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29th July 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

                If we were to ask many people for the favourite stories in the New Testament, it is odds on that one of them would turn out to be the feeding of the five thousand! It’s one of those stories with which so many of us are familiar – and it’s a rarity in that it’s told in every one of the four Gospels

                Nevertheless the “loaves and fishes” story isn’t quite as simple as it seems. Each of the gospel writers tells the story slightly differently – and there are those who would claim that Mark makes a mistake in telling the story twice – once with four thousand and once with five! But that’s a great misunderstanding. With the four thousand the story is told in Gentile territory:- in this relating, Jesus is fulfilling the needs of non-Jewish hearers – people “outside the Pale.” In the five thousand stories it is obviously a Jewish crowd – and the significance of the crumbs remaining filling twelve baskets is that Jesus fulfils every need of the original twelve tribes. In other words he is a Messiah and Lord for all humanity, Jewish or not

                But in the version we read this Sunday, St John is making a different point again. There are huge overtones of the Eucharist in all this language – Christ the Bread of Life – but there is also a throwaway line in there about the crowd wanting to make Jesus into a secular King. The story is quite clear – Jesus fulfils GOD’s version of the Messiah, and not the human one that people would force him into.

                It’s still a temptation: we can try and bargain with God – I’ll go to Church only if you answer my prayer in the way I want – and all the other types of the same thing. God does not work like that – he asks us to accept his love and purposes for us. Just as Jesus declined the secular crown, the role that was to be forced upon him, we have to accept God as knowing the best thing for us. After all – does he not know our needs from the start?

 

Ian Cardinal


22nd July 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

HOLIDAY AT HOME.Our annual day of crafts and activities is to be held in St Michael’s hall on Tuesday August 21st this year. As usual, this is open to all age groups – and helpers will be welcomed in all areas. Please have a word with Rev. Jane

 

This Sunday we celebrate a Saints Day – St Mary Magdalene. Hers is a name we know well, but who was she? The New Testament has several references to her:- St Luke tells us she had seven devils cast from her, St Mark that she stood with Jesus at the foot of the Cross – and that she, with two other women heard the angel on Resurrection morning. St Matthew says that she was one of those to whom Jesus specifically appeared on Easter Day – and St John elaborates this with a graphic account of her weeping at the tomb in Chapter 20.

But there is a whole lot more of this. For one thing, Mary has been repeatedly identified with the fallen woman who wept over Jesus’s feet at Simon’s house (and wiped his feet with her hair.) And what of Mary and Martha? There are repeated inferences that this may yet be the same Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha, who chose to listen to Jesus rather than to carry on with domestic tasks. Be that as it may, there are legends that she sailed to Southern France after Easter – and there was a time when her supposed tomb was venerated by Christians at Aix-en-Provence

These things mask the two most important items about Mary Magdalene: the first is that she was someone in whom the power of Christ to save is most evident – and the second is that she was the first witness to the Resurrection, utterly transformed by the presence of the risen Lord. This Sunday’s collect refers to her as a witness of the resurrection. All of us, with her, are called by his touch and power to save to be the same!

 

Ian Cardinal


15th July 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

The Bishop of Shrewsbury’s pastoral letter for July 2018

‘What a brave decision!’ wrote a bishop, on hearing that I was moving to become Priest –in-Charge of Ashburton and the Moorland Team.In ‘Yes, Minister’ speak, this is translated as ‘What a stupid decision!’ He may be right. We’ll see…

Certainly, I will have a lot to learn. Many things have changed in the sixteen years since I last worked as a parish priest. And I wasn’t exactly proficient at some of the detail even then. Youth work was a thriving activity but I remember the time I lost the keys to the minibus having taken the youth group ice skating in North Wales. We had to return 18 young people to the parish in two estate cars with the seats down and every one laid out flat in the back. Their parents were not thrilled. Another time, I had driven the young people up onto the Bickerton Hills in Cheshire to play wide games. I had instructed them to stay in threes but… well, you know. At the end of the evening, there was one missing. Tom had wandered off on his own and was nowhere to be seen. It was getting dark (and no mobile phones in those days) so I decided to cut my losses by leaving my helper – a sixteen year old girl - up on the hills, to wait for Tom. Meanwhile, I drove the others back to the Church where their parents were waiting for them. By the time I returned to the hills, fortunately Tom had appeared and nothing bad had happened to my young female helper. However, it was not my finest hour, the parents of Tom and my helper were rightly furious and, today, I would have been disciplined for negligence.It looks like Health and Safety and Safeguarding training will need to be a priority in Devon.

It will be good to regularly conduct weddings again, too, but I am not exactly relishing all the form-filling and red tape that goes with it. When preparing and marrying an Egyptian Muslim man from Cairo to an English Christian woman back in the 1990’s, I remember thinking I had been quite clever in organising his banns of marriage to be read in the Anglican Cathedral of St Mark in Cairo. It was only later, after the wedding, that Crewe Registry office informed me of my highly irregular practice and that a Christian marriage of a Muslim/Christian couple could be seen as null and void back in Egypt. They helped rectify the situation and keep me out of trouble.

As I move to oversee eight rural parishes on Dartmoor, I am acutely aware that I have a great deal to learn and will need help. Having heard God’s call in this – ‘to go and walk the talk’ – I know that where God calls, he also equips. Still, it feels daunting and I would be grateful for your prayers. I hope, in particular, that the Spirit will give me grace to go on learning how to be a better disciple and a more faithful follower of Jesus.

It has been a privilege to be a companion with you in God’s Mission here in Lichfield Diocese. Mandy and I are extremely grateful for the friendship, kindness and love we have received from the people of Shropshire and the West Midlands. We shall remember you and pray for you as you continue to follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad. Please pray for us.

+Mark, Bishop of Shrewsbury 

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            313                              467                 

                        500                              405

                        172                              121

                        127/293                       414/5/Worthy of worship

188                              317

 

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,  Elsie Woodcock

 

And for the departed:

Clare Austin, John Rowley, Mary Rigby, June Parnell, Gwen Warrilow

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 17th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 19th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

LADIES GROUPAfter our successful tour of Lichfield Cathedral, the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 5th September – The World of Wedgwood. Afternoon tea at 1.30pm – cost £16 with optional guided tour at a further cost of £5. Please book your place with Steph – with money – by August 12th

 

EVENSONGwill be sung this Sunday at Aston St Saviour at 6.30pm. All are welcome. Afternoon tea is served beforehand at 5pm

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

Alison Hudson Licensing– Sept 5th 10am Said Communion St M&W

Jane Morris Final Sunday- Sept 9th at both Churches

Jane Morris Installation and Induction– October 17th at Little Drayton

                                    (time to be finalised)

 


8th July 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

ALL CHANGE

            If you have been reading the latest Tower and Spire then you will already have seen that our Team of Ministers is to increase with the arrival of the Rev’d Alison Hudson. Some years ago Alison actually undertook a brief placement with us as part of her training: but now she is to join us as a recently Ordained Priest and Curate, though Non stipendiary. She will offer roughly half time in our “patch” and I am sure that you will make her welcome

            Bishop Geoff will license Alison to us at a said Communion on Wednesday 5th September at 10am in St Michael & St Wulfad’s. This service will be open to all, but will be a fairly low key event, as she has only just been priested

            But I deliberately said “all change” – because at a very similar moment the Rev’d Jane Morris will be preparing to leave us to become the Vicar of Little Drayton in Shropshire. Jane has been an enormous helpmeet and friend to all of us in this Benefice and it will be with no small sadness that we see her depart. But we must rejoice that, once again, we have been useful to new Priests in their formation for God’s work, both in and out of his church. We are in the business of transforming the world into the Kingdom of God – and in Christ’s name we will wish Jane and Tony many blessings for the future, as we pray for them

            So what will be next, I wonder? God has been very good to our people here and we have been blessed to share so much over the years. One thing we can be certain of – the future will be both challenging and exciting!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            82                                429                 

                        288                              231

                        287                              287

                        404/342                       127/342

10                                10

 

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,  Elsie Woodcock

 

And for the departed:

Clare Austin, John Rowley, Mary Rigby, June Parnell, Gwen Warrilow

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 10th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s Hall

Wednesday 11th 7.30pm STONE PCC meeting - Church

Thursday 12th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

Saturday 14th 3pm – 5.30pm MESSY CHURCH – St Michael’s Hall

 

LADIES GROUPAfter our successful tour of Lichfield Cathedral, the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 5th September – The World of Wedgwood. Afternoon tea at 1.30pm – cost £16 with optional guided tour at a further cost of £5. Please book your place with Steph – with money – by August 12th

 

CHRIST CHURCH FLOWER FESTIVALOur brothers and sisters in our next door parish are celebrating 180 years this year. On 6th/7th/8th they have a flower festival – do go and support them!

 

JOHN ROWLEY’S FUNERALwill be held at St M&W on 11th July at 11.45am. Prayers for Glenda and the family at this time of course




1st July 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

It’s Ordination time again: this weekend our former placement student, Richard Hume, will be ordained a Priest in his parish Church at Longton – and last weekend a Curate from our Deanery, Drew Walker was also made Priest in Uttoxeter. Our congratulations to them both and our prayers go with them.

Where do these people come from? We have been deeply blessed with Curates and students in training in our Benefice – but perhaps also slightly blinded by the fact that these people seem to just “appear.” The fact is that they come from faithful Christian churches where they have been encouraged to explore their own vocation – calling. Just as Jesus called those first disciples to follow him, each Christian is called by God for some specific purpose. In the wisdom of our God we don’t always see exactly what that is to begin with – but truthfully every single one of us is called.

“I couldn’t do something like that!” I hear you say – and maybe we are right. But consider this:- those first disciples were hardly perfect – in fact each one of them failed Jesus in some way or another; but they were still the people that Jesus made into his church and who, by the power of God’s spirit, changed the world in which they lived

So what is your calling? Our PCCs have been debating Bishop Michael’s call to our Diocese to explore his three themes:- Discipleship, Vocation and Evangelism. There is much for us all to think about – how the Good News of Jesus can be transmitted to those around us – how our daily walk with the Lord can be strengthened and fed by our discipleship. But this weekend we are challenged to think hard about what God wants for us and for our lives. The simple truth is – it is so much better than anything else we could possibly imagine!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            243                              Civic service               

                        Ps130                          427

                        349                              313

                        359                              518

313                              310

 

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,  Elsie Woodcock

 

And for the departed:

Clare Austin, Eric Simpson, John Rowley, Mary Rigby, June Parnell

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 3rd 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn café – St Michael’s Hall

Thursday 5th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            (12 Noon Eccleshall Deanery Chapter)

 

LADIES GROUPAfter our successful tour of Lichfield Cathedral, the next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 5th September – The World of Wedgwood. Afternoon tea at 1.30pm – cost £16 with optional guided tour at a further cost of £5. Please book your place with Steph – with money – by August 12th

 

CHRIST CHURCH FLOWER FESTIVALOur brothers and sisters in our next door parish are celebrating 180 years this year. On 6th/7th/8th they have a flower festival – do go and support them!

 

St M&W OPEN CHURCH – to coincide with the July Farmer’s Market Saturday 6th July from 10am till 2pm. Can you volunteer any time as a welcome?  - list to sign at the back of church

 

JOHN ROWLEY’S FUNERALwill be held at St M&W on 11th July at 11.45am. Prayers for Glenda and the family at this time of course




24th June 2018

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

And so to a Saint’s day: but this Sunday is an unusual Saint: John the Baptist is, in many ways, a pre-Christian figure, certainly stemming from the inheritance of the Old Testament faith.

So perhaps a good question for us would be as to what makes a Saint in the first place? The original word is simply ‘Agioi – someone dedicated to God. But that doesn’t help us very much because there is a degree to which that describes all of us. We are dedicated, consecrated and put aside for holy use at our baptism – and the New Testament does describe all Christians as being Saints

That said, there is a very long tradition of Saints particular – in other words people whose lives were so very different that their faith shines out from down the centuries. We could name so many, of course – and on Thursday mornings we often keep a “Saints day” rather than just repeating the Sunday readings

So what makes a particular Saint? – and surely now is the answer that they are people whose lives are best described as signposts – people whose whole being is a signpost to our Lord and Master, Jesus himself. And in this respect John the Baptist is a wonderful example. According to St John’s gospel he always refused to be identified as a possible Messiah – and when Jesus passes by he says to his hearers “Behold the Lamb of God!”

John met a sticky end at the hands of Herod the Tetrach of course, at the instigation of his conniving wife, Herodias. In the tradition of the Eastern Church he is always shown as holding his own head on a platter (!) and there are many churches that are dedicated to him. This sunday we celebrate his miraculous birth (he has another day in August that deals with his martyrdom) and remember that our God does extraordinary things in order to fulfil his promises

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            401                              82                   

                        197                              401

                        158                              158

                        163/452                       276/463

425                              427

 

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:

Clare Austin, Eric Simpson, John Rowley

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

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

Wednesday 27th 7.30pm St Michael’s Hall AGM – St Michael’s Hall

            7.30pm Aston PCC meeting - Church

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

            7pm St Michael’s school Governors

 

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




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