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5th April 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone and St Saviour Church, Aston

 

Sunday 5 April 2020

 

 

Following Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice and church buildings are now also closed for private prayer.

 

1st April 2020

Morning Prayer reading Wednesday April 1st

28th March 2020

Collect

Most merciful God,

who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ

delivered and saved the world:

grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross

we may triumph in the power of his victory;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever

 

A Reading from the prophet Ezekiel

 

29th March 2020

St Michael & St Wulfad Church, Stone and St Saviour Church, Aston

 

Sunday 29 March 2020

 

 

Following Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice and church buildings are now also closed for private prayer.

 

24th March 2020

Up to 1 week ago, we were sharing Morning and Evening Prayer in our two churches during the season of Lent. Of course, all that came to a grinding halt a week ago, with the request that all public worship services should cease. It has since been superceded by Last night’s Prime Ministerial broadcast, telling us in no uncertain terms, that we must “Stay at Home.” 

 

22nd March 2020

Collect

God of compassion,

whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,

shared the life of a home in Nazareth,

and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:

strengthen us in our daily living

that in joy and in sorrow

we may know the power of your presence

   to bind together and to heal;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

21st March 2020

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Lent, better known as Mothering Sunday. I don’t like it being shortened to Mother’s Day, which is an entirely different thing, coming later in the year in America

The day reminds us of our relationships: all of us come from some sort of family or another, and it is our relationships with others that make us who we are. One of the most significant questions in the modern Marriage service is:

15th March 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

Latest Coronavirus advice to Churches

The Bishop of Lichfield writes

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

 I am writing to draw to your attention updated guidance from the Church of England on the Coronavirus Covid 19. In particular, in light of the developing situation, you see that the advice is that at Holy Communion the sacrament should be offered by the priest to other communicants in one kind only, and that direct physical contact should be avoided at the sharing of the peace and in blessings. I fully endorse this guidance, and trust that it will be followed in all eucharistic services until further notice. Please note that this also excludes the practice of intinction and the use of small individual cups.

 At a time like this, it is particularly important that we have in mind those who are most vulnerable in our society, and I know that you and your people will have in mind the needs of those who are most affected, directly or indirectly, by this virus; thank you for all that you are doing in your ministry, and be assured of my prayers.

 +Michael 

And to clarify, this means

  • No sharing of the Peace, by direct contact with others
  • Communion will be taken by one kind only – wafer
  • Wine will be reserved for the Priest celebrating
  • The clergy will be using whatever hand sanitizers are currently available

This advice has been handed down from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

 

Ian Cardinal

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            343                              282

            77                                330

                        426                              426

53/159                        465/159

188                              442

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh, Gillian Wright, Carl Hartley

And for the departed:

Ted Anderson, Evelyn Cotterill, Eric Olley, Dorothy Weaver, Margaret Cann, Marguerite Daniel

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 16th 7.30pm Aston PCC meeting - Church

Tuesday 17th 9.30am Pirehill School visit to St M&W

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

Wednesday 11th 7.30pm – Lent talk and Holy Communion – Aston Church

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

12 Noon Frugal Lunch for Lent – St M&W

 

LENT MORNING AND EVENING PRAYERwill be said on Mondays at St M&W and Tuesdays at St Saviour’s, 9am and 5pm.  All welcome to join in

 

WEDNESDAYS IN LENT:a series of “Saints of encouragement” – Holy Communion at St Saviour’s Aston, at 7.30pm. Do come – a chance to worship and think together about our own sources of encouragement

 

FRUGAL LUNCHAssuming that we are able to carry on with such, a soup bread and cheese lunch will be held at St M&W from 12 Noon till 1pm each Thursday, in return for donations, shared between St Michael’s and Christian Aid

8th March 2020

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

MOTHERS UNIONThis month’s meeting is the annual service of Holy Communion. This is to be celebrated at 11am in St Michael’s Hall – all welcome

 

OUR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, Fr John’s Mother’s funeral is to be held at Stafford Crematorium on Thursday 12th at 11.30am. All are welcome: attending or not, please remember him and his family in your prayers

 

The threat posed by COVID-19has been assessed by the Chief Medical Officer as ‘moderate’. This permits the Government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low.

Guidance for Churches: Current Government adviceis that individuals should follow good hygiene practices including: 

  • carrying tissues and using them to catch coughs and sneezes, and binning the tissue;
  • washing hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds) or using sanitiser gel to kill germs.

Advice has also been issuedto travellers who have returned to the UK from a number of countries: Anyone who has returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu;
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country.

Long-standing government advice has been that ‘In a pandemic, it makes good sense to take precautions to limit the spread of disease by not sharing common vessels for food and drink.’ COVID-19 has NOT been declared a pandemic.

Churches should already be following best-hygiene practices that include advising parishioners with coughs and sneezes to refrain from handshaking during The Peace and to receive Communion in one kind only. At present, there is no Government advice that suggests the use of the Common Cup should be suspended.

 

It is also best practice for churches to have hand-sanitisers available for parishioners to use. In addition, priests presiding at the Eucharist, communion administrators and servers should wash their hands, preferably with an alcohol-based (minimum 60%) hand-sanitiser .Intinction is not recommended (even by celebrants or communion-administrators) as this represents an infection transmission route as well as a risk to those with certain allergies.

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone

            243                              243

            Ps 32                           5 (x2)

                        437                              261

316                              61/463

139                              148

 

Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend,  Elsie Richardson, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, John Richardson, Peter Bowler,  Catherine Ritchie,  Graham Baker,  James Astle, Miles Brain,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Molly Wright, Norman Latham, Mary Leigh

And for the departed:

Ted Anderson, Lillian Ward, Evelyn Cotterill, Eric Olley, Dorothy Weaver, Margaret Cann, Marguerite Daniel

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 9th 10.30am Ted Anderson’s funeral - Aston

Tuesday 10th 11am Mother’s Union Corporate Communion – St M’s hall

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

Wednesday 11th 7.30pm – Lent talk and Holy Communion – Aston Church

Thursday 12th 9.30am Holy Communion – The Moorings

10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

11.30am Evelyn Cotterill’s Funeral – Stafford Crematorium

12 Noon Frugal Lunch for Lent – St M&W

 

TED ANDERSON’S FUNERALwill be held on Monday 9th March, 10.30am at Aston St Saviour

 

LENT MORNING AND EVENING PRAYERwill be said on Mondays at St M&W and Tuesdays at St Saviour’s, 9am and 5pm.  All welcome to join in

 

LADIES OUTING:  12.30pm Wednesday 11th March. Please see Steph for transport

 

WEDNESDAYS IN LENT:a series of “Saints of encouragement” – Holy Communion at St Saviour’s Aston, at 7.30pm. Do come – a chance to worship and think together about our own sources of encouragement