled – but trouble to the comfortable!” God will disturb our lives and have us doing all kinds of things we never thought we could!

May God bless us all these weeks of “Extra-Ordinary” time!

CONCERT: with the Choir of St Michael’s School and Stone recorder group29th June 6.30pm. Tickets available from Christine Burton - £7

 

SANDON ESTATE WALK:  Thursday 28th June (after Last year’s walk round Chartley castle.) Meet at 6.45pm at Sandon Church, ready to start at 7pm.  Visits made to the moated site of the original Sandon Hall and the recently restored Tower from Trentham Hall. Cost is £2 – sheets to sign at the rear of both Churches

 

 HOT POT SUPPER – a Victorian Evening:  Saturday June 30th in St Michael’s Hall. Speaker will be Brian Morris who will give a presentation of a "Victorian Magic lantern Show."  It is a light hearted account of life in Victorian England. Cost £7.50



 

 

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            402                              402                 

                        484 (for Ps)                 5 (x2)

                        392                              501

                        244                              506/53

143                              143

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, 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

 

And for the departed:

Lilian Slater

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 5th Visit of St Dominic’s School to St M&W

11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 6th 10.30am Visit of Bishop Geoff to Faith Matters

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

 

 

 



 

 


27th May 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

HOT POT SUPPER – a Victorian Evening:  Saturday June 30th in St Michael’s Hall. Speaker will be Brian Morris who will give a presentation of a "Victorian Magic lantern Show."  It is a light hearted account of life in Victorian England. Cost £7.50

 

OPEN CHURCH Next weekend, 2nd June. Can you help? Rota at back

 

A BIG THANK YOUto Heather and the Fundraisers who gave us a lovely evening on Wednesday: wonderful to see those pictures from Easter Island and Machu Pichu

 

Have you ever had a vision? Perhaps it’s just a feeling of déjà vu, where you wonder if you have done something, or been somewhere before? But some visions can be extraordinary: “I have a dream” preached Martin Luther King – and it seemed at the time that huge numbers of people were affected by his vision

This week’s Old Testament reading is a very famous vision: it is nothing less than a vision of God himself. Isaiah, the prophet finds himself in the Temple, where the enormous building itself is dwarfed by the presence of the Almighty. The pivots of the thresholds shake – and Isaiah is both amazed and terrified. In a religion that forbade the image of God, he thinks himself doomed by what he has seen

Yes, like Martin Luther King’s dream, this vision has inspired many down the years. Who can forget the hymn “Bright the vision….”? And we are all reminded that, however much we love buildings, Bible translations, forms of service etc. – our God is greater still. However big we imagine God to be, the reality is that he is bigger!

Isaiah’s vision turned him into something he never imagined – a prophet to speak God’s word to a disobedient people. And the question for us today is – where does the vision take us? Perhaps we are happy in a comfortable pew – but truly God has bigger things in mind for us

A Blessed Holy Trinity Sunday to you all

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            133                              212                 

                        126                              126

                        106                              sheet

                        10/315                        139/127

212                              76

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, 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

 

And for the departed:

Neil Shardlow, Lilian Slater

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 29th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s hall

Thursday 31st 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

LADIES MEETING is next on June 21st. Leave Stone 9.30am, 10.30am Tour of Cathedral, followed by sandwich lunch, cake, coffee and tea at Chapters. Please see Steph Cardinal this Sunday to book your place. Total cost £15 – money please to Steph with booking

 

CONCERT: with the Choir of St Michael’s School and Stone recorder group29th June 6.30pm. Tickets available from Christine Burton - £7

 

SANDON ESTATE WALK:  Thursday 28th June (after Last year’s walk round Chartley castle.) Meet at 6.45pm at Sandon Church, ready to start at 7pm.  Visits made to the moated site of the original Sandon Hall and the recently restored Tower from Trentham Hall. Cost is £2 – sheets to sign at the rear of both Churches




20th May 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

SANDON ESTATE WALK: Following the enjoyable walk around Chartley Castle last year we have arranged another walk this year, again led by David Wilkinson around part of the Sandon estate on Thursday 28th June. Meeting at the church at 6.45 p.m. ready to start the walk at 7.00 p.m.  There is a car park at the church. After visiting the church we shall visit the moated site of the original Sandon Hall and view where the lost village was located.  We will then walk into the park and a view the recently restored tower removed from the former Trentham Hall.  The cost of the walk is £2 which will be collected on the night.  If you are interested, please sign the sheet at the back of both churches.

 

 

Hot Pot Supper   Saturday 30th June in St Michaels Community Hall. There will be a Guest Speaker.

Tickets are available from Philip Leason and are priced at £7.50 and include a glass of wine or a soft drink.

 

 

Last week we had children from St Michaels School and Pirehill School for our Open Door Project. A huge thank you to everyone that helped over the two days. The children thoroughly enjoyed it, as did the adults. Some of the work that the children produced is in church so please take the time to have a look at the replica seals and the tiles they made. I would also encourage you to have a read of some of the prayers the children wrote. They are hanging on the prayer tree located near the votive candle stand. There are some wonderful prayers that have been written.

 

 

Nichola Abbott

13th May 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

SANDON ESTATE WALK: Following the enjoyable walk around Chartley Castle last year we have arranged another walk this year again led by David Wilkinson around part of the Sandon estate on Thursday 28th June. Meeting at the church at 6.45 p.m. ready to start the walk at 7.00 p.m.  There is a car park at the church.     After visiting the church we shall visit the moated site of the original Sandon Hall and view where the lost village was located.  We will then walk into the park and a view the recently restored tower removed from the former Trentham Hall.  The cost of the walk is £2 which will collected on the night.  If you are interested please sign the sheet and the back of both churches.

 

            “Let’s take back control!” – now, where have you heard those words before? OK, I’m being slightly naughty in the way I’m about to use them – but aren’t they a part of the problem?

            If we read the Book of Genesis and the story of the Fall of Humankind, it’s quite clear what is being said. The first people are supposed to be dependent on God – but instead, they are determined to use their own judgment and they reject God’s guidance and wisdom. In effect they “take back control” and say they can manage better on their own. The whole human At this time of year we are offered something profoundly different. The risen Jesus ascends into Heaven with the promise of the Holy Spirit that is to come to his followers. For those who will accept him, this reverses the mistakes of human history:- Christ becomes King of the Universe – and the Holy Spirit is there to guide and to strengthen us in our daily living. The curse of Eden is made null and void – for those who will surrender that false illusion of control and give it back to God, where it belongs!

            At one stage in my priestly ministry it was fashionable to have played at funerals Frank Sinatra singing “My Way.”  I don’t suppose anyone meant anything by it, but couldn’t it describe the very problem of our world?

 

Ian Cardinal

 Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            432                              81                   

                        296                              432

                        13                                26

                        82/288                        288/296

103                              103

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Ron Burton, Mary Townsend, Doreen Knight, Noelle Emery,  Peter and Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Rosemary Tranter, 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

 

And for the departed:

Ray Jones, Jack Gilford, John Marsh, Irene Ralphs, Rex Jones, Neil Shardlow

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Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday14th/Tuesday 15th OPEN DOOR children in St M&W

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

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

 

PARISH LUNCH:This Sunday! (May 13th) for St M&W 260th anniversary. No charge, but please get your names on the list in Church

 

LADIES MEETING is next on June 21st. (apologies – Cathedral v busy). Leave Stone 9.30am, 10.30am Tour of Cathedral, followed sandwich lunch, cake, coffee and tea at Chapters. Please see Steph Cardinal by May 27th to book your place. Total cost £15 – money please to Steph with booking

 

SUMMER EVENSONGat St Saviour’s May 20th at 6.30pm. All welcome

 

CONCERT: with the Choir of St Michael’s School and Stone recorder group29th June 6.30pm. Tickets available from Christine Burton - £7 .

            At this time of year we are offered something profoundly different. The risen Jesus ascends into Heaven with the promise of the Holy Spirit that is to come to his followers. For those who will accept him, this reverses the mistakes of human history:- Christ becomes King of the Universe – and the Holy Spirit is there to guide and to strengthen us in our daily living. The curse of Eden is made null and void – for those who will surrender that false illusion of control and give it back to God, where it belongs!

            At one stage in my priestly ministry it was fashionable to have played at funerals Frank Sinatra singing “My Way.”  I don’t suppose anyone meant anything by it, but couldn’t it describe the very problem of our world?

 

Ian Cardinal

6th May 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

2ND HISTORIC SERVICE – THE 1549 BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.10.45am at St M&W next Sunday May 13th.

 

LADIES MEETING is next on June 21st. (apologies – Cathedral v busy). Leave Stone 9.30am, 10.30am Tour of Cathedral, followed sandwich lunch, cake, coffee and tea at Chapters. Please see Steph Cardinal by May 27th to book your place. Total cost £15 – money please to Steph with booking

 

SUMMER EVENSONGat St Saviour’s May 20th at 6.30pm. All welcome

 

CONCERT: with the Choir of St Michael’s School and Stone recorder group29th June 6.30pm. Tickets available from Christine Burton - £7

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

                This week’s gospel continues from last, where Jesus has been talking about himself as the true vine: he instructs his disciple to “abide in him” of course and warns that apart from him, we can do nothing.

                This week Jesus calls us to “abide in his love” – in other words, it is his love that is the hallmark of his church. His love is not something that we have to strive to accomplish – rather it is our own “abiding” that will do the trick: once we discover his love for us, we will simply not be able to avoid passing it on to others. This is what will change the world

                In our sad age we can reflect on how the world’s problems are caused: strife for power or wealth, hatred of people that are “different” from ourselves, the rather gross distortion of National pride that seeks then to dominate and build barriers between us. Let’s ask the question: isn’t Jesus’s love a better way to live?

 

Ian Cardinal

29th April 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

               

  Jesus tells us that he is the true vine and we are the branches. Like a good gardener, the Father prunes the vine to make it yield more by cutting away the weak or diseased parts and disposing of them in fire. The good parts, the fruitful parts are nurtured with care so that they yield much fruit.

Those of us who believe in Jesus Christ will be looked after but those who ignore him will wither and be gathered up for burning as rubbish. Only if we believe in him can we achieve eternal happiness and bear much fruit and thereby give glory to God.

The fruit of the vine can mean that we nurture our own faith and also that we do all we can to nurture the faith in others, in other words that we partake in the mission of the Church to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ in whatever way we can

 

 

Nichola Abbott

22nd April 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

PORT SUNLIGHT TRIPhas been cancelled. There were not enough people to warrant hiring a coach. Apologies to those who wished to go

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

 

                If I were to ask people for their favourite psalm, it’s odds on that Psalm 23 would come out at the top! For one thing, it’s the best known, but for another the imagery is charming: the Shepherd that cares for the sheep by leading them in safe places – and the analogy that this is how God cares for his people

                But the image of the Shepherd and the flock is one that comes up again and again in the Bible. The Prophet Ezekiel uses it, comparing the poor leadership of the rulers of Israel with the care that God gives for his people – and the promise that the time will come when God himself will care for his people!

                Jesus takes the image for himself of course in our gospel for this week. The passage carries on from one of my favourite verses – “I have come that they may have life – life in all its fullness!” – and Jesus uses the image to show how he will fulfil God’s promise at Easter, by laying down his life for the people that are so loved. And this is not the only place Jesus uses the analogy – what about the parable of the lost sheep – and the shepherd that risks everything in order to retrieve that sheep from the dangers it faces?

                In our age we are not so familiar with shepherds, by and large (that doesn’t apply to our entire congregation of course!) However each of us can see that the story still holds power – a people of the world that are straying from right paths, and a world that seems increasingly full of dangers. But for those who wish to know, the Good shepherd is still at hand, searching for the lost sheep. Let’s play our part in helping them home.

 

Ian Cardinal