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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.

9th december 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!Can you help? Due to losing a couple of members from the rota, we are in need of some volunteers for the coffee rota. It would be a shame if we had to go back to once a fortnight like we used to do. The more volunteers we have, the less frequently you will need to do it. We are also looking for Sides people. If you can help with either of these roles please speak to Nichola. Thank you.

 

A VERY BIG THANK YOUto everyone who worked towards, attended or simply spent money at both Aston Christmas Fair and the Christmas Tree festival over the last two weekends. Both events were extremely successful and it was a great pleasure to see so many people supporting each other’s churches. Well done everyone!

 

AND ANOTHER BIG THANK YOUto everyone who read for the New Testament leg of the Bible Readathon in this last week. The final chapters of Revelation just crept over into Wednesday morning! Again, so many thanks to Dennis who organised this for St M&W’s 260th year

 

 “Are you ready yet?” – Surely a cry heard in many family homes down the years. But this week the cry comes from none other than John the Baptist – that great titanic and abrasive figure that makes his first appearance this Advent as we move to our second Sunday. John resembles the last of the Old Testament prophets – someone who continually nudges God’s people and tells them that his Kingdom is on the way

And John tells us simply that we have to repent – a very unfashionable word for our times. In our age so many people believe that no-one should dare to criticise or comment on the way that they live. But John’s message is imply one that says that “where we are” is not where we should be:- in God’s time things have to change – and we must be ready for his Kingdom when it comes

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            49                                49

            519                              98

358                              513

98/566                         198/295

307                              566

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, 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,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells and

Richard Kempa, Frank & Joyce Crowther, Evelyn Cotterill

 

And for the departed:

Ted Bourne, Winnie Lyons, Maurice Bunn, Frank Clark

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 10th 7pm 5th Stone Scouts Carol service – St M&W

Tuesday 11th 7pm Aston Scouts Carol service – St Saviour’s

Thursday 13th 9.30am Holy Communion – The Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

Ladies group lunch at Bridgemere today

 

PARISH DIARIES Please buy a diary.We still have 75 to sell!!

 

LADIES: Please see Steph regarding arrangements and transport for Thursday 13th.

 

CIVIC CAROL SERVICE.The Mayor’s Carol service will be held this Sunday, 9th December at 3pm at St M&W. Do come and support a great event in the life of our town

 

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHTSunday 16th 3pm at St Michael & St Wulfad’s – all welcome




2nd December 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!Can you help? Due to losing a couple of members from the rota, we are in need of some volunteers for the coffee rota. It would be a shame if we had to go back to once a fortnight like we used to do. The more volunteers we have, the less frequently you will need to do it. We are also looking for Sides people. If you can help with either of these roles please speak to Nichola. Thank you.

 

CIVIC CAROL SERVICE.The Mayor’s Carol service will be held on Sunday 9th December at 3pm at St M&W. Do come and support a great event in the life of our town

 

MOTHERS UNION & LADIES GUILD are listening to the Readathon with coffee and Mince pies on Tuesday 4th in Church

 

This is a very special year for Christingle, as it marks 50 years since we held the first Christingle service in this country at Lincoln Cathedral on 7 December 1968.

But Christingles themselves actually date back even earlier, and began in the Moravian Church in Germany.  

At a children’s service in Marienborn in 1947, Bishop Johannes de Watteville looked for a simple way to explain the happiness that had come to people through Jesus. He decided to give the children a symbol to do this. This was a lighted candle wrapped in a red ribbon.

At the end of the service, whilst the children held their candles, the bishop said the prayer, ‘Lord Jesus, kindle a flame in these children's hearts that theirs like thine become.’ 

How Christingle grew

In 1968, John Pensom of The Children's Society, known as ‘Mr Christingle’, brought Christingle to this country and introduced it to the Church of England. This involved children decorating an orange with a red ribbon, dried fruits, sweets and a candle to create a new visual representation of Christ, the light of the world, celebrated by the lighting of the Christingle candles.

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            470                              358

            Ps25 vs 1-9                  196

98                                209

198                              566/529

566                              307

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, 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,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells and

Richard Kempa, Frank & Joyce Crowther

 

And for the departed:

Ted Bourne, Cynthia Bailey, Winnie Lyons, Maurice Bunn, Frank Clark

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 4th 10.30am Mothers Union & Ladies Guild – St M&W

11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – IN CHURCH!

Bible Readathon NT – from 6am Tuesday till Weds middle of day

Thursday 6th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            7pm St Michael’s School Governors meeting

 

PARISH DIARIES Please buy a diaryWe still have 75 to sell!!

 

LADIES MEETING:Your menu choices and money are now due. Transport needed? Please speak to Steph

 

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL  Friday 30th Nov – Sun 2nd Dec. We are looking for volunteers to man the church, provide refreshments etc during the weekend. We need a minimum of 3 people in church at any one time. If you can help, please sign the list at the back of church. Thank you.

 

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE.4pm this Sunday 2nd December. All proceeds to Children’s’ Society – do support them in this 50th year




25th November 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

STIR UP SUNDAY:This Sunday 25th November. Christine Connolly is once again organising the making of the Christmas Pudding. If you wish to purchase one, please complete the order form which you will have been given with your pew sheet this morning. The cost is £4.50 a pint. Please remember to bring your bowl!! Thanks to Christine for organising this mammoth task!

 

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL  Friday 30th Nov – Sun 2nd Dec. We are looking for volunteers to man the church, provide refreshments etc during the weekend. We need a minimum of 3 people in church at any one time. If you can help, please sign the list at the back of church. Thank you.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!Can you help? Due to losing a couple of members from the rota, we are in need of some volunteers for the coffee rota. It would be a shame if we had to go back to once a fortnight like we used to do. The more volunteers we have, the less frequently you will need to do it. We are also looking for Sides people. If you can help with either of these roles please speak to Nichola. Thank you.

 

Puddings, Fairs and Christmas Trees from this weekend – all sure signs that Christmas is fast approaching! And the readings for this Sunday are about Christ the King. The real message of the season is – are you ready? Not for celebrating, with turkeys and tinsel, but for the time when Jesus shall come and the Kingdom of God arrives in all its fullness. That’s not supposed to be just the gloomy time that some people expect – but rather the time when all things come right. We celebrate King Jesus – when we see Heaven and Earth restored to what they should be

And we are to be signs of that coming Kingdom. Amidst all the things that go wrong – unrest, earthquakes and famines – we are the people who know Jesus to rule in our hearts and lives. It’s truly coming – and not just the man in a red suit!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            480                              13

            81                                81

393                              sheet

308/404                       276/342

422                              103

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, 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,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells and

Richard Kempa, Frank & Joyce Crowther, Tristan Sims

 

And for the departed:

Ted Bourne, Cynthia Bailey, Winnie Lyons,

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 27th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 28th 7.30pm Stone PCC meeting - Church

Thursday 29th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            7pm St Michael’s School Governors meeting

Friday 30th – Sunday 2nd CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL St M&W

 

PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation

 

LADIES MEETING:Our next outing is Christmas lunch at Bridgemere on Thursday 13th December. Please see Steph for more details and to book your place

 

ADVENTIVITYThank you for the support – Dennis reports all spaces are now taken!

 

ASTON CHRISTMAS FAIR from 2pm this Saturday (24th)

Aston Christmas Fair is Nov 24th, Stone Coffee Morning on Dec 1st. Both of these run a tombola and items for both are needed:- please give them to Mary Babb at Aston and to Jean Sutton at Stone; Also Cakes

 




18th November 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

CHRISTMAS FAIR AND CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING

Aston Christmas Fair is Nov 24th, Stone Coffee Morning on Dec 1st. Both of these run a tombola and items for both are needed:- please give them to Mary Babb at Aston and to Jean Sutton at Stone; Also Cakes etc.  Would be warmly welcomed – thank you in advance

STIR UP SUNDAY : Sunday 25th November. Christine Connolly is once again organising the making of the Christmas Pudding. If you wish to purchase one, please complete the order form which you will have been given with your pew sheet this morning. The cost is £4.50 a pint. Please remember to bring your bowl!! Thanks to Christine for organising this mammoth task!

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: Friday 30th Nov – Sun 2nd Dec. We are looking for volunteers to man the church, provide refreshments etc during the weekend. We need a minimum of 3 people in church at any one time. If you can help, please sign the list at the back of church. Thank you.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

 Can you help? Due to losing a couple of members from the rota, we are in need of some volunteers for the coffee rota. It would be a shame if we had to go back to once a fortnight like we used to do. The more volunteers we have, the less frequently you will need to do it. We are also looking for Sides people. If you can help with either of these roles please speak to Nichola. Thank you.

SHOE BOXES Mary Babb would like to thank everyone who donated shoe boxes for the Operation Christmas Child. This year, 53 shoe boxes were donated. A great effort.

PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation

LADIES MEETING:Our next outing is Christmas lunch at Bridgemere on Thursday 13th December. Please see Steph for more details and to book your place

ADVENTIVITYThis involves a Nativity Set travelling around the Parish from family to family during Advent, symbolising the journey Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem. The journey begins on Advent Sunday 2nd December and ends in church at the Crib Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve. The family changes hands every 24hrs, and we ask that you arrange the receipt of and handing over. If you would like to take part or would like to know more, please contact Dennis Abbott on 07866 341111.

 

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            519                              449

            39                                500

319                              174

174/231                       308/231

356                              128

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, 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,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells and

Richard Kempa, Frank & Joyce Crowther, Tristan Sims

 

And for the departed:

Kathleen May Cooper, Ted Bourne, Dennis Buckley and Cynthia Bailey

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 20th  11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 22nd  10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

 




11th November 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!Can you help? Due to losing a couple of members from the rota, we are in need of some volunteers for the coffee rota. It would be a shame if we had to go back to once a fortnight like we used to do. The more volunteers we have, the less frequently you will need to do it. We are also looking for Sides people. If you can help with either of these roles please speak to Nichola. Thank you.

CHRISTMAS FAIR AND CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING

Aston Christmas Fair is Nov 24th, Stone Coffee Morning on Dec 1st. Both of these run a tombola and items for both are needed:- please give them to Mary Babb at Aston and to Jean Sutton at Stone; Also Cakes etc.  Would be warmly welcomed – thank you in advance

 

Mothers Union and Ladies Guild meeting Tuesday 10.30am in St Michael’s hall. Speaker – Sue Coles

 

According to the internet, “World War One was one of the deadliest conflicts in the history of the human race, in which over 16 million people died. The total number of both civilian and military casualties is estimated at around 37 million people. The war killed almost 7 million civilians and 10 million military personnel.”

 

This year is, of course, the centenary of the end of (what we know as) World War 1. The numbers above are staggering almost beyond comprehension. When we think that the total population of our country was about 46 million in 1914, we can see that it is not far off the idea of wiping out most of our country!

So today we reflect on the effect the conflict had around the world. It totally reshaped Empires and Governments, created countries and Nations – and made a truly radical impact upon the way that society functioned. Although pressure was already on for women to obtain the vote, it was almost unthinkable that they should work in Industry in the way that they did.

May God’s peace which passes all understanding grow in our hearts and minds                  Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            All hymns in booklet for both churches

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, 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,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells and

Richard Kempa, Frank & Joyce Crowther, Tristan Sims

 

And for the departed:

Jean Harris, Kathleen May Cooper, Ted Bourne, Dennis Buckley

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Monday 12th 10.30am Remembrance Service – Summerfield Court

        7.30pm STONE DEANERY SYNOD St M&W – speaker Mr Roy Crowne

Tuesday 13th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 15th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation

 

LADIES MEETING:Our next outing is Christmas lunch at Bridgemere on Thursday 13th December. Please see Steph for more details and to book your place

 

MESSY CHURCHThe next session is on Saturday 17th November from 3pm until 5.30pm In St Michaels Hall. Additional Help for this session would be welcome as it does tend to be one of our busiest sessions. If you can help please speak to Edith Leason.

 

ADVENTIVITYThis involves a Nativity Set travelling around the Parish from family to family during Advent, symbolising the journey Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem. The journey begins on Advent Sunday 2nd December and ends in church at the Crib Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve. The family changes hands every 24hrs, and we ask that you arrange the receipt of and handing over. If you would like to take part or would like to know more, please contact Dennis Abbott on 07866 341111.




4th November 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 11TH NOVNext Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. There will be a said Communion Service at 9.30am followed by the ACt of Remembrance at the Cenotaph. There will then be a Service of Remembrance At Ss Michael & Wulfad at around 11.30am.Particularly poignat this year as it is 100 years since the end of World War 1.        

ADVENTIVITY The season of advent will soon be upon us and we will once again be running Adventivity and invite you to take part. It involves a Nativity Set travelling around the Parish from family to family during Advent, symbolising the journey Mary and Joseph made to Bethlehem.

The journey begins on Advent Sunday 2nd December and ends in church at the Crib Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve.

The family changes hands every 24hrs, and we ask that you arrange the receipt of and handing over. Details will be given of where it is coming from and where it is going to.

If you would like to take part or would like to know more, please contact Dennis Abbott on 07866 341111.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Can you help? Due to losing a couple of members from the rota, we are in need of some volunteers for the coffee rota. It would be a shame if we had to go back to once a fortnight like we used to do. The more volunteers we have, the less frequently you will need to do it.

We are also looking for Sides people. If you can help with either of these roles please speak to Nichola. Thank you.

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            313                              9(v1-4,7)                    

                        282(for PS)                 163

                        163                              259

                        259/63                        297/53

122                              134

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, 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,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells , Richard Kempa, Frank & Joyce Crowther.

 

And for the departed:

Jean Harris, Kathleen May Cooper

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 6th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 8th  10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation

 

LADIES MEETING:Our next outing is Christmas lunch at Bridgemere on Thursday 13th December. Please see Steph for more details and to book your place

 

1918 – 100 YEARS ON Concert to mark the end of WW1 – Admission free, but a retiring collection between RBL and St M&W. Stone Choral Society, St Michael’s school, much more – but chiefly – yourselves. Do come Nov 7th at 7.30pm

 

MESSY CHURCH The next session is on Saturday 17th November from 3pm until 5.30pm In St Michaels Hall. Additional Help for this session would be welcome as it does tend to be one of our busiest sessions. If you can help please speak to Edith Leason.

 




28th October 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

          “Ah Vicar, I have  question for you – were Matthew and Mark Apostles or Prophets?” The phone was ringing when I was actually the Assistant Curate in Leeds – and you never quite know what you are going to get on these occasions! People ring at all times and for some funny reasons. Strictly the answer to the question was “neither – they were Evangelists” – but the lady concerned eventually joined our Adult Confirmation class

          This Sunday we have some Apostles to celebrate – Ss Simon and Jude. They are some of the least known of Jesus’s initial band though – and the New Testament is absolutely silent on what happened to them after the resurrection

          But ours is an Apostolic faith and an Apostolic Church. That refers to two things: firstly that we stand in the inheritance of faith that is handed down to us through the Apostles. It is not unchanging:- for example, in former times it was regarded as impossible for a Christian to charge or receive interest on any loan! That one went a long time ago. But even so, our faith is consistent with what is handed down to us

          Secondly it refers to the meaning of the word: and Apostle is one who is sent. We think of St Paul on his great missionary journeys of course – but we are all a sent people. You and I are sent to our neighbours and friends, in order to bring the love of Jesus to them

          So remember – God has sent you. Maybe it is to a stranger who sits in the pew next to you – maybe it is someone you speak to in the supermarket. The one thing is sure – very few of these encounters happen by chance!

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            393                              85                   

                        56                                4

                        163                              163

                        426/10                        276/10

464                              518

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, 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,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells and

Richard Kempa, Frank & Joyce Crowther

 

And for the departed:

Victor Kimber, Jean Harris, Kathleen May Cooper

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 30th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

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

 

PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation

 

LADIES MEETING:Our next outing is Christmas lunch at Bridgemere on Thursday 13th December. Please see Steph for more details and to book your place

 

ALL SOULS DAY is November 2nd. As usual we have a special service to commemorate the faithful departed. If you would like someone remembered, then please complete the list at the back of both Churches. Service is 7.30pm – do come and support our ministry to the bereaved

 

1918 – 100 YEARS ON Concert to mark the end of WW1 – Admission free, but a retiring collection between RBL and St M&W. Stone Choral Society, St Michael’s school, much more – but chiefly – yourselvesDo come Nov 7th at 7.30pm




21st October 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

            Many years ago I was invited to Lichfield Cathedral: the new Director of Training was to be licensed and appointed and all the Officers of the Board of Ministry were asked to attend. Usually at a Licensing or Induction the former parish would expect to be entertained by the new Parish. In this instance there wasn’t one, so all of us were to be there to welcome both the new Person and the former parishioners

            I found I was seated with the Archdeacons and visiting dignitaries. I had a marked seat with my name on it and I felt very grand. I must have been an important person to be seated as such. The Bishop of Lichfield was taking the service and the Chairman of the Board was preaching – now I had “made it” I thought!

            And then I found myself looking down the arches of our wonderful Cathedral. It was an Autumn evening and the lights were on, but you could not but be impressed by the scale of the thing. Suddenly I was reminded of St Chad – the Abbot of Lastingham  who became our Bishop; who was such a humble man, that he refused a horse,  so he would never look down upon anyone, but would tell them the good news of God’s love face to face. And I knew I was wrong. And I knew I was tiny in comparison to others

            In this week’s gospel James and John thought in worldly terms; they thought they could steal a march on their disciple colleagues by gaining places of honour in the Kingdom of God. The Servant King reminded them that, in God’s eyes, the real greatness is of those who serve the most

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            243                              243                 

                        5 (x2)                           330

                        287                              346

                        342/452                       463/73

380                              186

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, 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,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells and

Richard Kempa

 

And for the departed:

Victor Kimber, Jean Harris

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 23rd 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 24th 7.30pm Ministry Team meeting - Rectory

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

 

PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation

 

LADIES MEETING:Our next outing is Christmas lunch at Bridgemere on Thursday 13th December. Please see Steph for more details and to book your place

 

ALL SOULS DAY is November 2nd. As usual we would like to invite all those who have had funeral Ministry in this last year: letters now available to deliver – can you help?

 

1918 – 100 YEARS ON Concert to mark the end of WW1 – Admission free, but a retiring collection between RBL and St M&W. Stone Choral Society, St Michael’s school, much more – but chiefly – yourselvesDo come Nov 7th at 7.30pm



 

 




14th October 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

            And Harvest again. This time it is the turn of our brothers and sisters at St Saviour’s – and the year turns once again. Harvest was never so much as mentioned in the Book of Common Prayer – but that’s because Cranmer was used to using August 1st as a kind of Harvest – Lammastide – the first loaf Mass of the year

            But it’s worth considering what harvest meant to the people of the Old Testament:- for them Harvest was different in its meaning from all the nations that surrounded them. For those Nations, Harvest was a kind of prayer to the fertility God, that the year would be as fruitful as the last and that things could carry on as they were

            Very different for the Hebrews: for them Harvest was a thanksgiving to the God who changes things for the better! They always remembered that they had been slaves in Egypt, and that the land in which they dwelt was the gift of God himself. He was the God who had nurtured them – and the Harvest was a prayer of thanksgiving for the God who had good designs for them

            And so for us: Are we a people who hope for nothing ever to change in our church and in our lives? Or are we people of faith – who look at the Bible narrative and trust the God who has carried us so far – that he has a purpose in his love for us, whatever the future may hold; For the real Harvest is a challenging time that asks us to place our hands in the hand of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Whatever the future may hold, we can surely trust in him!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            101                              285                 

                        186                              175

                        524                              464

                        355/116                       426/53

534                              380

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, 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,  Elsie Woodcock, John & Ann Shuttleworth, Sheila Howells and

Richard Kempa

 

And for the departed:

Victor Kimber

Remembering their families and friends at this time

This week:

Tuesday 16th 11.45am – 1pm DROP INN CAFÉ – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 17th 7.30pm Rev’s Jane Morris Induction at Little Drayton

Thursday 18th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

PARISH DIARIES Pick up your 2019 diary now - £2.50 donation

 

LICENSING OF REV JANE MORRIS- 17th at 7.30pm. The Coach is booked and will cost £8.50 per head  - leaves from Crown Street at 6.15pm – please meet at 6pm to make sure we set off on time.

 

LADIES MEETING:Our next outing is Christmas lunch at Bridgemere on Thursday 13th December. Please see Steph for more details and to book your place

 

ALL SOULS DAY is November 2nd. As usual we would like to invite all those who have had funeral Ministry in this last year: letters will shortly be available to deliver – can you help?